A Thanksgiving Prayer – “In Everything, Give Thanks”

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“In Everything, Give Thanks”             1 Thesssalonians 5:16-18   A Thanksgiving Prayer  Let us thank God: For the OPPOSITIONS we have had to meet, the RESISTANCE that has caused us to manifest our faith in practical ways; For the DISPUTES which have compelled us to reexamine our thoughts and eliminate the flaws; For the STUGGLES which have caused us to spiritually mature, together with the DEFEATS which have kept us humble; For the RISKS we have taken which have revealed our … [Read more...]

Doctors and Medical Personnel Needed for OCMC Health Care Missions in 2014

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Source: Orthodox Christian Mission Center Help care for the physical and spiritual needs of people in Tanzania in Kenya by serving on an OCMC Medical Mission Team in 2014. Doctors and Medical Personnel Needed for OCMC Health Care Missions in 2014 by Andrew Lekos (11/22/2013)The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) will be offering numerous Health Care Mission Team opportunities in 2014 to East Africa.   OCMC is seeking doctors … [Read more...]

Pope Francis ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ Calls for Renewal of Roman Catholic Church, Attacks ‘Idolatry of Money’ – Says can Learn Synodality from Orthodox

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Source: Huffington Post By Naomi O'Leary (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny", urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff. The 84-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation, amounted to an official platform for his papacy, building on views he has aired in sermons and remarks since he became the first non-European … [Read more...]

OVER 60 CHURCHES AND MONASTERIES DESTROYED IN SYRIA

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Source: Pravoslavie.ru Moscow - Militants in Syria have destroyed over 60 Christian churches and monasteries, and more than 70 thousand Orthodox residents of Homs, and more than a half the Christians of Aleppo have left their homes, reports Interfax. These statistics was given by the ambassador of Syria to Russia Riad Haddad at the meeting of the inter-factional deputy group in defense of Christian values, held by the State Duma in Moscow. According to R. Haddad, in recent days the … [Read more...]

Founders of Faith Host Dinner: Emphasis on Orthodoxy, Hellenism

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Source: The National Herald by Constantine S. Sirigos NEW YORK – The annual Founders Dinner of Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism filled the second story dining room of the famed Le Cirque restaurant in Manhattan on November 19 with enthusiastic members and friends of the philanthropic organization that was established as a response to a challenge issued by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios in 2004. The guests were welcomed by Peggy Sotirhos Nicholson, Faith’s Executive … [Read more...]

Kansas City trip shows visual component of worship

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Source: Threefold Online by Sydney Van Wyk, Photography submitted by Laura Roller Many students had their first experience with Orthodox Christianity and Islamic art during a trip last weekend to Kansas City. Students in Honors Integrated Theology visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to tour the “Medieval and Islamic Art” exhibit on Saturday, Nov.9, before experiencing a Vespers service at a Russian Orthodox church. The next morning they attended a Sunday church service at a Greek … [Read more...]

Russians flock to exhibition glorifying Romanovs’ rule

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Source: Global Post [Agence France-Presse] With a queue stretching at least a kilometre, a hi-tech exhibition giving a rosy view of the house of Romanov and jointly organised by the Russian Orthodox Church and the Kremlin has drawn tens of thousands of visitors in central Moscow. In another sign of the power of the Russian Orthodox Church in post-Soviet Russia, it is a holy icon which has drawn the crowds as much as nostalgia for Russia's ousted by the monarchy. But historians say the … [Read more...]

Iconographer Tonelli Gets Well-Deserved Recognition

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Source: The National Herald To The Editor, I wish to thank and commend The National Herald for calling the attention of its readers to the work of the internationally-known iconographer, Sirio Tonelli, through its recent article describing the work the Tonelli Studio is executing for the newly dedicated church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Southampton, NY (Nov. 9). Your description of Tonelli as "an artistic renaissance man imbued body and soul in Byzantine iconography" is not … [Read more...]

Elevated Park at Trade Center Site Comes Into View

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Source: The New York Times By DAVID W. DUNLAP The World Trade Center’s best-kept secret has finally come to light. It is an elevated park, slightly larger than an acre and 25 feet above Liberty Street, that will command a panoramic view of the National September 11 Memorial when it opens to the public, probably in 2015. Liberty Park, as it is called, is meant to offer a pleasant and accessible east-west crossing between the financial district and Battery Park City; to create a … [Read more...]

Catholic, Orthodox students unite at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

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Source: The Quinnipiac Chronicle by Julia Perkins The university’s new Catholic Chaplain, Father Jordan Lenaghan, is working to support the Eastern Orthodox community at Quinnipiac. As part of this mission, Father Peter Orfanakos, a Greek Orthodox pastor from Orange, Conn., held a Vespers service on Thursday, Nov. 14. A Vespers is a prayer service done in the Eastern Orthodox Church at sunset to honor a different saint each day. Eastern Orthodox students and members of the Catholic … [Read more...]