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On Thanksgiving day in Chicago this year, the Orthodox communities of Annunciation Cathedral and St. George came together to serve meals to the poor, homeless and lonely. Cooking took place all week, and many helped, including children and His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos. As always in this annual tradition, the invitation is open to anyone in need, and it’s business as usual for the larger ministry at work throughout the year.
The Philoptochos Metropolis Board, which leads the Philoptochos Ministry through the Metropolis of Chicago, runs the ‘Feed the Hungry’ program weekly, all year long. Fr. Stamatis Sfikas, Dean of the Annunciation Cathedral expresses how vital this ministry is:
We are so blessed to be the host parish for the Metropolis of Chicago’s ‘Feed the Hungry’ program, not only on Thanksgiving, but twice per month throughout the year. To see all of our people working together, across parishes, to fulfill Christ’s commandment of participating in almsgiving, is truly a humbling experience. Our Thanksgiving feast especially highlights the good work our Orthodox people continue to do for others, and it is truly an honor to be able to serve those in need. Their struggle, although outward in appearance, continually reminds us of the daily struggles we all face as one people. We hope that by providing this ministry, we can continue to grow Christ’s love in both our churches and throughout our beautiful city of Chicago.
The full article can be found at The Pappas Post, along with the photo shown above.
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