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Thanksgiving Family Convention 2015: Melborne Beach, FL
Nov 25 – Nov 28 all-day


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Discovering St. Nicholas at the Museum of Russian Icons: MA
Dec 1 – Dec 30 all-day

Curated by the St. Nicholas Center.  This exhibition tells the story of St. Nicholas. Unique artifacts and works of art — including icons — illustrate his life, his relationship to Christian tradition, and St. Nicholas-related customs around the world.

This exhibit is festive, fun, and educational for all ages. It engages children through hands-on activities and special interest items throughout the display. Start date November 22, 2015. Exhibit ends January 21st, 2016.

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Ending Exhibition at the Russian Icon Museum: MA
Dec 1 – Dec 8 all-day

Feasts: Earthly Celebrations of Heavenly Events. Icons from the Museum Collection, Curated by intern Katia Christakis.
This new exhibition showcases 30+ rare icons depicting significant feast days on the Russian Orthodox calendar commemorating the annual cycle of holy days, the veneration of saints and the Church’s twelve major feast days. The show also underscores icons role as tangible markers or symbols of noteworthy events.

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St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) #”GivingTuesday”
Dec 1 all-day
St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) #"GivingTuesday"

St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) will continue its new tradition of participating in #GivingTuesday, a national movement that celebrates generosity.

“Giving is at the very foundation of St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s mission, so we are enthusiastic again this year about taking part in this day dedicated to philanthropy,” said seminary Chancellor/CEO the Very Reverend Dr. Chad Hatfield. “Our professors give their hearts to teach the gospel of Christ. Our students give their time to prepare for service in the Church. Our graduates give their lives to minister to Christ’s flock.”

Last year, the seminary’s highly successful #GivingTuesday campaign raised $80,000. In an expression of love and solidarity with the suffering peoples in the Middle East, St. Vladimir’s offered a tithe of $8,000 to His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, to alleviate the dire conditions of people under his care.

“Because we believe in giving back at St. Vladimir’s, we will donate 10% of whatever we raise on #GivingTuesday,” continued Father Chad. “This year’s tithe will support the Orthodox Patriarchal Ecclesiastical School of Makarios III, our sister seminary in Nairobi, Kenya. This great center of Orthodoxy in Africa is in serious need of books for their library, and we want to help.”

Archimandrite Philip Mugadizi (SVOTS alumnus ’03), deputy dean of the Nairobi seminary, has been instrumental in arranging this year’s tithe. “We are delighted to partner with St. Vladimir’s for #GivingTuesday,” remarked Father Philip. “The relationship between our two theological institutions is growing stronger by the day, as evidenced by the upcoming visit of Dr. Paul Meyendorff, The Father Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology at St. Vladimir’s. It is our hope to continue this exchange and dialogue between our seminaries, offering opportunities for our seminarians, faculty, and staff to learn from one another. I hope that many people will support our schools on #GivingTuesday.”

“Given the response to #GivingTuesday last year, an anonymous supporter has challenged us to raise $50,000 on #GivingTuesday this year—and if we do, every penny will be matched. With this incredible matching opportunity, it would be within reason to expect that we could potentially take in $100,000 on December 1, with $10,000 going to our brothers seminarians in Nairobi, Kenya,” explained Father Chad. “These donations will spread the gospel across North America and Africa.

“Right now, we’re asking Orthodox Christians around the world to help us get the word out on their social media networks, through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,” Father Chad concluded, “and to stay in the loop about this venture by signing up for #GivingTuesday emails. Our website,, contains a host of resources for anyone interested in supporting Orthodoxy in America and Africa this December 1.”

Donate directly to SVOTS #GivingTuesday here (all monies will be totaled December 1, 2015).

Fall MEOCCA Catechism Classes: MN
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 8 @ 9:00 pm

Introduction to Orthodoxy: Fall MEOCCA Catechism Dates Set, Minnesota Eastern Orthodox Christian Clergy Association.

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Iconography Lecture: Washington, DC
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Theme: “Making the Absent Present: the Roman Origins of Christian Icon Painting”

Speaker: Heather Turnbow

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Retreats at Monastery of St. John: Manton, CA
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day

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Theme: “In the Eyes of Your Creator: Truly Valuing Yourself and Others”.

Many of the ills of our society can be traced to the sense of worthlessness that afflicts so many people today. If we only understood in the depths of our being how valuable we are in the eyes of our Creator, we could learn to obey Christ’s commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves. Priest and counselor David Fontes marries the best insights of psychology with those of the spiritual tradition of the Orthodox Church to point the way toward this understanding

Speaker: Fr. David L. Fontes (Priest at Elevation of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Sacramento, CA)

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Institute – Eighth Annual International Conference
Dec 4 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Theme: “The Sacred Arts of Eastern Orthodoxy: Icon, Music, Rhetoric, Architecture and Artifacts”
Registration: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

On Friday, December 4th, 2015, the Eighth Annual Conference of the Sophia Institute will be held in New York City. The conference will focus on the various ways the Eastern Orthodox Church, and broader Orthodox cultures, over past centuries, and in recent times, have approached the varied media of the arts to put across its evangelical message and articulate its own ecclesial culture.

YES! Huston, TX
Dec 4 @ 5:00 pm – Dec 6 @ 2:00 pm

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This is a wonderful opportunity to serve and love our most needy neighbors in Houston, TX! for 13 years old- College Students.

 We will meet at 5pm on Friday and stay Friday and Saturday nights at St. George Church.  The service learning weekend will come to a close following Liturgy on Sunday.


46th Annual “An International Christmas” featuring the Ascension Cathedral Choir: Oakland, CA
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Conductors: Dr. Tikey Zes & Laura Kakis

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Advent Retreat: Cosa Mesa, CA
Dec 5 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Theme: “I will walk among you”

Speaker: Fr. Tryphon (Abbot of the Brotherhood of the All-Merciful Savior in Vashon Island, WA)

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Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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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.

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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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