• We Offer These Gifts: The Proskomide Service

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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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    Christ Our Ison: Byzantine Music and the Orthodox Family

    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"

    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?

    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

    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)

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

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

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    Orthodox Byzantine Music

    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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    Infant Baptism

    "Should I be baptized again?" Many renewed Orthodox Christians have asked themselves and others whether they should be baptized as adults. I readily understand why this question is asked, for I myself must admit that I did not always feel comfortable about the Orthodox Church baptizing infants. I asked myself several other questions as well: "How can an infant 'believe and be baptized'?" "Where in Scripture does it show an infant being baptized?" "Is not the baptizing of infants the reason why the contemporary Orthodox Church has a need for renewal and re-evangelization?" Read More

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

    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

    “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

    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

    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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    Hymns From The Orthros Service.

    Liturgical hymns from the Orthros (Matins) Service of Orthodox Christian Church. Includes the Sunday Resurrectional, Lenten Triodion and Paschal Apolytikia and various festal canon katavasia. The hymns are rendered in the byzantine chant style by various choirs. Read More

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    How Often Should We Receive Holy Communion?

    To receive Communion the usual two or three times a year is good and helpful, but to receive Communion more frequently is far better. Remember, the nearer a person comes to the light, the more light he gets. The closer he draws to the fire, the warmer he is. The nearer he approaches sanctity, the more saintly he becomes. Read More

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    Holy Week

    Holy Week, in its yearly and faithful enactment, teaches us that Christ' love for us could not be crushed. The message which He shared could not be stilled. The large stone could not contain Him in the terrible darkness of that tomb. Jesus Christ also rose from the dead. And together with Him, there arose every hope that we have for mercy, strength, perseverance, and everlasting life. Read More

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