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A Joyous Lent to All!  Please remember the suffering Christians of the Middle East, and for Russia and Ukraine in your prayers. HT to OrthodoxPortland: It’s been a wonderful tradition among Orthodox parishes in Portland area to celebrate Presanctified Liturgies and other services during Lent together. This year, these pan-Orthodox services are as follows: Wednesday, March 4: Presanctified Liturgy at Holy Trinity (Greek) at 6:30pm Wednesday, March 18: Presanctified Liturgy at St. John the Baptist (Greek) at 6:30pm Wednesday, March 25: Vesperal Divine Liturgy at Annunciation (OCA) at 6:30pm, for their patronal feast day Wednesday, April 1: Presanctified Liturgy at St. Nicholas (OCA) at 6:30pm For more information:  
2015 SBL/AAR Annual Meeting (November 21-24 in Atlanta, GA – Contextualizing North African Christianity program The Contextualizing North African Christianity program unit invites paper proposals for the 2015 SBL/AAR Annual Meeting (November 21-24 in Atlanta, GA) for the following two sessions devoted to the North African bishop and martyr, Cyprian of Carthage: 1) Contextualizing the Life of Cyprian. We seek paper proposals that help to situate Cyprian’s life and work within the social and cultural contexts of Roman North Africa. 2) The Afterlife of Cyprian. Cyprian was an influential figure in his own day but loomed even larger after his death. We welcome proposals illustrating this enduring influence (e.g., hagiographical traditions, the pseudo-Cyprianic corpus, and as an authority in the Donatist controversy and among various authors of the fourth through seventh centuries). Deadline for Paper Proposals: March 5, 2015 For more informaiton:
NY State Deanery Lenten Clergy Retreat @ Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church  | Syracuse | New York | United States
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Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
On-line Orthodox Scripture Study
As a result of feedback provided from both on-site and on-line participants, the next topic for our Diocesan on-line Orthodox Scripture Study will be the Book of Revelation (The Apocalypse). This weekly on-line scripture study will be led by the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky, Professor of Sacred Scripture at Christ the Saviour Seminary and broadcast live from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Warren, Ohio. This study will draw on the patristic voice of the Fathers of the Church and will provide the participants with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of this multi-faceted Scriptural text from the Orthodox Christian perspective. For those unable to view the class live, videos of each class will be archived for later viewing. While no formal registration is required, it is asked that those participating consider emailing Fr. Ken and introduce yourself.  The Study of The Book of Revelation  can be viewed live here[...]
Theme: “All Things Are Thy Servants: Our Dark Emotions in the Light of Christ” Speaker: Fr. John Oliver For more information:
Theme: “All Things Are Thy Servants: Our Dark Emotions in the Light of Christ” Speaker: Fr. John Oliver For more information:
Mar 6 – Mar 8 all-day
Lenten Retreat: Minneapolis, MN @ Saint George Greek Orthodox Church  | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States
Meocca – Minnesota Eastern Orthodox Christian Clergy Association invites you to a Lenten Retreat featuring guest lecturer Father George Dokos, Th.D.  Fr. George Dokos is pastor/priest of St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis (since 2014). On Friday, March 6, after the Akathistos/Salutations Service (6:00) and a Lenten meal, Father George will share examples of persons who turned their lives around, drawing from the Old Testament, New Testament and History of the Church, with a theme of “Great Returns—No One Is Beyond Saving”. Saturday, March 7, the day begins at 10:00 with coffee and fellowship.   Father George will discuss the Sacrament/Mystery of Holy Confession, its development and history going all the way back to its Old Testament roots. For full  details for this day and the next, Sunday, March 8 please go to:    
 Theme: “Annunciation of the Theotokos” Speaker: Fr. Alexander Rentel (Asst. Professor of Canon Law & Byzantine Studies, St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary, NY) For more information:
Mar 7 – Mar 8 all-day
Lenten Talk: Los Angeles, CA @ Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church (OCA)   | Los Angeles | California | United States
Speaker: Fr. John Behr (Dean of St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY) will speak after the Liturgy. For more information:
SO CAL GOYA Lenten Lock-in: Northridge, CA @ St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church  | Los Angeles | California | United States
Theme: “Keep Calm & Carry On” Speakers: Fr. Haralambos Fox, Fr. Michael State & Johanna Duterte Grades: 7-12 For more information:
St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Mission Choir Sings Vespers & Divine Liturgy: Cleveland, OH @ St. Andrews Orthodox Church | Maple Heights | Ohio | United States
The St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary’s Mission Choir will join St. Andrews Orthodox Church in Sagamore Hills, OH to celebrate Vespers and the Divine Liturgy.  Following Liturgy on Sunday, refreshments will be served and the members of Mission Choir will introduce themselves and have the opportunity to meet with parishioners. For more information:
The Kronos Quartet will perform a piece by Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov “Beyond Zero: 1914-1918. One of the most celebrated ensembles of our day, the Kronos Quartet continues to expand the range and context of the string quartet. This concert includes a new work commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Beyond Zero: 1914–1918, an extraordinary multimedia production that features music by Aleksandra Vrebalov and a film by Bill Morrison. A native of the former Yugoslavia, Vrebalov’s work recounts her firsthand experiences in the war-torn Balkans of the 1990s, set against Morrison’s film that includes seldom-seen World War I footage from the Library of Congress. For more information:
“Celebration of Books” – Liturgical Events and Lectures: Westchester, IL @ Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church  | Westchester | Illinois | United States
This year’s Celebration of Books will be held March, 8th through the 15th.  Once again we are excited and honored to have Father Maximos, monk of the Holy Monastery Simonopetra of Mount Athos, as our keynote speaker for three consecutive nights–March 8th, 9th and 10th.  The main topic of the program is “Finding God in Scripture and Creation; The Theology of St. Maximos the Confessor”. On Sunday, March 8th, Vespers will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Father Maximos’ presentation, “The Search for Truth” at 8:00 p.m.  On Monday, March 9th the Great Compline Service will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Father’s presentation, “The Book of Nature” at 8:00 p.m.  On Tuesday, March 10th, the Great Compline Service will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Father’s presentation, “The World of Scripture” at 8:00 p.m. For more information:
Mar 8 @ 1:12 am – 3:12 am
Lenten Vespers: Warren, MI @  St. Stevan Decanski Serbian Orthodox Church, | Warren | Michigan | United States
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will hold the second in its series of Vespers services on the five Sundays of Orthodox Great Lent on March 8, Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas.  The service will be conducted by members of the Clergy Brotherhood of St. John Chrysostom of Metropolitan Detroit. The Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit will sing the responses during the service. The homilist will be the Very Rev. Radomir Obsenica, pastor of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroe. Members of the public are invited to attend the services.  
Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Yale Russian Chorus: Santa Rosa, CA @ St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church  | Santa Rosa | California | United States
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Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 6 @ 8:30 pm
PAN-ORTHODOX VESPERS: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX @ Varied
Please join us for Pan-Orthodox Vespers services on Sundays during Great Lent – 6 p.m. March 9 – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Dallas March 16 – St. Peter’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Ft. Worth March 23 – Sts. Constantine & Helen Antiochian Orthodox Church, Dallas March 30 – St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Ft. Worth April 6 – St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral, Dallas A Lenten meal is served after Vespers. For more informaiton:  
Mar 12 – Mar 14 all-day
A Lenten Retreat: Post Falls, ID @ St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church | Post Falls | Idaho | United States
St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church Presents a Lenten Retreat: “I was in Prison, and You Visited Me”. with Father Stephen Powley Executive Director Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry. Please register ONLINE at:
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lecture and Discussion: New York, NY @ Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (In the Cathedral Center) | New York | New York | United States
“In the Face of Racial Hatred: Archbishop Iakovos and the Civil Rights Movement”.  Brought to you by the Department of Inter-Orthodox Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Speaker: Rev. Protopresbyter Michael N. Varlamos, Ph.D. Student at Wayne State University, and pastor at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, St. Clair Shores, Michigan.  
Conference, Female Monasticism and the Arts: Strand, London @ The Courtauld Institute of Art Somerset House | London | United Kingdom
Theme: “Sister Act: Female Monasticism and the Arts Across Europe ca. 1250–1550” Keynote speaker: Professor Dr. Carola Jäggi, University of Zürich (CH) This conference seeks to compare, contrast and juxtapose scholarly approaches to the art of Medieval and Renaissance religious women that have emerged in recent decades. Seeking to initiate a broader conversation, which is long overdue, we invite papers that examine female monastic art in terms of patronage, space, devotional practice, spiritual identity or material history, spanning all of Europe and bridging the gap between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. For more information:    
Prosopon Iconography Workshop: Big Sur, CA @ New Camaldoli Hermitage   | Big Sur | California | United States
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Mar 13 – Mar 15 all-day
Women’s Lenten Retreat: Dunlop, CA @ St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center   | Dunlap | California | United States
Theme: “Becoming the Women God Inspires us to be” Speaker: Maria Molett (Holy Trinity, Dallas, TX). Maria is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has done many workshops, consultations and workshops over her professional career, along with speaking at Women’s Retreats. We will also be visiting our Monastery and spending some time there. For more information:
Theme: “Balancing our Spiritual Life with our Everyday Responsibilities” Speaker: Gerontissa Foteini (Abbess of All Saints Greek Orthodox Monastery, Calverton, NY) For more informationr:
 Retreat Leader: Fr. John Behr Dean, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, “Becoming Human: What It Means to Be Human in Light of the Life and Death of Jesus Christ” For more information: details & registration >    
Lenten Retreat:Pittsburgh, PA @ St. George's Antiochian Cathedral | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States
Dr Harry Boosalis will be leading a Lenten Retreat and will provide two presentations. The morning session will be on ‘St. Silouan of Mount Athos and Orthodox Spiritual Life’ and the afternoon session on ‘The Role of Suffering in our Spiritual Lives’. For further information:  or  
Mar 14 – Mar 15 all-day
Theme: “Penitent Characters & the Character of Repentance in the Hymns of Lent & Holy Week” Speaker: Dr. George Parsenios (Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ) For more information:
Mar 14 @ 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
Family Synaxis Lenten Retreat: Palatine, IL @ St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church | Palatine | Illinois | United States
Theme: “Philanthropos & Philanthropia: God’s Great Love & our Calling as Families” Speaker: Dr. Perry Hamalis For more information:
The Greek Orthodox Churches of Seattle present: “Created to be a Consumer or a Communer?”  The event speaker is Fr. Tom Tsagalakis. Dinner provided.
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Looking East from Byzantine @ Metropolitan Museum of Art  | New York | New York | United States
Celebrating the Metropolitan Museum’s recent acquisition of four Byzantine icons, this performance traces the trajectory of music east from Byzantium. It also demonstrates the interconnectedness between Byzantine and Islamic chant and improvisation traditions through the remarkable playing of Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and master chanter Eleftherios Eleftheriadis. For more information:
Preparing for the Journey of Marriage, Florida, March Schedule @ Varied
Seminar for couples preparing for Marriage. Saturday, March 14, 2015: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Preparing for the Journey of Marriage Workshop for Couples Marrying in the Orthodox Church Pensacola, FL: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Register Online Here Saturday, March 21, 2015: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Preparing for the Journey of Marriage Workshop for Couples Marrying in the Orthodox Church Atlanta, GA: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Register Online Here For more information:
Theme: “Shroud Encounter” Speaker: Russ Breault For more information: