Monday, June 29, 2020

July 2020 Demos Newsletter

"Men of Athens, I love and honor you, but I shall listen to Apollon." 

- Socrates.
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A Word From The Priest


Now that we are in the heart of summer, the best time of the year, don't be afraid to let yourself relax and enjoy the best things in life. Put all your worries and fears out the back of your head. We all need that special time to ourselves on occasion. Even if it's nothing more than reading a book you like. When you engage in the enjoyment of living, you'll see so much of the Gods' wonder around you, everywhere you are and everywhere you go. We have to allow ourselves a period of time when we are worry and stress free, otherwise we will go crazy. Life is meant to be perfected and also enjoyed. 

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris Aldridge.

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TEMPLE NEWS

All clergy of the temple will be released by Priest Christopher for their vacation month, which begins on July 1st of each year and ends on August 1st, when they will return to full duties. The July festivals and weekly rites will continue, but clergy will be unavailable for all other services during their vacation time. 

The temple's website is rigorously creating its first public Hellenic education page, titled Ancient Hellenic Theology 101. It will present to any interested person a highly detailed outline of basic religion and piety.

As people are aware, the temple reverted back to its old flag design this past spring, after trying a new design for a short time that just didn't take. However, there has always remained the issue of what to do with the 2nd design that has since been stored away. Priest Christopher has decided that it will be used as the general flag of the clergy office of the temple. The outer blue bars of the flag will represent the loyalty and service the clergy holds to the temple, its community and people. The white center field with the golden Vergina sun stands for the same as on the temple's flag. Finally, the green wreath stands for the wisdom of the priesthood. 

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ATTIK and TEMPLE CALENDAR for JULY
Hekatombaion

8th, Aphrodisia, Festival of Aphrodite, traditionally observed on the 4th.
12th, Kronia, Festival of Kronos.
16th, Synoikia, celebration of the unification of Attika.
19th, Renewal day before the New Moon.
20th, First New Moon Holy Day, all Gods.
21st, Agathos Daimon New Moon Holy Day.
23rd, Athena New Moon Holy Day.
24th, Aphrodite, Eros, Hermes and Herakles New Moon Holy Day.
26th, Artemis New Moon Holy Day.
27th, Apollon New Moon Holy Day.
28th, Poseidon and Theseus New Moon Holy Day.
29th, Panathenaia, Festival of Athena and Athens, traditionally observed on the 23rd - 30th.

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Office of the Clergy

Priest Christopher (chriswaynealdridge@gmail.com)
Priestess Anastasia (aialdridge@hotmail.com).
Thyechoos Matthew (mefin575@gmail.com)