Mosaic Constructed At Church In Shinnecock Hills

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Source: The Southampton Press (27east.com) By Dana Shaw Work on the mosaic that will grace the entrance to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons in Shinnecock Hills began last week. Artisans from Tuscany began assembling the mosaic, which was constructed in Italy and brought over in pieces. According to Father Constantine Lazarakis, the mosaic depicts the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, sometimes translated as the “Falling Asleep of the Theotokos.” … [Read more...]

Liturgizing Orthodox Choir: About Faith, not Just Music

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Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos One of the many issues revealed in TNH’s interview with Dean Poll, President of the Parish Council of the Archdiocesan Holy Trinity Cathedral of New York (Sept. 14), was that of the $1.9 million annual budget, $200,000 of it goes toward the choir – which includes expenses to hire professional singers, many of which are not Orthodox, or even Christian. Every Sunday they are paid, as professionals, to partake in the Holy Eucharist which is … [Read more...]

DESIGNED FOR EXTINCTION?

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Source: Greek Orthodox Christians for Truth and Reform Two recently published articles, one in the Orthodox Observer and the other in The National Herald caught the attention of our Editors. Both concern the administration and the future of our Church and Faith. They come from two different perspectives yet both accurately indicate the present condition. Both authors draw upon their own views and reach, in our minds, the identical conclusion that foreshadows the future of our Church. These … [Read more...]

Rising Christian Enlistment in IDF Condemned by Anti-Israel Christian Group Kairos Palestine

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Source: The Algemeiner The Palestinian Christian Initiative, an anti-Israel Christian group in Israel, said it condemned an Israel Defense Force program aimed at recruiting Christian cadets. While Christians around the world praised the increased Christian enlistment in the Israeli Army, the group, known as Kairos Palestine, denounced the news. A statement from the group was posted by Palestinian site International Middle East Center, and highlighted on Sunday by anonymousblogger Elder of … [Read more...]

Reader Responds to Editorials Regarding Flags

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Source: The National Herald To the Editor: I write to reply to your irresponsible and unnecessarily vitriolic editorial in your May 25 edition entitled "Not Even the Greek Flag?" in support of your belief that a Greek Orthodox Church in the United States must regularly fly the Greek Flag along with the American and Patriarchal flags. You make a number of misleading, derogatory, and pejorative allegations. I will refer to only three. 1) As Fr. George Stephanopoulos states in his article … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Isaiah Closes Salt Lake City’s Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos Salt Lake City, UT – Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver has closed the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity of Salt Lake City in Utah by prohibiting its three priests to celebrate the Liturgy, the Sacraments and any of the Sacred Services because the parish council was forced to reduce the salaries of the clergy due to lack of funds of the parish. In a letter dated July 31 to Parish Council President Dimitrios Tsagaris and its members … [Read more...]

Ieronymos Praises Diaspora In Greek History

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Source: Greek Reporter - USA The Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos described the Diaspora as a “great chapter of our history” and as “Greece outside the borders of Greece” in an interview with the New York newspaper The National Herald. He is the first Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church to officially visit the Greek-American community in the last 50 years. Ieronymos was the guest of Archbishop Demetrios of America and his visit will start on May 15 in Brookline, Mass., … [Read more...]

Cremation under debate in Greece

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Source: Southeast European Times The Greek Orthodox Church refuses to allow the practice, but analysts said the church should be more compassionate. By Andy Dabilis for Southeast European Times in Athens The refusal of the Greek Orthodox Church to allow cremation has sparked a debate in the country. With urban cemeteries filling so fast that bodies are dug up after three years and put in ossuaries so plots can be reused, Greece gave approval for cremation in 2006. Although Athens … [Read more...]

Church loses Bibles, chalices, safe to thieves, say Boston-area police

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Source: CBS News (CBS) BOSTON - Police are looking for the thieves who broke into a church a few miles from Boston and stole a safe, chalices, Bibles, and blessing crosses, CBS Boston reported. It happened sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning at the Taxiacrche/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown, Mass. Police say the thieves broke in the boiler room door in the basement, went up to the church office and ransacked it. They believe the initial motivation may have … [Read more...]

60% of Greek-Am. College Grads Abandon the Church

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Editor's Note: Please see the author's comment in the Comment Section at the end of the article. Source: The National Herald By V. Rev. Fr. Steven C. Salaris Last year I attended a clergy gathering where we had several “workshops” discussing the importance of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) ministry to college students, and what I call “The 60%.” This term derives from a recent study revealing that 60% of college students never return to church after college... So why do 60% of … [Read more...]