Fr. James Retelas

There Was Silence

“A Child Steals the Show” Προσφιλεῖς Ἀδελφοί καί Ἀδελφές ἐν Χριστῷ, Σέ αὐτή τήν εὐλογημένη ἑορτή τῆς Γεννήσεως τοῦ Λυτρωτοῦ καί Κυρίου μας Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, σᾶς χαιρετῶ μέ τήν χαρά καί τήν είρήνη πού συνοδεύουν τή λατρεία μας, τίς συγκεντρώσεις μας ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί Του στά σπίτια μας καί στίς κοινότητές μας, καί πού μᾶς…

Are You a Radical Christian?

In light of the recent horrific terrorist attacks in France, how are we to understand why young people of sound mind are “radicalized” to become such extremists, to the point of committing murder in the name of Allah? More importantly, how do we as Christians impart to our children a “radical” fervor for Christ without…

Tis the Season to Be Distracted

No sooner does parish life ramp up after summer and we find ourselves in the Christmas “pre-season.” I was at Home Depot the other day, mid October, and I was taken aback by the glut of glittering fake Christmas trees. Obviously the only factor that determines the launch of the holiday shopping season is consumer…

Striving for Academic Excellence? Don’t Forget Wisdom

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the Divine Liturgy, just prior to the Creed, the Priest calls us “to love one another that with one mind we may confess…” In ancient times, the gender separated congregation would then exchange the kiss of peace, but today, for pastoral reasons, only the clergy do so. Obviously,…

Are you Pentecostal?

          Pentecostalism and Eastern Orthodoxy By Edmund J. Rybarczyk ORTHODOX, if they know anything at all about Pentecostals, lump them with Evangelicals. Pentecostals might proffer a semblance of Christ’s presence, but lacking Christ’s apostolic priesthood and “the fullness of Orthodoxy,” as the Orthodox like to state it, they are relegated to…

Running the Great Race

Much has been said in the media of the iconic personality that was Eppie Johnson.  In my remarks at his funeral I referenced a letter he wrote to Metropolitan Gerasimos asking him to bless the 40th running of “Eppie’s Great Race.”  One thing I did not mention was the appellation to his signature identifying him…

Dear Parishioners of the Annunciation…

I read the following article in its entirety [“The Mystery That Moves the World Now Has a Name: How 150,000 Mayans Turned to Orthodoxy.” Road to Emmaus: Spring 2013] and my only response was what we proclaim at Great Vespers of Pentecost: What god is great as our God?  You are God, who alone works wonders! …

The Joy of Pascha: Burden or Relief?

You would think that after nearly two months of preparation for Great and Holy Pascha that we would be relieved that the day has finally arrived. With all the preparations, the fasting, the extra services, the emphasis on Confession, can’t we just enjoy the feast and set things on “cruise control” for a while?  Not…

Do I have a Church for You!

Father Timothy shared with me the following excerpt from delanceyplace.com: As reported by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jeffrey Marx, Gilman High School in Maryland has a highly successful football team.  And its coaches have a few unusual rules — such as an ironclad rule that no Gilman football player should ever let another Gilman boy…

In Search of Perfect Balance This Christmas

Dear Parishioners and Friends, I am writing this missive from the small apartment of our son Christopher and his new wife Kalliope, at Holy Cross in Brookline.  Presbytera Barbara and I decided to head east to celebrate my 60th birthday, opting for some quiet time on Cape Cod instead of a big celebration for this…