September is a new beginning on the Church’s Calendar as we reinvigorate all our ministries in the parishes. It is also a time to reinvigorate our Philoptochos chapters around the Metropolis. This is the time to personally invite our parishioners (both men and women) to participate in philanthropy. The Lord calls us to help those in need and we are now offered a new opportunity to respond. In this way, we will be following in the tradition of the Early Church. It was the love which united the Christians and their compassion for the suffering people around them that inspired others to want to become Christians. This love derives from the love of Christ for us, who was willing to lay down His life for our salvation. This is the Truth of God revealed to humanity and we need to present it to the world through our life and actions.
“This is the time to personally invite our parishioners (both men and women) to participate in philanthropy. The Lord call us to help those in need and we are no offered a new opportunity to respond.”
As Orthodox Christians we have the special repository of Tradition that goes back to the Apostles. We have been entrusted with the Truths of the Christian Faith as lived and experienced by countless generations over the last two thousand years. Let’s offer these treasures to those thirsty souls that seek them. We should not force our views on others, but we should witness to the Truths of the Faith, proclaiming with our mouths, but also with our lives that Jesus Christ is our God and Savior, whose example of love and sacrifice we are following.
In Christ’s Love,
† Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou Spiritual Advisor
Spiritual Advisor of the Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos
Fr. Panayiotis was born on the island of Cyprus. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from City College, New York, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA and a Ph.D. in Early Christian Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
He has served as a priest in the U.S. and Cyprus and taught Orthodox Theology and Spirituality in Cyprus, Jerusalem, Canada and the US.
Currently, he is serving as pastor of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, in Marietta, Georgia. He serves on the Atlanta Metropolis Council and Archdiocesan Presbyters Council.
Fr. Panayiotis continues to pursue research in the Late Antique Roman History and Theology and is the author of many articles. He has recently published the book: Homilies on Romans by St. John Chrysostom, Volume 1, (modern English translation) Holy Cross Press, 2013.
Fr. Panayiotis is married to Presvytera Catherine. They have two children, a son (Efstratios) and a daughter (Olympia), ages 23 and 20.