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

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’" (John 7:37-38 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"'And [Naaman] dipped himself . . . seven times in the Jordan' [2 Kgs. 5:14]. It was not for nothing that Naaman of old, when suffering from leprosy, was purified upon his being baptized, but [this served] as an indication to us. For as we are lepers in sin, we are made clean, by means of the sacred water and the invocation of the Lord, from our old transgressions, being spiritually regenerated as new-born babes, even as the Lord has declared: `Except a man be born again through water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.'"

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (190 AD), Fragment 34