OCA Chaplains deployed to Middle East

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Two priests of the Orthodox Church in America recently were deployed to Afghanistan to provide ministry to members of the US Armed Forces. Priest Paul Rivers, US Army, Chaplain (CPT), in the active duty component in Germany, and Priest George Hill, US Army, Chaplain (MAJ), in the active duty component in Fort Bragg, NC, have been deployed to Afghanistan with their units. In addition, Priest David Alexander, LT, CHC, of the … [Read more...]

A Special Visit from Greece by Andreas Papadopoulos, Corinth, Greece

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Source:  Orthodox Evangelist Newsletter Great is the mystery of holiness! In 1976, I was impressed hearing Fr. Eusebius (Stephanou) preach for the first time in Winnipeg, Canada.  When I returned to Greece in 1982, he was speaking in Athens and I attended the meeting.  Thirty years later, while I had forgotten all about the man, I had come across one of his books.  And after fourteen months we have translated almost all of his books and many of his articles into the Greek language.  We … [Read more...]

Video: Philip Ludwell III (1716-1767) – The Forerunner of Orthodoxy in North America

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"The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance" - Further reflections on Colonel Philip Ludwell III (1716-1767), the forerunner of Orthodoxy in North America Talk given by Nicholas Chapman, Holy Trinity Publications, at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Washington, DC on March 10, 2013.   … [Read more...]

Church loses Bibles, chalices, safe to thieves, say Boston-area police

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Source: CBS News (CBS) BOSTON - Police are looking for the thieves who broke into a church a few miles from Boston and stole a safe, chalices, Bibles, and blessing crosses, CBS Boston reported. It happened sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning at the Taxiacrche/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown, Mass. Police say the thieves broke in the boiler room door in the basement, went up to the church office and ransacked it. They believe the initial motivation may have … [Read more...]

Russian army introduces the flying Orthodox church-in-a-box

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Source: The Guardian The latest addition to the Russian military arsenal takes the form of an airborne church complete with parachuting priests by Oliver Wainwright The Russian military unveiled an unlikely new weapon in its arsenal this month – an army of parachuting priests. The unit of chaplains, who have joined the Russian Airborne Force to train in parachute jumping and vehicle assembly, will operate out of flatpack churches that can be airlifted in to wherever soldiers may be … [Read more...]

The SVOTS-light: April 2013

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Monthly Newsletter from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Email not displaying properly? View it in your browser. In the SVOTS-light April 2013 His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON stands with newly ordained Priest Adam Horstman, his wife Patricia, and their children on the Feast of the Annunciation. (Photo: Leanne Parrott Photography) Our central focus at … [Read more...]

Registration now open for summer 2013 Parish Ministries Conference

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Registration is now open for “Faith in Action: Equipping the Saints for Worship, Learning and Service,” a parish ministries conference slated to be held on the campus of Marymount University, Arlington, VA July 10-13, 2013. Registration and/or additional information may be accessed here.  Those who wish to register by mail may download the registration form in PDF format. Sponsored by four departments of the Orthodox Church in … [Read more...]

A note from Susan Haikalis: Share your Pan-Orthodox / Inter-Orthodox Experiences with One Another! We will be happy to put them on our Grass Roots Unity in Action Feature.

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Dear Friends of OCL, I am writing to you all during this Lenten Season with a special request, one that does not involve money but rather a bit of your time. Please join me in offering a special prayer asking God’s help in enlightening the hierarchs and leadership of all Orthodox jurisdictions in America so that they move forward with their deliberations regarding the establishment of a unified Orthodox Church in America. I realize that we as individuals have little control as to how the … [Read more...]

Georgian Orthodox Church against minority languages charter

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Source: Democracy and Freedom Watch by DFWATCH STAFF Tbilisi, DFWatch – Illia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgian Orthodox Church, considers unacceptable to renew talks about adopting the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Archdeacon Mikael Botkoveli, patriarch’s secretary, told journalists at the Tbilisi airport before patriarch’s departure for Helsinki, Finland, for medical treatment. “Talks have been renewed about European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages … [Read more...]