The Pascha Basket

The Pascha Basket

When I was a child, growing up in a secular home in Toronto, Ontario, I loved my Easter basket. It held that plastic fake grass in the pastel colours, and while my parents never indulged in the “Easter egg hunt” that’s such a solid tradition in the rest of the...

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Happy Is He Who Trusts in the Lord

Happy Is He Who Trusts in the Lord

  Listen to the Daily Reading for April 14, 2016. Isaiah 42:5-16. Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in...

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National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Convenes in July

National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Convenes in July

This summer, the Philoptochos chapters across the US are returning to Nashville, Tennessee for the 2016 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention from July 3-8 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in conjunction with the 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress.  Philoptochos’ achievements over the past year are a staggering total of $1.74 million in disbursements in addition to philanthropic...

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The Example of St. Mary of Egypt

The Example of St. Mary of Egypt

  True Life- Greek is a weekly program that strives to enlighten our daily lives with the light of Scripture and wisdom of the Church fathers. This week: The desert that becomes Paradise One of the important lessons we should learn from Mary of Egypt is that being away from...

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Rival Christian Communities Agree to Save the Dilapidated Aedicule

Rival Christian Communities Agree to Save the Dilapidated Aedicule

JERUSALEM — It was a typical day at the shrine around what many believe is the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem’s Old City. A Greek Orthodox choir sang inside a room facing the baroque structure. But the voices were drowned out when chanting Armenian priests and monks circling the shrine...

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The Silent Crisis of Childhood Hunger in America

The Silent Crisis of Childhood Hunger in America

Since 2007, family homelessness in the United States has skyrocketed by 20%. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, lack of affordable housing is the most pressing concern for every city and county in America. A family earning the poverty threshold of $24,000 annually cannot afford even a one-bedroom apartment...

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Nature and City in the Greek East

Nature and City in the Greek East

The beauty of the city is not as heretofore scattered over it in patches, but covers the whole area like a robe woven to the fringe. The city gleams with gold and porphyry. Were Constantine to see the city he founded, he would find it fair, not with apparent but...

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Lest We Forget: Keeping Traditions

Lest We Forget: Keeping Traditions

To hear Mother Victoria of the St. Barbara’s Monastery tell it, growing up in the Ukranian Orthodox Church was a rich and memorable experience at special times of year. On Christmas Eve, for instance, she remembers looking for the first star in the sky, which would signal the start of...

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The Children’s Word: When God says “no”

The Children’s Word: When God says “no”

You’ve asked your parents for things, haven’t you? A snack, some water, some new shoes, permission to go to a friend’s house. You ask for things all the time. They probably say, “yes,” most of the time. But let’s say you ask them if you can eat the whole bag...

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Even Christ Had Help Carrying His Cross

Even Christ Had Help Carrying His Cross

As they went out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry His cross.  Matthew 27:32  (From the Sixth Gospel of Holy Thursday Evening) Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent   Good morning Prayer Team! Many years ago, as we prepared to...

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