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5th Thursday of Lent: The Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete
John Climacus the Righteous, author of The Divine Ladder of Ascent
Sosthenes, Apollos, Cephas, Caesar, & Epaphroditos, the Apostles of the 70
O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. Yea, Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.
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Fr. Stamatios G. Sfikas is a first generation Greek-American. He was born to Stylianos and Anastasia Sfikas on May 12, 1987. The oldest of two siblings, both Fr. Stamati and his brother George, grew up at St. Demetrios Church in Chicago. Fr. Stamatios was greatly involved in St. Demetrios, being a student in the Solon Greek School where he completed 12 years of study, and also being active in St. Demetrios’ youth groups, Sunday School program, and altar boy and athletic organizations.
He attended Stephen T. Mather High School and after graduating he went on to study at the University of Illinois Chicago, graduating in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science. Upon graduating he enrolled at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, graduating with his Masters of Divinity in May of 2012. While in Boston he taught Greek School at the Annunciation Cathedral of New England, St. Nicholas in Lexington and was Director of the Greek School at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary in Somerville, MA. In addition to teaching while in Boston, he was Ecclesiarch of the Campus Chapel and was also Class President of his graduating class.
He was assigned to serve as the Pastoral Assistant to Fr. John Kalomas at St. Andrew in Chicago in August of 2012. Fr. Stamatios was ordained to the Holy Deaconate on February 24, 2013 at St. Demetrios in Chicago and then to the Holy Priesthood at St. Andrew in Chicago on September 15, 2013, all by the hand of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. Fr. Stamatios served the parish of St. Andrew in Chicago from August 2012 to December 31, 2014. His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago appointed Fr. Stamatios as Dean of the Annunciation Cathedral on January 1, 2015.
Fr. Stamatios married Presbytera Katerina, the daughter of Fr. Apostolos and Presbytera Sophia Georgiafentis, in 2012 at St. Demetrios Church in Chicago. Fr. Stamatios and Presbytera Katerina have three daughters, Anastasia, Sophia, and Styliani.
Fr. Stamatios was elevated to the rank of Economos of the Archdiocese of America on March 25, 2022 by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.
Fr. Nicholas Nikokavouras was born to Fr. Iraklis and Erasmia Nikokavouras (née Kapodistrias) in 1937 in Sfakera, of the Corfu island of Greece.
His father Iraklis Nikokavouras was ordained priest in 1936 by His Eminence, Metropolitan Alexander of Corfu and a former Archbishop of America. On his ordination, his eminence changed his name from Iraklis to Sebastianos in honor of his uncle Sebastianos Nikokavouras, who served as Metropolitan of Corfu between the years of 1899 and 1920.
In 1943 during the Second World War Fr. Sebastianos was executed by the German occupation forces in Greece because of his active support of the underground Greek resistance movement fighting to liberate Greece from the axis military occupation.
Fr. Nicholas began his primary school education in his home village school of Sfakera, and in 1951 continued his studies at the Ecclesiastical School of Corinth finishing it in 1958. more»