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  • Greek Orthodox inexplicably give highest ‘humanitarian’ award to pro-abort Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    10/29/2016 10:28:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 25, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    NEW YORK CITY, October 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's representatives, known as "Archons," bestowed the church's highest lay honor on one of the country's most notorious promoters of abortion, same-sex "marriage," and transgender bathrooms in schools. Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate led by Archbishop Demetrios presented the Athenagoras Human Rights Award to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on October 15 at the New York Hilton. Once again, those who lead the Greek Orthodox Church have proved with a “humanitarian” award that in their overriding quest to be approved by Caesar they couldn't care less about the most vulnerable...

    08/12/2016 10:36:34 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    / ^ | August 10, 2016 | maryakub
    La ville d’Alep est deux fois encerclée : l’armée syrienne encercle 300 000 personnes ŕ l’est et les rebelles encerclent 2 millions de personnes ŕ l’ouest. Pour ouvrir un passage et briser le sičge, les rebelles ont attaqué la banlieue 1070 ŕ l’ouest d’Alep. Cette banlieue était composée de dizaines de grands immeubles inachevés. Les agences des Nations Unies et les ONG internationales avaient dépensé des millions pour réhabiliter ces immeubles et y loger des milliers de familles déplacées de la partie est et des campagnes du nord et de l’ouest. video on link..also in French.
  • Georgian Church Decides not to Participate in Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/10/2016 6:31:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/10/16
    Tbilisi, June 10, Interfax - The Georgian Orthodox Church will not participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete which is slated for June 16-27. "This decision was adopted during today's session of the Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church in which the Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia participated," the report of the Georgian Patriarchate said. Ilia II said in February that the Holy Synod rejected the document 'The relation of the Orthodox Church towards the rest of the Christian world' which was prepared for discussion at the Pan-Orthodox Council. The Synod also opposed a number of other documents...
  • Documents on the Upcoming Great and Holy Council

    06/10/2016 11:54:25 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
  • Church of Cyprus criticizes opponents of planned Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/10/2016 11:24:01 AM PDT · by NRx
    Interfax ^ | 06-10-2016 | Staff
    Nicosia, June 10, Interfax - The Orthodox Church of Cyprus opposed the idea to postpone the convocation of the Pan-Orthodox Council, which has been prepared for over half a century and has been slated to take place on Crete in late June, the message of the Archbishop Chrysostom of Cyprus said. "We invite all of the local Orthodox Churches to participate in the work of the Holy and Great Council with a spirit of love, humility, and common mind, so that our witness to the world may be fruitful and effective," the message said. The document said that earlier the...
  • Serbian Orthodox Church Refuses to Participate in Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/09/2016 4:44:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/9/16
    Belgrade, June 9, Interfax - The Serbian Orthodox Church joined a number of local Churches which do not consider participation in the Pan-Orthodox Council slated for late June on Crete possible. "Our Church sees obstacles to participation in the Holy and Great Council and proposes to postpone it for the time being," the letter of the Serbian Orthodox Church Synod to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who is responsible for coordination of the preparations of the Council, said. Before holding this historical event it is necessary to resolve the differences between the local Churches, reach a consensus and revise...
  • Leading cleric says Orthodox Church’s ‘Vatican II’ is a go

    06/08/2016 12:42:39 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    Crux ^ | 06-07-2016 | John L. Allen Jr.
    "Unity is an objective, not a given," says the Rev. John Chryssavgis, an archdeacon and theological adviser to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. "It may be there spiritually and liturgically and sacramentally, but to make it visible is hard, painful, slow work, and it takes time." In a sense, the “Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church”, conceived as a gathering of all the heads of the 14 independent Orthodox churches around the world in Crete June 16-27, has been at least a millennium in the making. More proximately, planning has been underway since 1961, meaning more than a half-century....
  • Coordinated attack feared after massive cathedral blaze

    05/03/2016 7:26:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 2, 2016 | Isabel Vincent and Chris Perez
    The historic Manhattan cathedral that was gutted in a massive fire was one of four Christian Orthodox churches to go up in flames on Orthodox Easter Sunday — sparking fears of a coordinated attack on the religion. While FDNY officials said the blaze at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava on West 25th Street does not appear suspicious, members of the Orthodox community have doubts. They are worried that the blaze — along with church fires in Australia and Russia — were set in retaliation for the religion’s role in blocking the canonization of Croatian Nazi supporter Cardinal Aloysius...
  • An Explanation of the Traditional Orthodox Three Bar (eight-pointed) Cross

    04/03/2016 12:08:38 PM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    AORORR ^ | Archive of Russian Old Ritualist Resources
    The symbolism of the "complete" Cross (much of which is contained in the Old Rite Russian prosphora seal and on metal and wood icons) is quite complex. Since the OId Rite tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church is much richer than the New Rite Church in its use of symbolism to teach the faithful, this article should be of benefit to those unfamiliar with this tradition.Through the Cross came our Salvation. We are constantly reminded that Christ died for us when we see the Image of the Cross (depicting the crucified Lord), and we are reminded that He rose from...
  • “This is war against the Church” - Greek hierarchs on decision cremation in Greece

    01/21/2016 1:22:40 PM PST · by NRx · 26 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-21-2016
    Athens, January 21, 2016 Hierarchs of the Church of Greece have commented on the decision of local authorities to open a crematorium in the city of Patras, reports AgionOros. Bishop Chrysanthos stressed that "the war against the Church is now being waged openly. Cremation and other manifestations of the new morality (for example, "free cohabitation", civil partnerships and so on) have nothing to do with the Orthodox tradition of Greece". *** Metropolitan Justin of Kalamaria, commenting on the decision to open the crematorium, said: "Many claim that the Church should care for people's souls only and leave the body alone....
  • First Greek Orthodox Epiphany Celebration in Izmir [Turkey] Since 1922

    01/06/2016 6:21:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Greek Europe Reporter ^ | 1/5/16 | Ioanna Zikakou
    For the first time since the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922, a Greek Orthodox Epiphany celebration is set to take place in Izmir on January 6, 2016. The Greek Orthodox community has received permission from the Turkish authorities to perform the Diving for the Holy Cross ceremony on the local pier. "For the first year we will be performing the Blessing of the Waters at the port of Izmir. Officially, this is the first year. We had also done it around 10 years ago, but not officially. This time we have received a license from the Turkish government, the Ministry...
  • A Church Near Ground Zero Reimagined: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

    10/20/2015 11:25:13 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 7 replies ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 8:54 p.m. ET | Ralph Gardner Jr.
    A Church Near Ground Zero Reimagined St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Designed by Santiago Calatrava By Ralph Gardner Jr. Oct. 15, 2014 8:54 p.m. ET It took two hours of talking with architect Santiago Calatrava—we touched on rock climbing, the Swiss cheese dish raclette, Rembrandt’s self-portraits and New York City’s tradition of great civic architecture—before I realized how appropriate the placement is of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which will overlook the 9/11 Memorial. And not just because it’s the rebirth of the church, a fixture in the neighborhood since the 19th century until it was destroyed by the collapse...
  • Outrage at Orthodox feting of VP Biden

    09/16/2015 11:01:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    Byzantine Texas ^ | 09-16-2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    Constantinople, September 16, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – A firestorm of controversy has erupted in the Orthodox Church over its Ecumenical Patriarch planning to honor vice president and possible presidential candidate Joe Biden. Vice President Biden is scheduled to receive the highest award bestowed by the Greek Orthodox Church, the Athenagoras Human Rights Award. The award will be presented at the organization's annual banquet Saturday, October 17, at the New York City Hilton Hotel. We should remember that Abp. Demetrios famously compared President Obama to Alexander the Great in 2009. The award is a kind of "thanks" to Biden for two publicized...
  • A whole island pretending to be blind...: New book reveals how Greeks cheated THEMSELVES into ruin

    07/03/2015 8:10:40 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 171 replies ^ | 3 July 2015 | Flora Drury For Mailonline
    Greece in teetering on the brink of ruin - and it is hard not to feel sympathy for the pensioners crying in the street and the mothers facing empty supermarket shelves. Yet those reading a new book may find themselves feeling a little less compassionate towards the Greeks. It reveals an eye-popping catalogue of benefits scams and tax avoidance schemes that have robbed the public purse. James Angelos' The Full Catastrophe: Travels among the New Greek Ruins lays bare the corruption which filtered through all levels of society - from the islanders who pretended to be blind, to the families...
  • Turkey’s quiet Christian genocide

    06/04/2015 2:09:36 AM PDT · by iowamark · 2 replies
    RedState ^ | 6/3/2015 | Streiff
    Nearly everyone but the Obama administration has heard of the genocide of TurkeyÂ’s Armenian minority in which as many as 1.5 million Armenians were deliberately murdered by the Turkish government. While the Armenians were targeted for their ethnicity, what is widely overlooked is the fact that the Armenians were Orthodox Christians who inconveniently enjoyed conspicuous success in an Islamic nation. Now that the Turks have essentially finished off the Armenians, they have been hard at work eliminating the remaining Christians. On the eve of World War I, over 20% of Turkey was Christian. Now it is less than 2%. This...
  • Fire destroys Danbury church [St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church]

    06/29/2013 7:28:00 PM PDT · by iowamark · 36 replies
    Danbury CT News Times ^ | June 29, 2013 | Robert Miller
    DANBURY, CT - St. Nicholas Church, founded in the city 90 years ago, was decimated by fire Saturday afternoon. "My guess is the church is totaled," said Fire Chief Geoff Herald as fire crews from out the area shot cascades of water over its collapsed roof and into the gold-dome church on Pembroke Road. The Rev. John Cigan, the church's pastor, who had held services in the church Saturday morning, sobbed as he watched firefighters battle the blaze and was too overcome with emotion to speak about the loss. "It's awful," said church member Donna Stelzel, as steam and gray...
  • In the name of the Name: Monks who were suppressed by the Tsar’s navy

    12/24/2012 9:04:31 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    The Economist ^ | December 22, 2012 | Unattributed
    A century ago next year, one of the most extraordinary events in the modern history of Christianity took place there. In the summer of 1913 the Aegean was penetrated not by pleasure-craft, but by the navy of the Russian tsar. A gunboat and later two transporters, complete with a party of marines, sailed up to a giant monastic house. A Russian archbishop tried negotiating with a bitterly divided community. When that failed, the troops opened up with a water-cannon, directed at the cells of monks on the losing side in a theological argument. For six years the Russian monks of...
  • Greek Orthodox Priest Abducted in Syria is Found Dead

    10/26/2012 9:06:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/25/12 | Patrick J. McDonnell
    BEIRUT -- A Greek Orthodox priest has been found slain after being kidnapped near the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Syrian government and the Vatican news service reported Thursday. The body of the Rev. Fadi Jamil Haddad, pastor of St. Elias Church in Qatana, outside Damascus, was discovered in the Jaramana district of the capital, reported Agenzia Fides, the Vatican news service. The site was not far from the area where he was kidnapped by an “unidentified armed group" last Friday, the agency said. The Vatican agency quoted a colleague saying the priest had been “horribly tortured.” The official Syrian...
  • Greek Orthodox priest abducted in Syria is found dead

    10/26/2012 7:14:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 25, 2012
    BEIRUT -- A Greek Orthodox priest has been found slain after being kidnapped near the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Syrian government and the Vatican news service reported Thursday.The body of the Rev. Fadi Jamil Haddad, pastor of St. Elias Church in Qatana, outside Damascus, was discovered  in the Jaramana district  of the capital, reported Agenzia Fides, the Vatican news service. The site was not far from the area where he was kidnapped by an “unidentified armed group" last Friday, the agency said.The Vatican agency quoted a colleague saying the priest had been “horribly tortured.” The official Syrian news service...
  • 6 Things to Know About the “Miracle of the Holy Fire”

    01/25/2012 9:34:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Listers, the following is a brief examination of the controversial “Miracle of the Holy Fire.” The Greek Orthodox Patriarch enters the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Holy Saturday - according to the Orthodox calendar. He proceeds into the Tomb of Christ and begins to pray. A fire is then miraculously enkindled by the Holy Spirit – supposedly the power of the resurrection – and is shared rapidly throughout the Church and all those who are waiting outside. To be clear, it is said that Pope Gregory the IX declared “Holy Fire” a fraud in AD 1238, but...
  • Houston's Menil is returning holy artworks to Cyprus

    09/24/2011 5:06:44 AM PDT · by urtax$@work · 3 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | Saturday, September 24, 2011 | By DOUGLAS BRITT
    For more than two decades, Houston has been home to a large pair of restored 13th-century Byzantine frescoes that Menil Collection founder Dominique de Menil purchased from art thieves in 1984. Now the Menil is working to return them to their rightful owner, the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus. While that seemingly recalls recent decisions by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and others to return priceless artworks that improperly left their countries of origin, there's a difference: Neither de Menil nor the museum she founded ever claimed to own the frescoes.... READ ENTIRE ARTICLE AT SOURCE LINK
  • Church Sues Over World Trade Center Rebuilding Project [Orthodox]

    02/15/2011 7:44:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/14/11
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Greek Orthodox church damaged in the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York on Monday said it had sued local authorities on grounds they seized its land and prevented it from rebuilding. Should the church of St. Nicholas prevail in court it could send authorities back to the drawing board in a World Trade Center rebuilding project already years behind schedule due to clashes over design, security and control. The law suit centers on land the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is using for a vast underground parking garage that is part...
  • Decision Not to Rebuild Church Destroyed on 9/11 Surprises Greek Orthodox Leaders

    08/18/2010 8:59:38 AM PDT · by americanophile · 112 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 18, 2010 | David Lee Miller and Kathleen Foster and's Judson Berger
    Greek Orthodox leaders trying to rebuild the only church destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks expressed shock this week after learning, via Fox News, that government officials had killed a deal to relocate the church. The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, once a tiny, four-story building in the shadows of lower Manhattan, was destroyed in 2001 by one of the falling World Trade Center towers. Nobody from the church was hurt in the attack, but the congregation has, for the past eight years, been trying to rebuild its house of worship. Though talks between the church and the Port...
  • Rita Wilson (Tom Hank's wife): Why I Love My Greek Orthodox Faith

    08/20/2009 8:31:04 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 60 replies · 3,738+ views ^ | Friday August 7, 2009
    Rita Wilson: Why I Love My Greek Orthodox Faith Friday August 7, 2009 In a video interview with Sally Quinn, producer of "On Faith" at The Washington Post, actress and producer Rita Wilson (one half of a Hollywood celebrity super couple with Tom Hanks) shares why she loves the Greek Orthodox faith ("I love my church. I find the Greek Orthodox Church a sort of a wonderfully moderate, accepting faith."), her brief period as a reborn Christian during her teenage years, and what gives her life the most meaning. Some highlights from the interview include: When you were growing up,...
  • Court annuls Greece's first same-sex marriages

    05/08/2009 5:18:02 AM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies · 560+ views ^ | 5/8/2009 | n/a
    A Greek court annulled Greece's only two same-sex marriages, officials said Tuesday, following a furious backlash against the ceremonies from the government and religious leaders. The two couples - one male, one female - exploited a loophole in a 26-year-old law that did not specify gender in civil weddings, and were married in June last year by the mayor of the small Aegean Sea island of Tilos. The ceremonies drew the wrath of the powerful Orthodox Church of Greece, with one conservative bishop denouncing them as weddings of "humanoid couples." The government immediately declared the marriages illegal and invalid and...
  • Greek Church leader wants vote if separation from state mooted [Orthodox Church & Greek govt.]

    11/09/2008 11:05:44 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies · 199+ views
    FOCUS Information Agency ^ | 9 November 2008 | FOCUS News Agency
    Athens. The head of the Greek Orthodox Church said Sunday that any move for a separation of Church and State should be subject to a popular referendum, AFP informed. "In the event of such a separation, who should decide: we or the people?" Archbishop Ieronymos said in a regional television interview. "The people will be informed and will make their view known in a referendum, it's simple: and then we shall all be obliged to follow their decision." Earlier in the week the archbishop had made it clear that any initiative for a separation would never come from the Church....
  • The Akathist Hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos

    02/17/2008 4:37:32 PM PST · by Kolokotronis · 30 replies · 609+ views
    "Rejoice, unfading rose. Rejoice, the only one who budded forth the unfading apple. Rejoice, birth-giver of the aromatic balm of the King of all. Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded, the world's salvation." The Akathist Hymn is a profound, devotional poem, which sings the praises of the Holy Mother and Ever-Virgin Mary. It is one of the most beloved services in the Orthodox Church. It was composed in the imperial city of Constantinople, "the city of the Virgin," by St. Romanos the Melodist, who reposed in the year 556. The Akathist Hymn has proven so popular in the liturgical life of...
  • Greek Church Elects New Leader

    02/07/2008 6:07:54 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 86+ views
    AP ^ | February 7, 2008
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Senior clergy elected Metropolitan Bishop Ieronymos of Thebes as the new leader of Greece's powerful Orthodox Church on Thursday to succeed the late Archbishop Christodoulos, the church announced.Church bells rang out and the lights outside Athens Cathedral, where 74 bishops had gathered for the vote, came on to announce the election of a successor to the popular Christodoulos, who died of cancer last month.Ieronymos, 70, won 45 votes after two rounds in an election that began Thursday morning. Four bishops of the 78-member Holy Synod, the church's governing body, were absent, the church said in announcing...
  • Greek Archbishop Christodoulos dies

    01/28/2008 7:53:40 AM PST · by NYer · 56 replies · 534+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 28, 2008 | George Hatzidakis
    The head of Greece's powerful Orthodox Church, Archbishop Christodoulos, died of cancer on Monday at the age of 69.A staunch defender of the role of the church in Greece, he died at his home in Athens, only months after plans for a liver transplant in the United States were cancelled."He was an enlightened church leader whose work brought the church closer to society, closer to modern problems and to young people," Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said in a statement.Condolences poured in and crowds of black-clad mourners gathered at his Athens home, where he died, as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral...
  • Head of Greece's Orthodox Church Dies

    01/28/2008 7:27:35 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 9 replies · 56+ views
    AP on AOLNews ^ | January 28, 2008 | DEREK GATOPOULOS
    ATHENS, Greece (Jan. 28) -- The leader of Greece's powerful Orthodox Church, Archbishop Christodoulos, who eased centuries of tension with the Vatican but was viewed as reactionary by his liberal critics, died Monday. He was 69. Christodoulos, who headed the church for a decade, was first hospitalized in Athens in June before being diagnosed with cancer of the liver and large intestine. He spent 10 weeks in a hospital in Miami but an October liver transplant operation was canceled when doctors discovered the cancer had spread. He refused hospital treatment in the final weeks of his life. He died at...
  • Burglar breaks into car, steals Greek Orthodox bishop's bejeweled crown

    01/27/2008 6:18:04 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 36 replies · 1,077+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | January 27, 2008
    A burglar who broke into a Greek Orthodox bishop's car made off with quite a haul, but fencing one of the stolen items could prove difficult. Among the items stolen from Bishop Metropolitan Isaiah's car was a jeweled crown of gold and silver, which Isaiah estimated to be worth between $6,000 and $10,000. Isaiah, who is based in Denver and is bishop for the Northwest region of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, said he was dining with others at a restaurant when the break-in occurred. He said the car was parked in a well-lit spot. "We came out at...
  • Transfer of holy relics will be first for region

    09/08/2007 7:45:49 PM PDT · by annalex · 32 replies · 529+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 7, 2007 | Jennifer Garza
    Holy relics of saints Joachim and Anna will be given to St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church in a ceremony Saturday in Sacramento, CA. Relics in the possession of the Roman Catholic Church for more than 1,100 years will be officially handed over to a Roseville Greek Orthodox Church this weekend.
  • Monks fight it out for the Church's soul (Monks go Islamic on each other)

    12/21/2006 5:59:12 PM PST · by Paddlefish · 14 replies · 668+ views
    TheTimesOnline ^ | 12//06/06
    Seven monks were injured yesterday as rival groups armed with crowbars, sledgehammers and fire extinguishers fought for control of a rebel monastery on Mount Athos, the self-governing peninsula in northern Greece where women are forbidden from entering. Police said the battle at Esphigmenou monastery erupted when a group of monks loyal to Patriarch Bartholomew I tried to establish a new library on the premises. They were confronted by the resident rejectionist monks, who refuse to recognise Bartholomew’s authority as the spiritual head of 250 million Orthodox believers around the world. The rebels vehemently oppose efforts to improve ties between the...
  • This visit is important (Greek Orthodox priests and seminarians to visit Vatican)

    02/23/2006 1:54:02 PM PST · by NYer · 39 replies · 604+ views
    Catholic Outsider ^ | September 23, 2006 | Alejandro Bermudez
    Today, the Vatican press office has announced that a group of priests and seminarians from the Theological College of “Apostoliki Diakonia” of the Orthodox Church of Greece are due to visit the Vatican starting tomorrow.Why is this visit important? Because the major obstacle to achieve unity with the Orthodox is the incredible anti-Catholic animosity transmitted from generation to generation among Orthodox priests.It is true that Greek Orthodoxs do not hold the kind of animosity seen among Russian Orthodox, but it is still a significant issue.The group includes 31 mostly young priests and seminarians from the faculty of theology and other...
  • Collection Plates for Communism--The National Council of Churches

    02/22/2005 4:42:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies · 1,700+ views
    Frontpagemagazine/discoverthenetwork ^ | 2-22-05 |
    The National Council of Churches has a long history of supporting Communist causes -- and condemning the United States and Israel. NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES 475 Riverside DriveSuite 880New York, NY 10115 Phone :212-870-2227 URL :     Largest coalition of leftwing religious denominations in the United States Has long record of financial support for Communist regimesRemains faithful ally of Communist Cuba  Reserves criticism on moral issues for Israel and the United States Makes common cause with environmentalist radicals Masks leftist politics in faith-based declarations  Earlier this month, the National Council of Churches condemned Israel – a nation plagued in...
  • Tarpon Springs Celebrates Epiphany

    01/05/2006 8:21:25 PM PST · by DocRock · 10 replies · 902+ views News ^ | Jan 6, 2006 | DAVID SOMMER
    TARPON SPRINGS - Dress warm, get there early and be prepared for a massive crowd. That's the advice offered by organizers of the 100th annual Epiphany Day celebration, which promises to draw the biggest crowd ever. His All Holiness Bartholomew, the ecumenical patriarch of all Eastern Orthodox churches, will officiate at prayer services that begin at 7:30 a.m. today inside St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The patriarch will throw the cross into Spring Bayou at what for many is the highlight of Epiphany Day activities when more than 50 teenage boys dive into the 70-degree springwater to retrieve the holy...
  • Orthodox Feast of +Katherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria November 25

    11/25/2005 5:20:06 AM PST · by Kolokotronis · 3 replies · 147+ views
    Apolytikion: Plagal of the First Tone Let us praise the most auspicious bride of Christ, the divine Katherine, protectress of Sinai, our aid and our help. For, she brilliantly silenced the eloquence of the impious by the sword of the spirit, and now, crowned as a martyr, she asks great mercy for all. Kontakion: Second Tone O friends of martyrs, now divinely raise up a renewed chorus, praising the all-wise Katherine. For, she proclaimed Christ in the arena, trampled on the serpent, and spat upon the knowledge of the orators. Synaxarion: Saint Catherine, who was from Alexandria, was the daughter...
  • The Orthodox Christian Church in North America at a Crossroad

    11/19/2005 12:37:40 AM PST · by Queen Beruthiel · 208 replies · 1,212+ views
    Greek News ^ | Sept. 5, 2005 | George Matsoukas
    July, 2005 was a turning point for the Orthodox Christian Church in North America. It was the time when two independent self governing Orthodox Christian Church bodies in North America, the Autocephalous Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christain Archdiocese of North America, met with the clergy and lay leaders of the parishes throughout the Americas. In a conciliar manner, hierarchy, clergy and laity reasoned together to make decisions for the good order of their respective bodies, so they could move forward to face the challenges of the 21st century. The OCA meeting took place in...
  • Analysis: Replacing disgraced patriarch of Jerusalem a tough choice

    07/28/2005 2:43:22 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 10 replies · 341+ views
    Analysis: Replacing disgraced patriarch of Jerusalem a tough choice Roland Flamini United Press International July 28, 2005 WASHINGTON -- By the time the synod of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem convenes on August 15 to elect a new patriarch of the Holy City, they hope to have evicted the current one from the residence where he has dug himself in, protected by Israeli police. Patriarch Irineos I was voted out of office by his peers in the Episcopal Synod in May when it emerged that he had, without proper consultation, leased church property in East Jerusalem to Jewish developers....
  • Palestinian Leader Issues Decree to Oust Greek Orthodox Patriarch

    07/13/2005 12:35:15 PM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 13 replies · 312+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-07-13-05 1510EDT
    Palestinian Leader Issues Decree to Oust Greek Orthodox PatriarchBy Kristen Stevens Associated Press Writer Published: Jul 13, 2005 JERUSALEM (AP) - Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree Wednesday to dismiss the embattled Greek Orthodox patriarch, who has been embroiled in a battle over Jerusalem land deals with Israelis that have angered Palestinians. The Palestinian decree further weakens the position of the patriarch, Irineos I, who has been resisting efforts by church officials to oust him. The patriarch's appointment must be backed by three entities - Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. Jordan ordered his dismissal several weeks ago, but...
  • Monks use hi-tech camera to read ancient texts

    06/19/2005 9:37:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 1,341+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 19, 2005 | Tom Perry
    MOUNT SINAI, Egypt (Reuters) - The world's oldest monastery plans to use hi-tech cameras to shed new light on ancient Christian texts preserved for centuries within its fortress walls in the Sinai Desert. Saint Catherine's Monastery hopes the technology will allow a fuller understanding of some of the world's earliest Christian texts, including pages from the Codex Sinaiticus -- the oldest surviving bible in the world. The technique, known as hyperspectral imaging, will use a camera to photograph the parchments at different wavelengths of light, highlighting faded texts obscured by time and later overwritings. It should allow scholars to understand...
  • The Icons of St. Catherine's Monastery (with extensive historical information)

    06/19/2005 12:18:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 2,112+ views
    The Monastery of St. Catherine in Egypt's Sinai is a wonderful place to visit, interesting in every respect, but it is not famous throughout the world simply for its facilities nestled up against the foot of Mount Sinai. The monastery has one of the largest collections of ancient illuminated manuscripts in the world, as well as one of the most important collections of icons. Here, we will examine the icons, which number over 2,000, large and small, some unique masterpieces while others are simple works of art. They are spread throughout the complex, with some in the Katholikon, the...
  • Synod notifies Jordan of patriarch's dismissal

    05/08/2005 6:21:47 PM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies · 199+ views
    Jordan has received a document demanding the dismissal of Greek Orthodox Patriarch Irineos I over his alleged role in a controversial Jerusalem property deal, a church official and lawmaker both said Sunday. The document, signed by 13 of the 17-member Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, was sent to Jordan's Interior Minister. Jordan, Jerusalem's Christian and Muslim holy site custodian, has said it would accept the dismissal if two-thirds of the synod's members backed the decision. It was unclear when it would make its decision. Irineos has been quoted as saying he is determined to fight the dismissal....
  • Orthodox Holy Saturday, April 30

    04/30/2005 5:01:26 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 2 replies · 85+ views
    Apolytikion: Second Tone Lowering Your pure body from the Cross, Joseph wrapped it in clean muslin with fragrant spices and laid it in a new tomb. Kontakion: Second Tone He Who enclosed the deeps is now seen dead; and the immortal One is laid in a tomb enclosed in a shroud with myrrh. Women, too, come to anoint Him, weeping bitterly and lamenting: "This Sabbath is blessed above all others, for Christ, having fallen asleep, will rise on the third day." Synaxarion: On Saturday, the high priests and Pharisees gathered together before Pilate and asked him to have Jesus' tomb...
  • Greek Patriarch Mobbed by Protestors in Jerusalem

    04/29/2005 4:45:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 686+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | April 26, 2005
    Angry Arab protestors mobbed the Greek Orthodox patriarch during a religious procession in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday, enraged over a scandal involving the alleged sale of politically sensitive land to Jewish investors. As hundreds of Christian pilgrims waving palm branches flocked to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to celebrate Orthodox Palm Sunday, scores of Arab Christians joined the crowds, booing and shouting "Shame on you" as Patriarch Irineos I left the basilica following a three-hour service. Shouting angrily in Arabic and Greek, they waved posters bearing slogans denouncing Irineos, one of which read: "Judas, betrayest thou the Son...
  • Orthodox Great Friday, April 30

    04/28/2005 4:56:13 PM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 10 replies · 374+ views
    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese ^ | 2002 | Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas
    On Great Friday the Church remembers the ineffable mystery of Christ's death. Death -tormenting, indiscriminate, universal - casts its cruel shadow over all creation. It is the silent companion of life. It is present in everything, ready to stifle and impose limits upon all things. The fear of death causes anguish and despair. It shackles us to the appearances of life and makes rebellion and sin erupt in us (Heb 2.14-15). The Scriptures assure us that "God did not make death, and He does not delight in the death of the living, for He created all things that they might...
  • Greek Orthodox Church Head Iakovos Dies

    04/11/2005 6:54:07 AM PDT · by Borges · 47 replies · 968+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 04/11/05
    Archbishop Iakovos, who led the Greek Orthodox Church in the Americas for 37 years, reaching out to other religious groups as a champion of ecumenism, has died. He was 93. Iakovos died Sunday at Stamford Hospital from a pulmonary ailment, according to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Turkish-born Iakovos _ pronounced YAWK-oh-vose _ headed the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, with an estimated 2 million followers, from 1959 until 1996. He was apparently forced out over his support for the idea of uniting the various Eastern Orthodox branches in a single American church. He met...
  • In Antioch Catholics and Orthodox celebrate Easter together

    03/30/2005 5:32:43 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies · 475+ views
    Asia News ^ | March 29, 2005
    Antakya (AsiaNews) – The 75 Catholics of Antakya, the glorious Antioch-on-the-Orontes where the followers of Jesus were called Christians for the first time, did not celebrate Easter on March 27 as did their fellow Catholics around the world. Instead, they shall share in the celebrations with the larger Greek Orthodox community on May 1.  Since 1988 Christians in this southern city of modern Turkey have in fact been celebrating Easter together according to the ancient Julian calendar. This was the brainchild of Father Domenico Bertogli, an Italian capuchin and parish priest in Antioch for 17 years who successfully lobbied...
  • Greek Orthodox Church Investigating Reported Sale of Land to Jews

    03/20/2005 6:59:44 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 4 replies · 424+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2005 | Lara Sukhtian
    JERUSALEM (AP) - The Greek Orthodox Church is investigating the reported sale of sensitive Jerusalem property to Jewish organizations, a church official said Sunday, as Palestinian Christians staged a protest. The reported sale has sparked an uproar among Palestinian followers of the church, who accuse the Greek leadership of betraying the Palestinian cause. Dozens of faithful held a demonstration Sunday, calling Patriarch Eireneos a "collaborator" and demanding his resignation. Palestinian church leaders have also demanded that he step down. The controversy erupted after the Israeli daily Maariv reported Friday that the church had sold properties in the predominantly Arab sector...
  • NYT: A Sad New Carol: Go Ye From Bethlehem

    12/23/2004 7:28:42 AM PST · by OESY · 5 replies · 489+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2004 | GREG MYRE
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Dec. 20 - In the town where Christians believe Christ was born, the Christians are leaving. Four years of violence, an economic free fall and the Israeli separation barrier have all contributed to the hardships facing Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem, one of the largest concentrations of Christians in the region. An estimated 3,000 Christians in the Bethlehem area have moved abroad since the Palestinian uprising began in 2000, according to Bernard Sabella, an associate professor of sociology at Bethlehem University who has tracked the issue. While some others put the number a bit lower, there is a...