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2014 Christmas Message

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America offers reflections on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in December 2013.

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Feast Days

fish-48x48.pngFasting Guidelines: Check out the Online Chapel Calendar for fasting guidelines or carry the fasting guidelines on your mobile device with the Daily Readings app!
Listen, Learn, Share: Feast of the Entrance into The Temple of Our Most Holy Lady The Theotokos
btn-vm-temple.jpgNovember 21
The birth and early life of the Virgin Mary is not recorded in the Gospels or other books of the New Testament, however this information can be found in a work dating from the second century known as the Book of James or Protevangelion. Learn More »
Listen, Learn, Share: The Feast of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker
btn_stnicholas.jpgDecember 6
Our Holy Father Nicholas, emulator of the Apostles and ardent imitator of the Lord Jesus Christ, appears as a living pillar of the Church, zealous in defense of the faith and a model of pastoral solicitude for holy bishops. Learn More »
Listen, Learn, Share: The Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ
btn_nativity.jpgDecember 25
The Feast of the Nativity of Jesus is one of the most joyful days of the Orthodox Church. It ranks next to the greatest holiday, the Resurrection of Jesus. The Feast of the Birth of Jesus is also known as the "Incarnation of Christ." Learn More »
Listen, Learn, Share: The Feast of Saint Basil the Great
btn_stbasil.jpgJanuary 1
Saint Basil the Great was born in the year 329 in Caesarea of Cappadocia, to a family renowned for their learning and holiness. Learn More »

Department Resources

Outreach and Evangelism
btn_stbasil.jpg"The traditional Orthodox icon of the Nativity tells us what the Bible tells us, and does so in a very clear, vivid, effective manner, by means of forms and colors." - Constantine Cavarnos Guide to Byzantine Iconography Learn More »
Religious Education: For Unto Us A Child Is Born
btn_for_unto_usUnwrap the story of Christ's birth to reveal the fullness of the Incarnation behind the "Christmas story" of pageants. This full-color zine from the Department of Religious Education begins with the Annunciation and then follows the seasonal calendar through the Nativity, Theophany and the Presentation of the Lord. Learn More »
Religious Education: The Tree of Jesse
PraxisJesseTree.pngA Traditional Lesson Plan for Home, Groups, or Church SchoolDuring each of the four weeks before Christmas (i.e., Advent), study one Old Testament sign of Jesus and two ancestors of Jesus; see the chart on the following for the progression. Learn More »
Religious Education: Let Us Live Orthodoxy
btn_nativity.jpgThese are not mere craft books: Let Us Live Orthodoxy is a hands-on approach that leads young people to understand and respect the traditions of the Church, enabling them to actively include these traditions in their lives. These sessions include discussions to prompt questions that might otherwise lie dormant. Learn More »
Center for Family Care: Family Night Discussion - 'I Am King'
Marriage and FamilyMore than 2,000 years ago, our King was born in the most humble of all circumstances, an event that changed the world. Many are followers, but how many truly worship and obey our Heavenly King? This discussion helps families understand that Jesus Christ is the King of our lives. Download This Discussion »
Center for Family Care: Collection of Nativity Articles
Marraige and FamilyThe Center for Family Care offers this collection of Nativity articles from its Family Connections section of the Orthodox Observer. Download These Articles »

Office of Parish Development:
Giving Resources

btn_give_back_nativity.jpgWhat can we give back? Consider engaging parishioners to think about what gifts we have received from God--our Orthodox faith, health, family, professional successes, etc. This poster can be used in efforts to increase giving, to enhance religious education, or for other ministry purposes. Learn More »

Youth & Young Adult Ministries: Fasting and Philanthropy
btn_the_ladder_blog.jpgWhy do we fast? Before we think too deeply about fasting, maybe we should take a look at how we relate to food in general. Maybe that will help us realize that fasting isn't so much about removing food from our tables, but about adding acts of love to our lives... Read More »


Y2AM: Be the Bee-Fasting (and Feasting) with Thanks
btn-bee-fasting.jpgWhy do we fast? What can that teach us about food? Watch the video »
Y2AM: Be the Bee-Christmas

btn-bee-gift-giving.jpgWhy is gift-giving such an important part of Christmas? What does it have to do with our lives as Christians? Watch the video »
Y2AM: Be the Bee-The Wonder
of Christmas

btn-bee-wonder-christmas.jpgThe universe is full of wonderful things. But perhaps nothing is more wonderful than Christmas, when God became man! Watch the video »
Downloadable Graphics
btn_feasts_nativity.pngThese graphics are available for free from the Department of Internet Ministries and may be used on your parish, metropolis, diocese, organization, or ministry website. View the Graphics Library »

Gift Ideas Christmas Collection
btn_orthodoxmarketplace.jpgCelebrate God's Gift to the world with gifts from the Orthodox Marketplace! The Orthodox Marketplace always features a wide variety of Nativity greeting cards, children's books, music, and much more for this Christmas Season!

Religious Education: 2014 Christmas Catalog
btn-dre-catalog.jpgCelebrate the Nativity season with NEW Orthodox Christian gifts and resources available from the DRE. Gift packages for students, story books and activities for children, and Christmas tree ornaments! View the Catalog »

Christmas Cards


Products in Greek

Daily Readings Daily Readings app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone
btn_dailyreadings.pngThis Christmas, share the Word of God with your loved ones with the Daily Readings App! Give the gift of an easy way to access the day's Scripture readings, saints, and fasting guidelines as prescribed by the Lectionary of the Greek Orthodox Church.

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Additional Orthodox Resources

Antiochian Archdiocese: Nativity Resources
btn_antiochian.jpg"What is the True Meaning of Christmas?" Orthodox Christians ask this question along with everyone else, but our answers might be different. This website provides food for thought and for the spirit throughout the fast, and a feast of good words as we celebrate the Feast of the Word's Birth in the Flesh. Visit This Site »
Ancient Faith Radio: God Is With Us!
btn_ancientfaith.jpg"God is with us! Understand all ye nations and submit yourselves, for God is with us!" Ancient Faith Radio is collecting episodes from our large family of podcasts that will help make the Nativity season a truly joyful experience. Listen Now »

Christmas Appeal - Online Chapel