Nicean Creed 325 AD

I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages;

Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, of one essence with the Father through Whom all things were made.

Who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven and was incarnate
of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.

He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
and suffered and was buried;

And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father;

And He will come again with glory to judge the living and dead. His kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.

In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the age to come.


St. Irene of Chrysovalantou Greek Orthodox Church

Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians - Greater Detroit Metro Area   

Chapel - 745 Barclay Circle, Unit 355, Rochester Hills, Michigan 
Divine Liturgy starts Sunday at 10:15 AM - Orthros at 8:30 AM - Vespers Saturday at 7:30 PM

Contact us at or at (586) 707- 2918

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Rector's Message - October 2016 

Goodness and discipline and knowledge teach Thou me, for in Thy commandments have I believed.

       - Psalm 118 

 Amidst the confusion of our time, as we are flooded with more and more information, and less and less truth, where can we find an anchor for our troubled minds?  The source of truth, as always, and therefore the starting point for understanding anything we read and hear, is the Word of God. 

The “Word of God” has at least two meanings:  The Word of God, the Logos, is the Son of God, the Person of the Holy Trinity Who became a man, Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is Truth Itself, the perfect revelation of Who God is.  By the Word of God we also mean the Holy Scriptures, the written record of the Lord’s dealings with men, from the beginning of the world to the coming in the Flesh of the Son of God, as well as prophecy of His future coming in glory and the consummation of all things.

The Holy Fathers of the Church, who are our sure guides to true Christianity, constantly immersed their minds in the Holy Scriptures. They committed large portions to memory; many knew the entire New Testament, even the entire Bible, by heart.  Combined with the enlightenment of grace, this wholehearted study created an entirely new, spiritual psychology within the saints.  They became new men after the pattern of the New Adam, the Word of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Orthodox are often both irritated and confounded by Protestants who “quote the Bible at them.”  Yet are we not at fault for not knowing the Scriptures ourselves?   Unlike these sectarians, left to their wits to understand Scripture (or, as is more often the case, left to the arbitrary teachings of the latest self-appointed “experts”), we possess the inestimable gift of the guidance of the Holy Fathers, in their teachings and in the example of their lives.  We also possess the interpretation of the Scriptures abundantly woven throughout the Church services.  If only we would embrace these and make them our own through active effort, we would have no problem understanding and defending the basics of our Faith.            

There is a need for each of us, however, much more immediate than arguing with the heterodox, and that is the preservation of our own souls.  Our minds are inundated with worldliness and falsehood every day, just by living in the world we live in.  The resultant inner darkness and confusion lead to every kind of spiritual, psychological, and physical illness.  We can fight back, for starters, in a very simple way:  Today, pick up a copy of the Holy Gospels and begin reading them aloud.  The grace of God in these divine words will almost immediately make itself felt in the clearing of the mind and the calming of the heart.  The more and more we do this, the greater our thirst will grow, or, rather, we will recognize the thirst we already had, thirst for the Word of God. 

Reading the Psalms, also, is a tremendous weapon against every kind of evil thought and mental confusion. Open the link on this website entitled "My Orthodox Notebook" and read the article "On the Psalms."  Reading the Psalms can change your life.

 For families, the reading of the Scriptures, along with the Lives of the Saints, aloud with one’s children, is one of the greatest weapons in the fight to preserve our families in the Faith and in purity of life.  Take time every day to do holy reading with your children.  You will be repaid a thousand-fold.

May the Lord’s holy Word dwell in us in all richness of wisdom and knowledge, unto our salvation.  Amen.             



The Mission of St. Cosmas Aitolos

      Through his teaching he established schools everywhere, both primary and secondary, not only in towns but also in villages, in order that children might go to them and learn sacred letters gratis, and thereby become firm in the Faith and in piety, and be guided in the virtuous way of life and conduct.  He persuaded the wealthy to buy over four thousand large, copper-coated baptismal basins, and dedicated them to churches, so that they may remain there permanently in memory of their donors and that the children of Christians may be baptized in the proper manner.  Similarly, he persuaded the well-to-do to buy books by the Church Fathers as well as Christian handbooks, prayer-ropes, little crosses, kerchiefs, and combs.  Of these, the books he distributed to those who could read and to those who promised to learn to read; the kerchiefs (over forty thousand) he distributed to the women, to cover their heads; the combs he gave away to [men] who vowed to leave their beards [uncut] and live in a virtuous and Christian manner; while the prayer-ropes and crosses (over five hundred thousand) he gave away to the common people, asking them to forgive the sins of those who had paid for them.  – from St. Cosmas Aitolos by Constantine Cavarnos


The existence of many churches neither preserves nor strengthens our faith to the proper extent and in the proper manner, if those who believe in God are not enlightened by the Old and the New Testaments...Our Faith has been made secure by wise and learned Saints, who both explained the Holy Scriptures precisely and have enlightened us through their divinely inspired discourse. – St. Cosmas Aitolos,  “Teachings”  


The Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians (GOC) of America is an Old Calendar Orthodox Church serving the faithful of North and South America. Having its roots in the Diocese of Astoria, founded by Metropolitan Petros (Astyfides) in 1954, it presently consists of two Metropolises (America and Toronto) and two dioceses (Portland and Boston), shepherded by five hierarchs.

The Church of the GOC of America is an autonomous Eparchy whose hierarchs are members of the Holy Synod of the Church of the GOC of Greece, under the Presidency of His Beatitude Archbishop Kallinikos of Athens and All Greece. We follow the Patristic (Julian) Calendar and resist the heresy of Ecumenism.