Gates of Ionian Village Closed, but Program and Content is Wide Open

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the traditional beloved Ionian Village Summer 2020 program, the Administration team is still hard at work. The Office of Ionian Village has already begun, and will continue, to provide ministry virtually. From Vespers to devotional sessions, many opportunities exist for the youth of our Archdiocese, parish youth ministers, and parents to connect with our amazing life transforming ministry. Read More

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund: Message from Nicole VanKuilenburg

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund: Message from Nicole VanKuilenburg

A message from Nicole VanKuilenburg, registered nurse in Boston, MA: "I feel very fortunate to be working and have a job at this time. But, as many of you are aware, there are families that aren't as fortunate, and they are out of work and struggling." Read More

Welcome to the NEW Orthodox Observer

Welcome to the NEW Orthodox Observer

Based completely online, the new Orthodox Observer intentionally provides significant multimedia content about the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in order to inform and inspire our faithful. Read More

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the creation of the “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund” as an important part of its efforts to support those around the country who have been impacted by the current pandemic. Read More

Greek American Day Schools Transition to On-Line Learning

Greek American Day Schools Transition to On-Line Learning

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affecting our world, all of the Greek-American Day and Afternoon School programs across the country were forced to suspend in school classes and transition to on-line instruction. The majority of our Parochial Day and Afternoon Greek School Programs have executed successful on-line learning tools in order to provide the most effective educational instructions to their students. Read More

A Note on the Common Communion Spoon by Fr. Alkiviadis C. Calivas

A Note on the Common Communion Spoon by Fr. Alkiviadis C. Calivas

Liturgical spoons existed from at least the sixth-seventh century. But it does not mean that they were used for Communion. In fact, canon 101 of the Penthekte Synod (691-692) prohibits the use of any receptacle for the reception of the consecrated Bread other than the human hand. The canon reads: “So that if anyone should wish to partake of the pure Body during the time of the synaxis…let him form his hands into the shape of a cross, and thus approaching, let him receive the communion of grace…For we nowise welcome those men who make certain receptacles out of gold or any other material to serve instead of their hands for the reception of the divine gift. Read More

Archbishop Elpidophoros Broadcasts Services of Holy Week from the Archdiocese

Archbishop Elpidophoros Broadcasts Services of Holy Week from the Archdiocese

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will broadcast the services of Holy Week with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros from the Chapel of Saint Paul at the Archdiocesan Headquarters in New York City. The services will be available on a variety of media outlets including ANT1 Satellite, as well as online on the Archdiocesan YouTube channel and Archbishop Elpidophoros’ Facebook and Twitter pages. Read More

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Online COVID-19 Resource Center

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Online COVID-19 Resource Center

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America launched an updated COVID-19 Resource Center today. In addition to serving as a platform for hosting videos, blogs, downloadable materials, and other content created by the various departments and ministries of the Archdiocese, the Resource Center will provide valuable information and updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Read More

Archbishop Elpidophoros Hosts a Virtual Town Hall with Thousands of Faithful

Archbishop Elpidophoros Hosts a Virtual Town Hall with Thousands of Faithful

of faithful across America. Moderated by Emmy Award winning Journalist, Demetria Kalodimos of Nashville, TN, the Town Hall, entitled, “A Pastoral Word with Archbishop Elpidophoros." Read More

60 Minutes Highlights Saint Nicholas National Shrine on Western Easter

60 Minutes Highlights Saint Nicholas National Shrine on Western Easter

On Western Easter, Sunday April 12th, the renowned CBS news program, 60 Minutes, will showcase the rebuilding of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center. Read More

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