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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Assembly of Orthodox Bishops Offers Prayers for the People of France Saturday, November 14, 2015 With heavy hearts, the members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops offer their prayers for the people of France who mourn the tragic loss of life that resulted from last night’s terrorist attacks in Paris. We convey our deep condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and we beseech the Lord Jesus Christ to grant a speedy recovery to those injured and eternal repose to those who have fallen asleep. Our thoughts and prayers…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the launch of two new websites, www.GreekOrthodox.bible and www.Septuagint.bible, as part of the new .BIBLE top-level domain (TLD) initiative. The .BIBLE TLD joined.com and .org this past year as a new option for web site addresses on the Internet.  The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Department of Internet Ministries is one of only a select number of key ministry partners of American Bible Society participating in this initiative in 2015.  American Bible Society is administering the new.Bible TLD), with the aim to…

Source: Pew Research Center BY ALEKSANDRA SANDSTROM AND BECKA A. ALPER While most Americans still identify as Christian, there are big differences when it comes to how involved they are with a congregation – or whether they’re involved at all. Indeed, some of the largest Christian denominations in the U.S. have relatively low levels of involvement among their members. Among all Christian religious traditions in the U.S., Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses have the largest shares of members who are highly involved in their congregations, according to a new analysis of data from Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study. Our analysis…

Source: Orthodox Church in America The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry will host the annual Pan-Orthodox Youth and Camp Workers’ Conference at Saint Seraphim Cathedral, Dallas, TX January 21-23, 2016. According to Andrew Boyd, OCA Youth Director, the conference theme—“Feed My Sheep: Crisis, Trauma and Everyday Life”—will be addressed in the keynote address by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary.  Several workshops also will be available on camp ministry, campus ministry, parish-based youth work, and working with young adults in military service. “This is an annual collaboration of all the youth/camping ministries…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [CSHA]  Many family life experiences are common for people in all places.  Births, graduations, marriages and other milestones are expected and anticipated.  Inevitably, sorrow comes at a loved one’s passing from this earthly life.  We have expectations for long life and wholeheartedly sing “Many Years!” to one another.  But the day comes when our elderly family members experience the progression of those years.  The aging process and disease may take away their independence and they become incapacitated.  Other circumstances may arise when an unforeseeable accident or illness occurs and someone “too young to…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry will host a youth/young adult service pilgrimage to Alaska June 11-20, 2016. The trip is open to those ages 18-30, but limited to 10 participants, who will arrive in Anchorage and travel to Eklutna to help renovate the village’s historic cemetery and church under the guidance of Archpriest Mikel Bock. They also will explore native Alaskan culture, history, and the cycle of parish life at Saint Nicholas Church. Accompanying the participants will be a priest from the “lower-48” who will…

Source: Russia Today The soul of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, best known for the part of evil sorcerer Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movies, has been captured by Russia – he has apparently decided to be baptized into the Orthodox Church. Tagawa, an American actor of Japanese descent, who took part in a new Russian film called The Priest-San, decided to abandon his faith and become a true follower of Jesus Christ’s orthodox teachings, Interfax reports. The news was spread via Facebook by one of his colleagues, Ivan Okhlobystin, an actor and prominent Russian religious figure. He shared a photo of…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BROOKLYN, NY [OCA]  His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey represented the Orthodox Church in America at celebration of the Divine Liturgy marking the 100th Anniversary of the repose of Saint Raphael of Brooklyn at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral here on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Saint Nicholas Cathedral is the first parish community established by Saint Raphael in 1895. Also concelebrating with His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America; His Grace, Bishop John and His Grace, Bishop Nicholas of the Archdiocese was His Grace; and…

Source: The Sofia Globe Bulgarian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Neofit and his guest Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew jointly celebrated a liturgy on November 8 in Bulgarian capital city Sofia’s landmark Alexander Nevsky cathedral. Bartholomew, regarded as “first among equals” among the Patriarchs of the Orthodox Christian Church, is on an official visit to Bulgaria for several days at the invitation of Neofit. Bartholomew said that the Bulgarian people were the first to accept the message of salvation in Jesus and be baptised en masse. He said that today and always, Jesus saves and blesses with rich gifts pious Orthodox Bulgaria and…

Source: Orthodox Church in America In the spirit of Veterans’ Day: Eastern Orthodox Priest reflects on “Chaplaincy After the Chaplaincy” SAN DIEGO, CA [OCA]  “Some military installations are hours away from the nearest Orthodox parish – others are close to a parish but may have policies that void any such convenience,” said Archpriest Jerome Cwiklinski, a retired chaplain who continues to minister to US military personnel.  “Marine Corps Recruit Depot [MCRD], close to the heart of San Diego, is within five miles of parishes of almost every jurisdiction.  This is where half of all Marines go through basic training.  Because…

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