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Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-09-26
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Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (561) 833-6387
  • Fax:
  • (561) 833-6391
  • Street Address:

  • 110 Southern Blvd.

  • West Palm Beach, FL 33405


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Sunday Services:

  8:45 am     Orthros

10:00 am     Divine Liturgy

 


Past Bulletins


This Week and Upcoming Events

Christ is in our midst!  He is and ever shall be!

 

 Our services are streamed live on the internet.
at our Saint Catherine website - www.stcatherine-wpb.org
 

Join us for Orthodox Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

  

Light a candle and offer a prayer at Saint Catherine (click above).  The online form sends the names of your family and friends direct to Father Andrew at the altar; prayers are offered during the Proskomidi in preparation for the Divine Liturgy!

 

September 26, 2021
The Falling Asleep of Saint John the Evangelist and Theologian

  

Detour approaching the church:  Another road project has closed Washington Road directly in front of the church.  From Southern Blvd turn South at Olive Ave, go one block to Malverne Road, then turn left to the church.  
                               Note - GPS directions are incorrect for the last block to the
                                         church due to the ongoing bridge construction.

Important Notice:  We continue to require masks inside the church and the Hellenic Cultural Center for all adults (vaccinated or not) and children at all parish worship and indoor activities.  This policy was implemented for the safety of all.  The Parish Council is evaluating this COVID -19 protocol monthly as conditions in Palm Beach County change.

Holy Communion:  When the faithful approach the Holy Chalice, they should stand with respect before the priest and say their baptismal/chrismation name.  After the name is uttered, the faithful should open their mouth to receive Holy Communion.  When the spoon goes into the mouth, the faithful should close their mouth and make sure that they swallow the consecrated Bread and Wine.  Every person who stands before the Holy Chalice, should not have any contact with the red communion cloth, before, during, or after receiving Holy Communion.  The red communion cloth is to be placed under each person’s chin by those who are assisting the clergy.  Under no circumstances should the red communion cloth be used as a table napkin to wipe the mouth, nor should one who has received Holy Communion touch it at all. 

Coffee and Fellowship:  Our Philoptochos welcomes everyone to join us for the coffee and fellowship hour in our Hellenic Cultural Center following the Divine Liturgy.

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This Week at Saint Catherine
Sunday, September 26  Falling Asleep of St. John the Theologian
       8:45 am  Orthros - Link to the Orthros Service text
     10:00 am  Divine Liturgy - Link to the Divine Liturgy text 

Wednesday, September 28
       7:00 pm  Bible Study by Zoom

Highlights of Upcoming Services and Events
Sunday, October 3  2nd Sunday of Luke
       8:45 am  Orthros / 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, October 5
     11:30 am  Senior’s Meeting

 

2021 Stewardship:  We are grateful to those who completed, or are completing, their financial pledge for 2021.  For those who have not yet sent in a donation, please take a moment to do so  join our Saint Catherine family.  Your Stewardship gift reflects your appreciation for God's many blessings.

Click here for the 2021 Stewardship Program.  The Commitment Form is here.  As of September 3rd, 223 individuals and families have either begun or completed their 2021 financial pledge.  This includes 34 first-time and returning stewards whom we warmly welcome to our Saint Catherine family.


Youth Safety Resources:  We’re committed to connecting young people with Jesus Christ. To do that, we need to create ministry environments that are safe and health. For more on how you can help, please visit our Youth Safety website: goarch.org/safety.

 

YouTube Logo  Many of our Divine Liturgies have been recorded and can be viewed at www.youtube.com.  Subscribe to our new YouTube channel for 2020:

Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church (2020 and 2021 services)

Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church (Selected services from 2015-2019)

  

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Event Flyers

    Frappe & Baklava Sundae, Every Sunday!

    Frappe & Baklava Sundae, Every Sunday!

    HDF youth fundraiser every Sunday after the Divine Liturgy in the Hellenic Cultural Center. Help support our youth attend and compete at the Hellenic Dance Festival in Orlando this January!


    Parenting Retreat Registration (Nov. 19-20)

    Parenting Retreat Registration (Nov. 19-20)

    Parenting is a challenge, whether you’re dealing with toddlers or teens! Join Dr. Philip Mamalakis for a discussion on responding to all our children’s misbehaviors in a way that helps them become successful adults. ADDRESS: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203 DATE: Friday, November 19 & Saturday November 20 MORE INFORMATION: frchristian@htgo.org // (914) 573-3618 CHILDCARE: We will provide childcare for ages 2+ COST: $35.00 PAYMENT: You can submit a payment via our website (https://holytrinityoff.securepayments.cardpointe.com/pay) or you can mail a check in, payable to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral


    Forged: An Interactive Book for Young Men on the Orthodox Christian Faith.

    Forged: An Interactive Book for Young Men on the Orthodox Christian Faith.

    The writers of Forged understand that our young people require both guidance in their faith and strengthening that faith in a world that is often at odds with Orthodox Christian spirituality. What does it mean to be a man? How do I conduct myself in relationships, and in friendship? What is a healthy perspective concerning technology? Using this workbook our young men will have the opportunity to consider these subjects, within the Orthodox Christian style of life. Forged uses a structure that appeals to a young man’s creative sense of adventure and problem-solving, and these lessons are reinforced through journaling, activities and discussion topics that can be utilized in group settings.


    Sunday School Calendar

    Sunday School Calendar

    Saint Catherine Youth Ministries are holding registration for the 2021-2022 Ecclesiastical Year on Sunday, August 8th in the Hellenic Cultural Center after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. Click here to see the listing of Sunday School events. Planned events for all Youth Ministries will soon be entered on the Google planning calendar on our website.


    Policies for the Safety of Children and Youth

    Policies for the Safety of Children and Youth

    Creating healthy, Christ-centered ministry environments. ------------ As an Archdiocese, we're ready to take the next step in youth safety. ------------ The new Policies for the Safety of Children and Youth is how we'll do it. ------------ Ministry heads check this out! We must prepare and follow all the steps for the safety of our children. Our Archdiocese requires this in order to participate in any youth events !!!


    Cyber Security Bulletin !

    Cyber Security Bulletin !

    CYBER CRIME HAS BEEN INFILTRATING OUR LIVES FOR YEARS. More recently, parishes and religious communities around us are being targeted by a phishing scam . . .


    Southern Blvd Bridge Replacement Project

    Southern Blvd Bridge Replacement Project

    An update, January 2021, from the city of West Palm Beach. They project that the bridge should be completed by the end of 2021.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Tone. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from St. John's First Universal Letter 4:12-19.

No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because he first loved us.


Gospel Reading

The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian
The Reading is from John 19:25-27; 21:24-25

At that time, standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

The sign that thou lovest God, is this, that thou lovest thy fellow; and if thou hatest thy fellow, thy hatred is towards God. For it is blasphemy if thou prayest before God while thou art wroth. For thy heart also convicts thee, that in vain thou multipliest words: thy conscience rightly judges that in thy prayers thou profitest nought.
St. Ephraim the Syrian
ON ADMONITION AND REPENTANCE.

'God is love', and he who seeks to establish its bounds is like a blind man attempting to count the grains of sand in the deeps of the sea. In quality, love is the likeness of God, as far as this is possible to mortals; in action, it is intoxication of the soul; in its properties, it is the source of faith, the abyss of long-suffering, the sea of humility. Love is real renunciation of every contrary thought, for it 'thinketh no evil' (I Cor. 13:5). Love, passionlessness and sonship differ only in name. As light, fire and flame are combined in one single action, so it is with these three.
Monks Callistus and Ignatius
Directions to Hesychasts no. 90, Writings from the Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart; Faber and Faber pg. 257

Brothers, do not be afraid of men's sins. Love man even in his sins, for that is the semblance of divine love and is the highest love on earth. At some ideas you stand perplexed, especially at the sight of men's sins, asking yourself whether to combat it by force or humble love. Always decide 'I will combat it by humble love.' If you make up your mind about that once and for all, you may be able to conquer the whole world. Loving humility is an awesome force, the strongest of all, and there is nothing like it.
Elder Zossima by Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov by Feodor Dostoevsky, 19th century

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Saints and Feasts

Johntheo
September 26

The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian

This Apostle was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the brother of James the elder. First a fisherman by trade, he became an Apostle and the beloved Disciple of Christ. Only he of all the Disciples followed Him even to the Cross, and was entrusted with the care of our Saviour's Mother, as it were another son to her, and a brother of Christ the Teacher. After this, he preached throughout Asia Minor, especially in Ephesus. When the second persecution against the Christians began in the year 96 during the reign of Domitian, he was taken in bonds to Rome, and there was cast into a vat filled to the brim with boiling oil. Coming forth therefrom unharmed, he was exiled to the island of Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelation. Returning again to Ephesus after the death of the tyrant, he wrote his Gospel (after the other Evangelists had already written theirs) and his three Catholic Epistles. In all, he lived ninety-five years and fell asleep in the Lord during the reign of Trajan in the year 100. He was called Theologian because he loftily expounded in his Gospel the theology of the inexpressible and eternal birth of the Son and Word of God the Father. It is for this cause that an eagle-a symbol of the Holy Spirit, as Saint Irenaeus says-is depicted in his icon, for this was one of the four symbolic living creatures that the Prophet Ezekiel saw (Ezek. 1:10).


Allsaint
September 26

Removal of the Honorable Head of Apostle Andrew the First-Called


Allsaint
September 27

Callistratus the Martyr & his 49 Companions

These Martyrs contested for the Faith during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 288. Saint Callistratus was arrested as a Christian, and after being tormented, was enclosed in a sack and cast into the sea. The sack burst, and the Saint came to dry land safe and sound. Forty-nine soldiers, seeing this, also confessed Christ, and with him were cast into prison, then beheaded.


Allsaint
September 28

Baruch the Prophet

The Prophet Baruch was the son of Nerias, and the disciple of the Prophet Jeremias ( Jer. 39:12; 43:4 LXX). The extant prophetical book that he wrote is divided into five chapters; it was composed in the fifth year of the Babylonian Captivity of the Jews during the years of Sedekias, 583 B.C. The prophetic lection that is read on the eve of the Feast of Christ's Nativity, which bears Jeremias' name, is taken from the prophecy of Baruch (Bar. 3:35-4:4). His name means "blessed."


Allsaint
September 28

Chariton the Confessor

Saint Chariton was born in the city of Iconium during the reign of Aurelian, about the year 274. He was arrested, tortured, and condemned to death because of his Christian Faith, but finally set free by imperial edict. He came to Palestine, where he took up the ascetic life. He also brought many Jews and pagans to the Faith. Having dwelt in the desert of Judea for many years, and established several monasteries throughout the region, he reposed in peace.


Symeonstyliteskiriakos
September 29

Cyriacus the Hermit of Palestine

This Saint was born in Corinth in 448. He went to Palestine to the Lavra of Euthymius the Great, but because of his youth was sent by Saint Euthymius to Saint Gerasimus; after the death of Saint Gerasimus he returned to the Lavra of Saint Euthymius. Later he took on a more rigorous life of asceticism in the wilderness of Natoufa, where there was nothing to eat except the exceedingly bitter wild herb called squills, which, however, through his prayers, God made sweet for him and his disciple. He lived 107 years and reposed in the year 555.


Allsaint
September 30

Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of Armenia

This Saint, a Parthian by race, was the son of Anak. He was born about the year 240 and was taught the Faith of Christ in Caesarea of Cappadocia. He entered the service of Tiridates, King of Armenia, but when discovered to be a Christian, he was subjected to many horrible torments at the King's hands, then was cast into a pit of mire with poisonous serpents and left to die. By the power of God, however, he abode there unharmed for fourteen years, his needs provided by a certain widow, until he was made known by revelation and set free. He converted to piety innumerable multitudes of Armenians, including Tiridates himself, and was consecrated bishop by Leontius, Archbishop of Caesarea, to shepherd the vast flock he had gained for Christ. He spent the last part of his life in retirement in the ascetical discipline, and reposed in peace about the year 325. Saint Gregory is honoured as the Illuminator of Armenia.


Pokrov
October 01

The Holy Protection of the Theotokos

The Feast of the Protection commemorates the appearance of the most holy Theotokos in the Church of Blachernae in Constantinople in the tenth century, as recorded in the life of Saint Andrew the Fool for Christ's sake. While the multitudes of the faithful were gathered in church, Epiphanius, the friend of Saint Andrew, through the Saint's prayers, beheld the Virgin Mary above the faithful and spreading out her veil over them, signifying her unceasing protection of all Christians. Because of this we keep a yearly feast of gratitude, imploring our Lady never to cease sheltering us in her mighty prayers.

In the Greek tradition, this feast is celebrated on October 28, while in the Slavic tradition, this feast is celebrated on October 1.


Ananias
October 01

Ananias, Apostle of the 70

Saint Ananias, whose name means "God is gracious," was from Damascus, where by divine revelation he was commanded to baptize the Apostle Paul (Acts 9: 10-17). He completed the course of martyrdom when he was stoned to death during the proconsulate of Lucian.


Romanosmelodist
October 01

Romanos the Melodist

Saint Romanos flourished during the reign of Anastasius (491-518). He was from Emesa of Syria, and apparently was born of Jewish parents, for a hymn written in his honour in Greek says he was "of Hebrew stock," and it has furthermore been noted that he uses many Semitic idioms in his writings. He was baptized an Orthodox Christian, and at some time became a deacon in the Church of Beirut. He was the first composer of the kontakia, the foremost of which is that of the feast of Christ's Nativity, On this day the Virgin .... In composing many of his kontakia. Saint Romanos was inspired by the hymns of Saint Ephraim of Syria.


Cyprianjustine
October 02

The Holy Hieromartyr Cyprian and the Virgin Martyr Justina

Saint Justina who was from Damascus, lived in virginity for the sake of Christ. Saint Cyprian, who was from Antioch, began as an initiate of magic and worshipper of the demons. A certain foolish young man who had been smitten with Justina's beauty hired Cyprian to draw her to love him; when Cyprian had wed every demonic device he knew, and had failed, being repulsed by the power of Christ Whom Justina invoked, he understood the weakness of the demons and came to know the truth. Delivered from demonic delusion, he came to Christ and burned all his books of magic, was baptized, and later ascended the episcopal throne in his country. Later, he and Justina were arrested by the Count of Damascus, and having endured many torments at his hands, they were sent finally to Diocletian in Nicomedia, where they were beheaded about the year 304.


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Messages from our Metropolis of Atlanta

Metropolitan Alexios' Message

This Sunday our Church is blessed to celebrate the falling asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian, an example of bravery, fidelity, and faith.  St. John was the son of Salome & Zebedee, a Galilean fisherman, and the brother of St. James the Elder.  Christ gave St. James & St. John the nickname, Βοανηργές, or “Sons of Thunder” to reflect their tempers, such as when the brothers offered to rain fire on a Samaritan town which had rejected the Lord (Luke 9:51-55).  However, this personality of St. John’s also showed itself by devotion.  We read in his account of the Mystical Supper about “[o]ne of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved…reclining next to him” (John 13:23).  In ancient times, meals were eaten at couches.  Therefore, as St. John holds himself with his other hand, his head is near Christ’s heart.

Of all the Disciples, only St. John does not flee after our Lord’s arrest: instead, he follows Him into the courtyard of the High Priest, and then to the foot of the Cross.  Seeing this love, Christ’s uses his dying breath to provide for His Mother— “Woman, here is your son”—and to show how much He trusts and values His friend— “Here is your mother” (John 19:26; 27).  After the Resurrection, we read a curious statement: “…the rumor spread in the community that this disciple would not die.  Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, ‘If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?’” (John 21:23).  We know St. John, did not live forever, but as the youngest of the Disciples, he alone fell asleep at the old age of 95, and in a natural way.

Like many Christians, he was persecuted, and exiled to the island of Patmos where He was inspired to write his Revelation.  St. John returned to his home in Ephesus, where he fell asleep after having written praise to his friend and his God, beginning His Gospel with the high words: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.  What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5)

My beloved ones, there is a beautiful way to read the references to the “the Beloved Disciple.”  We know that St. John chooses not to name himself out of humility; but I would suggest that the Evangelist does this so the reader can imagine themselves: resting with our Lord and following Him through His Passion.  The Evangelist does not boast, but asks us to imagine whether we could fulfill our calling as Christians by showing such bravery, friendship, and faith to that friend of Man, our Lord and God.

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Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

Youth, Education and Hellenic Culture

For information on Policies for the Safety of Youth and Children, please click https://atlmetropolis.org/policies-for-the-safety-of-youth-and-children!

Please remember that all parishes must comply and sign their parish contracts to host any youth ministry programs or events on the parish level (Sunday School) or to participate on a District or Metropolis Level Events (Retreats, WYR & HDF).

 

Journey of Marriage (Pre-Marital Seminar)

All couples marrying in the Metropolis must attend a Metropolis-sponsored Journey of Marriage seminar prior to their wedding. The couple will present their certificate of completion to their parish priest after the seminar.

To see the full list of seminars in Florida and in our entire Metropolis for 2021 and beyond, and to register, please visit: https://atlmetropolis.org/pre-marital-seminars-journey-of-marriage

Registration is online.  Materials costs are included in the registration.  The seminars are currently being conducted by Zoom meeting.

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Metropolis of Atlanta News

Ribbon Cutting for Holy Trinity Hellenic Center & Hall

09/15/2021

On Sunday September 19th, 2021, Fr. Ari Damaskos presided over the ribbon cutting for the new Holy Trinity Hellenic Center & Hall. Click below to see photos and videos

Deacons Educational Meeting at DRC

09/01/2021

Our Metropolis's first-ever Deacons Educational Meeting is scheduled for September 28th-29th, at the Diakonia Retreat Center. This gathering is meant for both Deacons and their Proistamenoi to come together, so that each may gain the most beneficial knowledge concerning the valuable service of the Diaconate to the sacramental life of the Church. Click to view schedule and confirm your attendance.

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year

08/31/2021

I offer the following Encyclical thoughtfully prepared by His All-Holiness our Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in which the coming Day of Protection for the Environment is considered in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Concerning Masks in our Parishes (August 19)

08/19/2021

The Metropolis is ever mindful of the changing situation concerning COVID-19 and its Delta variant. As your Metropolitan, I am also aware that public health guidelines are subject to change. As late as last week, I have encouraged our communities to determine their procedures concerning masks by comparing them against any recent updates to your national, state & local health codes.

Archangel Michael Feast & Honors

07/16/2021

Our 2021 Archangel Michael Feast & Honors Banquet will be Saturday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. Honorees from 2020 and 2021 will be recognized and honored. Click to read more.

New Metropolis Ministry Website: The OCAA

07/15/2021

The Orthodox Christian Academy of Atlanta was founded in 2019 with the goal of bringing the achievements of academic scholasticism into an Orthodox ethos. Current programs include the Liturgical Arts Academy & a research library. Click here for more information.
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Archepiscopal Message

Homily for the Saturday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

09/18/2021

Today, I witness the fruits of your extraordinary labors for the sake of our Lord and for your community. I behold the beauty and glory of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the rebuilding and reopening of this precious and historic community of Corona.
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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Teaching Children About 1821 Using New Technologies: “Learning, Creating and playing in the digital world"

09/21/2021

The Department of Greek Education will be offering a webinar Saturday September 25, 2021 1:00 pm EST. The webinar is presented by, The Museum of School Life and Education (Μουσείο Σχολικής Ζωής και Εκπαίδευσης)

District Greek Language Programs Receive New Tech Devices and Software from the Office of Greek Education

09/21/2021

The Office of Greek Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, with the generosity of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, was able to purchase Chromebooks, projectors, and Interactive Panels for the District Language programs.

Communique of the Holy Eparchial Synod

09/17/2021

On Thursday, September 16, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America convened a regular meeting of the Holy Eparchial Synod via video conference, in order to deliberate on significant matters that affect the Archdiocese of America.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Offers Agiasmo at Greek-American Institute

09/17/2021

Archbishop Elpidophoros offers Agiasmo for the Greek-American Institue of Zoodohos Peghe Church in the Bronx for the beginning of the school year.

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Meets with AHEPA Supreme President

09/17/2021

Archbishop Elpidophoros Meets with New AHEPA Supreme President Mr. Jimmy Kokotas and the Executive Director of AHEPA Mr. Basil Mossaidis at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in New York City.

“How-to” Green Your Parish, Episode 22: Greening your Parish – Getting Started

09/16/2021

The “How-to” Green Your Parish series is an initiative of the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations. New episodes will be released weekly featuring ideas and ways to introduce creation care and sustainability in your parish and home.

Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou Elevated to Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne

09/16/2021

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, Rev. Protopresbyter Nicholas Triantafilou was elevated to Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne by the recommendation of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and with the blessing of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Launches New Orthodox Marketplace

09/09/2021

Orthodox Marketplace of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America launched a new store on Wednesday September 7, 2021. The new platform (still at www.orthodoxmarketplace.com ) has many updated features from the previous platform, improving the user interface and enhancing the marketing capabilities of the store.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Acquires Popular Byzantine Chant Resource “AGES Initiatives”

08/31/2021

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has acquired certain assets of the respected AGES Initiatives organization, which has provided digital music for Byzantine Chant utilizing both Byzantine and Western notations and translations of liturgical texts for Orthodox churches around the world since 2012. In that time, AGES Initiatives has developed a full suite of digital texts designed to facilitate the study of Byzantine chant in a variety of languages for those at church, at home, or in the classroom.

New Metropolis of Atlanta Ministry Website: The OCAA

07/19/2021

The Orthodox Christian Academy of Atlanta was founded in 2019 with the goal of bringing the achievements of academic scholasticism into an Orthodox ethos.

Stewardship Ministries Announces Stewardship Theme for 2022

07/13/2021

Stewardship Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has announced the Stewardship Theme for 2022: OUR CHURCH. OUR SPIRITUAL HOME.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine Holy Altar Takes Shape

06/18/2021

The Holy Altar of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center has begun to take shape. Follow the progress at www.StNicholasWTC.org
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Ecumenical Patriarchate News

Announcement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

09/16/2021

It is announced that the scheduled visit of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the United States of America will take place from October 23 to November 3, within the framework of health and safety measures due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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Assembly of Bishops News

Assembly of Bishops Signs on to Amicus Brief Supporting the Freedom of Religion in the USA

09/21/2021

Assembly of Bishops Announces 10th Anniversary Meeting

08/19/2021

Assembly of Bishops Joins Other Christians in Filing Amicus Brief in Major Abortion Case before the U.S. Supreme Court

07/29/2021

Members of the Assembly of Bishops Participate in Religious Freedom Summit in Washington D.C.

07/23/2021

Assembly of Bishops Extends Mental Health Assessment Deadline

07/19/2021

Encyclical for Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday 2021

06/24/2021

VIDEO: Assembly of Bishops' 2021 Paschal Message

05/01/2021

The Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America's video message for Easter 2021.

Year of the Youth – Meet Your Bishop: Townhalls Successfully Launched!

04/22/2021

The first of six Meet Your Bishop: Townhalls was hosted on April 13, 2021. Nearly 60 participants joined in to listen to and dialogue with Assembly Hierarchs.

The Assembly of Bishops Launches Mental Health Needs Assessment Survey

04/07/2021

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA asks all Orthodox Christian clergy and faithful to participate in a Mental Health Needs Assessment Survey.

Attention Youth! Meet Your Bishop at Regional Townhalls

03/31/2021

Statement of the Executive Committee on the Proposed Equality Act

03/26/2021

We are deeply concerned about the proposed federal “Equality Act,” which would erode religious liberty for both individuals and organizations, including Orthodox Christian jurisdictions, parishes, and faithful. The supporters of this Act, in their desire to promote equality, ultimately infringe upon the religious liberty of Americans to live according to their faith – a right protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Prayer for the Youth

03/26/2021

Formulated by the Committee for Liturgy and approved by the Executive Committee, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America is proud to release its Prayer for the Youth. The Prayer for the Youth is intended for use in various instances and services, especially this year, the Year of the Youth.

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2021 - Recitation of the Synodkion of the 7th Ecumenical Council

03/19/2021

The Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America recite the Synodikon of the 7th Ecumenical Council for the occasion of the Sunday of Orthodoxy.

Hunger & the Public Good: Restoring the World by Living the Faith

03/18/2021

This three part Lenten webinar series explores Orthodox Christian perspectives on the intersections between Hunger and the Environment, Hunger and Racial Equity, and Hunger and Homelessness. In dialogue with members of Bread for the World, Orthodox Christians will share how the spiritual practices of fasting, prayer, and engagement can help us overcome societal shortcomings in these three timely issues.

Announcement: Assembly of Bishops Seeking Part-Time Programs Coordinator for Task Force on Mental Health

03/12/2021

In September 2019, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America created a Task Force on Mental Health to address mental health needs of the faithful. In order to maintain existing projects and manage new projects of the Task Force, the Assembly of Bishops is seeking a part-time Programs Coordinator.

Announcement: Year of the Youth Activities

03/02/2021

The Assembly of Bishops will also be hosting a variety of exciting events and opportunities that will uplift all of us as we celebrate together the Year of the Youth, including a series of online gatherings and webinars; article and video submissions; a video series; and an increased social media presence. We pray all our planned activities will help our youth, youth workers, and parents witness to their faith as we celebrate their good works in Christ.

2021 Mission Sunday Encyclical

02/16/2021

Despite the anxieties, disruption, loss and grief imposed by the pandemic of these past, long months, we know that in our Savior and Healer we have no need to fear. Indeed, proclaiming this Good News is as important, if not more important, now than ever. The Hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States are committed to this mission, and one means we do so beyond our borders is our support of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) on which we specially focus on Mission Sunday, March 14 of this year.

2021 Scouting Sundays Encyclical

02/16/2021

This year the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, in tandem with American Scouting organizations, celebrates February 7th and March 7th, 2021 as Scouting Sundays. As Orthodox Christians across the country participate in The Year of the Youth, proclaimed by the Assembly of Bishops, special focus is placed on positive and tangible ways to encourage our young people to follow the right path, the path that leads them ever closer to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Recognized by the Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops in America (SCOBA) in 1955, the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting (EOCS) remains an official Commission of the Assembly of Bishops, providing opportunities for our young people to live by the precepts of their faith through Scouting.

Assembly of Bishops Endorses Alternatives to Women in Crisis Pregnancies

01/29/2021

When the burden is too heavy, we, the Church, must be there to lift the burden and open the door to other, more perfect solutions. Otherwise, we too are missing the mark. With this mission, the Assembly of Bishops’ Affiliate Ministry Zoe For Life! “affirms the value of all life by helping women in a confidential manner during and after crisis pregnancies.”

Statement Regarding Developments in Medicine: COVID-19 Vaccines & Immunizations

01/22/2021

Scripture encourages us to respect and protect the body as the temple of God (1 Cor. 6:19). At the same time, it discourages us from either tempting or testing the Lord (Matt. 4:7). And as your spiritual shepherds, we affirm and assure you that it is neither wrong nor sinful to seek medical attention and advice. In fact, we welcome interventions that provide us more time for spiritual renewal and repentance.

Share the Light Sunday 2021

01/08/2021

This year marks a great milestone in our history as we celebrated 25 years since the Orthodox Christian Network's founding. There is no more important time than now to “Let the Word of Christ dwell within us richly” to give us the courage and strength we all desire to meet the challenges we all face.

Assembly of Bishops Launches New Website

11/03/2020

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America is pleased to announce the release of its new website. The website provides historical and current information about the Assembly of Bishops, including financial and annual reports. It features directories, ministries, and resources, and aims to be a communication hub between the Assembly of Bishops and the clergy and laity.

Statement of the Chairman of the Assembly of Bishops On the Tragic Explosions in Beirut, Lebanon

08/06/2020

We express our deep sorrow at the devastation created by the explosions in Beirut. We mourn for the people of Lebanon, who now face an additional challenge in this time of great crisis.

Statement on the Tragic Conversion of Hagia Sophia from Museum to Mosque

07/10/2020

We, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, protest the decision of the civil courts in Turkey, as well as the clear direction of their government, to re-convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque. As citizens of the United States of America, we implore our government to intervene for the reversal of this decision. Furthermore, we urge the Turkish government to return to the status quo whereby Hagia Sophia remains a museum, respecting both its origins and history.

Assembly of Bishops Releases Guidelines and Considerations for Safer Orthodox Church Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

06/16/2020

As parishes open their doors, and faithful around the country return to church, the Assembly of Bishops' COVID-19 Task Force - comprised of priests, public health professionals, risk management experts, and lawyers - has produced updated Guidelines and Considerations for Safer Orthodox Church Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Continues to Minister to the Incarcerated through Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry During Covid-19

06/11/2020

Despite the unprecedented challenges caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, has maintained its ministerial connection to Orthodox men and women in jails and prisons across the United States.

Assembly of Bishops’ Executive Committee Calls All to Prayer for Justice and Peace during Nationwide Civil Unrest

06/02/2020

We stand in unequivocal solidarity and peaceful protest with all those who condemn racism and inequality, which betray the spirit of democracy in our nation, i.e. “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”. At the same time, we denounce all expressions of violence and revenge, including those despoiling and detracting from peaceful demonstrations.

Learn About the Assembly of Bishops Live on Ancient Faith Radio

05/28/2020

Tune in to a live interview with the current Secretary, Metropolitan Gregory, the initial Secretary, Mary Arey, and the Director of Operations, Nicholas Anton, to learn about the past, present, and future of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.

A Nationwide Approach of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA for the Staged Reopening of Churches during the COVID-19 Pandemic

05/14/2020

We have heard the pained cry of the Faithful who, although faithful in their devotion, as witnessed by virtual participation in broadcast services and their continuing stewardship support of the Church, have felt an intense separation from Holy Eucharist and their Communities.

A Video Compilation of Pascha (Easter) from Home During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic

04/21/2020

During a painful time of forced separation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Orthodox Christians united as the one Body of Christ worshiping from home. This short compilation highlights creative ways the faithful celebrated Holy Week and Pascha (Easter) in 2020!

ACOB-USA Releases a Video Message of Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

04/10/2020

Unable to gather in person for Holy Week, the heads of jurisdictions joined together to send you a message of solidarity from their homes to yours!

Statement of the ACOB-USA Executive Committee Concerning Holy Week and Pascha (Easter)

04/04/2020

After consultation with public health officials, law enforcement, theologians, and pastoral care professionals, we, members of the Executive Committee, have reached a consensus concerning Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Pascha (Easter) and strongly encourage all Bishops of the Assembly to implement the following recommendations

Assembly of Bishops USA Announces COVID-19 Resource Center for Orthodox Christians

03/27/2020

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA announces a resource center for clergy and faithful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statement to the Faithful On Church Attendance and Best Practices during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

03/17/2020

Responding to the rapid spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and as your Bishops and Spiritual Fathers, we must be very clear and emphatic about one thing: it is not a sin to refrain from church services or sacraments during this time of pandemic.

Encyclical for the Sunday of Orthodoxy

03/05/2020

While we process with the icons in our churches, our celebration should not be merely a remembrance of a past event with significance only for those who inherited it as a cultural tradition. We must remember that the valiant martyrs and confessors that struggled in defense of the icons did not do so to defend an esoteric theological formula but to proclaim the Faith that 'established the universe.'

Executive Committee of the Assembly of Bishops Recommits to Orthodox Unity in the USA

09/18/2019

The Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America met today, under the chairmanship of Archbishop Elpidophoros, to discuss the state of Orthodox Christian unity in the USA. Recognizing the challenges in global Orthodoxy, the jurisdictional representatives reiterated their commitment to the local faithful of America and rededicated themselves to fulfilling the call for canonical normalcy and pastoral unity on contemporary issues.

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Releases New Agreed Statement on the Vocation and Mission of the People of God

08/06/2019

More than five years in the making, this new text takes a different approach to ecumenical dialogue: instead of addressing together an issue that has prevented full communion between the churches, here the Catholic and Orthodox theologians examine together challenges that affect both churches, in this case the role of the laity in the two traditions and the problem of clericalism.

North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Convenes for 96th Meeting

05/29/2019

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation commenced its 96th meeting today at the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center. The high-level consultation is the oldest and longest-running in the world and meets biannually to discuss theological differences and commonalities between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. The agenda will address vocation and ministry, inter-Christian marriage, Synodality, and respective Church updates.

Fast Questions and Fast Answers about American Orthodox Christian Monasteries

03/04/2019

There are eighty Orthodox Christian monasteries in the USA which represent great variety of ethnic and liturgical traditions. In fact, America is, probably, the only place in the world where - within the same country - one can visit Greek, Russian, Romanian, Serbian Orthodox monasteries and experience their different 'ethnic' liturgical styles, worship practices, church architecture, musicology and iconography.

Statement on the Sanctity of Life

01/31/2019

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America affirms the sanctity of life based on the firm conviction that life begins at the moment of conception. The Assembly remains steadfast in its conviction that any interference in the development of life is a serious issue, and therefore it regularly participates in a variety of relevant events and also releases pertinent statements on the topic.

Fast Questions and Fast Answers about the Geography of Orthodoxy in America

12/05/2018

Fast Questions and Fast Answers about the Geography of Orthodoxy in America is the second essay in a group of mini-reports about Orthodox Church life in America. Surprising, stimulating, and, at the same time, important facts about the geographic distribution of Orthodox parishes and church members in America are discussed in this essay.

Fast Questions and Fast Answers about American Orthodox Bishops

09/25/2018

Based on questions that American Orthodox hierarchs often receive from clergy and parishioners, this essay offers readers plenty of interesting facts about their lives as Bishops, as well as who they are as people.

New Map of Bishops and Parishes Available on the Assembly Website

08/07/2018

A new map, Orthodox Bishops and Parishes in the United States, is now available on the Assembly's website. The updated map shows: a) locations, names and jurisdictions of all active Orthodox bishops in the United States and b) the total number of Orthodox parishes in each county.

Orthodox Christian Churches in 21st Century America: A Parish Life Study

01/30/2018

The study 'Orthodox Christian Churches in 21st Century America' offers a comprehensive picture of the lives of local American Orthodox parishes, including such aspects as membership, worship, programs, religious education, youth, usage of electronic technologies, and much more. In addition, the study also addressed the crucial question: 'How are Orthodox Christian parishes faring today among the many other American local religious communities?'
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