Nativity Epistle of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops in US and Canada

Nativity Epistle of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops in US and Canada

PERMANENT CONFERENCE OF UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX HIERARCHS BEYOND THE BORDERS OF UKRAINE  Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ 2014/2015 To the Venerable Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Beyond the Borders of Ukraine and to our Brothers and Sisters of the...

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Seminary Student from Hong Kong Ordained as Deacon for Chinese Orthodox Church

Seminary Student from Hong Kong Ordained as Deacon for Chinese Orthodox Church

Although this ordination took place a month ago, it’s always a blessing to see the Orthodox Church growing, even against all difficulties. On December 5, 2014 during the Divine Liturgy in the lower church of the Transfiguration Cathedral, Metropolitan Ignaty of Khabarovsk and Amur ordained an off campus ...

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We Are Not Worthy of God’s Love

We Are Not Worthy of God’s Love

In the first sermon of St. John the Baptist, as he was preparing to baptize Jesus Christ, he commanded his followers, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” When he spoke about Jesus directly, he admitted he was not worthy even to untie Jesus’ sandals. YET….many of us...

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Happy New Me!

Happy New Me!

Happy New Me! Naturally, you might be thinking what sort of a peculiar wish this is that we make at the beginning of the New Year. We are all accustomed to exclaiming “Happy New Year!” as the clocks strike midnight on December 31st and the year rolls over to the...

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Greek Orthodox Expanding the Faith in UAE

Greek Orthodox Expanding the Faith in UAE

By Caline Malek The National ABU DHABI — Greek Orthodox Christians are building a church in Mussaffah to accommodate the hundreds of worshippers living in the capital. In addition to the 700 Abu Dhabi families registered with the church, Father Stephanos Neaimeh believed there were 300 to 400 more unregistered...

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WSJ – Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale

WSJ – Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale

The Wall Street Journal featured a page one article this weekend highlighting an alarming trend – ‘Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale’ as the number of attendees has diminished over many years. Journalist Naftali Bendavid reports “the closing of Europe’s churches reflects the rapid weakening of the (Christian) faith in...

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Turkey Gives Go-Ahead for First New Church in Century

Turkey Gives Go-Ahead for First New Church in Century

Turkey Gives Go-Ahead for First New Church in Century By Burak Akinci | AFP News  Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government has authorised the building of the first church in the country in nearly a century, officials said Saturday. The church is for the tiny Syriac community in Turkey and will be built in the Istanbul...

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Forty-Five Baptized in Pointe-Noire, Congo

Forty-Five Baptized in Pointe-Noire, Congo

Forty-Five Baptized in Pointe-Noire, Congo On the morning of 24 December 2014, His Grace Panteleimon Bishop of Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon performed the baptisms of forty-five newly enlightened Congolese of all ages, coming from the three Parish Communities in Pointe-Noire, in the outdoor baptistery in the Holy Cathedral Church of St. Dimitrios,...

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Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen

Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen

Arvo Pärt (born in Paide, Estonia in 1935) is one of the most successful composers in the world, if success be judged by record sales.  He is also a profoundly spiritual man.  His membership of the Russian Orthodox Church, since the 1970s, has been a matter of biographical fact rather than a...

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Česnica: Serbian Christmas bread

Česnica: Serbian Christmas bread

Česnica is a Serbian Christmas sweet-bread baked on Christmas Eve, which falls on January 6th in the Old Calendar. It is tall, round, and resembles a crown, celebrating the birth of Christ the King. The bread also contains a coin which bestows a blessing upon the person who finds it. ...

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