Holy Fire has descended on the Holy Sepulcher – Orthodox Christians rejoice

  Source: Georgian Journal Holy Fire has descended on the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The miracle repeats yet again. Descent of the celestial flame is an undeniable sign of veracity of tenets of Orthodox Christian faith and their grace. The Holy Fire, expected by the parish that gathered around the sepulcher since morning, was brought out by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem. Thousands of believers have distributed the fire among themselves. The Orthodox Patriarch … [Read more...]

RESURRECTION PASTORAL LETTER – Archbishop Nathaniel

Source: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Yesterday, I was buried with you, O Christ. Today, I rise with you in your arising. Yesterday, I was crucified with you, O Savior; therefore, glorify me together with you in Your Kingdom.  Dear Beloved: Christ is risen! On this great day of rejoicing, our hearts reflect on the goodness of God and the depths of his love for us. On this holiest of holy days, we are reminded of the continuous concern and the marvelous plan that the Creator … [Read more...]

Archimandrite Roman awarded Order of St. Romanos

Source: Orthodox Church in America RIVES JUNCTION MI [OCA] - His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, presented the Order of Saint Romanos to Archimandrite Roman [Braga] after the Divine Liturgy on the Great Feast of the Annunciation at the Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery here. Established by the Holy Synod of Bishops at their spring 2014 session, the Order is awarded to influential arrangers, composers, teachers and conductors in recognition of … [Read more...]

Stop Stripping Orthodox Christian Clergy of Ecclesastical Names and Titles On Facebook

Source: Change.org Facebook has recently begun demanding that Orthodox Christian clergy and monastics; i.e., those known as Priest, Abbot, Monk, Nun, Abbess, Brother, Sister, and so forth, cease using their ecclesiastical (church) names and use only their given names from the time of their birth. In one well known case, Abbot Tryphon - who is known only as Abbot Tryphon among the tens of thousands of people who read his blog, listen to his podcast, read his book, and are his friends or … [Read more...]

Orthodox Health Plan announces new provisions

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Orthodox Health Plan [OHP] recently announced that, due to rising health costs, it has moved to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement [HRA].  Aetna continues to serve as the Preferred Provider Organization [PPO], while network and health care providers will remain the same. The Orthodox Health Plan is the official health plan for the clergy of the Orthodox Church in America, as well as the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the … [Read more...]

WAYS TO SLAY FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (Part 1)

Source: Oinos Educations Services / Frankly Speaking By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D. “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” Thomas Jefferson Fifty is a fascinating number. It marks the milestone of a golden anniversary, the sacred Pythagorean Triangle (9 + 16 + 25 = 50), and the atomic designation for tin (Sn). Apart from enjoying celebrity status as the fifth magic number of nuclear physics, it delineates the number … [Read more...]

At least 4 wounded in Palm Sunday attack on Egyptian Orthodox church

Source: La Prensa Cairo, Apr 6 (EFE).- At least four people, including one policeman, were wounded in an armed attack on a church in the northern Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria on Sunday, Palm Sunday in the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox church, security sources told Efe on Monday. The unidentified gunmen opened fire on Sunday night on the Archangel Raphael Church in al-Agami district, around 20 kilometers (13 miles) west of Alexandria, and then fled the scene. Egyptian forces cordoned … [Read more...]

Calling all youth, adult volunteers to participate in the 18th AAC

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA Youth] For years, the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, in conjunction with the Department of Christian Education, was very successful in reaching hundreds of youthful participants at the OCA’s All-American Councils [AAC].  This year’s AAC, slated to be held in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015, will be no exception. “At the height of this ministry run by Father Michael Anderson, with the … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Fellowship to work at the United Nations

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces its Faith-Based Diplomacy & Advocacy Initiative. The Initiative establishes a total of four (2 for 2015-2016 and 2 for 2016-2017) yearlong Archdiocesan fellowships at the United Nations. All Orthodox Christian graduate and post-graduate students are invited to apply for a stipend fellowship. The … [Read more...]

Why more, not fewer, people pray

Source: Christian Science Monitor Despite record declines in religious affiliation, more Americans pray than 30 years ago. Why? Researchers say those who pray find prayer brings spiritual meaning and understanding. By the Monitor's Editorial Board Originally published on March 7, 2015 As they have for decades, tens of thousands of Christians around the globe and of different denominations gathered March 6 for the annual, ecumenical “World Day of Prayer.” The event, which this year focused … [Read more...]