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HOUSE BLESSINGS It has long been a custom to have one’s home or business blessed with Holy Water by the priest. Commonly, homes are blessed during the few weeks following Epiphany (January 6th); however, these blessings may also be offered throughout the year. To schedule the blessing of your home or place of work, contact Father at the Church Office.

SACRAMENT The first step in planning for either a Wedding or a Baptism is calling Father at the Church Office and setting the date. He will discuss with you the items necessary for the sacrament. He is also available for consultation throughout the planning process on any area in which he may be of assistance.

HOSPITAL VISITATION If you, or someone you know, is going into the hospital, please contact the Church Office. You may arrange for a special prayer in Church before being admitted, or Father may visit you while in the hospital. However, notifying the Church Office is critical if you want Father to visit.

VISITATION TO SICK AND SHUT INS Visitations are not limited to those confined to hospital beds. If someone you know is laid-up, whether in a convalescent facility or in their own home, Father is available for visitation. Also, regular visits are conducted during particularly important times of the year (prior to major holidays). Please notify the Church Office so that we may be made aware of the needs of that person who is shut in.

FUNERALS Due to our belief in the Risen Lord, when death occurs, the Church stands ready to assist with the grieving process. If one you care for passes away, the first step is to call the necessary authorities (depending upon the situation that would generally be an ambulance or the funeral home). You may then contact Father regarding arrangements and counseling. In such a time of need, do not hesitate calling Father at any time, day or night. For more info click here

MEMORIALS The custom of conducting memorials include the Memorial service (with "koliva") and the Trisagion service. If you are planning a memorial, contact Father. For Sunday Memorials, you need to specify if you would also like to have a prayer said at the Cemetery; additionally, please call the Church Office regarding "koliva" and the Memorial Coffee Hour. Also, it is common practice to make an offering of Pros for on and a bottle of wine for the use in Liturgy in the case of Sunday Memorial services. For more info click here

ARTOCLASIA As it is customary, on feast days of patron saints, families will occasionally offer an "Artoclasia" (Blessing of the Five Loaves) for the health of family members. If you would like to have an Artoclasia service conducted, contact Father. Necessary items for the service include: the five loaves of sweet bread, wine and oil.

COUNSELING There are times when the need arises to talk to someone regarding a concern or troubling issue. If you would like to speak with Father, contact him at the Church Office.

ECCLESIASTICAL DIVORCE Due to the realities of human frailty and sinfulness, there are times when marriage ends in divorce. If you have been married in the Church, and since that time obtained a civil divorce, contact Father regarding the necessary Ecclesiastical Divorce so that you may, once again, fully participate in the sacramental life of the Church. As with all counseling situations, these matters are handled in strict confidence.

CONFESSION One of the most important sacraments of our Church is Holy Confession. If you would like to receive this sacrament, contact Father at the Church Office.

CATECHETICAL TRAINING Educational programs concerning the Orthodox faith are tailored to the individuals needs and background. Generally, catechetical training is called for in preparation for the sacrament of Holy Chrismation. However, a program may also be arranged for one who already is an Orthodox Christian. For further information, contact Father at the Church Office.

BEING GOOD STEWARDS As Orthodox Christians, we are all called upon to be worthy stewards of the manifold blessings which our Heavenly Father has bestowed upon us. The very concept of stewardship is based upon our thankfulness toward God. How do you feel when you have generously offered a gift to someone, and they respond not by thanking you, but by thoughtlessly wasting that gift? How then, should our Lord feel, after all He has given us, when He sees our own level of thanks? What percentage of ourselves and our treasures would we offer to the work of the Church? Well, what percentage did our Lord offer of Himself for each of us while hanging, in pain, suffering and insult, upon the cross. Being a good steward involves much more than one’s monetary contributions to the Church. Stewardship involves the totality of one’s life and resources, both physical and spiritual. As we attempt to make the proper offering to God, we pray that He be merciful unto us and guide us to truly love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and to love our neighbor as ourself. (Matthew 22:37-39) "Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!" Psalm 133:1 St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church is under the Diocese of Atlanta, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, Patriarchate of Constantinople. On Sundays, Orthros begins at 9:00 A.M., Divine Liturgy at 10:00 A.M. We welcome all Orthodox Christians to join us for services. For further information call (912) 236-8256

WEDDINGS For more info click here