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    43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress Registration Open and On-line

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the opening of the on-line registration process for the 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress, to be held July 3-8, 2016 at the at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

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    The 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress to Convene in Nashville, July 3-8

    The 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will convene in Nashville, Tennessee, July 3-8, 2016, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

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    Announcement of the Holy Eparchial Synod

    The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America convened for its regular spring meeting at the Synodal Chamber of the Archdiocesan headquarters in New York on April 13th and 14th 2016. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America presided at the meeting with the participation of the Members of the Synod.

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    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Pope Francis and Archbishop Ieronymos to Visit the Island of Lesbos

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has received the following announcement from the Ecumenical Patriarchate and forwards it to the faithful and the media.

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    Archbishop Demetrios Calls on the Greek-American Community to Support the Petition of the Pan-Macedonian Association for the Name of FYROM

    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America met with the representatives of the Executive Committee of the Pan-Macedonian Association in the United States and discussed with them issues relevant to the national concern of the name of FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).

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    President Obama Hosts White House Annual Greek Independence Day Celebration

    President Barack Obama hosted yesterday April 4, 2016 at the White House, the Annual Greek Independence Day celebration and reception for the 30th consecutive year, honoring the 195th Anniversary of the start of the Greek War for Independence of March 25th, 1821.

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    Archbishop Demetrios Calls for full participation in NYC’s Greek Independence Parade, April 10, 2016

    On March 25th we celebrated the beautiful and holy Feast of the Annunciation and the commemoration of Greek Independence Day. In following the worship of our Lord and the honoring of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos, as well as the legacy of March 25th for the people of Greece and the world, we gather again this Sunday, April 10, in New York City for our Greek Independence Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

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    Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Annunciation and Greek Independence Day

    On this holy and beautiful Feast of the Annunciation we celebrate the astonishing announcement by Archangel Gabriel to our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos, about the coming of the Holy One, the Son of God, who would bring salvation and an eternal kingdom of peace. In proclaiming this message of hope and grace, Gabriel states the miraculous manner by which God will enter our humanity: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you (Luke 1:35). And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus (Luke 1:31).

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    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Offers Prayers Following the Terrorist Attack in Brussels

    Following the most horrific, deplorable, and senseless acts of violence and terror in Brussels, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America expresses its solidarity with the people of Belgium and extends heartfelt prayers to the families of our brothers and sisters who were killed or injured as a result of the attack. Our hearts and minds are prayerfully also with the emergency responders, law enforcement agents, and security officers.

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    Archbishop Demetrios' 10 Suggestions for Lent

    Archbishop Demetrios offered ten suggestions for each Orthodox Christian to strive for during the Lenten season, during his homily at the annual Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Clean Monday Retreat, March 14, at the Holy Cross Chapel in Brookline, Mass. Below is an edited excerpt of these ten suggestions.

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    Patriarchal and Synodical Encyclical on the Convocation of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

    Our holy Orthodox Church, adorned in purple and fine linen by the blood of her martyrs, the tears of her Saints, and the struggles and sacrifices of her confessors of faith, celebrates today her nameday. Following a century-long struggle, this day was appropriately identified as the Sunday of Orthodoxy, marking the day in which truth shone and triumphed over falsehood through the veneration of holy icons as the bearers of the personal presence and divine grace of the incarnate Son and Logos of God and of His saints.

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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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