Choral Music Lessons. On January 26th and 29th, Presvytera Stacey Dorrance of Eikona worked with our parish and taught us about choral music and chanting. This was transformative and so helpful to our mission parish!
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Protocol No. 122/15
July 4, 2015
To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America
Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The annual celebration of Independence Day in this country is an opportunity for all to reflect on the value of freedom, its role in the history of the United States of America, and the opportunities it provides for relationships, life, and well-being. The value and priority of freedom is evident in the history of this country, both through the struggles to achieve it for all persons as well as in the great accomplishments and progress that have been made in terms of the freedom to think, speak, move, invent, and succeed.
As Greek Americans and Orthodox Christians we celebrate this freedom. We recognize the blessings that freedom has provided to our families and ourselves as we live, work, and worship in this country. We also recognize the value of freedom in emphasizing our heritage and identity. We are free to share this cherished heritage in an environment that values freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas and diversity.
We have much to offer from our historic heritage. As members of this society and as Orthodox Christians we know we are truly free when our pursuits and goals are not for ourselves but for the benefit and spiritual well-being of others and for the honor and glory of God. Our freedom to speak is an opportunity to proclaim the Gospel. Our freedom to live securely is freedom to keep our ultimate trust in God. Our freedom to achieve is the opportunity for spiritual growth in communion with God and to guide others to do the same. Our freedom to believe is our opportunity to be a constant and beautiful witness through our worship in truth and love.
As we join with family, communities, and as a nation in the observance of Independence Day and the celebration of freedom, may we affirm our commitment to sharing the true freedom we have thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, and may we lead others to see the abundant life and tremendous blessings that this freedom offers to all people. I pray that the Liberator God and God of freedom be with you always.
With paternal love in Him,
Archbishop of America
The Maui Mission had a wonderful celebration of Renewal Saturday with Father Alexander on April 18, 2015. As usual, it was indeed a blessing for us that Father Alexander could celebrate with our mission parish this month.
The Maui Mission had a wonderful Holy Week celebration this past April, 2015. So many parish members expressed heartfelt thanks that Father John could be with us for Holy Week and Pascha this year! This was the first time in many years that our mission parish had a visiting priest on Maui during Holy Week and Pascha.
The Maui Orthodox Christian Mission has the honor of hosting an extended visit by Reverend Father John Kalantzis for Holy Week and Pascha 2015. Father John is the United States Navy Deputy Fleet Chaplain for the U.S. Pacific Fleet and is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese serving in Hawaii with the blessing of Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Franciso. Father John will celebrate the Thursday Evening Passion Service of the 12 Gospels on April 9th, the Friday Evening Service of the Lamentations on April 10th, the Saturday Evening Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy on April 11th, and Sunday Agape Vespers on April 12, 2015. This is a great blessing for our mission parish and it is the first time in many years that Holy Week and Easter Day Services is held on the Island of Maui! We hope this will be a great blessing to you and your family. -- April 5, 2015
The Maui Mission had a wonderful celebration of Theophany in January, 2015. It was indeed a blessing for His Grace Bishop Apostolos to spend time with our mission parish.
Bishop Apostolos performed the Great Blessing of Water in Kihei, Maui -- January 3, 2015
The Maui Orthodox Christian Mission has the honor of hosting a visit by His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia in early January 2015. Bishop Apostolos will celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, January 3rd. Following the Liturgy, His Grace will celebrate the feast of the Epiphany with the Great Blessing of Waters. We hope all parishioners can attend. -- December 29, 2014
The Maui Orthodox Christian Mission has the honor of hosting a visit by Archbishop Benjamin of the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America. His Eminence will be visiting with us for the May 24th Matins and Divine Liturgy services. -- May 8, 2014
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
This past year the Lord has blessed our small parish in many ways, beginning with a visit by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos, Chancellor Father Apostolos and Father Theodore last January for Theophany.
Over the year we have undergone a number of transitions and changes. One major change was how we conduct our services in English, and more about that particular change below. One major transition was the assignment of a new priest, Father Alexander Leong, now serving at Sts. Constantine and Helen on Oahu and monthly too at our small mission parish. We had our first Matins and Divine Liturgy service with Father Alexander on September 28th, remembering Chariton the Confessor. We are very thankful for such a gentle and kind priest and look forward to worshiping the Lord with him in the months to come.
Our parish has had several visiting priests. First Fr. Photios Dumont served Divine Liturgy on July 14th, the Sunday of the Holy Fathers, and Matins and Divine Liturgy on July 21st, the 4th Sunday of Matthew. This was the first time our parish had an Orthros service -- it was awe-inspiring for us. Second, Fr. Luke Palumbis served Matins and Divine Liturgy on August 25th, the 9th Sunday of Matthew. These extra services had been genuinely uplifting and a great inspiration beyond words to adequately express. With these visiting priests, we have seen firsthand how the Holy Spirit works through faithful servants of the Church. For example, there was standing room only during Fr. Photios' visit, an apt occurrence for such a humble and faithful sermon! Additionally, Fr. James Retelas served on October 6th, the 3rd Sunday of Luke. And the Lord blessed our small parish again, with a visit in November by Father Timothy from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada. Father Timothy was our first visiting priest from another jurisdiction.
Over the past year, we have conducted all our services entirely in English. And we have strived to make it as easy as possible for parishioners and visitors alike to follow along and participate. Yet, we learned that creating an easy English version is not at all an easy undertaking. The goal was a sequential hymnal for each daily service -- and we now regularly post typeset versions on the parish website. These compilations contain two versions of the service of the day, a text only version and a text plus music version. As there are multiple jurisdictions represented in our mission, we have tried to find an optimal English representation that can suit everyone. As already mentioned, this is not an easy task -- yet we are continually striving to find the best way forward. In our quest for Byzantine chant, we explored and draw from many sources, including from Holy Cross seminary, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Religious Education, New Byzantium Publications, The Monastery of St. John of San Francisco, St. Anthony's Monastery Divine Music Project, eMatins, Fr. Seraphim Dedes, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, and Eikona.
During the last Eastern Orthodox Church year, we celebrated Divine Liturgy seventeen times, Matins nine times, Typika six times, and a Thursday Evening Passion Service. The Parish Council of Sts. Constantine and Helen graciously provided our mission parish a gift so that families from the Maui Mission could visit Oahu for the Holy Week and Pascha services. Two families were able to attend St. Constantine and Helen.
All our services last year were held at St. Theresa Church in Kihei, on Saturdays in the large sanctuary and on Sundays in smaller venues on the Church campus. We had many visitors join us for services. Last year, well over three dozen families visited the Maui Orthodox Christian Mission (including from Arizona, Australia, California, Vancouver Canada, Windsor Ontario Canada, Richmonds British Colombia Canada, Greece, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Oregon, and Washington) to attend our parish services and fellowship hour afterwards. During some services we had standing room only.
We are thankful for the opportunity to have communion on Maui Island with our Lord and are thankful for the many new friends we have made over the past year, including many who live around the world.
We are in a very remote location, yet we have been spiritually fully nourished. During the coming new Church year, we seek to serve many in our island community and broader ohana, to trust the Lord even more and to continue to wait for Him. We remember Isaiah 40:31 and keep this particular scripture close in our heart: But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
All the clergy who served our mission parish on the Island of Maui this past year include:
- Metropolitan Gerasimos
- Chancellor Father Apostolos Koufallakis
- Father Theodore Dorrance
- Father Photios Dumont
- Father Luke Palumbis
- Father James Retelas
- Father Timothy Chrapko
- Father John Kuehnle
- Father Alexander Leong
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! -- Christmas 2013
The Maui Orthodox Christian Mission has the honor of hosting a visit by Reverend Father Ion Coman of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Father Ion will celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, January 5th, the Sunday before Epiphany, with the Great Blessing of Water afterwards. -- December 26, 2013
The Maui Mission had a wonderful time with Father Timothy Chrapko on November 10, 2015. It was indeed a blessing for us that Father Timothy could celebrate with our mission parish.
The Maui Orthodox Christian Mission has the honor of hosting a visit by Reverend Father Timothy Chrapko of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada. Father Chrapko will celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 10th. We hope all parishioners can attend. -- November 5, 2013
We are blessed with an additional Divine Liturgy Service on the 3rd Sunday of Luke, October 6th, with visiting priest Fr. James Retelas from the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in California. -- October 1, 2013
We are blessed with an additional Divine Liturgy Service on the 9th Sunday of Matthew, August 25th, with visiting priest Fr. Luke Palumbis from the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Christian Church of California. -- August 21, 2013
The Maui Orthodox Christian Mission has the honor of hosting a visit by Reverend Father Photios Dumont, Proistamenos, the Treasurer of the Commission on Orthodox Missions and Evangelism (COME), in July 2013. Father Photios will celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 14th and Sunday, July 21st. This is a blessing for our parish because we will have Divine Liturgy Services for three weeks in a row. We hope all parishioners can attend. -- July 8, 2013
The Maui Mission had a wonderful celebration on the Eve of Theophany. It was indeed a blessing for His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos to spend time with our mission parish.
Metropolitan Gerasimos performed the Great Blessing of Water in Kihei, Maui -- January 5, 2013
The Maui Orthodox Christian Mission has the honor of hosting a visit by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos, the Metropolitan of San Francisco, in early January 2013. Metropolitan Gerasimos will celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, January 5th. Following the Liturgy, His Eminence will celebrate the feast of the Epiphany with the Great Blessing of Water. We hope all parishioners can attend. -- November 4, 2012
The Maui Orthodox Christian Mission has the honor of hosting a visit by Reverend Father Theodore Dorrance, the President of the Commission on Orthodox Missions and Evangelism (COME), in early November 2012. Father Theodore will celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, November 10th. The following day, on Sunday, November 11th, we will host a parish meeting facilitated by Father Theodore to talk about future directions for the Maui Mission. We hope all parishioners can attend. -- October 28, 2012
The Maui Orthodox Christian Mission has reached a wonderful milestone: we now have had regular services for half a year! We have a lovely small community and are getting to know each other much better. We have been meeting after the services during our Fellowship Hour, and Fr. John has been facilitating a helpful on-going discussion about Orthodox Faith. -- September 10, 2012
7th Sunday of Matthew; Phocas the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Sinope; Ezekiel the Prophet; Pelagia the Righteous of Tinos; Trophimos & Theophilios and the 13 others martyred in Lycia; St. Anna of Levkadio; The Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos of Pochaev; Icon of the Mother of God