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Reverend Dr. Stefanos Alexopoulos will be this year’s speaker for the 2016 Archon Lenten Retreat, April 15-16.
Inspired by the The Order of St. Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, The Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring the good works and deeds of faith that defend and promote the Orthodox Christian faith and tradition. An Archon is an honoree by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for his outstanding service to the Church, and a well-known distinguished, and well-respected leader of the Orthodox Christian community. It is by the grace of God that the Archon has been able to offer his good works and deeds of faith. Further, it is the sworn oath of the Archon to defend and promote the Orthodox Christian faith and tradition.
New York, NY
Dear Brother Archon,
With the blessings of Archbishop Demetrios of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, it is with great joy that we invite you and your families to attend the Thirteenth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on April 15 and 16 under the superb chairmanship of Archon Hieromnimon Peter J. Skeadas and co-chairman Archon Ostiarios Michael G. Psaros. This year’s Lenten retreat will be at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Christian Church located in Southampton, New York (111 Saint Andrews Road, Southampton, NY 11968, Tel.: 631-283-6169). Our Retreat Master will be Reverend Dr. Stefanos Alexopoulos. Father Stefanos’ topic will be “The Power of Worship: Insights from Liturgical History, Liturgical Theology and Liturgical Anthropology”. Father Alexander Karloutsos and Father Constantine Lazarakis will join us as Retreat Pastors.
Please set aside the time on your calendars to join us in fellowship and prayer with your brother Archons and their families. It is an experience you will not forget and one that will reenergize your spiritual commitment to live a Christ-centered life. All of the information you will need is contained in the attached materials. There are a few actions you must take if you intend to come, including:
- Making your reservation with the Southampton Inn of Southampton. Call 631-283-6500 and mention the group name “Archons” to qualify for the special rate of $125.00, total price, for a room. Due to limited room availability, please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible and use the group name “Archons”.
- Sending a check for $50 per person, payable to the “Order of St. Andrew the Apostle” and your completed form, by no later than April 1, 2016.
The Retreat will begin on Friday, April 15th at 5:30 pm with the Akathist Hymn Service at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church followed by a Lenten Fellowship Dinner in The Muses. On Saturday, April 16th, we will convene in the Church at 8:30 am for Divine Liturgy, a light breakfast and continue the Retreat sessions. We expect to conclude approximately at 4:00pm with Great Vespers Services at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church. At 6:30pm Pilgrims will have the option to enjoy a delightful dinner at The Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack for a prix fixe total amount of $50.00 per person. Kindly notify the Archon office if you will be attending this dinner.
Please take advantage of this opportunity to energize your Orthodoxy and strengthen your devotion to our Lord and Savior so that we may serve the needs of the Great Church of Christ with the “shield of faith,” the “helmet of salvation” and the “sword of the Spirit” in the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, as we seek religious freedom for the Holy and Great Mother Church of Constantinople.
Anthony J. Limberakis, MD
Click here to download retreat forms and for more information.
HISTORY OF THE ARCHONS
The Order of St. Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was organized on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 10, 1966 when His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos conferred upon thirty outstanding laymen of the Church the various Offikion or Offices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on behalf of His All Holiness Patriarch Athenagoras of blessed memory. They were honored because of their love, loyalty and support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and their contribution to its advancement and welfare.
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