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ZOE for Life! Training Program: Ohio
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


ZOE for Life! is a pan-Orthodox Christian charity with three major goals: to help women who need confidential emotional and spiritual support during crisis pregnancies; to assist Orthodox Christians seeking to adopt children; and to provide an education for pure living and other resources.

The organization needs a variety of volunteers, including medical personnel, teachers and counselors, administrative and support personnel, and experts in the fields of fundraising, information technology and social media.

The Dec. 5 program will consist of a series of training sessions on topics related to the organization’s mission. Registration for the program will begin at 9:30 a.m., training at 10. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Advance registration is requested. For further information about ZOE for Life!, visit

Additional CONTACTS: Paula Kappos, ZOE for Life! (440) 893-9990, (440) 724-1900 cell,


26th Diocesan Christmas Concert: Worcester, MA
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This is the 26th Diocesan Christmas Concert sung by the combined choirs and chanters of Worcester and New England. Vespers will preceed the concert.

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The Metropolitan Wind Symphony and Sing Along: Dedham, MA
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Metropolitan Wind Symphony and Sing Along: Dedham, MA @ Church of St. John of Damascus  | Dedham | Massachusetts | United States


The Metropolitan Wind Symphony presents the Holiday Pops and Christmas Sing Along

This event is also being promoted by the Symphony and was a sell out last year so don’t delay – purchase your tickets online using the form on the right or click here for mailing instructions and an order form.

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Orthodox Advent Concert: MN
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

2015 Christmas Concert

An Orthodox Advent Concert presented by the choir of St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral Featuring a selection of Orthodox liturgical hymns and traditional carols for the feast of our Lord’s Nativity — Christmas.

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St. Nicholas Feast Day & Retreat: Dunlap, CA
Dec 6 – Dec 8 all-day
Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Burning candles and fir branch on snow

Fill your heart with holiday spirit at this concert of sacred and secular holiday favorites, performed with the Master Chorale of South Florida.  After the concert, we’ll treat you to a cup of cocoa and Christmas cookies. All you’ll be missing is snow! Click here to purchase tickets online

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Pan Orthodox Christmas Concert: Chicago Area
Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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Pan-Orthodox Nativity Concert: Cleveland,OH
Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


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The Metropolitan Greek Chorale: New York, NY
Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

THERE WERE ANGELS * – Choral works inspired by angels. Joyous News announced by Angelic Hosts in the music of Handel, Arvo Part, Ivan Moody, the Byzantine Cherubic Hymn, and NY Premiere of Hovahaness’ cantata, Glory to God.

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The Anita Krause Bader Lecture: St. Louis, MO
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

brochure: age of titans

The Age of Titans: The Rise and Fall of the Great Hellenistic Navies”.  This lectures is given as part of the  The Anita Krause Bader Lecture at the Missouri History Museum by Professor William M. Murray from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

The phrase “The Age of Titans,” originally coined by Lionel Casson to characterize Hellenistic naval warfare, describes a period in which war fleets included larger-than-normal oared galleys, some with crews of more than 1,000 men. Dr. William M. Murray, University of South Florida, examines this period and proposes a new hypothesis in the evolution of naval warfare following the death of Alexander the Great.

It is sponsored by the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation in conjunction with the Missouri History Museum.

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Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm





This is a  wonderful opportunity to serve and love our most needy neighbors in Boston, MA.  This service weekend is for Junior High, High School, and College Students.

We will meet at 5pm on Friday and stay Friday and Saturday nights at: . The service learning weekend will come to a close at 2pm on Sunday, December 18th.

A registration gift of $150 a person will cover all trip expenses, make it possible for the YES Program to prepare and execute the trip, and enable our service team to meet the needs of those we serve.

For further information: Please contact , Halie Nicola, Trip Leader,


Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


The Arizona Balalaika Orchestra began in 1980 in Tucson, AZ as a small ensemble within the University of Arizona Russian Department. The group is a spirited, non-profit community folk orchestra, playing native Slavic instruments and wearing colorful costumes. It has toured throughout Arizona and Mexico. At major performances, the Orchestra collaborates with guest dance troupes, vocalists, and guest instrumental soloists from as far away as Moscow and Kiev. Small ensembles also perform for festivals, churches, clubs, and other events. The Arizona Balalaika Orchestra is a member of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America (BDAA), which has annual conventions in North America and Russia. Tucson was host for this convention in 1989, and again 25 years later, in 2004.

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Celebrating the Journey of Marriage: Knoxville, TN
Dec 12 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Celebrating the Journey of Marriage: Knoxville, TN @  St. George Greek Orthodox Church | Knoxville | Tennessee | United States

Celebrating the Journey of Marriage is a One-Day Workshop for Couples in the Orthodox Church.

Register Online Here

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Pre-Nativity Retreat: Washington, DC
Dec 12 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Theme: “Miraculous Icon the Inexhaustible Cup: The Orthodox Treatment Of All Manner Of Addictions”. The caring members of the Fellowship of the Inexhaustible Cup have the primary purpose of honoring Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos, as the Fellowship’s Champion Leader by acquiring and maintaining quality sobriety and purity as a way of life. Members are committed to praying all or part of the Akathist of the Inexhaustible Cup on a daily basis, as well as making a monthly financial commitment to help sustain the work of the Fellowship. Members are devoted to praying for and reaching out to those suffering from all manner of addictions, helping the afflicted at their point of need, and ringing them the message of hope and healing.

Speaker:Fr. Christophe Lepoutre, M.S., Pastoral Counseling. Fr. Christophe Lepoutre is the rector of the Orthodox Chapel of the Mother of God The Inexhaustible Cup in Natural Bridge Station, VA

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Christmas at the Seminary:NJ
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Christmas at the Seminary:NJ @ St. Sophia Seminary | Franklin Township | New Jersey | United States

The Faculty and seminarians of our St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary are grateful for your financial support throughout the year and we hope that you join us for the inaugural “Christmas at the Seminary”. This event is open for the whole family on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m.  There will be drop-in Christmas-themed activities, ornament making and cookie decorating for the entire family. Light refreshments will also be served.

You will have the opportunity on that Saturday to meet the current student body and also tour the Seminary and Three Holy Hierarchs Chapel and learn about the 300+ year-old building and the repairs which took place over the past year.

In the spirit of the Nativity season and the upcoming feast of Saint Nicholas, we humbly ask that you bring with you a gift for the Seminary, not for individual use but for the entire student body.

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Special Concert of the Jubilee Celebration: Orange County, CA
Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos Serbian Orthodox Church of Orange County, California is sponsoring this very special event.  For details please fo to :

Pan-Orthodox Vespers and Dinner to Benefit IOCC: Pawtucket, RI
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You may not know this, but the world’s biggest refugee crisis is going on as we speak as Syrian refugees are fleeing their homes in the Middle East. IOCC is committed to its on-going humanitarian response, but it needs your help. Come by on December 12, 2015 for Vespers and with a fellowship dinner to follow.

You can register and donate to IOCC online ( Please contact us if you have any questions or are wondering how you can help!

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Orthodox Talk after Divine Liturgy: Santa Rosa, CA
Dec 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Speaker: Hieromonk Innocent (Abbot at St. John Orthodox Monastery in Manton, CA)

HIEROMONK INNOCENT, the Superior of the Monastery of St. John in Manton, CA., will visit our parish for the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, December 13, which is the Feast of St. Herman of Alaska. Fr. Innocent will give a short talk in the Parish Hall during the Agape Meal—I encourage all of you to stay for this. Of course, we will not let him leave here emptied handed, but will make an offering for the Monastery that weekend as well.

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“Christ is Born! Glorify Him! A Detroit Orthodox Christmas Concert”
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will sponsor a Christmas concert.  The first part of the concert will feature Nativity hymns and carols from Greece, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine sung by choirs from five Orthodox churches; and the Romanian Children Carolers, directed by Simona Ghilezan.

The second part of the concert will feature Nativity hymns and carols sung in English by an inter-Orthodox chorus directed by Matushka Victoria Kopistiansky. It will conclude with a sing-along of popular Western Christmas carols.

An afterglow reception with refreshments will follow the concert. The public is invited to attend the concert. For further information, contact

Additional Contact: David Adrian, Adrian & Associates; (248) 322-9226 or (248) 515-4607 cell;

Three Holy Youth College Convention: FL
Dec 16 – Dec 19 all-day
Three Holy Youth College Convention: FL @ St. Stephen’s Retreat Center  | Titusville | Florida | United States

Guest Speaker: Fr. Kyrillos Mourad, Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, Montreal, Canada

Deadline to register is December 9, 2015


Metropolis Young Adult Christmas Reception: San Francisco, CA
Dec 18 all-day
Glorious Christmas – An Everlasting Legacy Concert: New York, NY
Dec 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Under the high patronage of his Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America, The renowned Archdiocesan Cathedral Choir and Chamber Orchestra present the 2015 Christmas Concert, “Glorious Christmas-An Everlasting Legacy”.

The concert will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s profound “Gloria”, a favorite during the holiday season. In addition, the choir will pay tribute to three prominent liturgical composers who passed on in 2015: Anna Gallos, Demetrios Pappas and George Raptis, performing their highly regarded settings of Christmas Music.  For ticket prices go to:

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St. Nicholas Children’s Craft & Story Day: Washington, DC
Dec 19 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
2015 WTL High School Boys’ and Girls’ Conventions: FL
Dec 21 – Dec 29 all-day

The Winter Break is just around the corner. What are your plans? Chatting on Facebook? Texting to see what to do? Sleeping in? Shopping ’til you drop’? Well, did you hear about the Way, Truth & Life High School Convention at the Southern Diocese’s own St. Stephen Christian Retreat & Conference Center in Titusville, Florida on December 21-24, 2015 for boys and December 26-29 for girls.

Make your plans to come and enjoy good times and make great memories with our beloved bishop, His Grace Bishop Youssef, our amazing guest speakers, Fr. Samuel Hanna from Boston, Massachusetts, and Fr. Gabriel Wissa from Montreal, Canada (Girls converntion)our diocese priests and lots of incredible youth from all over the Southern Diocese.

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St. Herman Conference: Albany, NY
Dec 22 – Dec 26 all-day

Theme: “Answering Athiests” & “Grant Me a Chaste Vision”

Speakers: Fr. John Whiteford & Nadezhda Sexton (Psychologist)

A trip to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY is scheduled along with great workshops, round table discussions, social activities and of course, beautiful services with a youth choir.

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Byzantine Christmas Concert in Cambridge: MA
Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm


The Greek Institute invites you to the Sixth Annual Byzantine Christmas, a concert of virtuosic Byzantine Chant and the traditional Greek Kalanda for the Christmas season, directed by Spyridon Antonopoulos and sung by the Psaltikon Ensemble.

Dr. Antonopoulos and PSALTIKON will be joined by Dr. Menios Karanos of Hellenic College / Holy Cross and acclaimed world musicians Beth Bahia Cohen (violin and lyra) and Mal Barsamian (oud and clarinet), in a program of Byzantine chants and kalanda, the traditional Christmas carols from various regions of Greece. Beautiful passages from the Christmas stories of Photios Kontoglou (1895–1965) and Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851–1911) will be narrated throughout the program.

To purchase tickets, contact The Greek Institute at
By phone/fax:
617-547-4770 (phone) / 617-661-9150 (fax)
By mail:The Greek Institute, 1038 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Byzantine Christmas Concert in Cambridge

Dec 27 all-day
2015 WINTER CAMP OF THE ROMANIAN ORTHODOX YOUTH IN THE AMERICAS (ROYA): MI @ Faith and Heritage Center | Allegan | Michigan | United States


THEME: How to be “salt” and “light” of the world in the XXI century? Challenges for Youth.

Special Speakers:

Rev. Fr. Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, Rev. Hieromonk Atanasie Popescu, Ph.D., Spiritual Advisor of ROYA.  This conference takes place from December 27, 2015 to January 2, 2016.

Two groups:

15-18 years old, and 19-25+ years old

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Iconography Workshop: MD
Dec 27 – Dec 30 all-day

Iconographer: Mick Michieli Beasley

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Nativity Youth Retreat 2015: PA
Dec 27 – Dec 30 all-day

Theme: Listening to our Youth – Discussing the Future.
This conference is for youth ages 7-17.  Complete this Application Form and bring it and a check to registration on December 27th:

Pan-Orthodox Winter Camp for 5th thru 12th grades: CA
Dec 27 – Dec 30 all-day
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