From the desk of Fr. Andrew

June 2018

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am sure that by now many of you have made plans for the summer months. Many times our plans for the summer months take us away from San Diego; our homes and our beloved parish. However, I encourage you to please keep in mind that the celebration of the Divine Liturgy (and other divine services of the Church) still takes place throughout the summer months as does your calling to participate in it.

Thus, I encourage you to stay focused on Sunday as the Lord's Day and the importance of the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in your life. From the Gospel of Luke 24:36-53, which is the six morning Gospel read during the Orthros service, we are reminded that after our Lord's Ascension the disciples ...returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Continually means there are no breaks! We, as the Orthodox Christians before us, now carry on that Biblical reality of our faith Tradition. Thus, should not our spiritual communal worship of the Most High God be part and parcel as to who and what we are as Orthodox Christians, regardless of the time of year?

Communal worship is indeed something we continually need to do and experience because we have been called by Sacred Scripture and is attested to by our two thousand year old tradition. As we mature in our Orthodox spirituality and come to better understand God, and our relationship toward Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, then we begin to better understand that GOD DOES NOT TAKE THE SUMMER MONTHS OFF AND WAITS FOR OUR COMMUNAL WORSHIP. One first step for spiritual growth is to resist the temptation to take the summer off. Thus, it is with joy that I look forward to your continual presence throughout the summer months. Our devoted and beautiful choir and chanters will be present throughout the summer months. Our dedicated altar servers will be present throughout the summer months. Our dedicated and hardworking Parish Council and Philoptochos members will be present throughout the summer months. I hope and pray that you too will continue to be present as well.

May our Great God continue to bless you and your family throughout the summer months and always.

God's continued blessing, +Fr. Andrew