• “Crown them with glory and honor.” Marriage in the Orthodox Church

    April 15, 2021

    One of the sacraments of the Orthodox Church, the Marriage Service is rich with biblical imagery, prayer, and symbol. Because the ceremony is attended by Orthodox and non-Orthodox who may not be aware of the significance of the actions, this text has been prepared. It can be used as the basis for a program booklet distributed at the ceremony. There are a few spots for customization, such as including the names of the bride and the groom. The text can be edited easily to fit the program. Other possible additions to a program include the names of the bridal party, the family members, the clergy celebrating the ceremony, locations of receptions, and a personal note from the couple. Read More

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    Liturgical Colors in the Church

    December 11, 2019

    The Orthodox Church traditionally uses different colors to mark the seasons of the liturgical year, certain feast days and other observances. The colors of clergy vestments, altar coverings and cloths on icon stands (proskynetaria) will often change to offer a visual clue of the season or the feast day. Read More

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    2017 Byzantine Christmas Concert in Honor of Archbishop Demetrios

    December 12, 2017

    A Byzantine Christmas Concert Honoring Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, Celebrating his 50 Years as a Bishop at Merkin Concert Hall, NYC on December 2, 2017. Performers included the Archdiocesan Women's Byzantine Choir of St. Kassiani, the Archdiocesan Youth Choir, and the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir. Read More

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    We Offer These Gifts: The Proskomide Service

    May 1, 2017

    In this video, viewers will watch the Proskomide (Prothesis) service, when a priest prepares the bread (prosphoro) and wine for a Divine Liturgy. Each action will be seen, its significance and history briefly discussed, and the prayers the clergy recite with each action will be shown. Read More

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    Draw Near: Understanding Orthodox Worship - Exploring the Feasts of the Orthodox Christian Church

    April 7, 2017

    In this video, we see an introduction to the Orthodox worship and way of life. We explore some of the different aspects of our worship, including liturgical services, hymns, iconography, and the universal priestly calling of all people. Read More

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    2016 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Senior Division Winning Speech

    September 1, 2016

    How do you respond to people who question your belief in God and participation in the life of the Church? Read More

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    A Rational and Logical Mind?

    March 1, 2016

    How would you respond to some well-meaning Christians who said they did not want to lose their rational and logical minds by joining an “organized religion”? Over the years of being a prison chaplain, I encountered many, many men who had embraced that very thinking. They felt that submitting to the authority of the Church was something they could never do because it meant giving up their minds. Read More

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    Byzantine Music and the Orthodox Family

    January 13, 2016

    Byzantine music recordings from Great Lent, Great and Holy Pascha, and Pentecost along with PDF versions of the music. Read More

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    Iconography of Hagia Sophia

    September 8, 2015

    When Rome fell in the West, the Roman Empire survived for more than a thousand years in the East. The greatest monument of that civilization still stands, Hagia Sophia. Learn about the art and architecture of Hagia Sophia, and the Eastern Roman Empire, more commonly known as the Byzantine Empire. Read More

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    Christ Our Ison: Byzantine Music and the Orthodox Family

    June 23, 2015

    Chanting Christ is Risen! brought the enduring, indestructible joy of the glorious Resurrection of our Lord into our home. It made the words of the hymn—Christ is Risen from the dead by death trampling down upon death and to those in the tombs He has granted LIFE!—common knowledge and a kind of family creed. Read More

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    From "Me" to "We"

    April 23, 2015

    Liturgy is the work of the people: our work. It brings us from a bunch of "me's" to a single "we" in Christ. Every episode is a great reminder of this, since Be the Bee comes from the love and work of so many people, including you! Read More

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    Is Church Boring?

    January 15, 2015

    Sometimes, the Church can seem...boring. Is that because of the Church, or the way we see and present it? Read More

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    Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir Presents "Blessed are the Peacemakers" - November 30, 2013

    November 30, 2013

    With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, 37 members of the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America traveled to Constantinople for the Thronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on November 27 - December 2. Ten members of the choir were from Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. Read More

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    Bridegroom Service (Palm Sunday Evening)

    November 30, 2012

    The three days that open this "Great Week" are called "Holy" or "Great" Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; and they are "Great" precisely because each of them symbolically teaches us something of ourselves, and of God in our life. Most people know what happens on Holy Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but the first three are the least known days--I mean it's already hard enough going to Church three days in a row. Yet they are theologically significant. Read More

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    Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir Concert: "We have seen the Light" - June 16, 2012

    June 16, 2012

    The Archdiocese School of Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America presents, "We have seen the Light." Chanted by the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir and a select number of the students from the Archdiocesan School of Byzantine Music. The concert was held at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. New York, NY on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Read More

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    Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir - October 26, 2011

    October 26, 2011

    On October 26, the Archdiocesan Youth Choir and the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir celebrated Archbishop Demetrios' nameday with a concert at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York, NY. Read More

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    Archdiocese School of Byzantine Music - Arise O Lord

    May 8, 2011

    The Archdiocese School of Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America presents Arise O Lord, from the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Sunday, May 8, 2011. Read More

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    Hymns From The Vespers Service.

    December 9, 2008

    Hymns of the Vespers service of the Orthodox Christian Church. Sung in the byzantine chant by various byzantine choirs. Read More

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    Papal Voyage to the Ecumenical Patriarchate

    November 29, 2006

    Pope Benedict XVI is received at the Ecumenical Patriarchate by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on November 29, 2006. Read More

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    The Liturgical Cycle of the Great Lenten Period

    August 17, 2005

    An exploration and explanation of the cycle of events and services related to Great Lent Read More

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    Orthodox Byzantine Music

    August 12, 2005

    Byzantine music is the medieval sacred chant of Christian Churches following the Orthodox rite. This tradition, encompassing the Greek-speaking world, developed in Byzantium from the establishment of its capital, Constantinople, in 330 until its fall in 1453. Read More

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    The Return of the Holy Relics of St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom

    December 7, 2004

    In 2004, responding to the request of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and recognizing the importance of St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory the Theologian to Orthodox Christians around the world, Pope John Paul II agreed to return the relics of these two great Fathers of the Church and Ecumenical Teachers to their original resting place in the Ecumenical Patriarchate. This program highlights the moving Ecumenical Service at the Vatican and the Service at the Ecumenical Patriarchate while informing the viewer of the historical significance of these saints. Read More

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    Holy Communion: The Gift of Eternal Life

    October 22, 2004

    “The Eucharist cannot be abandoned,” said the martyrs, because “a Christian cannot exist without the Eucharist, or the Eucharist be celebrated without a Christian.” Read More

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    Other Services Of The Church

    December 9, 2003

    Audio recordings of various services of the Orthodox Christian Church, including the Paraklesis Service in the Greek Language. Hymns are sung in the byzantine chant by various byzantine choirs. Read More

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    The Complete Divine Liturgy and Related Hymns

    December 9, 2003

    Audio recordings of the entire Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Christian Church in the English and Greek languages and related hymns. Also includes apolytikia (troparia) for Sundays, Feast Days, Great Lent and Pascha as well as various trisagion, koinonika (communion) and megalynaria (hymns to the Theotokos) hymns. The hymns are rendered in the byzantine chant style by various choirs. Read More

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