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Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Orthodox Lecture on Icons: Leesburg, VA @ Trinity House Café  | Leesburg | Virginia | United States
Theme: “Justianianic Mosaics of Hagia Sophia, Constantinople” Speaker:Phd. Natalia Teteriatnikov  Open to all For more information: http://www.byzarts.com/category/events/lectures/
JAMES C. ROUMAN LECTURE SERIES: Hartford, CT @ St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral  | Hartford | Connecticut | United States
Alexandros Kyrou, PhD, Professor of History, Salem State University, “The Modern West and Byzantium: (The Enlightenment Sources of Ignorance and Hostility Towards The Orthodox World”) For more informationF: http://www.stgeorgecathedral.org/lectureseries.html
COCC “Spring Celebration” Dinner-Dance: Redford, MI @ Saint Michael the Archangel Church, Banquet Hall | Detroit | Michigan | United States
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will sponsor its annual “Spring Celebration” dinner-dance. Proceeds from the event will assist retired clergy and widowed clergy wives. The event will begin with a social hour at 5:00 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6:00.  There will be live music by the Offbeats and entertainment for children. To order tickets or obtain further information, contact Mihaela Charlier at 313-595-7640 or coccdetroit@yahoo.com, or Richard Shebib at 248-345-9346 or paschabooks@sbcglobal.net. The COCC is also soliciting donations from merchants for a silent auction and advertisements in a souvenir book that will be distributed at the event.  The deadline for submissions is April 14. For ad rates and further information, contact Mary Ann Dadich at 586=775-4799 or mdadich811@gmail.com, or Richard Shebib at 248-345-9346 orpaschabooks@sbcglobal.net. Visit its web site at http://www.coccdetroit.com.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
  When: Apr 27 – May 9, 2015 Where: Israel Description: Ancient and Holy In the Holy Land “Ancient and Holy in the Holy Land” is a unique trip that combines several features. It is first and foremost an Orthodox Christian pilgrimage. Our highest priority is the veneration of the Holy Sites associated with the Earthly Ministry of our Savior, Most Holy Virgin Mary, Apostles of our Lord and a multitude of righteous individuals from the Old and New Testament. Therefore, we will first and foremost visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Mt. Tabor and number of sites in Galilee. At the same time, we seek to provide members of our tour with a better understanding of the ecclesiastical and cultural-historical background of the Holy Land; for this reason, we will visit important monuments of the Jewish and Nabatean past – Masada, Qumran, and Petra, as well as imposing Roman Ruins at Sephoris and Jerash.[...]
Apr 30 all-day
Second Cuba Mission Trip, April 30-May 8. Fr. Costa will be leading a team of 20 individuals including 4 priests for the second Cuba Mission Trip. Most of the team has now been chosen, but there is room for more. They will participate in the First of May parade in Havana with the Saint Nicholas parish of Havana. They will also play baseball, USA vs. Cuba! The team will then split into three teams: one team will stay in Havana to assist with preparing the new and first Orthodox monastery in Cuba to receive monks and train priests, another will travel to Ranchuelo to the Saint George the New Martyr parish to assist with building/painting/cleaning the church building, and the third team will travel to Holguin in Guantanamo to visit the Orthodox parish of Saint Paraskevi. We will be doing Bible Study, making icons and livani, and participating in the[...]
IOCC Annual Pan-Orthodox Grand Banquet & Silent Auction: Des Plaines, IL @ Café La Cave  | Des Plaines | Illinois | United States
For more information: https://9586.thankyou4caring.org/pages/chicago-banquet2015
Orthodox Men’s Retreat: Alberta, CAN @ Sanctum Retreat Centre  | Caroline | Alberta | Canada
ORTHODOX MEN’S RETREAT OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST Theme: UNITING OUR CHILDREN TO CHRIST Speaker: Fr. Apostolos Hill For more information: http://www.orthodoxcalgary.ca/sites/orthodoxcalgary.ca/files/files/2015%20Retreat%20package%20final%20web.pdf
Orthodox Choir of Detroit Performance: Cleveland, OH @  St. Mary Church  | Cleveland | Ohio | United States
Orthodox Choir of Detroit to benefit Zoe for Life! The Orthodox Choir of Detroit has brought an essential aspect of our Faith to southeastern lower Michigan with its beautiful music.  The ensemble has existed in various forms for several decades, and is composed of singers of mixed voice (SATB) from parishes across the city.  The “Lenten Choir” is a more loosely organized group that gathers to give responses at the annual Sunday Lenten Vespers services.  The choir also rehearses on a more intense level to prepare for concerts and other special events as needed.  The English language repertoire includes composers of many national backgrounds and jurisdictions, from the traditional Byzantine and ancient melodies, to modern-day American composers.  (Matushka) Victoria Kopistiansky is the musical director and Elizabeth Star serves as the choir’s representative liaison to the COCC. For more information: http://orthodoxcleveland.us/
Grand Tour of Egypt and The Holy Land
This tour is from May 3 – May 22, 2015.  For more information: http://stmaryoviedo.org/grand_tour_2015.php
Hexaemeron Six Days of Creation Workshops: Dunlop, Ca @ St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center   | Dunlap | California | United States
Hexaemeron Six Days of Creation Workshops. Join us at St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center, a ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. The course is offered as a retreat with lodging and meals provided. It begins with an introductory lecture at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. and ends Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. Make travel plans accordingly. ICON WOOD CARVING: Open to 10 students at each site. For more information: http://www.hexaemeron.org/#!st-nicholas-ranch—carving/c7aq ECCLESIAL EMBROIDERY COURSE: The workshop is open to 12 students. For more information: http://www.hexaemeron.org/#!copy-of-st-nicholas-ranch/c178b ICON PAINTING COURSE:​The workshop is open to 25 students. For more information: http://www.hexaemeron.org/#!st-nicholas-ranch/c1xyp
Hospitality A La Russe VI Now Accepting Reservations: Benefit @ St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Chernay Fellowship Hall   | Bethlehem | Pennsylvania | United States
St. Tikhon’s Century Association is pleased to present the 6th Annual Hospitality A La Russe, featuring traditional Russian cuisine with the Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra. Enjoy a selection of traditional Russian delicacies, including eggplant caviar, stuffed grape leaves, peroshki, kielbasa, and soup followed by a dinner of Chicken Kiev and, of course, dessert. All proceeds benefit St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA For more information: http://www.stots.edu/news_150202_3.html
Dual Presentation and Debate on Religious Violence: UCLA @ Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies University of California, Los Angeles , Bunche 6275 | Los Angeles | California | United States
R.I. Moore (Professor Emeritus of Medieval History, Newcastle University) andDavid Nirenberg (Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Social Thought, Medieval History, Middle East Studies, and the College, University of Chicago) partcipate in a dual presentation and debate on the topic of religious violence. The program is co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Department of History, and the LAMAR Consortium.
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
2015 Annual St Alexis (Toth) Lecture @ St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States
The Sixth Annual St Alexis Lecture takes place onWednesday, May 6 at 7 pm, following Vespers. We are blessed this year to have the well-known scholar and speaker Dr Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St Tikhon’s Theological Seminary, speaking on the topic: The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: Theosis in Saint Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex. A reception follows. For more information: http://www.stmarysoca.org/news.html#Kasenic
Colloquium: ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY and HUMANITARIANISM @ Hellenic College & Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology | Brookline | Massachusetts | United States
Sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Office of Inter-Orthodox, Interfaith and Ecumenical Relations, the focus of this colloquium is an inquiry into Orthodoxy Christianity’s theology of engagement in humanitarianism. REGISTER AT: bit.ly/1CEsiQT Click on the flyer on the left, download the pdf, or for more information, contact: V. Rev. Archimandrite Dr. Nathanael Symeonides, Director Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Executive Assistant to Chairman, Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America Voice: [212] 774-0226 | Email: FrNathanael@goarch.org Web: www.goarch.org | www.assemblyofbishops.org Twitter: www.twitter.com/FrNathanael
15th Annual (Theophany School) Benefit Evening and Auction: Roxbury, MA @ St. George Orthodox Church   | Boston | Massachusetts | United States
We are pleased to announce our 15th Annual Benefit Evening of Denim and Diamonds! We are excited to welcome live music by Mitchell Kaltsunas and That Auction Girl, Vanessa Thanos to this year’s event.  Thanks to the support of so many, last year’s event was a great success.  We ask that you support our efforts this year by becoming a sponsor or by making a donation.  We need event sponsors and/or items to offer as prizes for our silent and live auction.  Your sponsorship or donation will help us to achieve our goal for this fundraiser. We thank you in advance for your generosity and would love to see you at our event. For more information: http://www.theophanyschool.org/
5th Anniversary of the Consecration of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael: NJ @ Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church  | Passaic | New Jersey | United States
We will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the consecration of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael. The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Passaic NJ, and conclude with a 1:00 p.m. celebratory luncheon at“The Brownstone” in Paterson NJ. Clergy and faithful from throughout the diocese are invited to attend. Reservations are required for the luncheon and seating is limited; reservations may be made on-line. events flyer > on-line reservation form >
Orthodox Pilgrimage to Italy @ Italy, varied cities
Our pilgrimage will include visits to Padua, Venice, Ravenna, Rome, Naples, Pompeii and Bari. The focus of our pilgrimage is on the veneration and worship of the holy sites that were sanctified by the lives of the Saints of the Ancient Church that are holy as the treasury places of numerous relics and miraculous icons. We, also, will see the splendid remains of the Byzantine Civilization and will visit a number of major Ancient ruins in order to understand the true triumph of the Ancient Church over the glory and splendor of Ancient Rome. Our special pilgrimage will begin from the worship in front of the Holy Burial Shroud of our Lord in Turin and will culminate with a Liturgy at the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, on the very day of the Feast of translation of the relics from Myra in Lycia to Bari. Along the way we[...]
Schedule - Preparing for the Journey of Marriage: Metropolis of Atlanta
Preparing for the Journey of Marriage- Workshop for Couples Marrying in the Orthodox Church Saturday, May 9, 2015: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Preparing for the Journey of Marriage – West Palm Beach, FL Saturday, May 16,2015: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Preparing for the Journey of Marriage – Raleigh,NC  Saturday, May 23, 2015: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Preparing for the Journey of Marriage – Atlanta,GA Link to Register: http://www.familylifeministry.atlanta.goarch.org/registration/
May 9 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Marriage Workshop: West Palm Beach, FL @ St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church  | West Palm Beach | Florida | United States
Theme: “Preparing for Marriage in the Orthodox Church” For more information: http://www.familylifeministry.atlanta.goarch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/May-9-2015-WPB-Pre-Marital-Seminar-Information-2.pdf
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese, will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land on the Paschal days leading up to the feast of the Ascension. In addition to participation in divine services at the Holy Sepulcher of the Lord and in Bethlehem, the site of the Nativity of Christ, the group will visit holy sites in Jerusalem, Palestine, Galilee, the monasteries of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem and other places. http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2014/20141225_enbpnicholaspilgrimage.html
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies: MI @ Western Michigan University, Medieval Institute | Kalamazoo | Michigan | United States
    Epigrams on Art in Byzantium The cohabitation and synergy of the physical object and the inscribed verse was a common facet of daily life in Byzantium. From monumental architecture to pieces of jewelry, seals, and even coins, a range of Byzantine objects bore verse inscriptions, or epigrams. This session seeks contributions that take a fresh and penetrating look at the complex interplay between art and epigrammatic poetry in Byzantine culture.  For more information:  http://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/50th-international-congress-on-medieval-studies/
Academic Symposium Honoring the Life and Work of Metropolitan Leonty (Turkevich) @ St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary  | Pennsylvania | United States
The St. Tikhon’s Community is pleased to announce that registration has begun for this historical occasion which will feature the life and work of this beloved Archpastor and fearless advocate for Orthodoxy in America. (The 50th Anniversary of his repose in the Lord) This day-long symposium will feature not only yet to be published selections from the 1917-18 diary of Metropolitan Leonty as read and translated by his granddaughter Mat. Tamara Turkevich-Skvir, but will also feature poems and observational anecdotes written throughout the life of this champion of the Faith. Presenters will also include Harold M. Leich, Russian Area Specialist European Division, The Library of Congress, as well as Dr. Scott M. Kenworthy presenting on the topic, “The Relationship between Metropolitan Leontii and St. Tikhon of Moscow.” In addition to the more formal academic offerings, a time will be set aside for stories and recollections by friends, family, and others who[...]
STOTS Symposium Dedicated to Metropolitan Leonty @ St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary   | Waymart | Pennsylvania | United States
The day-long program, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Metropolitan Leonty’s repose, will feature yet-to-be-published selections from Metropolitan Leonty’s 1917-1918 diary, as read and translated by his granddaughter Matushka Tamara Turkevich-Skvir, together with poems and anecdotes written throughout the life of this champion of the Faith. Other presentations will be offered by Harold M. Leich, Russian Area Specialist European Division, The Library of Congress, and Dr. Scott M. Kenworthy, who will speak on “The Relationship between Metropolitan Leonty and Saint Tikhon of Moscow.” The day will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery Church at 7:00 a.m., followed by a Memorial at the grave of Metropolitan Leonty.  Presentations will commence after a continential breakfast and continue until 4:30 p.m., when Vespers will be celebrated.  A wine and cheese reception will follow, after which a panel discussion will be held from 6:30 until[...]
Holy Lands & Holy Wisdom: A Pilgrimage to Holy Places in Greece & Constantinople
Pilgrimage is led by Fr. Bohdan. For more information: http://pastyr.ca/pastyr/pilgrimage-%E2%80%A2-%D0%BF%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%BC%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%86%D1%82%D0%B2%D0%BE/holy-islands-and-holy-wisdom-a-pilgrimage-to-holy-places-in-greece-and-constantinople-may-15th-30th-2015/
Retreats at St. John’s Monastery: Manton, CA @ Orthodox Monastery of St. John of San Francisco | Manton | California | United States
Theme: “Building an Orthodox Christian Family in 21st Century America” Speaker: Fr. Josiah Trenham (St. Andrew Orthodox Church, Riverside, CA) For more information: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/77e3a74917a6de51c5657fbba/files/retreats_flyer.pdf
May 15 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Presidential Scholarship Dinner @ Boston Marriott Newton  | Newton | Massachusetts | United States
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the Hellenic College Holy Cross Board of Trustees, Faculty, Staff, and Students cordially invite you to join us for the Presidential Scholarship Dinner. This event will honor the 15 years of distinguished service of Reverend Nicholas C. Triantafilou as President of Hellenic College Holy Cross. 100% of these proceeds will support scholarships for students, a cause which Father Nicholas has championed throughout his tenure. The Hellenic College Holy Cross Presidential Scholarship Fund has been established in honor of Reverend Nicholas C. Triantafilou, President of Hellenic College Holy Cross from 2000 – 2015. During his tenure, Fr. Triantafilou has worked diligently to attract and assist high-caliber students with funding based on merit and need. This initiative provides an opportunity for HCHC constituents to provide a financial and developmental investment in some of HCHC’s most outstanding incoming students. For more information: http://www.hchc.edu/about/news/news_releases/scholarship-dinner
First Lecture in the Series: Persecution of Christians: Today and Historically Guest Speakers: Metropolitan Nikitas, David Curry, Lela Gilbert, and Very Rev. Fr. Michael Courey For more information: http://orthodoxinstitute.org/files/sharpscansgmail.com_20150414_112408.pdf
May 16 @ 8:00 pm – May 17 @ 10:30 pm
Cappella Romana Concert: OR @ Trinity Episcopal Cathedral  | Portland | Oregon | United States
Alfred Schnittke’s Penitential Verses (Stikhi Pokayanniye) in “From Darkness to Light” is a musical tour-de-force, surpassing in virtuosity Schnittke’s more widely known Concerto for Choir. Rich harmonies and exuberant melodies deliver these poignant words with tender to fervent emotion, as music gives way to an ineffable, final movement sung without words. Cappella Romana favorite Ivan Moody will conduct, completing this intense program with Diptych by Galina Grigorjeva and his own work Anastasis on Eastertide texts in Greek and English. Portland, TICKETS Saturday, 16 May 2015, 8:00pm St. Mary’s Cathedral TICKETS Sunday, 17 May 2015, 2:00pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral For more information: http://www.cappellaromana.org/classical-music-concerts/from-darkness-to-light/
Orthodox Bishops Designate Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday: May 17
The Orthodox Church has dedicated the 6th Sunday of Pascha as the official day to recognize prison ministry in every Orthodox parish around the United States. In 2015, the date will be May 17. If you would like to be the prison ministry contact person for your church and become involved on this day, here are some easy steps. First, be sure to receive the blessings from your parish priest. Contact our office, and we will immediately send your parish a laminated icon of Christ the Prisoner to venerate on that day. Print out this bulletin insert to include in your bulletins on that day. Provide a letter for your priest to read to your parish on Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday. Check our website in April, 2015 for a copy of the letter We humbly ask that each parish pass a tray on this day to give parishioners the opportunity[...]
Hexaemeron Six Days of Creation Iconography Workshop: GA @ St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church  | Roswell | Georgia | United States
Courses in icon painting provide intensive instruction in the art and language of the icon from the perspective of Orthodox Church tradition using the ancient technique of egg-tempera and palette of gold, semi-precious stones and refined clays. Iconographers Anna Gouriev and Marek Czarnecki lead students through the entire process, from preparing a gesso board to completion of an icon, including instruction on how to create pigments from natural clays and minerals, define the image with assiste gold lights, gild prescribed areas, calligraph inscriptions, and apply olifa varnishes. For more information: http://www.hexaemeron.org/#!icon_painting/c1dnd