February 25, 2013
Reverend Clergy and the Faithful of the Holy and God-protected Metropolis of Atlanta
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
“There is no relationship between human beings so close as that of husband and wife, if they are united as they ought to be.”
St. John Chrysostom
As we are still at the beginning of the year, I greet you today with love and great joy in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, praying that the coming year will be filled with His blessings for you and your parish family.
Our Church affirms the importance of the Christian family as a blessing and a gift from God, the model of spiritual unity, a partnership of love, friendship. As Orthodox Christians, we are concerned that each and every family is united with Christ and His Holy Church, in a place where relationships with God and each other can be nurtured and sustained.
For this reason, we are constantly thinking about programs and the means by which we can support marriages and families. Because there is a great need for this kind of help, information and guidance for the Faithful, based on our Orthodox faith and understanding. This is why it is so important that we, as the spiritual fathers, make every effort to help our families, and nurture and support their spiritual lives.
Our Metropolis Family Ministry, led by Father Gregory Georgiou and Mrs. Paula Marchman is an excellent resource of Orthodox materials to assist the healthy development and maintenance of Christ-centered marriages and families. Topics include marriage at all stages of life, parenting, single life, grief, single parenting, substance abuse, stress, communication, trauma, Church etiquette, common Church myths and more.
I am attaching information about the new and improved blog and other resources at the Family Life Ministry website:www.familylifeministry.atlanta.goarch.org. I would like for you to make it a priority to share this important information with the Faithful, so that they know about this vital ministry to our families.
As we journey through the coming year, I pray that all of our families will be blessed with an abundance of God’s good gifts: joy, health, love, and peace of mind and heart. Thanking God in every way for you and remembering you in prayer, I remain
Paternally yours with love in Christ,
Metropolitan of Atlanta