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

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

"Metropolitan Nathanael's COVID-19 Parish Relief Fund Update & More"

His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael discusses the COVID-19 Parish Relief Fund, timing for distributions to parishes in need, the significance of the recent grant awarded by The Renaissance Fund, and what the pandemic represents for the Metropolis and its faithful.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

"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, 2020

"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, 2020

"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, 2020

"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.

Pastoral Messages By Date

Saturday, June 6, 2020

"From Life to Life"

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

Friday, June 5, 2020

"Seeing the Divine Liturgy with New Eyes"

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

Thursday, June 4, 2020

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

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

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

"Sorrow and Joy"

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

"Trust Over Fear"

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

Monday, June 1, 2020

"Living "In-Between" Times"

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

Sunday, May 31, 2020

"With Christ We Are One"

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

Saturday, May 30, 2020

"Our Love Can Change the World!"

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

Friday, May 29, 2020

"The Way, the Truth, and the Life"

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

Thursday, May 28, 2020

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

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


"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