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“It is not impossible to live a virtuous life, yet it is not easy. Nor do those who reach it find it easy to maintain.
Saint Antonios

Saint Antonios
Saint Antonios
Saint Antonios
Saint Matthias
Saint Matthias
Saint Matthias
Antonios (Anthony) Nahas
Antonios (Anthony) Nahas
Antonios (Anthony) Nahas

Saint Antonios, also known as Saint Anthony the Great, is the primary namesake for our Church. The name was proposed in homage to a respected community member (Antonios Nahas). 

Saint Antonios lived in the 3rd century AD, and was born into a wealthy family in Alexandria (Egypt). He is noted in part for his strict adherence to Matthew 19:21, which states: “Jesus said sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Saint Antonios donated the wealth he inherited and became a modest monk, whereupon he subsequently retreated to live in the desert. His deeds and example were widely admired.


Saint Antonios Award

The Saint Antonios award is given to those members who exhibit exemplary and dedicated service to their Church, family, and community.  The 2015 award was given to Dr. Joseph Lawen and Bertha Majaess, while this year's award was issued to Abe Salloum and Sallam Nasrallah.

2008   Ramez Haddad 
2009  W. (Gerald Allen) Mont
2010  S. Amyoony, S. Hanna
2011  Bassam Nahas, Rafat Nasrallah 
2012  Fr. George Esber, E. Amyoony
2013  H. Abou Haidar, S. & R. Ayoub
2014  George Lawen
2015  Dr. Joseph Lawen, Bertha Majaess 
2016  Abe Salloum & Salam Nasrallah

 

Fr. Elia Shalhoub, Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Ernest Saykaly, Rafat Nasrallah (2011 recipient).
Fr. Elia Shalhoub, Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Ernest Saykaly, Rafat Nasrallah (2011 recipient).
Fr. Elia Shalhoub, Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Ernest Saykaly, Rafat Nasrallah (2011 recipient).
Fr. George Esber (2012 recipient), Khouriyee Oudette Shalhoub.
Fr. George Esber (2012 recipient), Khouriyee Oudette Shalhoub.
Fr. George Esber (2012 recipient), Khouriyee Oudette Shalhoub.
Genevieve & George Lawen (2014 recipient).
Genevieve & George Lawen (2014 recipient).
Genevieve & George Lawen (2014 recipient).

The Saint Antonios award.
The Saint Antonios award.
The Saint Antonios award.
Marie & Abe Salloum.
Marie & Abe Salloum.
Marie & Abe Salloum.
Fr. Saikali, Bishop Alexander, Salam Nasrallah, Fr. Yaacoub.
Fr. Saikali, Bishop Alexander, Salam Nasrallah, Fr. Yaacoub.
Fr. Saikali, Bishop Alexander, Salam Nasrallah, Fr. Yaacoub.

Saint Matthias, the namesake of the past Anglican Parish, is celebrated by both the Orthodox and Anglican faiths. Saint Matthias was chosen by the 11 apostles to replace the former apostle Judas Iscariot, who was the individual that betrayed Jesus.

Matthias is mentioned in Acts 1:12-26, where it is stated that subsequent to Judas' death Peter remarked: "it is necessary to choose one amongst us who was present from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection." So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then the apostles prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

 Orthodox Christians celebrate the life of Saint Matthias on August 9th.





 

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