Letter by Fr. John Lardas for the Beginning of the New Ecclesiastical Year

August 19, 2013                                 St. Andrew the General

Dear Parishioners,

O Fashioner of all creation, who made seasons and years by Your own authority, bless the crown of the year with Your goodness, O Lord, and preserve our rulers and Your city in peace, at the intercession of the Theotokos, and save us. Apolytikion of Indiction


As the summer begins to subside and fall begins to arrive, I hope and pray that the Lord blessed you and your family with the joy and love that is transmitted in family events that are planned during the summer.

The Cathedral is preparing for many special events in the midst of the 100th Anniversary Celebration.  His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta will be celebrating the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral on Sunday, September 22nd.  His Eminence had served as the Dean of the Cathedral.  The Philoptochos will be sponsoring their annual luncheon following the Divine Liturgy, in church hall, in honor of His Eminence’s visit.

On Saturday, November 9th, the 100th Anniversary Gala will be held at Steiner Studios. Please mark your calendars so that this evening will truly be an evening not to forget.  Additional information will be forthcoming shortly.

The A. Fantis Parochial School of SS Constantine and Helen will begin Monday, September 9th.  There will also be a welcome back barbeque sponsored by the youth following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, September 15th.  At this time, there will be registration for Sunday School, Philoptochos and the Youth Organizations.

We also welcome to the community the new choir director, Maria Zollo.  Maria is a college student at Mannes The New School of Music.  Maria has been singing in a church choir from a baby while her mother, Zoe Zollo conducted the choir at the Archangel Michael Church in Port Washington.

As we begin the new ecclesiastical year, I leave you with a quote from one of the hymns of the praises for this feast day, “Since we have all learned the Lord’s prayer, which Christ himself taught us, let us recite it daily…”



In Christ’s Ministry,



Fr. John Lardas