It was a great pleasure for the clergy
and the faithful of our three parishes to have Metropolitan Moses
with us for approximately two weeks, November 16 - 29, 2011.
During this time Metropolitan Moses met with the clergy and with
many of the faithful. Most of Friday, November 18, was devoted with
meeting with the Toronto clergy. Spiritual and administrative
problems were addressed. A major concern was the education of future
clergy and the instruction of the faithful of all ages.
Saturday evening the Metropolitan served Great Vespers at the Church
of St. Joseph of Arimathea. The next day his Eminence served Matins
there, at which time Jeremy Burrows was made an Ecclesiarch. The Liturgy
was well attended and Metropolitan Moses had an opportunity at coffee
hour to meet and speak at length with the parishioners.
evening His Eminence went to the Church of St. Nektarios for the
Vespers of the Feast of the Synaxis of the Archangels. The
next day, he served the Matins and Divine Liturgy at the Church of St.
Nektarios. That same evening Metropolitan Moses returned to the
Church of St. Nektarios for the Vigil of the Feast. The Church was
filled to capacity. At the Liti, the Epitaphios of St.
Nektarios was carried around the block and everyone followed. Many
faithful kept vigil all night, waiting for Matins and Divine Liturgy
to start the next morning. After Divine Liturgy, the Metropolitan
and all the Toronto clergy joined the faithful for coffee hour.
Thursday night His Eminence visited with the members of the St.
Joseph of Arimathea Church Council and offered words of guidance.
The next evening there was a talk at St. Nektarios Church Hall during
which His Eminence spoke and led a discussion on The Nature of
Man. The question and answer period dealt with many subjects and
it appears that more talks on this subject will soon have to follow. The talk can be downloaded at:
Metropolitan Moses served at the Church of St. Nektarios the following Saturday
The St. Nektarios banquet was held on Sunday night and was attended
by over 240 faithful. Metropolitan Moses spoke on St. Nektarios and
his struggle for the Faith. His Eminence also conveyed greetings
from Metropolitan Pavlos who expressed his desire to be with us
because he has a great love for St. Nektarios.
Moses left Toronto on Tuesday and it seemed that the two weeks that
he spent with us went by too quickly. All of us, clergy and lay
people were blessed by his presence and his words and we look forward
to more visits from His Eminence and the other hierarchs of our Holy