I'm reposting this article after it was brought to my attention that this effort is one sponsored by the Albanian Diocese and not by the Greek Archdiocese. My sincere hope is that the currently somewhat patchwork-heavy effort in Spanish-language resources divided amongst the OCA, Antiochians, and now the Albanians will grow increasingly well coordinated and comprehensive. Apologies to Father Rafael Melendez on the diocesan misattribution.
(SS Peter and Paul Cathedral) - The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has started a new mission in Red Bank, NJ. A very special aspect of this mission is that it was started in order to bring Orthodoxy to the Hispanic community, as well as others from backgrounds that are not traditionally Orthodox. This is certainly worthy of praise.....much more of this is needed if the Church in America is to grow. The Rector, Fr. Rafael Melendez, sent out this letter to announce the mission:
"By the Grace of God and with the blessing of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, Holy Theotokos Orthodox Christian Chapel, an Orthodox Christian Chapel dedicated to the Holy Mother of God located at 340 Shrewsbury Avenue, in Red Bank, NJ will open its doors to everyone. This new mission to All seeking salvation and to the Latino community will commence this Sunday November 3rd of 2013. The Reverend Protopresbyter Father Rafael Melendez, an Orthodox priest with many years of pastoral experience has been assigned to minister this new Chapel.
At the Grand Opening, 125 Holy Relics of the Saints will be brought for public veneration.
This Chapel, located in the center of the Red Bank Community will be a place of worship, love and peace in Christ. The Chapel is named in honor of the Holy Mother of God and Ever Virgin Mary, Mother of all the believers and of all humanity.
Sunday November 3rd, 2013 will be a very special for Red Bank and for all of New Jersey. This is the first Orthodox Christian Church in the United States under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople dedicated specifically to the missionary work among Hispanics and others of Non-Orthodox ancestry. All are welcomed regardless of race, color or ethnicity. The Divine Services will be celebrated in the language of the people. Father Rafael serves in English, Spanish, Greek and Church Slavonic.
The day will start with the Matins Service (Orthros) at 8:00 am followed by the Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am. At 11:00 am, there will be a Special Blessing of the New Chapel and the Holy Relics of the Saints will be exposed and venerated publicly. All will have the opportunity to receive the blessings of Our Savior Jesus Christ, the Holy Mother of God and All the Saints whose Relics will be present for this special event. May Our Lord God continue blessing all of you, your families, friends and acquaintances!"
+ Protopresbyter Father Rafael Melendez