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    Patriarchal Homily on the Occasion of Holy and Great Lent

    Beloved and blessed brethren and children in the Lord, Yet again this year, through the God-inspired words, the holy Psalmist ushers the Orthodox faithful into the “mystery” of Holy and Great Lent, pointing out the benevolence of the Lord and the workings thereof as he cries out, the Lord works mercy and righteousness for all the oppressed (Psalm 102,6). For the Lord satisfies our desire with good things so that our youth is renewed like that of the eagle (c.f. .5).

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    Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for Holy and Great Lent 2016

    The spiritual impact of this sacred time of year is tremendous if we dedicate our full being—heart, body, soul and mind—to God. This transformation in our lives and the witness of life and faith we offer others through Great Lent is affirmed in the opening of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

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    Archdiocese Co-sponsors Two Events at UN

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will co-sponsor two events at this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women: 1) Forced Migration, Human Trafficking, and Child Soldiers: How ISIL is Exploiting the Conflict in the Middle East and 2) Women, Water, and Wellbeing: The Human Right to Water and Sanitation.

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    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Salesians of Don Bosco’s Statement to the United Nations 60th Commission on the Status of Women officially accepted

    After extensive review, the Statement submitted by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Salesians of Don Bosco to the Sixtieth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was officially accepted on March 2, 2016.

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    Parathosi 2016 Dance Festival, a growing Youth Ministry has Successful Fourth Year

    Parathosi 2016, the annual celebration of Hellenic Heritage & Dance of the Direct Archdiocesan District of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, held this past weekend Feb. 26-27, has completed its fourth year and is already looking forward and planning an even greater fifth year in 2017.

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    PARATHOSI 2016 Dance Festival expects 300 dancers

    Parathosi 2016, is an annual celebration of Hellenic Heritage & Dance of the Direct Archdiocesan District of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Now in its fourth year, this dance festival is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

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    Michael Jaharis Passes Away in the Lord

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America mourns the passing in the Lord of Mr. Michael E. Jaharis, 87, Archon Exarchos of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Vice-President of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, businessman, philanthropist and great benefactor and faithful steward of the Church.

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    FDF – Faith, Dance, and Fellowship – Celebrates 40 Years

    The 40th Anniversary of the Folk Dance and Choral Festival (FDF 2016) of the Metropolis of San Fransisco concluded Sunday night, Feb. 14, 2016, with the completion of the Finals of the Advance Senior Division and the Awards Ceremony and Banquet, which took place at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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    Applications now available for The Christos and Georgia Trakatellis Fellowship

    The Fund offers fellowships to graduates of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology to study Greek language, Hellenic culture and liturgical practice. These studies can take place in the United States or, preferably, in Greece or at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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    Youth and Young Adult Ministries launches new crowd funding initiative

    The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) has launched a new crowd funding initiative to help raise money to develop much needed youth and young adult ministry resources.

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    Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of Saint Photios and Saint Photios National Shrine Day

    On this blessed Feast of Saint Photios the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople, we commemorate a Saint who offered a brilliant witness of the truth and love of God. Having a tremendous intellectual ability and a deep love and faith in Christ, he endured false accusations, threats, and ordeals, yet he remained a true messenger of Gospel. Throughout his life Saint Photios was a faithful ambassador for Christ, never wavering in his apostolic mission to proclaim the truth that leads to God and salvation.

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    2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships Available

    Applications and instructions for three scholarships administered by the Department of Philanthropy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are available for awards to be made for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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    Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters Day 2016

    In our annual commemoration of the Feast of our three Holy Fathers, the Great Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, we affirm the power of their witness and guidance down through the centuries. As during the days of their pastoral ministry, their faith in God, their wisdom, and their holiness continue to lead us to Christ and deepen our understanding and experience of our relationship with Him.

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    Announcement of the Sacred Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches

    At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Synaxis of Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches took place at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva, from 21st to 28th January, 2016.

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    Archdiocese Mourns the loss of Father John Romas

    It is with deep sorrow that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese announces the passing of Rev. Father John Romas on Sunday January 24, 2016. Father John fell asleep in the Lord shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and reposed peacefully at White Plains Hospital, N.Y.

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    Catholic and Orthodox Christians Affirm Sanctity of Life, Invite People into the Embrace of Christ

    On the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Orthodox and Catholic Christians will join in prayer and public gathering to express their long-standing belief that all life is sacred.

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