Father Luke Melackrinos’s Views about Fasting before Christmas

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Father Luke Melackrinos is a spiritual leader at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul Hempstead, New York. He believes in fasting before Christmas and has plenty of resources to prove its significance. Father Luke says that Christmas is just like Easter, the falling asleep of the Theotokos and ever Virgin Mary, and the Syntax of Apostles, all of it requires preparation & cleansing before celebration. He says that fasting without confession, increased prayer life, helping the less fortunate and participation in the sacramental life of the Church, is just a diet.

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Father Luke Melackrinos ’s Views about Fasting before Christmas

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Father Luke Melackrinos is a spiritual leader at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Paul Hempstead, New York. He believes in fasting before Christmas and has plenty of resources to prove its significance. Some of them include calendars that outline exactly how to fast each day, but not everyone can fast exactly the same way.

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Father Luke says that Christmas is just like Easter, the falling asleep of the Theotokos and ever Virgin Mary, and the Syntax of Apostles, all of it requires preparation & cleansing before celebration. He says that fasting without confession, increased prayer life, helping the less fortunate and participation in the sacramental life of the Church, is just a diet.

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Luke Melackrinos focuses on the importance of culture and faith. He is married to Marusia (Podhurec), the daughter of a Ukrainian Orthodox priest. Marusia has a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling and is full time mother to Eleni, Magdalena, and Mia. Luke with his entire family serves the community of St. Paul. He provides weekly volunteer service at the Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen, and established the weekly food run in Hempstead, New York.

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Father Luke Melackrinos has initiated and re-initiated many Christ-Centered Ministries at the Cathedral of St. Paul, such as the St. Paul's Nursery School, Vacation Church School, and the Little Angels Program. Currently, he is serving on the Youth and Young Adults Committees of the Archdiocesan Council & the Direct Archdiocesan District Council as an adviser on Young Adult Ministries.

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Thank You Father Luke Melackrinos

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