On Tuesday, November 25/December 8, 2015, in an atmosphere of spiritual joy and compunction, His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius of America and Archdeacon Agathangelus, visited the Hermitage of Saint Clement of Ochrid in Albany, Georgia. It has been over a year since His Eminence sent Hierodeacon Barsanuphius and Monk Anthony to live at the hermitage to help the local community.
This year's festival marked a special blessing with the baptisms of five local residents of Albany. The clergy had the opportunity to speak to others interested in Orthodoxy.
Prayers are asked for the newly illumined Neilos, Maria, Basil, Joshua, and Anastasios.
In the early 20th century, the idea of promoting the union of Churches (Orthodox and heterodox) began to gain ground among circles in the Eastern Orthodox Church by establishing a "Communion of Churches" modeled on the League of Nations.
The Patriarchal Encyclical of 1920 foresaw a series of steps toward the “union of the Churches,” of which the first was the change of the calendar for the simultaneous celebration of feast days by all the “Churches.” The content of the encyclical was kept secret from the faithful and only after a few years became known. Read more...
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Tucson, AZ, is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Read more...
Registration is now open for the 2017 St Xenia Camp. Please visit the St Xenia Camp website for more information and registration.
The Family Youth Conference will be held Friday, October 20 - Sunday, October 22 at The Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Church in Concord, NH.
Q. There seems to be a lot of variation in how people observe fasting, but my confessor told me to fast from oil on Wednesday and Friday. Oil is a pretty vague category, though, and I was wondering if I could get a more explicit description of what kinds of food and drink are excluded on strict fast days. Read more...