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The Blessing of Dome Cross
TODAY, Sunday, August 17, 2014 - The Blessing of the Dome Cross took place after Liturgy, surrounded by Altar Servers, Council members, and many children while the faithful stood attentively in the pews, singing hymns and bowing in reverence.

The Cross refurbishing was part of the overall outdoor Dome repair which will conclude next week.

As Crosses are being torn down off the Churches in the Middle East, this blessing TODAY served as a reminder to all of us of the Lord's sacrifice for all people and for peace between God and His creation.

 

October 23-26, 2014 Weekend -

“…Put on LOVE, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”  Colossians 3:14

August 9, 2014 

Your Eminence,

Your Graces,

Brother Clergy,

Esteemed Members of the Board of Trustees, the Order Governing Council, the Antiochian Village Council, the Antiochian Heritage Foundation, and friends of St. George Cathedral, 

Christ in our midst!  He is and ever shall be! 

St. George Cathedral welcomes you all to Miami!  Ahlan wa sahlan! 

We joyfully write, with the blessing of Sayidna JOSEPH, to inform you all of the final schedule for the October 23-26, 2014 Weekend - "A Tribute of Love."   - An official revised Press Release is below, which has been approved by Sayidna JOSEPH.  This Press Release includes the schedule, hotel information, and the purpose of the weekend - to offer "A Tribute of Love."  Formal invitation to follow. - The October weekend promises to be an unforgettable weekend - historic, notable, and momentous. The highlights include: 

  • "The Love Ball" Welcoming and Honoring Our Father and Metropolitan JOSEPH
  • Honoring His Grace Bishop ANTOUN ("Love Ball")
  • Offering "A Tribute of Love" to Our Beloved Father and Metropolitan PHILIP of Thrice-Blessed Memory ("Love Ball")
  • Honoring the Board of Trustees at the "Stewards Luncheon" on Sunday after Liturgy
  • Blessing and Ribbon-Cutting of newly-renovated Cathedral Hall on Saturday evening

 - A Formal Invitation will be sent out next week and will include RSVP cards for weekend events. - Information on "The Love Ball" Program Book, which will include greetings and well-wishes to the honorees, will be forthcoming.  - Complimentary Transportation to and from the hotel and Church will be provided for entire weekend, for your convenience. - Please note the cut-off date for Hotel Reservations is September 29, 2014.  The Press Release, below, has reservation information.  For your convenience, please see the following link to reserve, modify or cancel any hotel reservations: https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=11183286 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Cathedral Office at the information below.  Looking forward to seeing you all for what promises to be a spectacular weekend!  Until then, we remain

Yours in Christ,

St. George Cathedral

Coral Gables, Florida

Statement of His Beatitude Patriarch JOHN X
2014-07-23

Statement from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East

Damascus

At a time when Syria's wounds have been bleeding for more than three years, amidst the wounds of Iraq, which has experienced conflict since the 1980's, amidst the unrest that is sweeping countries near and far, and amidst the world's indifference to Palestine's wounds, which have not healed in almost seventy years, these days in particular we are witnessing a multiplication of these wounds in the expulsion of Mosul's Christians and the all-out assault on Gaza amidst a disgraceful international silence.
The cycle of violence sweeping Iraq and Syria, expelling peaceful citizens has not let up, as recent events in Iraq and specifically in Mosul have completed the series of murder, religious prejudice, and terror.

We strongly condemn attacks on any segment of society in this Middle East and we especially condemn the attack on the Christians of Mosul and their being compelled by force of arms to change their religion under the penalty of paying the Jizya or abandoning their homes and having their property confiscated. These fundamentalist movements that are trying to become mini-states through force and terror with outside moral and material support are the greatest threat to people in the Middle East and to coexistence there. We ask the international community and specifically the United Nations and all global powers and organizations to take into proper consideration what is happening in Iraq, Mosul and the entire Middle East.

We call on them to deal with the current situation courageously, with a genuine language of human rights and not a language of interests that uses the principles of human rights and exploits them in the service of narrow aims and interests. We ask the countries that provide outside support to these groups, whether directly or indirectly, to cease immediately from all forms of material, moral, logistical and military support for these extremist groups and so cut off at its root the terrorism that is first of all a threat to the peace and peoples of those countries. We likewise call for an end to resorting to any form of violence as a means by which citizens deal with each other.

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2014-07-23

بيان صادر عن بطريركية أنطاكية وسائر المشرق للروم الأرثوذكس

دمشق

في الوقت الذي مازال فيه جرح سوريا نازفاً منذ أكثر من ثلاث سنين ووسط جروح العراق الذي اختبر مآسي الصراعات منذ ثمانينات القرن الماضي والقلاقل التي تجتاح كثيراً من الدول القريبة والبعيدة ووسط ركون العالم إلى جرح فلسطين الذي لم يندمل منذ ما يقارب السبعين عاماً، نشهد، في هذه الأيام خصوصاً، جرحاً مضاعفاً يتمثل بتهجير مسيحيي الموصل واستباحة غزة وسط صمتٍ دوليٍّ معيب.

وكأن دوامة العنف التي تجتاح العراق وسوريا والتي هجرت الكثير من المواطنين الآمنين لم تكف، فأتت الأحداث الأخيرة في العراق وفي الموصل بالتحديد لتكمل مسلسلاً من القتل والتكفير والإرهاب. ندين بشدة التعرّض لأيّ طيفٍ من أطياف هذا المشرق ونستنكر بشكل خاص التعرض للمسيحيين في الموصل وإجبارهم بقوة السلاح على تغيير معتقدهم تحت طائلة فرض الجزية أو هجر البيوت ومصادرة الممتلكات. إن هذه الحركات الأصولية، والتي تسعى أن تكون دويلات بمنطق القوة وترهيب الآخر وبدعم ماديّ ومعنويّ من الخارج، هي أخطر ما تكون على إنسان هذا المشرق وعلى العيش المشترك في رحابه. نطالب المجتمع الدولي وهيئة الأمم المتحدة بالتحديد وكل القوى والمنظّمات العالمية النظر بعين الحق إلى ما يجري في العراق والموصل وكل منطقة الشرق الأوسط، ونهيب بهم التعامل بشجاعة مع هذه الأوضاع الراهنة بلغة الإنسانية الحقّة لا بلغة المصالح التي تستخدم مبادئ الحقوق الإنسانية وتطوعها خدمةً للمآرب والمصالح الضيّقة. كما نطالب الدول التي تؤمّن الدعم الخارجي لهذه الحركات، مباشرة أو بشكل غير مباشر، بالوقف الفوري لكل أشكال الدعم المادي واللوجستي والعسكري والمعنوي لهذه الحركات المتطرفة وقطعِ دابر الإرهاب الذي هو خطرٌ أولٌ على شعوب وسلام تلك الدول أولاً. كما ندعو للكفّ عن اللجوء إلى كل شكل من أشكال العنف كوسيلة تعامل بين المواطنين.

نحن في بطريركية أنطاكية وسائر المشرق للروم الأرثوذكس، إذ نؤكد دوماً أن المسيحيين والمسلمين هما رئتان لجسد مشرقيٍّ واحد، يقوم على المواطنة والعيش الواحد، نرفض كل ما من شأنه أن يسيء أولاً لسمعة الإسلام السمح الذي اختبرنا وإياه طيب أخوّةٍ وسلام عيشٍ، وأن يعطِّل ثانيًا حق المواطنين بممارسة حضورهم الوطنيّ بعيدًا عن أيّ ضغط فئويّ، مذهبيّاً كان أم عرقيّاً.

ووسط تفرّج العالم على ما يجري في الموصل، هاهو مسلسل العنف يتكرر في قطاع غزة تحت مبررات عدة وسط صمتٍ دوليٍّ مريب. كلّ ذلك والعالم الخارجي يكتفي بالتفرج على حمام الدم الذي لم يوفر أطفالاً ولا شيوخاً ولا نساءً. وكأن هذا المشرق قد أمسى مختبراً لفعالية كل أنواع الأسلحة وأرضاً خصبة تمر عليها كل المؤامرات. وكأن إنسانه سلعةٌ تجارية خُلقت لتكون عجينةً في يد قوى الظلام، وهو المخلوق ليكون صورة البهاء الرباني ومحط مرضاة الخالق بحسن العلاقة مع الأخ في الوطن والإنسانية.

نحن في بطريركية أنطاكية وسائر المشرق للروم الأرثوذكس، ندرك وحدة المصير التي تربطنا مع إخواننا في فلسطين من مسيحيين ومسلمين، ونطالب المجتمع الدولي وقفَ آلة النار في غزة ورفع الحصار الآثم عن إخوتنا في فلسطين، الذين تبقى قضيتهم قضية البشرية بامتيازٍ ويبقى تشبّثُهم بأرضهم وتوقُهم للعودة إليها مبعث أملٍ لكل معذّبٍ في هذا المشرق ووصمةَ عار في جبين من تقف "حقوق الإنسان" عندهم عند روابي فلسطين، في حين تُجيَّرُ هذه "الحقوق" ويُتاجَر بها للتدخل في شؤون شعوب أخرى.

نصلي إلى الله أن يعطي العالم السلام وأن يقوي كل من هم في ضيق ويديم سلامه في المشرق لتنعم الإنسانية بالخير والطمأنينة.

Dormition Fast Began on August 1st

The Theotokos, the Virgin Mary, was “blessed amongst women,” and she was chosen “to bear the Savior of our souls.” Orthodox Christians consider her to be the Queen of all the saints and angels.

Knowing that she is eternally present at the throne of God interceding for mankind, we pray for her love, guidance, and protection. Every year the Orthodox Church sets aside the first fourteen days of August in honor of the Virgin Mary. This fast period is climaxed on August 15th, when the Church gathers to celebrate the Great Feast of the Dormition (Falling-Asleep) of the Theotokos.

2014 Archdiocesan (National) Oratorical Contest

Job well done to Miss Noura Soufia who competed in the Archdiocesan (National) Oratorical Contest on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Antiochian Village in Pennsylvania!

Noura represented the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast as its Champion. Great job to all 7 Diocesan Champions and the National winner from the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest.

Picture on the side (left to right): Noura Soufia, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH, Fr. Fouad Saba.

 

St. George Cathedral in Coral Gables, Florida, heard loud and clear this call of the Lord.  In less than 10 months, the parish has collected and distributed near $100,000.00 in monetary aid and supplies.  Some of the recipients include:
 
IOCC (relief in Syria and Middle East)
Al-Kafaat Foundation
Miami Rescue Mission
Children's Home Society
Hope for Women Society
Children's Relief Fund (Lebanon and Palestine)
IOCC (Hygiene Kits)
Orphans in Syria (Antiochian Women Annual Project)
Miami Department of Children Services
Food for Hungry People Program
Special Olympics (Archdiocese record collection)
Local School (200 Backpacks)
Local homeless shelters
Local needy families (Good Samaritan Program)
 
"Whatever you did to the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40)
 
Fr. Saba commented, "This is the work of the Gospel.  This is a great achievement, but the Gospel is not satisfied.  We must do more.  It has been said, 'charity starts at home,' but this is not how Christ taught and this is not what Christ expects from His Church.  We pray God will enable us to do more for those around us and those absent from among us."
 
Mustaheq!  Axios!  He is worthy!

His Eminence Archbishop JOSEPH has been elected Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America by the Holy Synod of Antioch, meeting in Balamand, Lebanon on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Please visit the Website of the Patriarchate of Antioch to view the announcement.  Much more additional information is forthcoming.

His Eminence will be visiting St. George Cathedral in Coral Gables, FL, from October 23-26, 2014.  Save the date!

Mustaheq!  Axios!  He is worthy!

Cathedral News
Sunday School -

Registration begins Sunday, August 3rd, for the 2014-2015 Sunday School years! Sunday School programs serves grades Pre-k thru High School. First day of classes is Sunday, September 7th!


Stewardship -

On November 24th, the St. George Cathedral Stewardship Committee presented the new " 2014 Stewardship Form". this form when completed, will aid Fr. Saba and the Stewardship Committee to better serve St. George Cathedral family by updating the Cathedral Directory, improving communication, and creating and implementing varios ministries and program.


Hall Renovation Fund

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Coral Gables, Florida 33134

 

 

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