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Source: Ancient Faith Ministries Melinda Johnson Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! Angels with shepherds glorify Him! The wise men journey with a star! Since for our sake the Eternal God was born as a Little Child! Each of us at Ancient Faith wishes you great joy and blessings on this holy day! This year, we asked our content contributors to send us news of what they’ve been working on. We compiled their notes into a “family Christmas letter” post, which you can read below. Blessed Nativity!…

Source: The National Herald BOSTON – Construction of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine Nicholas that was standing unfinished, projecting only an uncertain shame for twenty years onto our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, our Greek-American Community, and Hellenism in general, is progressing and will soon be the pride of Orthodoxy and Hellenism in the United States and the World. It is the achievement of the leadership of the new Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and his close co-workers Protopresbyter Alexander Karloutsos, John Catsimatidis, and the organization Friends of St. Nicholas led by Michael Psaros and Dennis Mehiel,…

Source: The Wall Street Journal Covid restrictions are mild compared with what many of the faithful endure. By Timothy Dolan  and Toufic Baaklini For the first time in their lives, millions of Americans have been ordered by their government not to attend church. For millions of persecuted Christians across the globe, this is the only reality they know. The theme of persecution lies at the heart of the Christmas story. The Holy Family were forced to flee their native land due to state-sponsored oppression. As citizens of a global superpower whose lawmakers are responsive to their citizens, we are called to stand in…

Source: ICXC Life Introducing OrthoPrax With the help of the best developers worldwide, we created the first mobile media app for Orthodox Christians.  OrthoPrax—where Church comes to you! Experience this pathway to Orthodoxy guided by the Saints through the Orthodox old and new calendars. This app makes a perfect Christmas gift that will last much longer than any other one! OrthoPrax® is our first foray into mobile media for Orthodox Christians. Our focus is on the pathway to Orthodoxy, and to help you experience it in an easily accessible manner. Today, many people wrongly believe that their pathway to Christ starts and ends…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA NEW YORK – The Mental Health Task Force of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America accomplished its first major task by publishing a comprehensive and unified Directory of Orthodox Christian Mental Health Professionals. The Directory includes Eastern or Oriental Orthodox Christians verified to be in good sacramental standing by their parish priest or local bishop. The interactive directory allows users to search by zip code for Orthodox Christian mental health providers licensed to practice in their state. The directory offers useful details about each provider’s…

Source: Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative When you serve the Church, are you joyful and invigorated?  Or do you feel your service is a thankless, lonely, or overwhelming burden?  As the body of Christ, we are called to encourage one another. To do this, we need connections! You are invited to participate in a new Peer Learning opportunity sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative. Join a cohort that fits your schedule and leadership role. Each group will meet virtually each month, January through June, for at least one hour under the guidance of a trained facilitator. Before each meeting you will receive…

Source: The New York Times Church leaders have backed government restrictions, but defiance by hard-liners and a commitment to the sacrament of communion, taken with a shared spoon, may undercut good intentions. By Niki Kitsantonis ATHENS — The coronavirus has dealt a double blow to the powerful Greek Orthodox Church, with the disease spreading through its ranks while the clergy fends off criticism that it has been stoking the pandemic. The church’s leader, Archbishop Ieronymos, declared from the outset of the pandemic in the spring that he was committed to supporting the conservative government’s public health campaign to halt the spread…

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…

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