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The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through its National and Direct Archdiocesan District departments of Education, organizes a program of celebration to mark the Feast of the Three Hierarchs, and the Day of Greek Letters.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will convene under his chairmanship, Jan. 21-28, 2016, a Synaxis of the Primates of the local Orthodox Churches at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva.
As we dedicate the year and our lives to the holy will of God, it also is fitting at the beginning of this year 2016 that we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ministry of His All-Holiness our beloved Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. This is truly a significant event for our Holy Archdiocese and for Orthodox Chris
The sweetness of the holy night of Christmas once again embraces the world. In the midst of human toil and suffering, crisis and challenge, greed and hatred, anxiety and despair, the mystery of the divine incarnation presents the same charm as a truly tangible and ever contemporary reality, urging "the inhabitants of the world to learn righteousness" (cf. Is. 26:9), for "today our Savior is born" (Luke 2:11).
On this blessed Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I greet you in the grace, joy and peace that accompany this unique event. We celebrate our Lord’s holy Incarnation as a miraculous revelation of God’s grace, and through faith we see the path to redemption, restoration, and life without end. Our hearts are filled with joy, for our hope is renewed in the fulfillment of His divine promise to save us and be with us. We also experience the peace of God, which passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7), as our hearts and minds are filled with the transforming presence of Christ.
Continuing for the tenth consecutive year, “FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism” will once again sponsor a series of financial aid travel grants this summer to campers participating in the Ionian Village Summer Camp program. FAITH provides full and partial scholarships to those participants who qualify.
The 2016 Yearbook of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is dedicated to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of His Enthronement as Ecumenical Patriarch. The book is now available online at www.goarch.org/archdiocese/yearbook.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces with appreciation and joy the creation of a special Reflection Area, named after our late Archbishop Iakovos, in the newly built National African-American History and Culture Museum in Washington, DC.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America welcomed today the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Prof. Dimitris Mardas and the Minister of Tourism Elena Kountoura. The two members of the Greek Government were visiting New York as speakers and participants to the Annual Capital Link, Invest in Greece Forum.
The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the continuation of its Faith-based Diplomacy & Advocacy Initiative. The Initiative established a total of four (2 for 2015-2016 and 2 for 2016-2017) yearlong Archdiocesan fellowships at the United Nations.
50th Commemoration of the Common Lifting of Anathemas between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches
Fifty years ago, on December 7, 1965, after their historic meeting the previous year (Jerusalem 1964), Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI declared their commitment to steer the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches onto a path of mutual understanding, reconciliation, and love.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces with great joy and gratitude to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the elevation of the Holy Archdiocese of America to the rank of Gerontiki Eparchy (meaning an eparchy headed by a Geron/Elder hierarch) of the Ecumenical Throne in the person of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, who from now on will be called His Eminence Geron Archbishop Demetrios of America.
However, we should also recognize that the act and attitude of thanksgiving is also related to struggle and hardship. The first Thanksgiving, which provided the origins of our national observance, followed an arduous and costly journey to this land by the Pilgrims. To escape persecution, they made a lengthy voyage to this continent, faced disease and death, and attempted to establish a new home in very challenging physical and natural conditions. Their survival of these hardships through faith and hope led them in 1621 to offer thanksgiving to God for His amazing grace and providence.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral Philoptochos chapter honored the First Lady of Cyprus Mrs. Andri Anastasiades during this year’s 62nd Chrysanthemum Ball, which took place Friday Nov. 20, 2015 at a central New York City Hotel.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the launch of two new websites, www.GreekOrthodox.bible and www.Septuagint.bible, as part of the new .BIBLE top-level domain (TLD) initiative.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America expressed deep sorrow and unequivocal condemnation for the barbaric terrorist attacks last night in Paris.
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