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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: CrossRoad Institute – Orthodox Youth Take the Challenge by Fr. Turbo Qualls CR Guest Speaker In the patriarchal cathedral of St. Sava in Belgrade, the world’s largest mosaic is all but complete. This has been hailed as the peak of Christian art. As a priest of the Serbian Church, I take joy in this accomplishment; however, as an African-American Orthodox Christian, I am challenged by what this monumental work says to me about what is yet to be accomplished in the Church. When I see online pictures of this incredible mosaic, I can’t help but see it as a…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [DCE]  The Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America recently made available three activities for the approaching Great Feast of Pentecost. The activities are designed for grades four through six, seven and eight, and nine through twelve.  They are based on events and experiences recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, which relates the story of the early years of the Church during and after Pentecost. The activities also relate stories of saints, as well as more contemporary Orthodox Christians, to the lives of familiar figures in Acts, such as…