METROPOLITAN ALEXIS OBSERVES SILVER JUBILEE OF
RECEPTION OF THE GREAT SCHEMA
New York, NY: August 28, 2002 marked a very special anniversary in the life of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Alexis. The occasion was the Silver Jubilee (25 years) of his reception of the Great Schema of the monastic life. Below follows a letter written by the Metropolitan to the community of our Metropolia in commemoration of this important milestone.
We sincerely wish Metropolitan Alexis many joyful and spiritual blessings on this special occasion and ask God to preserve him for many happy and blessed years! Na mnohaya i blahaya lita!
August 28, 2002
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Stephan, Archbishop Michael, Members of the Holy Synod, Priests, Deacons, my Dear Sisters and most of all, my Holy Brothers and Sisters in the Monastic Rule:
It was on this day in 1977, the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God according to the Julian Calendar, when from the Holy Monks at St. Catherine of Mt. Sinai in Egypt, I received the Great Schema. It was exactly a year later, that I was ordained a priest in the Orthodox Church.
It is with this joy, having celebrated the Divine Liturgy today on this most holy and memorable of days, that I have remembered you all and ask that you pray for me.
Sincerely in Christ Jesus,
The most unworthy,
"I will take the chalice of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia."
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