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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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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