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Message of His Eminence, Archbishop Nicolae on the Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit


To the beloved Clergy and right-believing Christians of our Holy Archdiocese


Most Reverend Fathers,
Beloved Christians,

Pentecost is the celebration of the Holy Spirit-s coming into the world, the Spirit who "moved over the face of the waters" during the first moments of Creation and who now is re-sent in order to complete the saving work of the Risen and Exalted Christ, Who is seated at the right hand of the Father. The Spirit comes to bestow on each of us the fruits of this saving work. At the event of Pentecost, the Spirit comes upon the disciples and makes them into the Body of Christ, His Bride. The Church is this new reality which unites heaven with earth, God with human beings. And this new reality is born of a new power, the power of the infinite love of God which came to raise mankind out of weakness and bestow upon him eternity, triumphing "over death by death". The Church was born at Pentecost as a reality endued with a power from heaven, a power which it will bear and pass on to the world.

The Church is thus the bearer of this ever-renewed love. For the Holy Spirit ever descends in the Church, bringing Christ and offering Him to those who hunger and thirst after Him. The Spirit descends requested through prayer and abides in souls that are pure and reconciled with God and neighbor.

As Christians, as members of the Church of Christ founded at Pentecost, we are a part of this new reality and we are called to witness to it and spread it abroad. Only the one who abides in the love of Christ and in the peace of the Holy Spirit which dwells in the Church can worthily fulfill this ministry. The contemporary world needs this peace and love which descend from heaven, and the true Christian can offer them, as one who receives them in the Church. Therefore my word to you at this Feast is an exhortation to reflect upon our own destiny as Christians of the twenty-first century. Peace and love as gifts of the Holy Spirit are our gifts to our neighbors and the signs of our Christian witness.

I send best wishes for peace, joy, and fulfillment to the priests and faithful of the parishes who have as their patronal feast this Feast or the one from the second day, the Feast of the Holy Trinity: to the parishes in Rochester, Philadelphia, Troy, Windsor, and Saskatoon. May God the Father renew the sending of the Holy Spirit and make us partakers of His manifold gifts. Our hope is that we might all meet again at the upcoming Archdiocesan Congress, the first in our new Eparchial Center in Chicago.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all!


Archpastoral Itinerary

Saturday, 29 May

  • Vespers in Holy Trinity Parish, Rochester

Sunday, 30 May - Pentecost

  • Divine Liturgy in Holy Trinity Parish, Philadelphia.

  • Vespers in Sf. Andrei Parish, Reading, PA

Monday, 31 May

  • HE well be at St. Tikhon Monastery for the pilgrimage day

Friday, 4 June

  • Service of Holy Unction in All Saints Parish, Toronto, ON.

Saturday, 5 June

  • Vespers at the same Church

Sunday, 6 June

  • Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, same parish, on the occasion of its patron feast

Archdiocese News

Visit of His Beatitude, Patriarch Teoctist, to Constantinople

At the invitation of His All-Holiness, Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, His Beatitude Patriarch Teoctist, accompanied by a delegation from the Romanian Orthodox Church, made a brotherly visit to the Ecumenical Patriarch on May 18-24. The itinerary of the visit included a pilgrimage to the ancient province of Cappadocia, a cradle of Orthodox life, spirituality, and theological culture from the earliest Christian centuries. The two primates celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the church in Caesarea (Neapolis) on the Feasts of the Ascension (May 20) and of Sts. Constantine and Helen (May 21). On Sunday, May 23, His All-Holiness Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and His Beatitude Patriarch Teoctist, together with a group of Greek and Romanian hierarchs, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Holy Martyr Parascheva, situated in the Haskoy quarter near the Golden Horn. The church has been donated by the Ecumenical Patriarch for the use of the Romanian Orthodox Christians in Istanbul.

The Romanian Orthodox community of Istanbul was granted the use of the St. Parascheva Church, founded by the Holy Martyr, Voievod Constantin Brâncoveanu, as the result of an agreement between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Romanian Patriarchate, signed on March 1, 2004, by its representatives, Archbishop Teodosie of Tomis and Bishop Ciprian Câmpineanul, Patriarchal Vicar. On the basis of this agreement, Fr. Silviu State, the representative of the Romanian Orthodox community of Istanbul, took over this house of worship from the Greek community following the signing of a document by Mr. Stavros Vasiliadou, President of the Administrative Council of the community. This document was validated by the Turkish authorities, with the support of the Romanian Minister of External Affairs and the Romanian Embassy in Ankara.

First Patronal Feast of the Cathedral and Eparchial Center in Chicago

On Sunday, May 23, the clergy and faithful of the Eparchial Center in Chicago celebrated the first patronal feast of the Center, Sts. Constantine and Helen. The celebration began with Vespers on Saturday, May 22, with the participation of Fathers Vladimir and Alexander from the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity which provided us space during the first months after the Eparchial Center was moved to Chicago. Archbishop Nicolae expressed his gratitude for their presence and their help, as well as our joy in being able to receive them in the new Eparchial Center of our Archdiocese.

The celebration continued on Sunday with the Divine Liturgy and a festive meal. For the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Ioan Ioniţă, Archdiocesan Vicar, was also present with the priests of the cathedral. His Eminence, Archbishop Iakovos of the Greek Metropolis of Chicago, attended the Liturgy, as well as a group from our St. Mary parish in Ft. Wayne. The same words of gratitude were addressed to Archbishop Iakovos, who had directly intervened in order that the Divine Services of our Center could be held at the Greek Holy Trinity Church. At the festive meal which followed, the children and young people presented a lovely and unexpected artistic program. All who were present, both the faithful of the Cathedral and our guests, enjoyed a program consisting of poetry and music from the Romanian and international repertoire. Words of appreciation and gratitude were given by His Excellence, Mr. George Predescu, Romanian Consul General in Chicago, His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos, and His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae.

This first patronal feast celebrated in our new Eparchial Center in Chicago was truly an occasion of joy and hope for those present: joy because of God-s blessing and the fruit of the mission of our Archdiocese in Chicago, hope regarding the future of this mission, which is tied to the response of the faithful, and the good turnout and participation of the children and youth in the Church and in the activities organized for them.

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May 28, 2017 - Divine Liturgy at St. Dimitrios the New Monastery, Middletown, NY

May 25, 2017 - Ascension of the Lord - Divine Liturgy at Ss. Constantine and Helen Cathedral, Chicago, IL

May 21, 2017 - Ss. Constantine and Helen - Divine Liturgy at Ss. Constantine and Helen Cathedral, Chicago, IL

May 16, 2017 - Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, New York, NY

May 14, 2017 - Divine Liturgy at the Resurrection of the Lord parish, Sacramento, CA

Bishop Ioan Casian's Pastoral Itinerary

May 21, 2017 - Ss. Constantine and Helen – Divine Liturgy at Ss. Constantine and Helen parish, Edmonton, AB

May 14, 2017 - Divine Liturgy at St. Mary’s parish, Boian, AB

May 7, 2017 - Divine Liturgy at St. George parish, St. Hubert, QC

April 30, 2017 - Divine Liturgy at Ss. Constantine and Helen Cathedral, Chicago, IL

April 23, 2017 - St. George - Divine Liturgy at St. George parish, St. Hubert, QC