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SYNAXIS OF THE PRIMATES OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHES

Chambésy, 21-28, 2016  COMMUNIQUÉ At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Synaxis of Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches took place at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva, from 21st to 28th January, 2016. The following Primates attended: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria Patriarch Theophilos of […]

CATHOLIC AND ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS AFFIRM SANCTITY OF LIFE, INVITE PEOPLE INTO THE EMBRACE OF CHRIST

NEW YORK— On the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Orthodox and Catholic Christians will join in prayer and public gathering to express their long-standing belief that all life is sacred. An official delegation of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States will participate in choir in the Opening […]

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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs

January 30, 2016 Feast of the Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters Day To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the […]

Why do we bless homes on Theophany with Holy Water?

Why do we bless houses (and almost anything else that we can sprinkle) with water? Many years ago, when I was yet a deacon, I was visiting with some non-Orthodox friends who were inquirers into Orthodoxy (they sadly, never followed through with their interest – or even their promise to become Orthodox) and we were […]