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Celebrating the Challenge Liturgy at Archangel Michael in Port Washington


On Saturday of Lazarus, April 27, Archbishop Elpidophoros celebrated the Challenge Liturgy at Archangel Michael Church in Port Washington with Archdeacon Dionysios.

Created in 1990, the Challenge Liturgy reaches out to Orthodox Christians with intellectual and developmental disabilities, bringing them into the full life of the parish. It is celebrated on the third Saturday of every month, offering to individuals of all ages with special needs from the surrounding communities, and their families, the opportunity to participate in this beautiful liturgy.

In welcoming the Archbishop Fr. John Lardas, presiding priest of the parish stated, “Your Eminence, it is such a blessing to have participated in this beautiful Liturgy that you have celebrated as a priest today, and it speaks to the humility of our incredible spiritual leader who adores our Challenge Divine Liturgy and wanted to keep things simple and intimate within our community.”

In his Homily, His Eminence stated, “As we prepare to traverse this Holy Week, let us listen deeply when we are in Church and attend the services. Let us listen for the Voice of the Lord to speak to us, whether softly or loudly. This Challenge Liturgy challenges us all to bend our ear to the Word of God. The voice of the Lord, the words of the Lord. He is calling your name, just like Lazaros, to set you free. Listen for His voice this week. Quiet your hearts and minds, and come to the Church, where you hear the echoes of His Message of love and truth.”

During the Divine Liturgy, the Archbishop together with Fr. Pedro Gomez chrismated Gloria Castro into the Orthodox faith. Gloria’s son Martin had attended the Challenge Liturgy for many years and passed away 5 years ago.


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