Faculty and students from Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology celebrated the Feast of the Three Hierarchs on January 30 with liturgical services and a special symposium honoring St. John Chrysostom, regarded by the Church as a great biblical exegete, bishop and preacher. The observance marked the 1600th Anniversary of his death.
The commemoration began on Tuesday evening January 29 with the celebration of Great Vespers. Dr. Lewis Patsavos, Professor of Canon Law, delivered the festal sermon.
Later that evening, Rev. Dr. Gus Christo, pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Wilmington Delaware, delivered the annual St. John Chrysostom Lecture. His presentation was entitled: "St. John Chrysostom: The 1600th Anniversary of His Repose and the Pertinence of His Ecclesiology Today." The lecture was sponsored by St. Mary's Church in Minneapolis, MN in honor of Fr. Anthony Coniaris, pastor emeritus.
At the Divine Liturgy on January 30 in the Holy Cross Chapel, thirteen priests and four deacons participated in the service led by Fr. Thomas FitzGerald, the Dean of Holy Cross, who also offered the homily.
Following the Divine Liturgy, students and faculty gathered for the Symposium on the ministry and teachings of St. John Chrysostom. Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care, coordinated the program and introduced the speakers.
Dr. Bruce Beck, Director of the Pappas Patristic Institute, read the Encyclical on the Three Hierarchs from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.
Rev. Dr. Theodore Stylianopoulos, Professor of New Testament, spoke on "Reflections on St. John Chrysostom: Patristic Exegesis and Contemporary Biblical Scholarship."
Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Clapsis, Professor of Dogmatic Theology, addressed the topic "The Dignity of the Poor and Almsgiving in St. John Chrysostom."
Dr. Ann Bezzerides, Director of the Office of Vocations, spoke on "St. John Chrysostom on the Vocation of Students."
Students and faculty later met in small groups to reflect upon the presentations prior to the Vesper Service and feast day dinner which was open to the entire community.
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