Though the current times have separated us from family, frends and neighbors, we remain united to each other as members of the Body of Christ. As Orthodox Christians, there are few greater truths present in our faith. In this spirit, the Metropolis of Chicago will share with the faithful sermonettes, prayers, reflection or stories from the clergy members and others of the Metropolis on a daily basis.

We hope you visit this webpage every day and share the pastoral messages with your family, friends and neighbors. The Metropolis asks the faithful for their continued prayers for our first responders, doctors, nurses, and for the people under their care.


Metropolitan Nathanael's Videos By Date

Sunday, June 7

"Lemonade from Lemons: Church Learning From COVID-19"

Professors Elizabeth Prodromou and Alexandros Kyrou join Metropolitan Nathanael with reflections on being the church in a time of pandemic.

Thursday, May 28

"Sermon on the Feast Day of Ascension by Metropolitan Nathanael"

His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael delivers a sermon on the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the Ascension Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, IL.

Wednesday, May 13

"Where Do We Stand on War? Teachings From Our Orthodox Faith"

Metropolitan Nathanael and the Rev. Dr. Perry Hamalis discuss violence, war, and military service as presented in the newly-published text, For the Life of the World: Toward a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church.

Sunday, May 3

"The Myrrh-bearing Women: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Discussion with Metropolitan Nathanael"

Metropolitan Nathanael and a panel of professional Orthodox Christians discuss the Myrrh-bearing Women and their impact on the special ministry of women in the Church for the past two millennia.

Sunday, April 26

"Sunday of Thomas - Professing Jesus as Lord and God: Discussion with Katherine Calli Kelly"

Metropolitan Nathanael joins Katherine Calli Kelly for a conversation on the Sunday of Thomas. The theme of the discussion is "Professing Jesus as Lord and God."

Pastoral Messages By Date

Saturday, June 6

"From Life to Life"

+Fr. Constantine Aliferakis, St. George Greek Orthodox - Schererville, IN

Friday, June 5

"Seeing the Divine Liturgy with New Eyes"

+Fr. Michael Condos, Three Hierarchs - Champaign, IL

Thursday, June 4

"The Power of the Gospel - St. Sophia of Thrace"

+Fr. Dimitri Burikas, Ss. Constantine and Helen Cathedral - Merrillville, IN

Wednesday, June 3

"Sorrow and Joy"

+Fr. David Bissias, Saint Demetrios - Hammond, IN

Tuesday, June 2

"Trust Over Fear"

+Fr. Jim Greanias, St. Iakovos - Valparaiso, IN

Monday, June 1

"Living "In-Between" Times"

+Fr. Nicholas Georgiou, Holy Apostles - Westchester, IL

Sunday, May 31

"With Christ We Are One"

Rev. Fr. Sotirios Malamis, Ascension of Our Lord - Lincolnshire, IL

Saturday, May 30

"Our Love Can Change the World!"

+Fr. Chrysanthos Kerkeres, St. George - Chicago, IL

Friday, May 29

"The Way, the Truth, and the Life"

+Fr. Dimitri Tobias, St. Basil - Chicago, IL

Thursday, May 28

"Ascension of Our Lord – Are We Celebrating Jesus Leaving Us Behind?"

+Fr. Basil Hickman, St. George - Des Moines, IA

Youth & Young Adults


Join YAL for Prayer & Connection

Please join us in Virtual Ministry by YAL Chicago: Virtual Connection, a time of Prayer, Community, and Conversation in these times of Social Distancing. Each Friday at 6pm, we will be streaming a live Salutations Service followed by an Open Question Forum at 7pm to all via Zoom.

There is also an opportunity to submit names to be lifted up in Prayer to the Theotokos in these difficult times. We hope to see you all there!


Fanari Camp Prayer Services

Every Wednesday at 3 PM, youth are invited to Fanari Prayer Service via Instagram and Facebook Live. We will also be taking names to pray for so if you would like to submit names, please go to our Instagram Story to input the names of people you’d like prayed for. Please join us in praying for the safety of our community and the entire world. Spread the word for this special service. Stay safe.



"Our Lord Jesus Christ not only works in ways that are beyond reason, He also works through each of us," wrote His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael.

A Prayer in Light of the Coronavirus Pandemic

A Prayer for All Times

Prayers for the Sick

Prayers At Mealtime

Daily Personal Prayers: At Night (Compline)

Daily Personal Prayers: In The Morning

The Akathist Hymn and Small Compline

The Great Compline