Teens sought in beating, robbery outside church

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Source: WBALTV11 by George Lettis Incident happened at Butchers Hill Russian Orthodox Church BALTIMORE —Baltimore City police are looking for a group of teens involved in a beating and armed robbery outside a Russian Orthodox church that left a priest and his son staring down the barrel of a gun. The incident happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday as members of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church were cleaning up after a service. The church is located at the corner … [Read more...]

Retired army general wants Egypt’s St. Catherine’s Monastery demolished

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Source: Ahram Online Ahmed Ragai Attiya says that the historic UNESCO site in South Sinai poses a threat to Egypt's national security, after the monks turned it into 'a place for foreigners' by Sherry El-Gergawi A retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative … [Read more...]

An Army of Fleas

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity By Roy Synder Recently, after the Patriarch of Antioch ordered that the American Clergy cease their involvement with the Assembly of Bishops, I took an action to voice my disagreement with this decree.  It was a small thing – no big oratory, grandstand or “snit.” Someone asked me what I thought I would accomplish and I replied: “I suppose it’s tantamount to a flea biting and elephant’s butt, I did not think that I should be silent.” Reflecting, I realized … [Read more...]

Pan Orthodox Fellowship Weekend: May 30 – June 1, 2014 / Akron OH

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90% of Americans with Greek Roots No Longer in Communion with Greek Orthodox Church

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Source: The Pappas Post An article published on the official website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America paints an alarming picture for the future of the Church in America. According to statistics cited by the story penned by Peter S Kehayes, 60% of Greek Orthodox families of the last generation and 90% of Americans with Greek roots are no longer in communion with the Church. The article affirms that the issue lies with the large number of mixed marriages that take place in the … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary announces 2014 Commencement

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS/OCA] - His Eminence, Archbishop Job [Getcha] of Telmessos, head of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe, will be the speaker at the 2014 Commencement at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here May 31, 2014. The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a Service of Prayer in Three Hierarchs Chapel.  Commencement exercises will follow in in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium, John G. Rangos … [Read more...]

Confession for children

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Source: Silouan by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. I was asked to give a certain number of sermons on Confession; because many come to Confession and repeat only things which they have read in manuals of devotion or which other people have told them about. And I would like to start where I start with a child and attract your attention to the fact that our situation is the same. When a child comes to Confession, usually he brings … [Read more...]

Update on Orthodox Health Plan rates and renewals

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Source: Orthodox Church in America In a letter addressed to participants in the Orthodox Health Plan dated April 2, 2014, Priest Constantine L. Sitaras, Chairman of the Joint Orthodox Health Plans Committee, provided updates and new rates. The Orthodox Health Plan provides benefits for the clergy and lay employees of the Orthodox Church in America, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the Serbian Orthodox Church of North … [Read more...]

The Four Characteristics of our Struggle During Great Lent

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Source: MYSTAGOGY By His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Mesogaias and Lavreotiki Great Lent is a period of spiritual opportunities and expectations for the entire Church. We wait for it all year with an inner thirst, those often undefined dreams which are yet so deep, because God promises great things for this period, as well as our entire lives. Our purpose is for our soul to climb to heaven, that we may become heavenly people. These days that are opening up before us provide us this … [Read more...]

Vandalism at a Sacred Site in Constantinople

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Source: Order of St. Andrew the Apostle Reportage and photographs by Nicholas Manginas [Istanbul, Turkey] On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at noon, a number of young vandals invaded the courtyard and the chapel of Agia Paraskevi, the site of a Sacred Spring (Agiasma), outside the Byzantine walls near the Monastery of Baloukli. For at least five hours, according to the testimony of the church sacristan (neokoros) of forty years, Athanasiou Ozkaramichaloglou, the runaway crowd of youths looted … [Read more...]