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THE FAST OF THE DORMITION OF THE HOLY THEOTOKOS

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THE FAST OF THE DORMITION OF THE HOLY THEOTOKOS

For the first fourteen days of August during each year, the Holy Orthodox Church enters into a strict fast period in honor of the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary. The eminent Orthodox theologian, Father Sergei Bulgakov, beautifully expresses the high regard which the Orthodox Christians have for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of […]

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FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF CHRIST

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FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF CHRIST

INTRODUCTION The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated each year on August 6. The feast commemorates the transfiguration or metamorphosis of Christ on Mount Tabor, when our Lord appeared in His divine glory before the Apostles Peter, James, and John. BIBLICAL STORY The event of the Transfiguration […]

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THE POSITION OF THE LAITY IN THE CHURCH

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THE POSITION OF THE LAITY IN THE CHURCH

Preamble: In the Orthodox understanding of the Church there is no contradistinction between clergy and laity. Clergy and laity are necessary, because both are members in the Church, which is One Body, the Body of Christ, the unique Head of which is Christ Himself. Both clergy and laity are members in the Church, because they […]

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THE POSITION OF THE PRIESTS IN THE CHURCH

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THE POSITION OF THE PRIESTS IN THE CHURCH

In the Orthodox understanding of the Church there is no contradistinction between clergy and laity. Clergy and laity are necessary, because both are members in the Church, which is One Body, the Body of Christ, the unique Head of which is Christ Himself. Both clergy and laity are members in the Church, because they have […]

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ON THE FEAST OF THE DORMITION OF THE ALL-HOLY THEOTOKOS

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ON THE FEAST OF THE DORMITION OF THE ALL-HOLY THEOTOKOS

The Feast of the Dormition (Koimesis): The Feast of the Dormition (Falling asleep) of the All-holy Theotokos, celebrated on the 15th of August every year is the greatest among several others which commemorate her Blessed person and life. As such, this Feast marks the completion of her earthly life as her full participation in the […]

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THE DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS

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THE DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS

On August 15, Orthodox Christians celebrate the greatest of all the religious festivals which the Church established in honor of the All-Holy Virgin Mary (Panagia), the feast of the Dormition (Koimêsis) of the Theotokos. The feasts of the Virgin Mary (theomêtorikai eortai) are second in importance after those of our Lord Jesus Christ in the […]

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DIVINE LITURGY AT SOUMELA MONASTERY

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DIVINE LITURGY AT SOUMELA MONASTERY

On Monday, August 15, 2011, His All-Holiness celebrated the Feast of Dormtion of the Theotokos at Soumela Monastery in Trabzon for the second time ever since its closure 9 decades ago. Hundreds of pilgrims from all over the world, including Greece, Russia, Georgia, America and Australia, attended the Divine Liturgy. The historic Monastery of Panagia […]

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WE AND THE SPIRITS OF THE DEPARTED

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WE AND THE SPIRITS OF THE DEPARTED

Christians have a very serious relationship with our dead ones. We often speak to them and we continuously talk to God about them. To be more precise, for us, these who have left their body are not dead but alive (metaphorically we call them “sleeping” and this is the way we regard them, as living, […]

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SYNAXIS OF HEADS OF THE ANCIENT PATRIARCHATES

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SYNAXIS OF HEADS OF THE ANCIENT PATRIARCHATES

On Thursday and Friday, September 1-2, 2011, His All-Holiness presided over deliberations for the Synaxis of the Heads of the ancient Patriarchates and the Autocephalous Church of Cyprus at the Patriarchal Church of St. George at the Phanar. In attendance were Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa, Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and […]

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New Metropolitan elections-The Chancellor of OMHKSEA elected Metropolitan of Singapore

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New Metropolitan elections-The Chancellor of OMHKSEA elected Metropolitan of Singapore

On Thursday, November 3, 2011, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, presided by His All-Holiness, elected three new Metropolitans at the Patriarchal Church of St. George: Archimandrite Arsenios Kardamakis, former chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of France, was elected Metropolitan of Austria; Bishop Savas (Zembillas) of Troas was elected Metropolitan of Pittsburgh […]

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