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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.
NEW YORK – Through a recent grant to IOCC, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is providing financial support to people in the Philippines who have suffered extensive damage to their homes as a result of Typhoon Haiyan.
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Continuing for the eighth 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 that qualify.