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JULY – AUGUST 2011 • Vol. 76 • No. 1267 $1.00 • e-mail: The Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ At that time, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led him up a high mountain apart. And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead.” (See related article on the Challenge page, p. 25) In Greek Section Archbishop Demetrios Meets with Cyprus President, Archbishop Chrysostomos and dignitaries – Archdiocesan Youth Choir trip to Constantinople – Cyprus: pages 13 – 14 Archdiocesan Youth Choir Honors Ecumenical Patriarch with Concert His Eminence Meets with Cyprus Officials and Archbishop NICOSIA, Cyprus – In addition to attending the philanthropic concert the Metropolitan Youth Choir performed to benefit the Cyprus Children’s Fund, Archbishop Demetrios met privately with President Demetris Christofias and discussed the situation in Cyprus and the continuing negotiations taking place. After leaving the Presidential Palace, His Eminence visited the Memorial of Tymvos Makedonitissas in Nicosia, where he laid a wreath in memory of those killed in the 1974 Turkish invasion. Minister of Defense Costas Papacostas and Brigadier Andreas Hadjipavlou briefed him on the significance of Tymvos, an area where several battles were fought during the invasion. Archbishop Demetrios called Tymvos “a holy place” since the land has received the bodies of heroes who did not just sacrifice their lives but also prevented the enemy from advancing and taking Nicosia. The Archbishop also met with Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus. He noted that the Cypriot community in America plays a significant role in the promotion of Orthodoxy and “global Hellenism” in America. The two hierarchs also discussed issues regarding the Church. Archbishop Chrysostomos thanked Archbishop Demetrios and the Greek community of America for their interest in the Cyprus problem. by Stavros H. Papagermanos CONSTANTINOPLE – The Archdiocesan Youth Choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America gave July 2, 2011 at 7 p.m, a concert in honor His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the election and enthronement of His All Holiness to the first throne of the Orthodox Church. The concert was held in the historic Church of St. Irene, which stands next to “Aghia Sophia” and was the site of the Second Ecumenical Synod in 381 A.D. The Archdiocesan Youth Choir is led by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America in a tour to Constantinople, Cyprus and Greece, which ended with a performance at Ionian Village (Bartholomio, Greece) on July 12. The Church of St. Irene, which is used as a venue for musical events and concerts, was an idyllic and meaningful location for a moving musical recital of angelic voices singing a rich and diversified u u to page 3

Orthodox Observer - July/Aug 2011 - Issue 1267

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