We ask your prayers for peace and healing in the Middle East

We ask your prayers for peace and healing in the Middle East

Almighty God and Creator, You are the Father of all people on the earth. Guide, I pray, all the nations and their leaders in the ways of justice and peace. Protect us from the evils of injustice, prejudice, exploitation, conflict and war. Help us to put away mistrust, bitterness and...

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The Commentator: Strangers in their own Holy Land

The Commentator: Strangers in their own Holy Land

The embattled Christian communities in Bethlehem and Nazareth, which even those with ambivalent attitudes towards Israel are deeply concerned about By Inna Lazareva For a few days this May, the little town of Bethlehem faced a publicity onslaught. Quiet alleyways and subdued streets became a bustle of activity. Seemingly every...

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IOCC: Mobilizing to Provide Urgent Relief for Families Caught in Gaza Conflict

IOCC: Mobilizing to Provide Urgent Relief for Families Caught in Gaza Conflict

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — In this past week, the most intense violence in nearly two years has claimed over 100 lives, including 23 children, injured more than 800 people, and left families with damaged and destroyed homes in the Gaza Strip. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is in Gaza, assessing...

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Joins Pope Francis at a Vatican Invocation for Peace

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Joins Pope Francis at a Vatican Invocation for Peace

From left, Israel’s President Shimon Peres, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pose for photographers at the end of an evening of peace prayers in the Vatican gardens, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Pope Francis waded head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian...

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Washington Post: Orthodox Patriarch May Join Vatican Prayer Summit

Washington Post: Orthodox Patriarch May Join Vatican Prayer Summit

During his recent visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis surprised many people by inviting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to a prayer summit at his home in the Vatican. This morning, the Washington Post reports that His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew may also attend this...

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Chiesa Online: What Remains of the Christians of the East

Chiesa Online: What Remains of the Christians of the East

Here is an article that was shared with us this morning, written by Sandro Magister of Chiesa, which highlights one of the great concerns of both Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, namely the flight of Christians from the Holy Lands and the Middle East. Mr. Magister, in a few...

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Receiving the Holy Fire Once Again

Receiving the Holy Fire Once Again

We have just celebrated the Miracle of the Holy Fire in Taybeh in a most magnificent way at the outskirts of our village at approximately 5:30 pm local time on this Great and Holy Saturday, after waiting all afternoon when this great miracle occurred once again in Jerusalem. “O Gladsome...

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Walking in the Footsteps of Christ

Walking in the Footsteps of Christ

Fr. Chris Metropulos will depart on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in early March. To learn more about the people and places he’ll visit, this week we listen to Ginny Nieuwsma interview Maria Khoury about her books and her life in Palestine walking in the footsteps of Christ.

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Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11) It is under unimaginable conditions of Apartheid that Christians in Bethlehem continue to share the Good News. Christ is Born! Glorify Him! The Orthodox Holy Nativity Liturgy is always...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 7

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 7

The Gospel of Matthew Matthew 4:12 – 17 Christ Settles in Galilee Opening thoughts and basis for discussion The time had come for Christ to go forth and begin His ministry. His first act was to literally shut the door that lay behind Him before He opened the door that stood...

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