The Greek Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS NEW YORK. The year 2010 marked the establishment of the men’s Byzantine choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which possesses an authentic ecclesiastical character and performs hymns solely in the Greek language. The choir was the initiative of Archbishop Demetrios. It is comprised of young Greek-Americans who possess a mastery of the Greek language and Byzantine music, being cantors at various communities of the Direct … [Read more...]

Special Tour for Special St. Nicholas Shrine (Ground Zero) Donors

Source: The National Herald BY CONSTANTINE S. SIRIGOS NEW YORK – While the dollar amount of the pledges to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine is impressive – $35.76 million to date – communities rooted in humble origins in homelands like Greece are still touched by in-kind contributions, and on December 21 the principals and families of the Titan Group and Corona Ready Mix received a special tour of the construction site at Ground Zero in appreciation of their donating all the … [Read more...]

GREEK HIERARCHS WARN THAT THE TIME OF PERSECUTIONS HAS COME: “WE ARE ORTHODOX GREECE – LET US NOT BE TRAITORS”

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Athens, December 17, 2015 “Adoption of the new law is officially opening the page of state persecutions against our faith. The politicians shamelessly refer to the European consensus concerning legalization of sodomy, but they conceal the fact that the post-Christian Europe has become Sodom and Gomorrah,” Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus is speaking of what is going on in Greece. Now that the so-called Anti-Racism Law which prohibits “discrimination” against … [Read more...]

Why these Americans are ‘done’ with church, but not with God

Source: Christian Science Monitor By Harry Bruinius, Staff writer An estimated 30 million Americans are former churchgoers who nevertheless keep faith in God. Here are some of their stories. Kyle Rice pretty much stopped going to church a few years ago. But the marriage and family therapist in Torrington, Wyo., has hardly abandoned his Christian faith – or his deep longing to share it with others and experience God’s love within a community of believers. Mr. Rice, who is in his late 20s, … [Read more...]

Was Christ Really Born on December 25? A Reflection by ARCHPRIEST PANAYIOTIS PAPAGEORGIOU, PH.D

Source: Pravmir.com ARCHPRIEST PANAYIOTIS PAPAGEORGIOU, PH.D. The issue of the time of the birth of Christ has been addressed by many people in the past, both scholars and theologians, so what I intend to do here is present an overview trying to bring some clarity to the topic for those who are really concerned that the 25th of December may not be the correct time to celebrate Christmas. Let me start by saying that there are two pieces of evidence, which people present in support of the … [Read more...]

Holiday Family Gatherings May Touch on Catholic-Orthodox Progress

Source: The National Herald ST. LOUIS – As Christmas approaches, with interfaith family gatherings part of the holiday for many, some well-informed Catholic and Orthodox guests might comment on the steady progress made in the relationship between their churches in recent years. A two day observance of the 50th Anniversary of the start of the historic consultation that was begun after Rome and Constantinople lifted their mutual 900 year-old anathemas was held at St. Louis University October … [Read more...]

Two New Websites Launched for Bible, Liturgical Texts

Source: Orthodox Observer NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Internet Ministries has launched two new websites 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 website addresses on the Internet. The websites are: www.GreekOrthodox.bible and www.Septuagint.bible. The Department of Internet Ministries is one of only a select number of key ministry partners of the American Bible Society … [Read more...]

EarthCam Tracks Continuous Progress at St Nicholas National Shrine Site

Source: Orthodox Observer NEW YORK – When the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine opens, it will also mark 100 years since the birth of a man named Buddy Cury. He is the father of Brian Cury, President and CEO of EarthCam, the global leader in delivering webcam content, technology and services. Brian Cury feels that this connection is much more than coincidence and is thrilled to now be connected to this new church and shrine. A number of months ago Cury was approached by … [Read more...]

St. Nicholas Shrine Grows Through Concrete and Outreach

Source: The National Herald NEW YORK – The creation of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine is a labor of love, but it is also a complex endeavor involving construction, fund raising, and outreach, and each element is proceeding apace through the Christmas season. The Archdiocese’s Executive Director of Administration Jerry Dimitriou and Andrew Veniopoulos, who is the project assistant, are constantly conducting tours of the site and making presentations  for Greek and non-Greek … [Read more...]

St Vladimir’s Seminary: Three New Trustees Elected to Board

Source: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications]  At its meeting held November 12–13, 2015, the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary elected three new members, including His Grace Bishop David of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Additionally, the Board honored two retiring Trustees for their distinguished service to the Seminary: Anne Mackoul, JD, D.H.L, and Anne van den Berg, JD. “It is an honor and indeed a privilege to be a … [Read more...]