Orthodox Christian end-of-life resources now available

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 … [Read more...]

Youth Department announces summer service pilgrimage to Alaska

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, … [Read more...]

Mortal Kombat’s Shang Tsung goes Orthodox in Russia

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 … [Read more...]

100th Anniversary of the Repose of St. Raphael commemorated at Antiochian Cathedral

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, … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Patriarch, Ecumenical Patriarch jointly celebrate liturgy at Sofia’s Alexander Nevsky cathedral

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 … [Read more...]

In the spirit of Veterans’ Day: Eastern Orthodox Priest reflects on “Chaplaincy After the Chaplaincy”

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, … [Read more...]

College students: Register now for Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s spring 2016 “Real Break”

Source: Orthodox Church in America College students: Register now for Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s spring 2016 “Real Break” The Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], the official campus ministry organization of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, continues to accept registrants for its seven “Real Break” opportunities scheduled for spring 2016. Built on a foundation of fellowship, education, worship and service, “Real Break” provides Orthodox … [Read more...]

Joint Communiqué of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Grace Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury

Source: The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople On the occasion of the official visit by the Ecumenical Patriarch to the Archbishop of Canterbury At the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew paid a formal visit to Lambeth Palace from November 2-4, 2015. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is based in Istanbul, Turkey, is Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome, and occupies the First Throne of the Orthodox Christian Church … [Read more...]

Holy Wi-Fi: Russian Orthodox Church to offer free, ‘clean’ internet to all

Source: Russia Today Holy Wi-Fi: Russian Orthodox Church to offer free, ‘clean’ internet to all The Russian Orthodox Church is preparing to launch a network that would distribute Wi-Fi in public places for free, provided the content is be cleansed of porn, grisly tabloid reports, gay propaganda or any information from dangerous religious sects. The plans were revealed to Izvestia daily by Roman Bagdasarov, deputy head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s department for relations with the … [Read more...]

Moving Story of Greek Orthodox Family’s Struggle with Addiction

Source: S.O.B.E.R. Moving Story of Greek Orthodox Family's Struggle with Addiction A story of addiction told by a mother (Anita Baglaneas Devlin) and her son (Michael Devlin Jr.).   … [Read more...]