"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7
Through this web site, we are pleased to be able to introduce you to that same worship and fellowship as it is expressed in the life of our Parish. If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, these web pages will acquaint you with what our parish offers to those who give it support and sustenance; to those who already belong to the church, we hope they will provide you with the assurance that your sacrificial offerings are received with profound respect, and are utilized to maximum effectiveness. They will, in any case, enable you to make the informed decisions that are necessary for a meaningful relationship with your church.
The Life and Wisdom of ELDER PORPHYRIOS. Elder Porhyrios, a Greek monk and priest who died in 1991, stands in the long tradition of charismatic spiritual guides in the Eastern Church which continues from the apostolic age down to figures such as Saint Seraphim of Sarov and Staretz Silouan in modern times. In this book he tells the story of his life and, in simple, deeply reflected and profoundly wise words, he expounds the Christian faith of today. This book was compiled after his death from an archive of notes and recordings of his reminiscences, conversations and words of guidance, and was first published in Greek in 2003.
Book Club meets October 9th and October 30th - 6:30 PM
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Here is an update on our missionary Tyrone Emery:
In support of parishioner Jean Stavue Peahi. Here is her fundraising plea.
We are trying to raise money for Kaimana's medical bills and general support for his care. Our minimum goal is $5,000, but we hope to be able to raise more if possible. Kaimana was born premature at 33 weeks (6.5 weeks early) and was low birth weight at 3 pounds 8 ounces. Kaimana is considered to be below the 3rd percentile in weight, height and head circumference.
Kaimana was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect and a Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation (CCAM) on his lung. His failure to thrive is due to his heart condition. Kaimana will undergo two surgeries this year. He is scheduled to have his first surgery in August, when the pediatric heart surgeon comes to Hawai'i for "heart week." If an emergency happens before that date, we will have to fly to San Diego for the procedure as there is no pediatric heart surgeon in Hawai'i. At this time we are trying to raise money to help pay for the rising hospital bills from his 5.5 week NICU stay, for the two upcoming surgeries, and for his general health care. We greatly appreciate any donation amount and are truly thankful for your love and support. You may also contribute by sharing this campaign, sending positive thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. We would not have made it this far without your love and support. Mahalo and much love! Kaimana, Lilinoe (sister), Jean (mommy) and Curtis (daddy)
Thanks to Taso Comanescu for a fabulous concert! What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Taso has an album coming out later this year.
Liberation through Great Lent
The leader of a Makiki church says fasting is not about obsessing over rules By Pat Gee
Honolulu Advertiser March 8, 2014
Giving up chocolate or taking on more Bible study during Lent are common sacrifices for Christians during 40 days of Sacrifices of treats and time take willpower. Still, they're a bit lightweight compared with the lenten fasting and other rigors Eastern Orthodox Christians shoulder to underscore the importance of Christ's resurrection to their faith.
Even so, the Rev. Alexander Leong, the new head of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific emphasizes that his church's strict no-meat diet "exists to liberate us and set us free, and not to restrict us."
Leong, who came from California to head the Makiki church in September, said, "Fasting is seen as a tool to bring us closer in relationship to God, to place our dependence in him, to curb the sinful impulses of the flesh, to be kind and charitable to our fellow human beings."
The Orthodox Church calls this season Great Lent, which began this week with Clean Monday (to denote a new beginning). Western churches, including the Roman Catholic and mainstream Protestant churches, began Lent with Ash Wednesday this week. Easter will fall on the same day this year — April 20 — for both churches. Eastern churches use the Julian calendar, while Western churches follow the Gregorian/international civil calendar.
Leong said in addition to not eating any animal protein, church members are asked to eliminate fish, dairy products, oil and wine. Oil and wine are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays, however. Forty days of Great Lent fasting ends April 11, right before Holy Week, but there are other kinds of fasts until Easter, he added.
"The danger of fasting is you can become too focused on the rules" and the temptation to "show off," he said, noting that fasting should be quietly personal and dependent on one's health.
Great Lent is "filled with many beautiful services," which are longer, held more frequently and stress incorporating substance and solemnity.
During the lenten season, each Sunday service follows a theme focusing on messages to pray more, give extra to charity and forgive one another, he said. Every Friday evening, the Akathist Hymn is sung while "you're standing for one hour. People love that service" because it praises the Virgin Mary, who "holds a special place in our hearts."
Prodded on by a jam-packed schedule, Leong said, "the 40 days seems to go too fast. It's a joyful celebration. I kinda miss all those services when it's over."
Leong first experienced Pascha, the church's term for Easter, as a 15-year-old and found the elaborate two-hour service enchanting.
"What struck me about the Greek Orthodox Church was the richness of the worship. All the five senses are used, and your whole being is involved in worship."
Leong continued, "What really impressed me was how we greet each other with the words, ‘Christ the Lord is risen,' and then, ‘Truly is risen' is the response," he said. The congregation also sings the hymn "Christ the Lord Is Risen," and "everybody has lit candles and we proclaim Christ's victory over death."
Leong added that so much of Orthodox liturgy language is put in the present tense, instead of the past tense, so congregation members feel like they are part of an event that is actually happening.
A favorite Easter custom shared by Western and Orthodox churches is the dyeing of eggs, the symbol of new life. But Orthodox churches dye their eggs red rather than a pastel color to recall the bloodshed of Christ on the cross. As the priest hands each person a red egg, he proclaims, "Christ is risen!" in the first hour of Easter Sunday, after the midnight service, he said. A red egg is also placed in the center of specially prepared bread.
Leong's congregation of 150 consists of members with varied roots — Greek, Russian, Serbian, Romanian, Asian and others.
He is one of few Asian priests in the Greek Orthodox Church. Before coming to Hawaii with wife Nicole and three children, Leong served at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Vallejo, Calif., for 10 years.
Epiphany 2014 Hale Koa
Sunday of Orthodoxy
New Video - Christmas Play
Thanks to Greg Malick for this great video.
Nisiotopoules Dancers & Aloha Choir
Welcome back home, Nisiotopoules Dancers and Aloha Choir! We heard and read that you had a wonderful experience at FDF in Anaheim last week! Congratulations to our Aloha Choir who won “1st Place” in the Choral Competition! Well done!
Ionian Village: Are You Ready?
Stewardship: A New Perspective
Stewardship is our response to God’s grace and it moves us from grace to gratitude. Just as we love because God first loved us from 1 John 4:14, we give because God first gave to us.
How to Schedule a Memorial Service
If you are interested in scheduling a Memorial Service for a loved one, please contact Father Alexander at the office so that he can schedule a date on the calendar.
Youth Ministry Guidelines Qualifying for Travel Funding
Please review the attached document to find out about the guidelines for children to qualify for funding from the parish to attend youth events.
If you have any questions please see Father Alexander or a member of the Parish Council.
Orthodox Study Center: Orthodoxy 101
Wedding in Hawaii?
Orthodox couples from around the world have chosen to be married at Saints Constantine & Helen, the ‘Cathedral in Paradise.’ It’s easier than you think!
Begin your wedding plans by contacting our Priest early.
Voice: (808) 521-7220
Email: Rev. Fr. Alexander Leong, Dean
Sundays: Orthros (Matins):8:15 AM | Divine Liturgy: 9:30 AM (Fellowship follows in our Social Hall)
FeastDays: Divine Liturgy: 9:00 AM (as announced on Calendar)
For information please contact the Church office at (808) 521-7220 between the hours of 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.