• Patriarchal Proclamation for Christmas 2017

    Encyclical

    December 23, 2017

    We welcome the “all-perfect God,” who “brought love into the world,” who becomes “closer to us than we to ourselves.” Through kenosis, the divine Word condescends to the created beings in “a condescension inexplicable and incomprehensible.” He “whom nothing can contain” is contained in the womb of the Virgin; the greatest exists in the least. This great chapter of our faith, of how the transcendent God “became human for humankind,” while remaining an “inexpressible” mystery. “The great mystery of divine Incarnation ever remains a mystery.” Read More

  • IOCC and Apostoli Expand Aid Effort to Greek Families Facing Historic Crisis

    World News

    October 12, 2017

    In response to continued food insecurity in Greece, the Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc., announced a new $1 million challenge gift to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to expand its programs, implemented in partnership with Apostoli, the humanitarian organization of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Athens, to offer sustainable access to safe and nutritious food for children, families, and the elderly, and providing relief to refugees. Read More

  • OCMC News - First Eventful Months in Guatemala

    World News

    September 20, 2017

    Greetings from Guatemala! “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” ~Psalm 117:24 Nestled in the western highlands of Guatemala, I awake to the sounds of roosters announcing the coming day. I rise to join the seminarians and fellow long-term missionaries to offer our daily morning prayers with Matins. It is here in Aguacate that I draw on my seminary education and love of singing the hymns of the Church to mentor the parish choir located in the village, as well as to assist as God sees fit in the formation of the young men discerning their call to serve the Church. Read More

  • Annunciation Church of Bayard, NE Celebrates its Greek Orthodox Heritage in the Heartland of America

    World News

    August 22, 2017

    The Greek Festival of the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church in Bayard, NE is one of the longest running in the Greek American community. The annual event that puts Hellenism and Orthodox on display in the American heartland celebrated in 91st anniversary this year. Read More

  • Pittsburgh Holocaust Survivor Tells Story of Being a Hidden Child in Greece

    World News

    August 20, 2017

    When the Axis powers invaded Greece on October 28. 1940, its entire Jewish population became endangered. 6-year-old Yolanda Avram and her 2-year-old brother, Yannis heard their father tell his wife, “Pack the suitcases, Karola.” Like hundreds of Greek Jews, the Avram family was sent into the mountains to be protected hiding by strangers who risked their lives. Read More

  • The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America Response to Racist Violence in Charlottesville, VA

    Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America

    August 18, 2017

    The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America stands with all people of good will in condemning the hateful violence and lamenting the loss of life that resulted from the shameful efforts to promote racial bigotry and white supremacist ideology in Charlottesville, Virginia. Read More

  • Two Years after Fire Church in Montreal is Resurrected

    World News

    August 9, 2017

    The fire that destroyed Montreal’s Koimisis Tis Theotokou (Dormition of the Virgin Mary) Church in April, 2015 devastated the community, but the rebuilt sanctuary is almost ready for its grand re-opening. Read More

  • Archaeology Links Small Town to St. John the Baptist

    World News

    August 6, 2017

    The town of Sabastiya, which is located 12 kilometers northwest of the city of Nablus, may seem just another modest town at first. However, this quickly starts to alter as we approach the ‘Historic Site’ of the town. Just as we draw nearer to the public square, which is located at the heart of the town, a huge ancient building welcomes us from the north. The building has the name of ‘The Mosque of Prophet Yahya’ (Yahya is Arabic for John), but the exterior of this building does not suggest it is a mosque, except for the minaret part, of course... In that Church lies the tomb of the greatest among the Prophets, St. John the Baptist. Read More

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