GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA
UNDER THE SPIRITUAL JURISDICTION OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE
FIRST DISTRICT PRESBYTERS' SYNDESMOS
10 East 79th Street- New York, New York 10021
HIS GRACE + PHILOTHEOS
Bishop of Maloa
VERY REVEREND EUGENE N. PAPPAS
My staff and I were indeed pleased to be visited by Mrs. Myrna Nazzour and her escorted delegation of clergy and laity on Tuesday evening, June 11, 1996 at the Three Hierarchs Parish of Brooklyn, New York. The spontaneous visitation of Mrs. Nazzour honored me personally and equally as the President of our Greek Orthodox Clergy SYNDESMOS of the New York Metropolitan District. Our meeting was without advance notice or preparation and I believe it was in the plans of the Holy Spirit that our paths were to cross at that memorable and inspirational encounter.
Our sharing in the Spirit commenced with a payer service in Church before the sacred iconostasis and the Icon of our Lady of Tinos. We offered prayers for the intentions of all who were gathered. We were further moved to pray for the peaceful reconciliation of Christ's divided body as witnessed in the separation of the Church of Rome from the embrace of Holy Orthodoxy. We were filled with an overwhelming excitement that the Holy Spirit would intercede and realize our supplicarion "that all may be one".
During our fellowship of dialoguing in truth, love and hope we were privileged to encounter an astounding super-natural event. The crowded setting of the pastor's study where we mingled spirited conversation and prayers for Divine intervention for Church unity was suddenly interrupted. Standing abruptly before us, Myrna was filled with awe as evidenced by the expression on her face. With tears welling in her eyes, she lifted her hands before the icons on the walls. There in the full presence of all and to our astonishment her hands were literally drenched and dripping an oily essence. Something had occurred. Be it anything else, it was at the very least an un-natural event, if not a super-naturel phenomenon. The air was filled with an immediate calmness, a fragance, and a swelleng of love. We were lifted to another dimension of divine awareness.
I shall forever remember with fondness this indelible moment which has stimulated my
conscience. I continue to distribute pictures of Our Lady of Soufanieh to faithful throughout New
York, as I likewise pray that the unity of the Church which is Our Lady's Hope may be fulfilled in
In Christ's service and spirit of Unity.
V. Rev. Archimandrite E. N. pappas