St. James is located in Buford, Georgia, in the northeast metropolitan Atlanta area. Founded in 2013, we are a quickly growing mission of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. Our services are family-friendly and are celebrated in English. We encourage you to visit us and to discover for yourself the enduring appeal of the Eastern Orthodox faith. "Come and see." (John 1:46)
|03/21/15||The Lament of Eve - |
(Excerpted from the Mar. 22, 2015 Sunday bulletin)
Mary, the Mother of God, sang:
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
And Eve sang:
My heart leaps with pride and triumphant joy in beholding Mary, my long hoped-for daughter; how by her meekness, love, purity, and obedience she reversed my great sins of pride, apostasy, adultery, and disobedience.
By the virginity and kenosis – willing sacrifice – of her spirit, soul and body, God deemed her meet to bear our Savior: He who by His death on the tree of the cross reverses the sin Adam and I committed through the tree.
My soul will forever praise her example: a handmaiden of God, a helpmate for mankind to all eternity, subservient with joy to the will of her Master.
– From Johanna Manley’s The Lament of Eve
|03/14/15||March is Women's Month - |
The Antiochian Orthodox Church of North America celebrates Women’s Month in March, as designated by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory. We should all remember the many events in Christ’s blessed life where women played a major role. From the Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel to our “second Eve,” our Most Holy, Immaculate, and Blessed Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, to our Lord’s visit to the home of Martha and Mary, to those who stayed at the foot of the cross, women have always served our Lord.
We are grateful for all the women in our church, who offer tremendous service to our faith and parish, and whose witness is indispensable in the history of the Church. Thank you, ladies, for your faithful support!
|03/09/15||Frozen - |
Fr. Steven has a new article reflecting on themes from the Disney movie Frozen and the commemoration of the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebasteia.
|03/02/15||Fr. Steven's Podcast Series: The Life of the Church Today - |
Listen to Fr. Steven's newest podcast series, "The Life of the World Today," on the Ancient Faith Radio website! Fr. Steven discusses the Church at work in the world and important topical issues sometimes hidden from view.
|03/01/15||Icons, the Invisible Made Visible - |
(Excerpted from the Mar. 1, 2015 Sunday bulletin)
"Perhaps some contentious unbeliever might dispute with us, saying that we venerate images in our churches, and he had therefore concluded that we pray to lifeless idols. Far be it from us to do this! Christians live by faith, and God, who does not deceive us, has shown mighty signs in our midst. Our images are not merely colored pictures; for when we remember whose representation the painting is, we see the invisible made visible through the visible representation, and glorify him who is made present, for we do not believe in a God who is absent, but in Him who is truly present: It is the same for the saints; they have not ceased to exist, but they are present, because they are alive in God." – St. Symeon Stylites
|02/03/15||Preparing Ourselves for Great Lent - |
(Excerpted from the Feb. 1, 2015 Sunday bulletin)
We have entered the period of the Lenten Triodion. The Lenten Triodion is the name of the book of hymns sung during Great Lent and the three weeks of pre-lent. It gets its name from three verses (tri-odes) that are chanted throughout Great Lent and pre-lent during matins. These verses are chanted immediately after Psalm 50. They are a prayer inspired by King David's repentance:
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Open to me the doors of repentance, O Life-giver; for my soul goeth early to the temple of Thy holiness, coming in the temple of my body, wholly polluted. But because Thou art compassionate, purify me by the compassion of Thy mercies.
Both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen. Prepare for me the way of salvation, O Theotokos; for I have profaned myself with coarse sins, and consumed my whole life with procrastination. But by thine intercessions purify thou me from all abomination.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving-kindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
If I think upon the multitude of my evil deeds, I tremble for the terrible Day of Judgment. But, trusting the compassion of Thy mercy, I shout to Thee like David, Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy Great Mercy.
|01/17/15||Fr. Paisios Canonized on Jan. 13 - |
(Excerpted from the Jan. 18, 2015 Sunday bulletin)
Our venerable and God-bearing Father Paisios of Mount Athos or Paisios the New, of the Holy Mountain (July 25, 1924 – July 12, 1994), also known as Elder Paisios, was a monastic of Mount Athos. An ascetic, he was known by his visitors for his gentle manner and acceptance of those who came to receive his advice, counsel, and blessing. His words of counsel continue to be published. Elder Paisios was canonized on January 13th, 2015, by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Church commemorates St. Paisios on July 12. The saint said, among many things, "A humble man is worth more than the whole world. He's stronger than anything. Today no one wants stock in humility. No one can go to heaven by moving up in the world – only by making a spiritual descent [into humility]. Everyone who humbles himself and is careful will be saved."