The “Voice of Orthodoxy” was a weekly Greek language radio program that was produced and hosted by Bishop Petros (Astyfides) of Astoria. He was occasionally assisted by Gerontissa Siglitiki who hosted portions of the programs. He would record and edit the programs on a “reel to reel” tape recorder in his office at the Cathedral of St Markella in Astoria. He would then have his deacon, Fr Nikodemos Kalantis, deliver them to the broadcast studios of WEVD in Manhattan. WEVD was a radio station that had programing in the Japanese, Yiddish, Russian, Italian, Spanish, English, and Greek languages. The station had as its tag line, “WEVD - The station that speaks your language.” Bishop Petros’ program was produced between the years 1967 and 1973. Thousands of Greek speakers in the Greater New York Metropolitan area would tune in to hear the program every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM. It is believed that the Voice of Orthodoxy was the first regularly scheduled program focusing strictly on the Greek Orthodox Faith in America. Recently, GOCTV has discovered some dozens of original ¼ inch magnetic “reel to reel” tapes of the “Voice of Orthodoxy”. We are currently in the process of digitizing them, translating them, adding English subtitles, and uploading them to the internet so that a new generation of the Faithful can be edified by them. This first program we have uploaded has as its subject, St Philaret the Merciful, some "Church News", and a discussion of why membership in Freemasonry is forbidden to members of the Church. It was broadcast on Thursday - December 8/21, 1967.
Why do we follow the Old Orthodox Calendar?
a Because based on it, the First Ecumenical Council established the Paschal Canon and appointed that the feast of Holy Pascha may fall anywhere from March 22nd until April 25th, while with the New (Papal) Calendar it can fall as late at May 8th.
b The Gregorian (Papal) Calendar has been condemned by three Pan-Orthodox Councils under Patriarch Jeremiah Tranos (1583, 1587, 1589) Read more...
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church 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. Father John served the faithful in Tucson and the surrounding area in his home Chapel until his repose in November of 2000. His wife, Presbytera Valerie, continued to make her home Chapel available for the mission, with clergy from Saint Nectarios Orthodox Church in Seattle and His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto (then of Portland), visiting to provide the Divine Services.Read more...
2021 St. Xenia Camp
Greetings St. Xenia Camp family,
As previously announced, through the intercessions of St. Xenia, the prayers of so many of you, and with the blessing of Metropolitan Demetrius, St. Xenia Camp 2021 will return to Forest Acres in Fryeburg, Maine August 15-21! Given the continued impact of COVID-19, camp this year may yet be somewhat different from the past Forest Acres experiences. We are sharing this information ahead of registration so that all families can make an informed decision on whether they feel comfortable sending their camper(s) this year. [Read more...]
Q. I noticed that we call the angels Michael and Gabriel "Saint." I thought the title "Saint" was only given to humans who have proven themselves Godly. Do you mind clarifying this for me? Is there a deeper meaning to "Saint" that I am not aware of?
-S.L. Read more...