The mission at St. Mark is analogous to the mission and purpose of the Orthodox Church-the sanctification and salvation of all its members (the Body of Christ) through the participation of the Divine Eucharist and the other sacred Mysteries of the Church. The Orthodox Church is not an human organization. The Orthodox Church is the ark of salvation. It is the totality of all who confess the same belief in Christ as the Lord and Savior of all mankind, united in the same Orthodox Faith.
Our mission is to proclaim the Orthodox Faith and the Holy Gospel, and to build the spiritual life of our faithful according to Holy Scripture, Holy Tradition, and the canons of the Holy Apostles and Ecumenical and Local Councils of the Orthodox Church.
Below, please find the current issue of the Orthodox Presence, published - and delivered - monthly by our St Mark of Ephesus Church Council. Each issue contains announcements in Greek + English; a schedule of services for that month; as well as an edifying passage from the Holy Fathers.The Orthodox Presence, December Issue, 2017
Below, please find the third issue of The Spiritual Watch, the new publication of the Metropolis of America, published with the blessings of His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius of America. In The Spiritual Watch, you will find news and information regarding our Holy Metropolis, as well as spiritual writings.The Spiritual Watch, Vol I, Issue 4
(Abba Moses said:) 'Fasts and vigils, the study of Scripture, renouncing possessions and everything wordly are not in themselves perfection, as we have said; they are its tools. For perfection is not to be found in them; it is acquired through them. It is useless, therefore, to boast of our fasting, vigils, poverty, and reading of Scripture when we have not achieved the love of God and our fellow man. Whoever has achieved love has God within himself and his intellect is always with God.'St. John Cassian On the Holy Fathers of Sketis