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METROPOLITAN TARASIOS LITURGY & WELCOME RECEPTION - Sunday, February 23
The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute is pleased to announce its new Director Metropolitan Tarasios. Please help us warmly welcome His Eminence to the Bay Area at a reception in The Oaks immediately following Divine Services.
ANNUAL CRAB FEED - Saturday, February 29
Presented by our Hostess with the Mostest, Mrs. Jenny Hatzopoulos, Sonya Rowen, and Bill Azar. Hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 6:00 PM, and the crab will be marched in at 7:30 PM.   In the Fellowship Hall. Menu: Greek salad, Greek-style pasta, fresh crab, dessert. Greek music.  There will be a no-host Full Bar with drinks and soft drinks. $65 for adults; $25 for kids ages 4-11; children 3 and under, free. To RSVP, visit https://www.churchyard.org/Events/CrabFeed/ or mail office@goholycross.org with: your name, #of guests, contact phone number. We are accepting both individual and full table of 10 reservations. Seating will be open with the exception of full tables. Make your reservations early! Bring your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers! Reserve a place today!  Seating is limited!
HUMAN TRAFFICKING SEMINAR - Saturday, March 14
The Women’s Wellness and Awareness Ministry of our Metropolis and our Philoptochos present a Human Trafficking Seminar on Saturday, March 14 from 11-3.  All donations will benefit rehabilitation services for those who have been victims of human trafficking.  This is a problem which is not limited to areas of poverty or faraway places.  It happens in families of privilege and on the school yard, online and in the workplace.  Come and find out how to be aware, prepared and protect your family.  Dr. Tanya Spirtos is putting together an amazing program of experts on the subject.  Bring a friend, neighbor or co-worker. Click here for the SAVE THE DATE flyer.




SAINTS OF THE DAY - Sunday, November 3 - Martyrs Akepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbytera and Aethalas the Deacon of Persia
Martyrs Akepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter and Aethalas the Deacon of Persia were leaders of the Christian Church in the Persian city of Naesson. His flock devotedly loved their hierarch for his ascetic life and tireless pastoral work.  /  The emperor Sapor ordered his men to seek out and kill Christian clergy. Saint Akepsimas also was arrested, even though he was already an eighty-year-old man. They took him to the city of Arbela, where he came before the judge Ardarkh, a pagan priest of the sun god. The holy Elder refused to offer sacrifice to the Persian gods. For this he was fiercely beaten and thrown into prison, where on the following day the seventy-year-old priest Joseph and the deacon Aethalas were severely beaten and thrown into jail with him. For three years the saints were held in confinement, and suffered from hunger and thirst.  /  Emperor Sapor came to the temple of the god of fire, located not far from Arbela, and wanted to take a look at the three holy martyrs. Exhausted and covered with festering wounds, the saints were brought before the emperor. When he asked them to worship the pagan gods they firmly refused, confessing their faith in Christ instead.  /  The holy bishop was beheaded, but the presbyter and deacon were taken into the city to be stoned.  /  The execution of the presbyter Joseph was prolonged for several hours. A guard was placed near the place of execution, so that Christians would not take the body of the holy martyr. On the fourth night a strong windstorm raged near the city, lightning killed the guard, the wind tossed stones about, and the body of Saint Joseph disappeared.  /  Deacon Aethalas was taken to the village of Patrias, where he was stoned. Christians secretly buried his body. A tree grew on the saint’s grave, and its fruit brought healings.
 
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