• The Enthronement Service: A Brief Explanation

    Department of Communications

    June 19, 2019

    The Enthronement Service includes special hymns and prayers to the Holy Spirit, as well as a brief chant of Doxology. The service opens with a solemn procession and the entrance of the elected Archbishop, who is escorted by senior bishops to the throne where they exclaim, “Axios! He is Worthy!” Read More

  • Rewarding the Effort

    Center for Family Care

    March 23, 2019

    In God’s eyes, the effort is equal to the achievement. Our bishop said that last week, and it’s been on my mind ever since. Our Lord rewards our efforts regardless of whether they are effective. Whether or not we achieve our worthy goals, God sees and rewards the effort. Read More

  • Vested in Grace: The Liturgical Dress of Orthodox Clergy

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    May 1, 2017

    In this video, viewers will see a deacon, priest, and bishop vest for a Divine Liturgy. Each vestment will be seen, its significance and history briefly discussed, and the prayers the clergy recite when placing the garment on will be shown. Read More

  • The Invisible Church: A Doctrine That Has Come of Age

    Orthodox Observer

    January 1, 2017

    Have you been around people who proclaim a faith in Christ, yet totally reject the idea of Church? It seems to be a growing belief among folks in our country. It really has its beginnings with a doctrine that came out of the Reformation: “The Invisible Body of Believers.” Read More

  • What We Love Matters

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    December 19, 2016

    In the final episode of The Trench, Christian explores how what we love orients our way of being in the world and how what we love is shaped by what we do. Join Christian as he says goodbye to the series by asking, "What do we truly love?" Read More

  • Our Mission Is from Christ

    Orthodox Observer

    September 1, 2016

    Christ’s message to the world spread quickly in the first century through the work and sacrifice of the Apostles. It was a message of hope to a world suffering from inequality and abuse, hard labor and sickness and the ultimate death to darkness and nothingness. Read More

  • Regarding Suicides and Cremation

    Orthodox Observer

    April 1, 2016

    Over the past several years it appears that a number of persons who have been recognized as Orthodox Christians have taken their lives, as well as some who leave in their wills that they wish to be cremated. On the basis of these two realities, it is obvious that many of our people have no understanding of the sanctity of the human body and have not been educated on the seriousness of these matters relative to the fact that they consider themselves members of the Church. Read More

  • Caring For Those Who Are Poor

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    January 11, 2016

    Join Christian this week as he discusses the responsibility that every Christian has in serving those who are poor and in need. Christian suggests that like any other of our relationships, serving those in need demands our reflection on its priority. Read More

  • Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations


    December 2, 2015

    V. Rev. Dr. Nathanael Symeonides talks about the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Ministry Updates series of videos highlights the work of the Metropolises and the Archdiocesan Ministries. Read More

  • Heaven and Hell

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    April 2, 2015

    Many people think that heaven and hell are the places God sends us to either reward or punish us. But Orthodox Christians don't believe in this "two story" model of the universe. We believe that God is "present in all places and filling all things," and that what we interpret as salvation or damnation is actually our response to, and experience of, God's unconditional love. Read More

  • Creation and Fall

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    March 26, 2015

    Jesus Christ is our savior, but what does He save us from? To answer that, we need to take a closer look at Creation and the Fall. God made us neither mortal nor immortal, but with freedom: we could choose to either move closer to God, the source of life, or away from Him, and find death. When Adam and Eve sinned they separated themselves from God and each other, creating the wounded, sick humanity that they passed down to us. Read More

  • Who is Jesus Christ?

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    March 12, 2015

    Who is Jesus Christ? He's the God-man, the eternal Son of God who, in the fullness of time, took on flesh and became fully human--while remaining fully God. This is so important because of what it means for our salvation. If we understand who Christ really is, we can understand who we really are. Read More

  • The Holy Trinity

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    February 19, 2015

    How can God be both 3 and 1? Christians are monotheists, we believe in one God, but many people don't understand how the Holy Trinity fits in with that. The Holy Trinity is One God, three divine Persons who express one divine Nature. Read More

  • Belief in God

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    February 12, 2015

    How can we even begin to talk about belief in God? We need to start by making something clear: we're not talking about belief in something; we're talking about belief in someone. That changes the way we see the question. It means God isn't something we think about. It means He's someone we're invited to encounter. Read More

  • Pastoral Reflections and Sermons (Audio)


    December 11, 2014

    Pastoral Reflections from Father Andrew Demotses, a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Read More

  • Homily by Archbishop Demetrios of America

    Archbishop Demetrios

    July 7, 2014

    Homily given by Archbishop Demetrios of America during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The service was held in the historic Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George of Philadelphia with hundreds of faithful in attendance. Read More

  • Changing Times, Changing Dates

    Orthodox Observer

    January 25, 2014

    As we open to the first page of the 2014 calendar, it is appropriate to reflect on the calendar itself. Calendars have changed throughout history, differing with each culture and epoch. In ancient Greece, calendars, the time of new year, and the name of the months varied with each city-state. Later, the conquests of Alexander brought another idea of time, with the year beginning around the autumnal equinox. Read More

  • The Living Breath of God and the Three Steps in Fashioning Humanity


    August 17, 2013

    The first two chapters of the Book of Genesis present the making of humanity as an act in three steps or phases. The text is silent with respect to the time elapsed between these steps or if there was such a time between them. With any fragment or link of creation there was only one act or word of God. For instance, the Creator says in the first day, "Let it be light. And there was light" (Gen 1:3). Or in the second day, the same Creator utters the powerful word, "Let be a vault. And God made the vault" (Gen 1:6-7). Just one word or one-step act for each link of creation. Contrary to this pattern, in the case of humanity, God uses a different way, a creative act in three phases or steps. Read More

  • The Extraordinary Historical Significance of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's Presence at Pope Francis' Installation as Bishop of Rome

    Church History

    March 19, 2013

    Amid the crush of news reports in the past month that followed Pope Benedict's unprecedented resignation from the papacy, one of the most intriguing was the decision by His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to attend Pope Francis' installation as Bishop of Rome. The occasion is being presented in the media as something that has not happened since the ecclesiastical schism that separated Christian East and Christian West in the eleventh century. But that characterization is almost certainly wrong--this is quite likely the first time in history that a Bishop of Constantinople will attend the installation of a Bishop of Rome. And this is a profoundly bold step in ecumenical relations between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholics, one that could have lasting significance. Read More

  • The Human Condition

    Exploring Orthodoxy / New to the Faith

    February 11, 2013

    Humanity, in Orthodox tradition, depends for its existence upon God’s gracious love. The fullness of being human can only be experienced in a communion of love with God and the “others” who mediate God's gracious presence in the world. The flourishing of human life as communion presupposes freedom. Freedom is a gift of God to humanity that defines and shapes human beings as being in God's image. Read More