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Source: Orthodox Times Early this morning, faithful, clergy, and supporters from across the United States gathered at the World Trade Center for the consecration of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine. Nearly 21 years after the harrowing attacks on the Twin Towers, the re-building of the Shrine, the only house of worship destroyed on 9/11, is “an act of faith—faith in God and in the American vision of religious liberty,” said the Friends of St. Nicholas. The ceremony involved the sealing of the Holy Relics of Saint Nicholas within the altar table and took place within the…

Source: YAL Conference Metropolis of San Francisco Keynote Bill Marianes, “Why Love Light”, Sept. 3, 2021, Metropolis of San Francisco, YAL Conference 2021, Phoenix, AZ I WAS HUNGRY… For a while, the picture below was me. A dirty, raggedy, hairy, dehydrated, and hungry pile of mess on the dirt in the blistering Phoenix sun begging for scraps while being eaten by ants. As I was begging, sweating, and shaking on the ground, I watched 618 blessed and amazing young adults, 50 even more blessed adults, and about 15 clergy walk past me. Twice. Once on their way to, and then…

A Pastoral Exhortation by V. Rev. Timothy Cremeens, PhD So many Orthodox Christians believe that celebrating the Feast of Pentecost is simply the observance of a biblical/historical event that took place some 2,000+ years ago in Jerusalem. They read about in Acts chapter 2, the sound of the wind, the flames of fire on the heads of the 120 Disciples gathered together in the Upper Room, and who can forget the speaking in tongues, which enabled the 120 to speak in languages they had never learned, the “mighty works of God.” Unfortunately, so many Christians focus on the wind, fire…

Source: The National Herald By. Rev. Dr. Theodore Stylianopoulos – Special to The National Herald A star musician? An acclaimed author? A famous inventor? Men and women have always pursued superb achievements and high honors. But what is truly the loftiest goal and the highest privilege of all? In the light of our Christian faith, the answer regarding the highest privilege is this: to be in communion with God – to know God as a loving Father, to pray to Him and live in His presence, to be assured that you are His precious child among His holy people on…

Source: Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative The Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative is pleased to announce the 6th annual Orthodox Advanced Leadership Conference.  This year’s conference theme is Money – The Gospel Changes Everything. Parish leaders and emerging leaders among the clergy and laity who serve the local parish, diocese, or Orthodox nonprofits are encouraged to attend.  The conference is hybrid, allowing up to 100 people to attend at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY, September 16-18, 2022, as well as unlimited online participation. Register at https://www.orthodoxservantleaders.com/leadership-conference.html At this conference, we plan to have honest and candid discussions about money and stewardship,…

Source: Orthodox Times by Archimandrite Vassilios Bakoyiannis Precisely when did the Lord’s Ascension occur? ”No one has precisely told us everything about this period (the Ascension of the Lord)” (St John Chrysostom P.G. 60: 18). Eusebius of Caesarea informs us that the Ascension was celebrated in his time (4th century) together with the festival of Pentecost. (P.G. 20: 1220). A consequence of this practice is Canon XX of the 1st Oecumenical Council which prohibits kneeling during the entire period of Pentecost since it is a period of resurrection. The Ascension as an event was very impressive. The hymn writer refers to…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Sunday, June 5, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/OrthodoxUnity The Atlanta Inter-Orthodox Parish Association (AIOPA) is a committee of the Atlanta Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood (AOCB). It was officially formed during its first meeting on March 17, 2022, and is an initiative of the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. AIOPA consists of clergy and laity representatives from all Orthodox parishes. Its purpose is to efficiently facilitate and maintain pan-Orthodox parish-to-parish communications, activities and cooperation (the “One Church Initiative”) in pilot metro areas.…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Yesterday, we witnessed, once again, another instance of terrible and absurd evil perpetrated against the most vulnerable of God’s beloved people: our children. We are filled with sadness and grief at the death of the many children, teachers, as well as those wounded in this tragic shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. I exhort all the monastics, clergy, and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America to keep all those affected by this horrible event in their fervent prayers invoking our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ to grant comfort and peace…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America On May 4, 2022, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America offered the keynote address at the National Workshop on Christian Unity, at the Christ Cathedral in Orange County, CA. His Eminence was welcomed by His Excellency, Bishop Kevin W. Vann, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Orange. Earlier in the day, His Eminence also presided over the morning prayer in presence of many Orthodox clergy and faithful, as well as ecumenical leaders. His Eminence was joined during his trip by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, His Grace Bishop Spyridon of Amastris…

Source: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Click here or on the image above to view the PDF Dear Brother Archons and Friends of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle: Christ is Risen! As Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, it is our special privilege and responsibility to support, defend, and show our gratitude for our Mother Church of Constantinople. As such, it is a joy for me to inform you that His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America is going to lead several Centennial Pilgrimages this year, all connected to the Sacred Center of our Holy Faith, the Phanar. Fast approaching…

Source: Borkena Security forces in the Silte zone reportedly failed to stop the attacks on churches and the killings of Christians A day after the tragic incident in Gondar where a reportedly escalated clash between two individuals from Islamic faith and Orthodox Church followers claimed 14 lives, according to the government, at least three churches were blazed with fire. According to EOTV church TV, the perpetrators were what it called radicals [apparently from Islamic faith]. They broke into Rufael Church in Worabe , and vandalised it before they set it on fire.  They also burned St. Gabriel and two other churches. Apart…

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