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Deadline for Planting Grant applications in the OCA is August 31, 2015

Source: Orthodox Church in America Deadline for Planting Grant applications in the OCA is August 31, 2015 SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The deadline to apply for 2016 Church Planting Grants, available from the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Evangelization, is August 31, 2015. Detailed information on the grants may be found here.  Applications may be downloaded here. Fledgling mission communities may apply for first-year grants of up to $24,000.00 for the exclusive purpose of providing a … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Plovdiv Metropolitan continues campaign for mayoral candidate

Source: The Sofia Globe Bulgarian Orthodox Church Plovdiv Metropolitan continues campaign for mayoral candidate The controversial Metropolitan of Plovdiv, Nikolai, has continued his campaign for a candidate in Bulgaria’s forthcoming mayoral elections, issuing an endorsement on one of the holiest days in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church calendar – and again attacking incumbent mayor Ivan Totev. Open support for an election candidate is unprecedented in Bulgarian Orthodox Church … [Read more...]

Is Orthodoxy in Decline?

Source: Ancient Faith Ministries Is Orthodoxy in Decline? Alarming statistics are reported on the decline of Christianity (-8% in seven years) across all denominations in the U.S.; as well as significant data on the Orthodox Church in the U.S. Be the Bee's Steven Christoforou and Fr. Jonathan Ivanoff, the director of the Orthodox Natural Church Development program, join Kevin Allen to discuss. Click here to listen. … [Read more...]

Orthodox Church Calls for Alternative Financial System in Russia

Source: The Moscow Times Orthodox Church Calls for Alternative Financial System in Russia By Anastasia Bazenkova As the Russian economy reels from low oil prices and Western sanctions, the country is seeing rising interest in unorthodox financial solutions, most recently one pitched by the Orthodox Church. Last week, the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry threw its support behind a so-called Orthodox Financial System developed under the aegis of the Moscow Patriarchate and strongly … [Read more...]

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGISTS SHOW LEAD CROSS RELIQUARY FOUND IN MEDIEVAL CITY MISSIONIS (KRUM’S FORTRESS)

Source: Archaeology in Bulgaria BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGISTS SHOW LEAD CROSS RELIQUARY FOUND IN MEDIEVAL CITY MISSIONIS (KRUM’S FORTRESS) by Ivan Dikov A lead cross, which is also a reliquary, found during the excavations of the Early Byzantine and medieval Bulgarian city of Missionis, also known as Krum’s Fortress, whose ruins are located near today’s northeastern city of Targovishte, has been presented to the public for the first time byBulgarian archaeologists. “This is an absolutely … [Read more...]

Black Sea monastery set to celebrate Orthodox Divine Liturgy

Source: Daily Sabah Black Sea monastery set to celebrate Orthodox Divine Liturgy The Orthodox faithful from Turkey and around the world will attend the Divine Liturgy at Sümela, a historic monastery in Trabzon, a province in the Black Sea region, on Aug. 15. The mass will be the sixth religious service held since the restoration of the monastery.The monastery, on UNESCO's temporary list of World Heritage sites, is expected to host the faithful from Russia, Georgia, Greece and other … [Read more...]

Archon Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas named recipient of Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship

Source: Order of St. Andrew the Apostle - Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Archon Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas named recipient of Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship New York, NY - The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle is pleased to announce that Archon Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas, Archon Hartoularios, has been nominated as the recipient of this year’s Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship. A special tribute dinner dance will be held at the New … [Read more...]

Orthodox Church in America: Beginners’ on-line Choral Conducting Course

Source: Orthodox Church in America Beginners’ on-line Choral Conducting Course SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Department of Liturgical Music of the Orthodox Church in America will once again offer an on-line course, “Choral Conducting for Beginners,” beginning September 14, 2015. “The class sessions are devoted to demonstrating basic conducting techniques, starting with elementary conducting patterns and concluding with an emphasis on conducting liturgical chant,” said Prof. David Drillock, … [Read more...]

Greek-Americans and Miracles over the Decades

Source: The National Herald Greek-Americans and Miracles over the Decades [On August 2, Newsday featured an article titled “Claims of religious miracles on Long Island and in New York City,” focusing on various accounts of miracles over the decades relayed by residents of Long Island and New York City. Some of those individuals were Greek American; we provide excerpts of those stories here.] NORFOLK RD. MIRACLE “In 1960, Pagora Catsounis was praying before an icon of the Virgin Mary that … [Read more...]

The Earliest Known Prayer to the Theotokos

Source: Christ J. Kamages The Earliest Known Prayer to the Theotokos The earliest known prayer to the Theotokos (Greek, Θεοτόκος, meaning “Bearer of God”) is a prayer found on a fragment of papyrus dating back to approximately AD 250. In 1917, the John Rylands Library [1] in Manchester, England, acquired a large panel of Egyptian papyrus. The prayer is located on the fragment recorded as reference number Greek Papyrus 470. The prayer appears to be from a Coptic Christmas liturgy or … [Read more...]