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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 ...
Sunday of Orthodoxy: Message of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America
Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Gathering in our Churches as members of the undivided Body of Christ to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy, we call to mind the holy men and women who defended holy icons, succeeded in restoring them, and pronounced the authentic faith and worship of the Church. Among these heroes of our faith, we commemorate the blessed emperors: Michael, Theodora, and Irene, the holy patriarchs and confessors: Germanos, Nikephoros, and Methodius, and the holy ascetics: John Damaskenos and Theodore the Studite.
Our Orthodox Church recommends that, during this period of Great Lent, we focus our attention toward sincere repentance, “the melting pot of sin,” according to St. John Chrysostom. Repentance is the first topic of our Lord Jesus Christ’s preaching and the very essence of the Christian teaching. It is the Church’s daily invitation to us all.
On this journey we are led by the prayers and services of the Church to reflect on our struggles and our spiritual challenges. We are called into the holiness of worship and the presence of God, so that we might see our weaknesses and the aspects of our lives that are contrary to His divine and saving will. However, Lent is not a time of despair, hopelessness and defeat. It is a season of grace.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America has sent on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America $25,000 of financial assistance to the Holy Metropolis of Kefalonia, for the relief of those adversely affected by the catastrophic earthquakes of Jan. 26 and Feb. 3, 2014 and the many aftershocks that still continue on the island.
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