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Source: Orthodox Christianity Athens, November 23, 2020 A number of events were held in Greece on November 21, celebrated sa Greek Armed Forces Day, and the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple in the Orthodox Church. The Mother of God is the patron of the Greek armed forces. Among the events were a solemn flag-raising over the Acropolis, the laying of wreaths by the Greek president at the grave of the unknown soldier, and for the first time, a light show projected onto the Greek Parliament building, reports the Orthodoxia News Agency. The show depicts many…

Source: The Pastor’s Institute Our father among the saints Tikhon of Moscow, Enlightener of North America, was Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. While in America, he established his cathedral in New York City, and presided over a vast archdiocese, encouraging and authorizing many publications in the English language. Among these, he encouraged the translation of the Eastern liturgy into English by Isabel Florence Hapgood, and he wrote an extensive catechism based on the Nicene Creed and the Our Father. Given on the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, during Great Lent in 1907, St. Tikhon of Moscow’s Last Sermon during…

Source: Orthodox Theological Society of America September 2020 Newsletter Posted on September 4, 2020 Download as pdf Dear Friends and Fathers, Greetings from the OTSA Executive Committee. We would like to update you about the fall meeting and provide important links to the projects we have undertaken. The Pandemic and Holy Communion Survey and Webinar: Our previous letter explained that, given the unusual circumstances of the pandemic, and the diversity of thought and parish practices regarding the manner of worship in the pandemic, OTSA sponsored a survey on this topic. The survey went out to all the clergy of Orthodox Churches that…

Source: Ancient Faith Ministries Fr. Barnabas Powell Here’s an interview I just did with Fr. Nick and Dr. Roxanne Louh about their new book “Renewing You: A Priest, a Psychologist, and a Plan.” This is a book you’ll want to read and also give as gifts to others. Take a bit and watch this and then go to https://store.ancientfaith.com/renewing-you/ and get this book.

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Within seventeen days, September 24 to October 11, 2020, OCL lost two extraordinary individuals who served on the OCL Advisory Board.  Former Mayor and Lt. Colonel, Robert Stephen Poydasheff, of Columbus, Georgia, and Anthony Kasmer of Newtown, Pennsylvania, both 90 years old.  They were larger-than-life personalities. They were accomplished and successful professionals.  Bob was a distinguished JAG and civilian attorney, and Tony was a successful entrepreneur in the plastics industry and founder of Tri-Life Plastics and LTL Color Compounders.   They were street smart and wise.  Bob was born in the Bronx and Tony in Philadelphia almost…

Source: Orthodox Christianity [Bucharest, October 7, 2020] A new memorial house-museum has been set up in Bucharest, dedicated to Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae, one of the most respected Orthodox theologians of the 20th century. The museum was set up by the Old St. George parish on the ground floor of the parish house in the church’s courtyard, reports the Basilica News Agency. As the rector Fr. Sorin Tancău explained, “The initiative to organize a parish museum started from the fact that the famous theologian lived there for a while with his wife and daughter, Lidia, starting in 1947.” The memorial house, “brings to…

Source: Orthodox Observer Archdiocese petitions United Nations over its conversion of UNESCO World Heritage Sites into Mosques NEW YORK, September 29, 2020 – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announced today that it is petitioning the United Nations Experts to hold the Republic of Turkey accountable for its deliberate policies to erase the cultural heritage of Orthodox Christians. This petition rebukes the recent unilateral decision of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reconvert United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (“UNESCO”) World Heritage Sites, Hagia Sophia (“Holy Wisdom”), into a mosque.  Commenting on the petition, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America said: “Turkey’s reconversion…

Source: Orthodox Observer Center for Family Care Definition of a few terms used in this reflection: *Symantron– a large wooden plank held in the player’s left hand and rhythmically struck with a wooden mallet, calling the monastic family to worship *Koumboskini– a prayer rope made up of woven knots, with each knot corresponding to one Jesus prayer (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, sinner.”) In the first of this short series of reflections on the connection of the monastic family and the family living in the world, I focused on the primary function of the family,…

Source: Pappas Post written by Gregory Pappas A historic 215,000-square foot wooden building on the island of Prinkipos (Büyükada in Turkish) off the coast of Istanbul has collapsed, according to photos posted on Twitter. The structure, which belonged to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, was the largest wooden building in Europe and second largest in the world. It served as an orphanage from 1903 to 1964, providing services to thousands of children, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s. The building had fallen into disrepair and needed millions of euros to refurbish. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew had requested time to transform the structure into a…

Source: Arab News Mount Athos, a 1,000-year-old site and one of the Orthodox Church’s most venerated places, has 20 monasteries and almost 1,700 monks The community, known for its austere rules, is almost completely isolated in a mountainous nature reserve in the Macedonia region ATHENS: Eight monks have tested positive for coronavirus and their monastery in a remote Orthodox Christian community in northern Greece has been quarantined, a Church official said on Monday. One of the monks was taken to hospital in Thessaloniki in a serious condition, said the official who declined to be named. It is not the first…

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