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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
St. Herman’s West Youth Conference: Corvallis, OR
Dec 27 – Dec 30 all-day

Theme: “St. Alexander of Munich: A Modern Confessor in the Face of Tyranny”, “Worldly Conforming to Christly Transforming”, and “Homosexuality: An Orthodox Christian Perspective”

Speakers: Matushka Elena Perekrestov, Fr. Timothy Pavlatos & Archpriest James Baglien, respectively

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2015 DCMA St Herman Conference: Texas
Dec 28 all-day
2015 DCMA St Herman Conference: Texas

This conference is hosted by St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.

This conference is intended for high school and college age youth 14 and older. Conference takes place from December 28, 2015 to January 1, 2016.

For more information:

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OCF 2015 College Conference: East and West
Dec 28 all-day
OCF 2015 College Conference: East and West

Each year during Christmas Break, OCF’s College Conferences host hundreds of college students from across North America for four days of fellowship, prayer, and exposure to reputable Orthodox speakers.

Theme: Modern Martyrs: Witnesses of the Word
This College Conference theme will address our calling to be martyrs for Christ by being witnesses of the Faith. As college students living in a secularized world, there are numerous opportunities for us as Orthodox Christians to be witnesses/martyrs for Christ on college campuses: in the dorm room, on social media, and in every aspect of our lives.

This theme will also address the current-day persecution of Christians and provide some insights into how we can best aid our Christian brothers and sisters across the globe.

Registration for College Conference East and West 2015 is now OPEN! Go to:

To access the Registration Page click HERE


OCF Retreat: Bolivar,PA
Dec 28 – Dec 30 all-day
OCF Retreat: Bolivar,PA @ Antiochian Village  | Bolivar | Pennsylvania | United States

Speaker: Sr. Vassa Larin (Professor of Liturgical Studies, Catholic Faculty of the University of Vienna, Austria)

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Jan 1 – Jan 3 all-day


This program, which was the first all-chant concert ever given by Cappella Romana (to sold-out audiences in 2001), features Cappella Romana’s specialist ensemble of Byzantine cantors singing a program of Medieval hymns and psalms for the feast of Epiphany. These performance include examples of Byzantine chant in Greek from Hagia Sophia and from Palestine, and selections in Latin of Old Roman Chant sung directly from 11th-century manuscripts.

Please go to this website for dates, venues, and prices:

Seattle, Friday, 1 Jan. 2016, 7:30pm, Blessed Sacrament

Portland, Saturday, 2 Jan. 2016, 7:30pm, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral; and
Sunday, 3 Jan. 2016, 2:30pm, St. Mary’s Cathedral

OCMC 2016 Mexico Teaching Team: San Esteban and Pisaflores, Mexico
Jan 5 – Jan 29 all-day

This event takes place between March 26 to April 2, 2016.

The 2016 Mexico Mission Team will continue to assist the outreach efforts of the Diocese of Mexico to native Aztec Orthodox Christians in the villages of San Esteban and Pisaflores (northwest of Mexico City). The Team will offer youth and adult catechism to educate and strengthen the faithful. Team members will teach children basic religious education, crafts, and activities in a Vacation Bible School format. They will also offer adult catechism, and attend worship services with the local communities.

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Jan 5 – Jan 6 all-day

ELLADA will be performing at the largest and most famous celebration of “EPIPHANY”.  Ellada will be performing immediately following the retrieving of the CROSS from the Bayou of Tarpon Springs. A delicious dinner will be served by the community of St. Nicholas throughout the afternoon and evening. Also performing will be LEVENDIA, Tarpon’s world famous folk dancers. Come one, Come all! Epiphany starts at St. Nicholas at 11am and goes through the early evening! Join the thousands of attendees and witness one of the most famous celebrations of the “EPIPHANY”

For more information:  and for Epiphany Liturgical Events –

Young Adult Winter Retreat: Big Bear Lake, CA
Jan 8 – Jan 10 all-day

Theme: “A Christian Ending to our Life: An Orthodox Perspective on Death”

Speaker: Fr. Gregory Horton and Fr. David Sommer

Register online by Monday, December 21

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Adult Religious Retreat: Woburn, MA
Jan 9 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Adult Religious Retreat – What better way to start the New Year off than by rekindling our spiritual life.

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Byzantine Music Program: San Jose, CA
Jan 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm

We will be offering Byzantine chanting classes. Instruction will be in English and in Greek, if necessary. With simple steps we will learn the basics of byzantine chanting. The school will offer classes for beginners in a) the theory of Byzantine music b) its practical application and c) the proper behavior at the Analogion (Chanter’s Stand). The mission statement of the programs is to teach, preserve and present the rich history and tradition of Byzantine Music of our Eastern Orthodox Church, to inspire persons to learn and serve the Church by participating in the Analogion during church services and to transmit Byzantine hymnology into the English language by enabling the chanter to effectively chant in English.

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