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During the Holy Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches, which took place in Constantinople on March 6-9, 2014, the Prelates, through a unanimous vote, agreed to form separate Assemblies of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in Canada and in the United States of America. They further agreed to incorporate the hierarchs of Central America into the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Latin America.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America officially launched its community blog site giving the faithful an opportunity to read thought-provoking articles on a broad spectrum of issues. With the changing landscape in communications initiated by mobile technology, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is responding to the needs to share the Good News of the Holy Gospel in fresh and creative ways and to provide insights and strategies for the various ministries and programs of the Church.
On this beautiful and glorious Feast of Feasts, our hearts and minds are filled with brilliant light and abundant joy in the presence of the Risen Christ. He is in our midst now and forever, in all His holiness and glory, having offered Himself as a pure sacrifice for our sins. He is before us and within us as the Victor over corruption and death, offering true and abundant life through His grace. Our Lord embraces us on this day of exaltation and praise as our Redeemer, guiding us in the way of salvation and sanctifying us for eternal life.
Come, brethren and children in the Lord, receive the light from the unwaning Light of the Phanar, the Holy Center of the Orthodox, and let us all together and jointly glorify "Christ, Who is risen from the dead."
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America attended yesterday, an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, for approximately 90 Christian religious leaders from all over the United States.
Holy Week and Pascha Schedule of Bishops Andonios of Phasiane and Sevastianos of Zela (April 12-23, 2014)
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America continues to support recovery efforts in the Philippines. Through a recent $40,000 grant to the International Orthodox Christian Charities, the Archdiocese will finance a home reconstruction and agriculture assistance project.
President Barack Obama welcomed today Friday, April 4, 2014, at the White House His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and the Greek-American community for the Annual Greek Independence Day Celebration. This was the 28th consecutive celebration at the White House honoring the 193rd Anniversary of the start of the Greek War for Independence of March 25th, 1821.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) is pleased to announce a new podcast for youth and young adults.
The Mayor of the City of New York Bill de Blasio welcomed today at Gracie Mansion His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America for the celebration of Greek Independence Day. Mayor De Blasio, continuing a long tradition, graciously hosted the annual reception for the Omogeneia to honor and celebrate the 193rd Anniversary of March 25, 1821, the start of the struggle for Greek Independence.
Archbishop Demetrios Issues Letter of Condolences for the Passing of Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Archdiocese
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, as Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, upon the falling asleep in the Lord of Metropolitan Philip (March 19, 2014), issued a letter of condolences to the faithful of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese...
In the joy and fellowship of our shared heritage and faith, I invite you to participate in our annual Greek Independence Day Parade. This year’s parade will be held on Sunday, March 30 on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and through a strong and vibrant presence of our Omogeneia, we have a tremendous opportunity to affirm publicly an enduring witness of truth and freedom.
Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Annunciation and Greek Independence Day 2014
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, the crown of our salvation and ultimate human restoration, and the revelation of the mystery that is from all eternity. We worship in adoration and thanksgiving the Son of God who became the Son of the Virgin. We join with the Archangel Gabriel and the heavenly hosts in honoring the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. In the midst of this solemn and holy Lenten season, we exult in this manifestation of the grace of God for our liberation from evil and guilt.
The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America convened for its regular scheduled meeting in the synodal chamber at the Archdiocese headquarters on March 17 and 18, 2014. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America presided at the meeting, and of all the Members of the Synod participated.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios conducted today at noon, at the Archdiocesan Chapel of Saint Paul, a Trisagion memorial service for the repose of the soul of Andreas Panagopoulos, 42, who lost his life on the morning of Wednesday, March 12, in the tragic explosion and collapse of two buildings in East Harlem (Park Ave. and 116th street) where he resided.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate issued yesterday March 9, 2014, Sunday of Orthodoxy, a Communiqué upon the conclusion of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches and released the official Message of the Hierarchs of the Synaxis. Following are both texts as released by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
According to a report by the Associated Press and numerous reports appearing in other news outlets, the group of nuns that had been abducted by Syrian rebels back in late November or December 2013, were freed today ...
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