8. Metro Area - What And Why?


What Is Meant By Metro Area?

A Metro or Metropolitan Area commonly describes a region, which can vary in size and shape, but usually consists of a densely populated urban area - typically at its center - and other, surrounding areas that are less densely populated but generally have some connection to the central area. The connection may be that the inhabitants of such surrounding areas work in the central area, receive governmental services from it, or rely on its retail, social, and other resources.

A Metro Area is often named for the urban area or may be named for a regional feature that it incorporates, such as a county or other governmental entity.

We include Metro Areas as a quick reference point for visitors who, when viewing the entry of a church situated in a small and obscure locale, often ask 'What is it near?' - meaning 'What is the nearest sizeable place with which I might be familiar or that I can use as a point of reference?'

The names that we have used to designate Metro Areas are not necessarily synonymous with Metro Areas as those are defined by governmental agencies, such as Census Bureaus or other geopolitical entities. Additionally, there are no hard and fast rules of distance by which we have ascribed a location to a Metro Area; indeed, it has been done most often by the unscientific method of eye-balling a map. In general, however, you can anticipate that a location will not be ascribed to a Metropolitan Area if it is outside a 75 mile distant radius from the namesaked urban area or feature to which it is ascribed.

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Teachings of Christ

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Souls that love truth and God, that long with much hope and faith to put on Christ completely, do not need so much to be put in remembrance by others, nor do they endure, even for a while, to be deprived of the heavenly desire and of passionate affection to the Lord; but being wholly and entirely nailed to the cross of Christ, they perceive in themselves day by day a sense of spiritual advance towards the spiritual Bridegroom. 

St. Macarius the Great