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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Archbishop Demetrios: Theotokos Demonstrates Relationship with God

Archbishop Demetrios: Theotokos Demonstrates Relationship with God

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 Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the...

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La Teotokos, Parte 5: La Dormición de la Teotokos

La Teotokos, Parte 5: La Dormición de la Teotokos

En este episodio de Vengan a Recibir la Luz, los presentadores Padre Aristidis Arizi y Padre David Wooten concluyen su serie sobre la Teotokos y Siempre-Virgen María con una charla sobre la Fiesta de la Dormición de la Teotokos: ¿Cuál es la historia del fallecimiento de María? ¿Qué nos cuenta...

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Divine Liturgy on the 9th Sunday of Matthew

Divine Liturgy on the 9th Sunday of Matthew

This is the celebration of Divine Liturgy on the 9th Sunday of Matthew, which is midway through the Dormition Fast. We are preparing for the Feast coming on August 15. “Neither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother...

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Dormition of the Theotokos, Part 1

Dormition of the Theotokos, Part 1

This podcast begins a 4-part series looking at one particular sermon, “An Encomium on the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady, Mary, Mother of God and Ever Virgin by our Father the Holy Modestus, Archbishop of Jerusalem.” This Orthodox podcast series will help Orthodox Christians as we progress through the...

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The Theotokos: God’s Mother, Our Mother

The Theotokos: God’s Mother, Our Mother

“Be the Bee” is a video podcast series produced by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Department of Youth and Young Adult ministries. In this episode, host Steven Christoforou discusses Mary, the Theotokos or Mother of God. It’s a great way to introduce your kids (or yourself!) to what this fasting season...

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Supplications to the Theotokos on Mt. Athos

Supplications to the Theotokos on Mt. Athos

Beginning on August 1, the Orthodox Church enters a special fasting period, known popularly as the fifteen days. Leading up to the great feast day of the Dormition (or Falling Asleep) of the Most Holy Theotokos on August 15, Orthodox Christians fast for 15 days and dedicate themselves to a...

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Fast or Feast, String Beans in a Mushroom Sauce are Sure to Please

Fast or Feast, String Beans in a Mushroom Sauce are Sure to Please

Another fast is coming, and this time we honor the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. For the first two weeks of August, the 1st through the 14th, faithful Orthodox Christians fast (from meat, dairy and eggs, and fish) and offer prayers through the Paraklesis Service. During this time (on...

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Poems about the Theotokos

Poems about the Theotokos

In this final episode in preparation for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, Fr. David Smith shares two of his favorite poems on the Theotokos: Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Of the Death of Mary, Three Pieces,” and Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air...

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Celebrating Feasts and Miracles of the Virgin Mary with a Zymaropita, a Twist on Cornbread

Celebrating Feasts and Miracles of the Virgin Mary with a Zymaropita, a Twist on Cornbread

There are several ways we celebrate major feast days: there is usually a forefeast, the feast day itself, and an afterfeast or apodosis. With the feast of the Dormition, August 15, I know of two major celebrations of miraculous icons of the Virgin Mary which mark the feast and its...

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