Saturday Before Meatfare Sunday By Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos

SATURDAY before MEATFARE Sunday On the same day, the most Divine Fathers appointed a commemoration of all those who, from ages past, have piously fallen asleep, in the hope of resurrection unto life eternal. Verses Forgive the dead their transgressions, O Word, And do not show Thy good compassion to be dead. Synaxarion Since it […]

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Introduction This feast, celebrated on February 2, is known in the Orthodox Church as The Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Another name for the feast is The Meeting of our Lord. Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians call the feast, The Purification of the Holy Virgin. About 450 AD in Jerusalem, people began the custom […]

The Great Feast Of Theophany

Theophany is the Feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). God the Father spoke from Heaven about the Son, the Son was baptized by the St John the Forerunner, and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Son in the form of […]

Patriarchal Proclamation for Christmas 2020

 B A R T H O L O M E W BY GOD’S MERCY ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE-NEW ROME AND ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH TO THE PLENITUDE OF THE CHURCH GRACE, MERCY AND PEACE  FROM THE SAVIOR CHRIST BORN IN BETHLEHEM * * * Most venerable brothers in Christ and beloved children,          As we journey with the All-Holy […]

August 1st: The Month Of Theotokos Begins

Our Mother, the Church, is again inviting us to celebrate the Dormition of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary and Mother of our God. Events relating to the lives of the Saints are a cause for joy, sacred contemplation, and opportunities for prayer and the worship of God glorified in Trinity. The month of August is […]

Synaxis Of The Holy Twelve Apostles

Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious and All-praised Twelve Apostles (June 30) Even though each of the Twelve Great Apostles has his own particular feast day during the year, the Church has set aside this day as a general feast of all the apostles together, and Paul with them. These are the names and the separate […]

The Feast Of The Holy Apostles Peter And Paul (June 29)

1. THE HOLY APOSTLE PETER Peter was the son of Jonah and the brother of Andrew, the First-called. He was of the Tribe of Simeon from the town of Bethsaida. He was a fisherman and, at first, was called Simon but the Lord was pleased to call him Cephas or Peter: “And he brought him […]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: “Saddened and shaken” over plans to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople lowered his voice in exasperation. “What can I say as a Christian clergyman and the Greek Patriarch in Istanbul? Instead of uniting, a 1,500-year-old heritage is dividing us. I am saddened and shaken.” The 80-year-old spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide was referring to the Turkish government’s plans to convert Hagia […]