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Source: The Pappas Post An article published on the official website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America paints an alarming picture for the future of the Church in America. According to statistics cited by the story penned by Peter S Kehayes, 60% of Greek Orthodox families of the last generation and 90% of Americans with Greek roots are no longer in communion with the Church. The article affirms that the issue lies with the large number of mixed marriages that take place in the Greek American community. According to statistics, the intermarriage rate is between 75% and 85%. Kehayes goes as…

Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS/OCA] – His Eminence, Archbishop Job [Getcha] of Telmessos, head of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe, will be the speaker at the 2014 Commencement at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here May 31, 2014. The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a Service of Prayer in Three Hierarchs Chapel.  Commencement exercises will follow in in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium, John G. Rangos Family Foundation Building, at 10:30 a.m. A native of Canada, Archbishop Job studied at Saint Andrew’s College, Winnipeg, MB and Saint Sergius Theological Institute,…

Source: Silouan by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. I was asked to give a certain number of sermons on Confession; because many come to Confession and repeat only things which they have read in manuals of devotion or which other people have told them about. And I would like to start where I start with a child and attract your attention to the fact that our situation is the same. When a child comes to Confession, usually he brings either on paper or by memory a long list, or a…

Source: Orthodox Church in America In a letter addressed to participants in the Orthodox Health Plan dated April 2, 2014, Priest Constantine L. Sitaras, Chairman of the Joint Orthodox Health Plans Committee, provided updates and new rates. The Orthodox Health Plan provides benefits for the clergy and lay employees of the Orthodox Church in America, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the Serbian Orthodox Church of North and South America, and the Diocese of the Armenian Church. “As you hear daily in the media, health care costs continue to escalate,” Father Constantine…

Source: MYSTAGOGY By His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Mesogaias and Lavreotiki Great Lent is a period of spiritual opportunities and expectations for the entire Church. We wait for it all year with an inner thirst, those often undefined dreams which are yet so deep, because God promises great things for this period, as well as our entire lives. Our purpose is for our soul to climb to heaven, that we may become heavenly people. These days that are opening up before us provide us this opportunity through the struggle of repentance. Let us see therefore some of the characteristics that this…

Source: Order of St. Andrew the Apostle Reportage and photographs by Nicholas Manginas [Istanbul, Turkey] On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at noon, a number of young vandals invaded the courtyard and the chapel of Agia Paraskevi, the site of a Sacred Spring (Agiasma), outside the Byzantine walls near the Monastery of Baloukli. For at least five hours, according to the testimony of the church sacristan (neokoros) of forty years, Athanasiou Ozkaramichaloglou, the runaway crowd of youths looted and dishonored the sacred precincts of the Agiasma, disrupting the entire sanctuary, sending sacred vessels and priestly vestments flying to the floor. They also…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity He Found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” John 1:13 As we reflect upon the ministry of Metropolitan Philip who was the senior prelate of Orthodox Hierarchs in America, we thank God for his ministry.   He changed the course of Orthodoxy in America.  He brought a missionary vision to the Orthodox Church in America. His greatest service was bringing the Evangelical Christians home to Orthodoxy in 1987.  He foreshadowed the present efforts to unify the 14 Orthodox groupings in America because of his missionary point of view.  He wanted America to be Orthodox, and that…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, with great sadness, announces the passing unto life eternal of His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Philip (Saliba), Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America. May his memory be eternal! Details are forthcoming. Related Stories Philip Saliba, Head Of Major Eastern Orthodox Church In North America, Dies After Leading It For 50 Years – International Business Times

Source: The Moscow Times Priests from the Moscow-based Orthodox Church accompanied by armed men have threatened to seize property belonging to a rival church denomination in the Crimea after the peninsula completes its accession to Russia, a Ukrainian prelate said. In one recent case, a Moscow Patriarchate priest from the Black Sea port of Sevastopol arrived at the Crimean village of Perevalnoye with an entourage of armed men and demanded to see documentation of property belonging to the Kiev Patriarchate there, Crimea’s Archbishop Kliment told Ukraine’s Channel 5 television. The men “started to take inventory of our property and warned…

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