The Feast of St. Markella

On Sunday evening, July 21/Aug. 3, and Monday morning, July 22/Aug. 4, 2014, the Cathedral of St. Markella in Astoria, NY celebrated its Feast Day.

His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius of America, presided over the services. Concelebrating the Divine Liturgy with His Eminence were His Eminence, Metropolitan Pavlos (formerly) of America, His Grace, Archbishop Andronik of Syracuse and St. Nicholas (ROCA), and His Grace, Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis, as well as clergy from NY, Boston, and Montreal.

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Orthodox Awareness

Bartholomew Prays at Iftar

Iftar, refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after sunset.

We report the following unchanged as it was published:

"The leaders of the Armenian, Roman, Jewish and Syrian communities of Turkey sat around the fasting Iftar dinner in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul." Read more...

Missions

Saint Matthew the Evangelist, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Jonesboro is a town located near the Eastern border of Arkansas, with a population of approximately 60,000. From a human standpoint, it’s not the most likely candidate for a traditional Orthodox mission, but for an Orthodox Christian who orders his priorities around Christ and His Church, it makes perfect sense. Read more...

Youth

Report and photos from the 2017 Youth & Family Conference

Ask A Priest

Morning and Evening Prayers

Q. Are the prayers in the blue prayer book [A Prayerbook for Orthodox Christians by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery —ed.] compulsory for everyone? I mean their morning prayers and the service of Small Compline. My confessor gave me a special rule but wasn’t clear about whether this replaced the book prayers or was in addition to them. Read more...