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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America DOWNLOAD His Eminence’s Greeting​ Great and Holy Pascha 2020 Before the symbolical ark, David, God’s forefather, did leap and dance. Let us, therefore, the holy people, seeing the fulfillment of these symbols, rejoice with divine rejoicing; for Christ the Almighty is risen. ​ Fourth Ode of the Paschal Canon Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen! ​ Beloved in Christ, During this bright feast of Holy Pascha, let us not be cast down with thoughts of what we lack but filled with divine rejoicing at all that Christ the Almighty has bestowed on…

Source: Eurasianet Georgia has received plaudits for its response to COVID-19. But as the biggest event in the Christian calendar approaches, the nation finds itself torn between church and state, faith and science. Giorgi Lomsadze Georgians are counting down to what may be the most troubled Easter in the 1,700 years since the country adopted Christianity. As cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continue to climb, churches are preparing for an influx on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 19 in the Eastern Orthodox world this year. Despite a state of emergency that is supposed to keep everyone at home,…

Source: Chicago Tribune By MADELINE BUCKLEY When a parishioner of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lakeview received permission to be at the side of his parent who was seriously ill after contracting COVID-19, the Rev. Chrysanthos Kerkeres was able to say a prayer over the phone. The son donned full protective gear, called up the priest on FaceTime and showed his parent the phone. Kerkeres gave a general blessing over the parishioner, who remains hospitalized. The parishioner was one of 18 people with connections to the North Side church who have fallen ill with the virus, four of whom have…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America New York, NY – On the Saturday of Lazaros, April 11th, at 3:00 pm EST, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will hold a Virtual Town Hall with the Greek Orthodox Faithful of America. This nationwide call-in will be moderated by Journalist Demetria Kalodimos, a trusted voice in Middle Tennessee for over 35 years, where she anchored the evening news at the dominant NBC affiliated station and her investigative and documentary reporting won many of the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism. Commenting on the upcoming virtual Town Hall, Archbishop Elpidophoros said: “Especially in this moment,…

Source: Project Mexico & St. Innocent Orphanage “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” ~ Hebrews 12:1 Today, we celebrate St Innocent’s Blessed Feast Day. We understand the challenges we face in our two-fold mission of building homes for families in need and providing a home for the boys of St Innocent Orphanage. Our staff is dedicated and driven. But navigating these new uncharted waters in the…

Source: Citizen-Herald By Joanna Tzouvelis WATERTOWN, MA – Eastern Orthodox Easter will be celebrated on April 19 this year. There are many services leading up to the religious holiday throughout the world which usually draw thousands of people together and raises thousands of dollars for churches. This year, however, for the first time in history, every Greek Orthodox Church in Massachusetts is closed and anyone wishing to participate in one of the services will need to watch it virtually via Facebook or YouTube. The Taxiarchae Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown estimates it will lose approximately $250,000 over the next three months.…

Source: Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church During this pandemic, as we collectively experience the global outbreak and exponential spread of the coronavirus, the Venerable Nikephoros the Leper appeared to someone in Greece and told him: “Tell the people not to be afraid of the virus. And, in the event that someone gets infected, tell them to pray to me and I will help them.”  Rendered at the hands of iconographer, Archimandrite Evsevije (Meandzija), a Serbian post-graduate student at the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens, this new icon for our times, represents the Theotokos and St.…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Getting to know the Saints who lived, labored and served in America.  Our Neighborhood Saints! This Lenten period, observed in the time of the coronavirus, I am more mindful of prayer and looking inward with family and friends.   My prayer life has brought me to appreciate the Orthodox Christian Laity feature on its web site entitled Getting to Know our Orthodox Christian Saints who Lived, Labored and Served in America.   For some reason, I have found solace in the lives of the saints that knew us directly and labored in our neighborhoods throughout the United States. …

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