Church and Time

Church and Time

Today (1st September) is New Year’s Day for the Church (1st day of Indictos), so we publish an article of Emeritus Prof. G. Mantzarides on the role of time on christian spirituality. CHURCH AND TIME The coming of Christ brought the kingdom of God into the world, and the place...

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Embracing the Desert in Our Hearts

Embracing the Desert in Our Hearts

Famous French author, poet, and aristocrat Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once wrote in his acclaimed masterpiece The Little Prince: “What makes the desert beautiful … is that somewhere it hides a well.” As I reflected on this profound statement, I couldn’t help but think of the ascetic fathers and mothers who...

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Metropolitan of San Francisco Offers Encyclical for New Ecclesiastical Year

Metropolitan of San Francisco Offers Encyclical for New Ecclesiastical Year

Encyclical for the Feast of Indiction 2016 August 31, 2016 Dearly Beloved, Today we begin anew. With the inauguration of another ecclesiastical year, the cycle of the Church calendar begins again. Feasts and fasts will lead us through the life of our Lord and Savior, His Mother, and remember the...

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New Ecclesiastical Calendar Tool – It’s Digital, and It’s Free!

New Ecclesiastical Calendar Tool – It’s Digital, and It’s Free!

The Digital Planner for the 2015-2016 Ecclesiastical year is now available! It’s all here – feast days, saints days, Gospel readings, fasting information – and it integrates with the online calendar tools you’re already using! The Digital Planner was created by the Department of Internet Ministries of the Greek Orthodox...

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Secret Agents for Byzantium

Secret Agents for Byzantium

Party like it’s 7523. That’s Etos Kosmou, time of the cosmos, on the Byzantine New Year, Sept. 1, also the start of the ecclesiastical year for the Orthodox Church (and if you missed it on the new calendar, it is coming up soon again on the old calendar). Not coincidentally,...

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Ecumenical Patriarch Declares Day of Prayer for the Environment

Ecumenical Patriarch Declares Day of Prayer for the Environment

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year Prot. No. 907 + BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Entire Church: Grace and Peace from the Creator, Sustainer and Governor of all Creation, our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ Blessed brothers, sisters, and children...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! On September 1st, Orthodox Christians from around the world who follow the New Calendar ushered in the beginning of yet another ecclesiastical year, a day of joyful celebration and expectation that the Church calls the Indiction. The Indictio, as it is known in Latin, was a Roman...

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Orthodox Time and the Last Weeks of the Old Year

Orthodox Time and the Last Weeks of the Old Year

Time seems to move slower for many in America in early to mid-August, traditionally a time of vacation or of a “re-set” before the start of the academic year. It is also, in our region of Central Pennsylvania, often a time for fairs and festivals, such as the West End...

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New Beginnings

New Beginnings

It wasn’t long ago, just last month in fact. I was standing at my kitchen sink, a friend on a stool nearby. She was looking round the room when she said smiling, “I’m noticing a theme here – so many reminders of the four seasons in your home.” I grinned...

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Honorable Sash of the Theotokos

Honorable Sash of the Theotokos

This week on Theologically Thinking, Fr. William Chiganos speaks on the end of August and the beginning of the ecclesiastical New Year, and on one of the holy days we celebrate in this week – The Honorable Sash of the Theotokos.

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