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Holy Trinity Church
Publish Date: 2021-04-11
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Holy Trinity Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (724) 266-5336
  • Fax:
  • (724) 266-0703
  • Street Address:

  • 2930 Beaver Road

  • Ambridge, PA 15003
  • Mailing Address:

  • 2930 Beaver Road

  • Ambridge, PA 15003


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Services Schedule

Orthros 9:00 am

Divine Liturgy 10:00 am


Past Bulletins


Worship

Worship in Green Phase

We are still able to have in-person Church.

We are happy to continue to have our doors open to all of our beloved parishioners and we invite you to join us, safely, in-person to worship! Details below.

 

Coming to Church is as easy as 1-2-3:

1) Wear a mask

2) Sanitize your hands

3) Check-in & Sit in between the blue w/ your family

Our Sunday attendance has ranged from 41-130 without the need for overflow seating in the hall.  In the situation that we can't maintain the crowd with proper distancing in the main church, the hall will continue to be available for overflow, following the same safety precautions downstairs, to worship via the live stream, and have an opportunity to receive Holy Communion.  Please join us in person! We will be continuing to live-stream our regularly scheduled services via our public facebook page at www.facebook.com/HTAmbridge at the times listed below.  

WE HAVE BEEN LIFTED TO 75% Capacity, while maintaining 6ft distances between families and the continuation of masks.

Our high touch surfaces--seating pews, pangari, check-in table, bathrooms, and entrance door handles are sanitized weekly.

 

Upcoming Services:

Every Sunday - 9am Orthros, 10am Divine Liturgy

April 13th - 5:45pm Compline

April 14th - 5:30pm Presanctified Liturgy

April 16th - 6pm Salutations w/ Full Akathist

 


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Church News

METROPOLITAN SAVAS VISITING THIS SUNDAY - We are overjoyed to have again with us His Eminence, Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh presiding over the services this Sunday, accompanied by Archdeacon Ryan.  We have the opportunity this week to see and experience a more full hierarchical liturgy with every order of the clergy present - Deacon, Priest, and Bishop.  Many years Master! Eis Polla Eti Despota!

 

FLOWER DONATIONS: We thank the Lindemann Family for sponsoring the icon of the Theotokos for the 4th Salutations service which are still decorated this Sunday.  If you are interested in sponsoring other flowers during Lent or Holy Week, please call the church office. 

 

UPCOMING MEMORIALS (Next 2 Weeks): 

  • April 18th
    •  40 days - Franzee Barlamas
    • 10yr Emily (Amalia) Bennis
    • 10yr Fr. Elias Katras
  • Memorials are not permitted from Saturday of Lazarus (April 24) through Thomas Sunday (May 9th).

 

SUMMER CAMP IS BACK! On-site Camp will be offered for our GOYAns and Online camp will be offered again for our JOY campers.  Due to current space limitations, all GOYAns may not have an opportunity to register for camp and older GOYAns will have the first opportunities to register.  Keep up to date at https://y2am.pittsburgh.goarch.org/campandcovid Here are some upcoming dates to consider:

  • Sunday, April 11th @7pm - TODAY - 12th Grade Seniors Registration Opens @ https://y2am.pittsburgh.goarch.org/summercamp
  • Sunday, April 18th @7pm - 11th Grade Juniors Registration Opens
  • Palm Sunday, April 25th @7pm - 10th Grade Sophomores Registration Opens
  • Bright Monday, May 3rd @7pm - 9th Grade Freshmen Registration Opens
  • Bright Friday, May 8th @7pm - 8th Grade Registration Opens
  • Tuesday, May 11th @7pm - 7th Grade Registration Opens
  • Sunday, May 16th @7pm - JOY Camp Registration Opens
  • GOYA Week 1: Sunday, June 20th - Friday, June 25th
  • GOYA Week 2: Sunday, June 27th - Friday, July 2nd
  • GOYA Week 3: Sunday, July 4th - Friday, July 9th
  • JOY Week (Online): Sunday, August 1st - Friday, August 6th

 

LENTEN FAMILY RETREAT: The Metropolis of Pittsburgh Family Ministry Committee is offering a virtual Lenten Retreat for families entitled,  "Jesus~The Resurrection and the Life of the Family."  Saturday, April 17th, 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Zoom.

Has this year of social distancing and the dramatic changes in community life brought some issues to light regarding your family dynamics? Are there areas of family life that could really use God's merciful healing, and direction? Jesus Christ can bring hope to situations that seem lost, healing to areas that are not healthy, and set you all on a wholesome and joyful path. He "has come that we might have life, and have it abundantly." 

Join Fr. Alex Goussetis and Staff from the GOA Center for Family Care as they lead us in a discussion on how to bring ourselves and our families to Christ for restoration and renewal.  

Registration link: tinyurl.com/GOMoP-FamilyRetreat 

 

GOYA ZOOM CALL scheduled for Wednesday at 8:15pm.  Let your advisors know if you can attend. 

 

APRIL 18TH ARTOCLASIA provided by the Katras Family

 

OCMC MISSION COIN BOXES - This annual coin/money collection helps support the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, which supports Orthodox Missions throughout the world!  We ask that all Sunday School students pick up a box at church and help fill it during Great Lent!  Please turn them in on Palm Sunday.

 

ANNUAL MOTHER'S DAY CARD - As we approach the end of our 40-day Lenten season and ultimately come to celebrate Pascha - the glorious Resurrection of our Savior, we will find ourselves already into the month of May (2nd).  A week later we are honoring our beloved Mothers with their National holiday! Again this year, Philoptochos will be creating a Mother’s Day Card where you may honor any loved ones besides ‘Mom’, like your godmother, grandmother, aunt, or sister (as long as they’re Moms ;~).   We will also have the option to honor your deceased loved ones.  We offer this card for a nominal amount per name and so that everyone can honor their loved ones throughout our parish community. Forms will be attached to next week's weekly bulletin and will also then be available on the Pangari in the Narthex.  A basket will be available for you to leave your completed form with payment attached. DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28th! Completed forms may also be mailed to church office to Harriet Sickles or Kathy Stern’s attention.  Thank you!

  

Philoptochos Membership Drive - It's time for membership dues to be mailed in to keep us in good standing at the Metropolis and National levels.  Please consider joining this worthwhile organization or renewing your membership now!! Elections are coming up in May and we'd love to see some new faces at upcoming renewed meetings. Your membership dues may be given directly to our Treasurer, Harriet Sickles, or mailed to the church in her attention

 

HOPE & JOY FIDGET BLANKET PROJECT: HOPE & JOY is still taking a collection of excess crafting items that you might have (fabric remnants, unused lace doilies, spools of thread, discarded yarn, bracelets, necklaces, etc) and after the collection, the group will be making sensory and tactile “Fidget Blankets” for the restless hands of someone with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia or mental health struggles. The collection will start next week in a box at church. One person’s trash is the Fidget Project’s treasure. More details to come on the assembly date. Contact the advisors for more info.

 

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS THROUGH GMAIL: The Archdiocese has also been moving parish emails away from imail and we now have our email at HolyTrinityAmb@gmail.com.  We ask that you save this email address in your contacts so that you recognize our parish easily and not be sent into spam folders. 

 

2021 Stewardship Drive: Join us in supporting our Church.  Stewardship Cards are available on the back of the two most recent newsletters and on the Pangari at church.  Stewardship is our greatest fundraiser and also lets us know that you stand with your church.  We thank you for your dedication over the years and especially during 2020 and look forward to many years of serving you and your family through your generous donations.

 

CHECK-IN VOLUNTEERSIn the current policies of the metropolis we are required to have a check-in person or team for every service.  We are looking for additional volunteers who are willing to come a little early to check people in and, if able, to help sanitize after the services.  Please contact Fr. Anastasios if you are interested in helping a necessary function during these times.

 

ONLINE GIVING & STEWARDSHIPIs OPEN! Online giving can be found by clicking here!  Please consider your continued support of our church through becoming one of our online giving families.  You can make general contributions and stewardship contributions.

 

REGULAR GIVING: The church is still accepting donations in normal ways through the mail and drop off.  Thank you to all of those who have continued to contribute in these challenging times.

 

Live-Stream: If you don't have a Facebook account, don't worry! You can still access our services right on our website (HTGOC.ORG) or a larger video directly on Facebook, learn more by watching the following video: https://youtu.be/QJPpkshi2d4

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Our Calendar

  • Next Two Weeks

    April 11 to April 25, 2021

    Sunday, April 11

    Sunday of St. John Climacus

    Visit of His Eminence, Metropolitan Savas

    9:00AM Hierarchical Orthros

    10:00AM Hierarchical Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, April 13

    5:45PM Great Compline

    7:00PM Parish Council

    Wednesday, April 14

    5:30PM Presanctified Divine Liturgy

    8:15PM GOYA Zoom Call

    Friday, April 16

    6:00PM Salutations w/ Full Akathist

    Saturday, April 17

    10:00AM GOMoP Religious Ed - Jesus the Resurrection and the Life of the Family

    Sunday, April 18

    Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

    10yr Memorial - Emily (Amalia) Bennis

    Artoclasia - Katras Family

    40 days - Franzee Barlamas

    10y Memorial - Fr Elias Katras

    9:00AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, April 21

    5:30PM Presanctified Divine Liturgy

    Saturday, April 24

    9:00AM Orthros & Liturgy: Saturday of Lazarus

    Sunday, April 25

    Palm Sunday “To Go” Fish Luncheon

    Palm Sunday

    9:00AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Bridegroom Orthros

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 3rd Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Προκείμενον. 3rd Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 46.6,1.
Ψάλατε τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν, ψάλατε.
Στίχ. Πάντα τὰ ἔθνη κροτήσατε χεῖρας.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 6:13-20.

Ἀδελφοί, τῷ Ἀβραὰμ ἐπαγγειλάμενος ὁ θεός, ἐπεὶ κατʼ οὐδενὸς εἶχεν μείζονος ὀμόσαι, ὤμοσεν καθʼ ἑαυτοῦ, λέγων, Ἦ μὴν εὐλογῶν εὐλογήσω σε, καὶ πληθύνων πληθυνῶ σε. Καὶ οὕτως μακροθυμήσας ἐπέτυχεν τῆς ἐπαγγελίας. Ἄνθρωποι μὲν γὰρ κατὰ τοῦ μείζονος ὀμνύουσιν, καὶ πάσης αὐτοῖς ἀντιλογίας πέρας εἰς βεβαίωσιν ὁ ὅρκος. Ἐν ᾧ περισσότερον βουλόμενος ὁ θεὸς ἐπιδεῖξαι τοῖς κληρονόμοις τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τὸ ἀμετάθετον τῆς βουλῆς αὐτοῦ, ἐμεσίτευσεν ὅρκῳ, ἵνα διὰ δύο πραγμάτων ἀμεταθέτων, ἐν οἷς ἀδύνατον ψεύσασθαι θεόν, ἰσχυρὰν παράκλησιν ἔχωμεν οἱ καταφυγόντες κρατῆσαι τῆς προκειμένης ἐλπίδος· ἣν ὡς ἄγκυραν ἔχομεν τῆς ψυχῆς ἀσφαλῆ τε καὶ βεβαίαν, καὶ εἰσερχομένην εἰς τὸ ἐσώτερον τοῦ καταπετάσματος· ὅπου πρόδρομος ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν εἰσῆλθεν Ἰησοῦς, κατὰ τὴν τάξιν Μελχισεδὲκ ἀρχιερεὺς γενόμενος εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."

Sunday of St. John Climacus
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 9:17-31

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἄνθρωπός τις προσῆλθε τῷ Ἰησοῦ λέγων, διδάσκαλε, ἤνεγκα τὸν υἱόν μου πρός σε, ἔχοντα πνεῦμα ἄλαλον. καὶ ὅπου ἂν αὐτὸν καταλάβῃ, ῥήσσει αὐτόν, καὶ ἀφρίζει καὶ τρίζει τοὺς ὀδόντας αὐτοῦ, καὶ ξηραίνεται· καὶ εἶπον τοῖς μαθηταῖς σου ἵνα αὐτὸ ἐκβάλωσι, καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσαν. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς αὐτῷ λέγει· ὦ γενεὰ ἄπιστος, ἕως πότε πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔσομαι; ἕως πότε ἀνέξομαι ὑμῶν; φέρετε αὐτὸν πρός με. καὶ ἤνεγκαν αὐτὸν πρὸς αὐτόν. καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν εὐθέως τὸ πνεῦμα ἐσπάραξεν αὐτόν, καὶ πεσὼν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐκυλίετο ἀφρίζων. καὶ ἐπηρώτησε τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ· πόσος χρόνος ἐστὶν ὡς τοῦτο γέγονεν αὐτῷ; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· παιδιόθεν. καὶ πολλάκις αὐτὸν καὶ εἰς πῦρ ἔβαλε καὶ εἰς ὕδατα, ἵνα ἀπολέσῃ αὐτόν· ἀλλ᾿ εἴ τι δύνασαι, βοήθησον ἡμῖν σπλαγχνισθεὶς ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ τὸ εἰ δύνασαι πιστεῦσαι, πάντα δυνατὰ τῷ πιστεύοντι. καὶ εὐθέως κράξας ὁ πατὴρ τοῦ παιδίου μετὰ δακρύων ἔλεγε· πιστεύω, κύριε· βοήθει μου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ. ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι ἐπισυντρέχει ὄχλος, ἐπετίμησε τῷ πνεύματι τῷ ἀκαθάρτῳ λέγων αὐτῷ· τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἄλαλον καὶ κωφόν, ἐγώ σοι ἐπιτάσσω, ἔξελθε ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ μηκέτι εἰσέλθῃς εἰς αὐτόν. καὶ κράξαν καὶ πολλὰ σπαράξαν αὐτὸν ἐξῆλθε, καὶ ἐγένετο ὡσεὶ νεκρός, ὥστε πολλοὺς λέγειν ὅτι ἀπέθανεν. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς κρατήσας αὐτὸν τῆς χειρὸς ἤγειρεν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀνέστη. Καὶ εἰσελθόντα αὐτὸν εἰς οἶκον οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν κατ᾿ ἰδίαν, ὅτι ἡμεῖς οὐκ ἠδυνήθημεν ἐκβαλεῖν αὐτό. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τοῦτο τὸ γένος ἐν οὐδενὶ δύναται ἐξελθεῖν εἰ μὴ ἐν προσευχῇ καὶ νηστείᾳ. Καὶ ἐκεῖθεν ἐξελθόντες παρεπορεύοντο διὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἵνα τις γνῷ· ἐδίδασκε γὰρ τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδίδοται εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων, καὶ ἀποκτενοῦσιν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀποκτανθεὶς τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστήσεται.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Mode

Let the heavens sing for joy, and let everything on earth be glad. * For with His Arm the Lord has worked power. * He trampled death under foot by means of death; * and He became the firstborn from the dead. * From the maw of Hades He delivered us; * and He granted the world His great mercy.
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια, ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια, ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, ὁ Κύριος, ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐρρύσατο ἡμᾶς, καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Plagal 4th Mode

With the rivers of your tears you made the barren desert bloom; and with your sighs from deep within, you made your labors bear their fruits a hundredfold; and you became a star, illuminating the world by your miracles, O John, our devout father. Intercede with Christ our God, for the salvation of our souls.
Ταίς τών δακρύων σου ροαίς, τής ερήμου τό άγονον εγεώργησας, καί τοίς εκ βάθους στεναγμοίς, εις εκατόν τούς πόνους εκαρποφόρησας, καί γέγονας φωστήρ, τή οικουμένη λάμπων τοίς θαύμασι, Ιωάννη Πατήρ ημών, Όσιε, Πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Mode

O Champion General, I your City now inscribe to you* Triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude,* Being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos.* Inasmuch as you have power unassailable,* From all kinds of perils free me, so that unto you* I may cry aloud: Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια,* ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια,* ἀναγράφω σοὶ ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε,* Ἀλλ' ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον,* ἐκ παντοίων μὲ κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον,* ἵνα κράζω σοί, Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.
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Saints and Feasts

Climicus
April 11

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.


Antipas
April 11

Antipas, Bishop of Pergamum

Saint Antipas was a contemporary of the holy Apostles, by whom he was made Bishop of Pergamum. He contested during the reign of Domitian, when he was cast, as it is said, into a bronze bull that had been heated exceedingly. The Evangelist John writes of him in the Book of Revelation, and says (as it were from the mouth of Christ, Who says to the Angel [that is, the Bishop] of the Church of Pergamum): "I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is; and thou holdest fast My Name, and hast not denied My Faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful Martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth" (Rev. 2:13). The faithful pray to this Saint for ailments of the teeth.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the foundation of His doctrine about fasting? ... See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both. For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Live with the Louhs: Self Esteem and Our Children

04/02/2021

On this week's episode of "Live with the Louhs," a radio ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, hosts Fr. Nicholas and his wife, Dr. Roxanne, a Clinical Psychologist, discuss "Self Esteem And Our Children" with Psychologist, Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Professor at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

How Can We Teach the Greek Revolution of 1821 in the Classroom?

04/02/2021

The Department of Greek Education will be offering a webinar Saturday, April 3, 2021 1:00 pm est. The webinar will be presented by The Museum of School Life and Education (Μουσείο Σχολικής Ζωής και Εκπαίδευσης)

A Missionary Mindset: How International Missions Benefit the Local Parish

04/02/2021

Overseas missions is an experience that fulfills our calling as Christians, transforms individuals who participate and infects the local parish with a zeal for sharing the faith.Mission-minded parishes instill the importance of mission. Parishioners return from overseas missions forever changed. A missionary mindset can play a key role in revitalizing the faith of active Orthodox Christians and the entire parish.

Live Stream Parade in Celebration of Greek Independence Day - Astoria

03/31/2021

St Demetrios, Astoria Elementary, Middle School and High School participated in a parade honoring the 200th Anniversary of Greek Independence Day.

Ecumenical Readings of ‘For the Life of the World’

03/30/2021

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, in partnership with the National Council of Churches, the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute and the Ecclesiological Investigations Network will be hosting a webinar on “Ecumenical Readings of ‘For the Life of the World’ on April 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST.

Family Matters Podcast Fully Human: "A Mom and a Mission: St. Matrona the Wonderworker Miracles of God Ministries​"

03/30/2021

In the first episode of our newest podcast series, "Fully Human," Presvytera Melanie DiStefano speaks with Presvytera Elaine Stavropoulos regarding her daughter's Autism diagnosis, and the ministry to families with disabilities which blossomed forth as a result.

Pop Culture Coffee Hour #157​ | WandaVision

03/30/2021

"What is grief, if not love persevering?" Steve and Christian watched the new Disney+ series in the MCU, "WandaVision." The guys discuss grief, justice, power, and the cross-pressure of Secular3.

Greening the Parish: A Resource Page for Environmental Stewardship

03/29/2021

The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations has released a Greening the Parish Resource Page. Designed for both the parish and home, this page provides resource material for navigating and fulfilling our vocation as stewards of creation and working towards greening our parishes together.

State Proclamations for Greek Independence Day 2021

03/29/2021

State Proclamations for Greek Independence Day 2021

Nashville Greek Independence Celebration with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

03/29/2021

Hosted by the National Coordinating Committee, on April 1st, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros will receive a Proclamation of Greek Independence from the State of Tennessee from Governor Bill Lee at the Parthenon in Nashville. The event will be live streamed on GOARCH Youtube and social channels.

Presidential Proclamation on Greek Independence Day 2021

03/29/2021

Exactly 200 years ago, inspired by the same ideals of liberty, self-governance, and passionate belief in democracy that sparked the American Revolution, the people of Greece declared their independence. Today, the people of the United States join the Greek people in commemorating the creation of the modern Greek state — and celebrating two centuries of enduring friendship between our nations.

A Thank You from the Office of Greek Education

03/28/2021

The Director of the Office of Greek Education, Mr. Anastasios Koularmanis, would like to thank all the Greek programs, schools and students of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America who helped with this bicentennial project by submitting a video. We would also like to thank Mrs. Meropi Kyriakou the President of the Greek Teachers Association “Prometheus,” for putting this video together.

1821 Creative Expression and Research Contest Winners Announced

04/09/2021

The Office of Greek Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the winners of the “1821 Creative Expression and Research Contest” which was presented by The High Council for Greek Education.

Live with the Louhs: Religious Freedom and the Plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

04/09/2021

On this week's exciting episode of "Live with the Louhs," a radio ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, hosts Fr. Nicholas and his wife, Dr. Roxanne, a Clinical Psychologist, discuss Religious Freedom and the Plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Orthodox Observer Interview: Jenny Stasinopoulos

04/08/2021

After 5 years of service as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Metropolis of Denver, Jenny Stasinopoulos is moving on to her next role with the Tulsa Children's Museum. The Orthodox Observer caught up with Jenny to reflect on her time in youth ministry, the future of youth work, and her hopes for all the amazing youth and young adults she served.

Lenten Lecture #3 from the Archdiocesan Cathedral

04/06/2021

On Wednesday, April 7th, the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity will offer their third Lenten lecture of 2021. Dn. Bartholomew Mercado’s presentation is entitled: The Application of the Canons in Contemporary Fasting Practices. To register, please contact: info@thecathedralnyc.org. The lecture will also be available via Live Stream on our YouTube channel.

For the Life of the World: Towards a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church

04/06/2021

For the Life of the World: Towards a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church is a powerful social document enriched by scriptural, patristic, theological, and spiritual references, to navigate through these often perplexing and difficult times, as Orthodox Christians, in a post-modern world.

Family Connections

04/06/2021

We're halfway through Lent last Sunday! Check out our Family Connection from the Center for Family Care for some ideas on how to review your family's Lenten progress.

Why Young People Leave: Exploring Common Ministry Mistakes in the Way We Introduce People to the Church

04/06/2021

60% of young American Christians fall away from the tradition that raised them. We face the same problem in the Orthodox Church. In this talk, Steve presents three common ministry mistakes. And he explores how we can transform those mistakes into opportunities for transformational ministry that meets the needs of young people. This is the first of two talks that are part of the Lenten retreat titled: Authentic Christianity: Why Young People are Leaving the Church (and How We Can Inspire them to Stay) . The second talk was given by Father Andrew Stephen Damick. The retreat took place as a live, virtual panel discussion on April 3, 2021.

Communiqué of the Holy Eparchial Synod

04/06/2021

Today, April 5, 2021 His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America convened the Holy Eparchial Synod via video conference for a regularly scheduled meeting.

Pilgrimage to Pascha: Lenten Services

04/05/2021

On this week's episode of "Comfort Food for Families: Pilgrimage to Pascha" from the GOA Center for Family Care, Pres. Kerry Pappas talks about the Lenten services of the church and how important it is for us to attend as many as we can!

Department of Greek Education Announces the Return of the Archdiocesan District Children’s Choir

04/05/2021

The Office of Greek Education is pleased to announce the return of the Archdiocesan District Children's Choir. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, expressed his desire to re-establish the youth choir program. With his spiritual guidance, his deep love for children and the Greek language, the Archdiocesan Youth Choir will return this Fall 2021. This program was made possible by the generosity of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Leadership 100.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Receives Consul General of Cyprus

04/05/2021

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America received Mr. Alexis Phedonos-Vadet, Consul General of Cyprus in New York today to bid farewell as the Consul General will be returning to Cyprus to assume his new post.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Receives the COVID-19 Vaccine

04/05/2021

"Grateful to the brilliant scientists and health care workers who, through hard work and by the Grace of God, produce and deliver life-saving vaccines. We have a moral obligation to make vaccines available to everyone in the world," said His Eminence.

Pilgrimage to Pascha: Fasting from Food

04/05/2021

On this week's "Comfort Food for Families" episode, Pres. Melanie DiStefano talks about the spiritual practice of fasting from food and how it helps to create for us a "new wineskin."

Nashville's Greek Bicentennial Independence Celebration (Full Video)

04/05/2021

On April 1, 2021, from the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros received a Proclamation from Mayor John Cooper celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821.
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