Repentant, Unidentified Thief Returns Missing Holy Gospel Book

This Holy Gospel book was taken from SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church

Source: Buffalo News | Michelle Kearns The Rev. Volodymyr Zablotskyy had given up on getting back a stolen Holy Gospel book -- treasured by the members of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church -- until a stranger handed it to a stunned parishioner over the weekend as he walked the Lovejoy neighborhood. "To me, it was very emotional," said Zablotskyy, who read from the book with portraits of saints embedded on its red velvet cover during the Sunday service at the Ideal Street church. "I can't … [Read more...]

Police Officers to be on Hand for Greek Orthodox Vote

Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune | By Rosemary Winters A rift in the Salt Lake Valley’s Greek Orthodox community could be further ruptured or mended as members gather Sunday to debate the governance of their church. For the first time in two years, according to court documents, the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake is holding a general assembly, a democratic meeting that allows members in “good standing” to vote. The special meeting has prompted dueling mailings, rumors of a protest … [Read more...]

“An Event Like No Other:” 2011 Institute is a Pan-Orthodox Success

Fr. Thomas Speaks to Institute Participants

Source: Antiochian Archdiocese | Report and Photos by Shelley Pituch View photo gallery The 2011 Orthodox Institute, held at Antiochian Village, near Ligonier, PA, over the weekend of November 3 – 6, was advertised as “an event like no other” and it proved to live up to its claim in more than one way. The theme was “Scripture through the Lens of the Holy Land” and this was the first time that the Orthodox Institute was a multi-jurisdictional collaboration between the host of the event, the … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion Receives Honorary Doctorate and Describes Upcoming “Holy and Great Council”

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk

Source: Russian Orthodox Church On 2 November 2011, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), visited the St. Petersburg Theological Academy with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and at the invitation of Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga. Metropolitan Hilarion met with the members of the Academic Board, faculty and students of the Academy. Attending the … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion Receives Honorary Doctorate and Describes Upcoming “Holy and Great Council”

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk

On 2 November 2011, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), visited the St. Petersburg Theological Academy with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and at the invitation of Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga. Metropolitan Hilarion met with the members of the Academic Board, faculty and students of the Academy. Attending the meeting were Archbishop Ionafan of … [Read more...]

Sex-abuse Case Against Manitoba Archbishop Seraphim Storheim on Hold

Archbishop Seraphim (Storheim)

WINNIPEG — A high-ranking former orthodox archbishop, who has pleaded not guilty, must wait until the new year to learn if he'll go to trial on historical Manitoba sex abuse charges. Seraphim Storheim appeared in a Winnipeg courtroom this week for the start of his preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to proceed. A court-ordered ban prevents specific details from being published. Defence lawyer Jeff Gindin told the Winnipeg Free Press the … [Read more...]

The Divine Forty Liturgies and the Nativity Fast

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Source: Mystagogy The Nativity Fast in the Orthodox Church begins on November 15th. From that time until December 17th (or some observe December 12th) we fast from meat, milk products, and eggs, though fish is allowed. After the 17th (or 12th) we fast also from fish. But fasting from food, according to the command of our Lord, must go hand in hand with spiritual fasting in order for it to be beneficial and have a deeper meaning. For this reason it must be coupled with prayer and almsgiving. … [Read more...]

Vice President Joe Biden visits Archbishop Demetrios of America at the Headquarters of the GOA

Vice President Joe Biden with Archbishop Demetrios (photo © Dimitrios Panagos/GOA)

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese NEW YORK – Vice President Joe Biden visited today Archbishop Demetrios of America, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America at the headquarters of the Archdiocese in Manhattan. The two discussed the matter of religious freedom and the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other issues of mutual interest regarding security and peace in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Headquarters 8-10 East 79th St. New … [Read more...]

Burglary at St. Irene Chrysovalantou Church in Astoria

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Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukas BOSTON - Unknown intruder or intruders attempted to rob the St. Irene Chrysovalantou Church in Astoria on Sunday, Nov. 13 around 9PM. It seems that they entered from a basement door, but they left with no plunders because the alarm went off. The intruders went directly to the icon of St. Irene – which is filled with valuable gold and silver items reflecting expressions of faith. They did not manage to break the casing because it is … [Read more...]

Buffalo’s SS. Peter and Paul Church Robbed

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Source: Orthodox Church in America Just two months after “Project Buffalo” — a ministry initiated by the Diocese of New York and New Jersey aimed at revitalizing Saints Peter and Paul parish here — thieves stripped $6,000.00 worth of copper from the parish church and made off with an antique, silver-plated Gospel book during the night of Friday, November 11, 2011. After stripping both copper and lead from the church, the thieves broke into the church, apparently through a basement window. … [Read more...]