June 6, 2008

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FEAST OF HOLY PENTECOST – JUNE 15: The Feast of Holy Pentecost is 
celebrated each year on the fiftieth day after the Great and Holy Feast of 
Pascha (Easter) and ten days after the Feast of the Ascension of Christ. 
The Feast is always celebrated on a Sunday.  The Feast commemorates the 
descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles on the day of Pentecost, a 
feast of the Jewish tradition. It also celebrates the establishment of the 
Church through the preaching of the Apostles and the baptism of the 
thousands who on that day believed in the Gospel message of salvation 
through Jesus Christ. The Feast is also seen as the culmination of the 
revelation of the Holy Trinity.  For more information on this feast, an 
explanation of the icon, to send an iconogram and more visit: 

GATHER MY PEOPLE TO MY HOME:  This is the theme for the 39th Biennial 
Clergy-Laity Congress which will be convened in Washington DC, July 13-17. 
 To read the first of a series of reflections on the theme by Archbishop 
Demetrios, visit the link below.  More information on the Congress and 
additional theme reflections will be available in the coming weeks at 

CLERGY-LAITY REGISTRATION ONLINE: The 39th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress 
of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and National Philoptochos Convention 
will be held July 13-17 in Washington DC.  Registration materials are now 
available online and registration will continue through June.  Register 
early and make your plans now by visiting  

Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan area are working diligently to prepare 
for the 2008 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America National Young Adult 
Conference, July 10-13, 2008 in Washington DC. This year’s conference will 
be held in conjunction with the 39th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress at the 
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.  

Archbishop Demetrios and a delegation from the Archdiocese has been in 
Russia.  The trip included services and meetings with Patriarch Alexy of 
Moscow and All Russia, and visits to churches and institutions of the 
Moscow Patriarchate and to the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

For news releases of the visit go to: 

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OPPORTUNITIES ON 2008 OCMC MISSION TEAMS: Through work, witness, and 
worship, Orthodox Mission Teams become a visible expression of Christian 
love, unity, and support. The remaining fifteen 2008 Orthodox Christian 
Mission Center (OCMC) Mission Teams will serve in ten countries around the 
world. Several of these teams still need volunteers, and you could be the 
missing team member that Christ will send. Let your love for the Gospel 
and for others speak and work--share in a journey of faith! 
*Since 1994, the OCMC has sent Teams to Western Tanzania to encourage the 
growth of Orthodoxy. The Tanzania Construction Team will help build a 
church in the newly elevated Metropolis of Mwanza. The Team will also 
visit, witness to, and encourage surrounding communities within the 
Metropolis. Dates are July 3 – 25, 2008. 
*The India Teaching Team will offer catechism and outreach in Kolkata. 
Orthodox clergy and theologians are needed to preach, teach, baptize, and 
assist in the evangelical efforts of the Church in Kolkata. This small 
team will also offer a retreat for the local clergy of the area. This 
project will take place September 3-25, 2008. 
*The Alaska Teaching Team to the Kenai Deanery will encourage and offer a 
living witness to different communities of the Kenai Peninsula, including 
Cordova, Valdez and Tatitlek. The Team will offer seminars, Vacation Bible 
Schools, retreats, counseling, evangelism, adult catechism, and bible 
studies in each of these communities. The dates are October 14 – 29, 2008. 

*The Kenya Youth Team will join the youth of the Orthodox Church of Kenya 
to offer an annual youth retreat, which will draw participants from the 
Nyeri and Kasenge regions. Catechism and Orthodox renewal will take place 
during this event, which will reflect the transformation and joy that 
knowing Christ has meant to the youth of that region. The dates are 
December 28, 2008 – January 10, 2009. 
*To participate on an OCMC Mission Team, you must be at least 18 years old 
and be an active member of the Church in good physical health. To apply, 
send in a completed Mission Team Application with reference form from an 
Orthodox Priest. OCMC is looking for spiritually mature individuals with 
good social skills who are motivated to learn and serve! 
*If you would like to participate on one of these Orthodox Mission Teams 
in 2008, please contact the OCMC for additional information. Applications 
are available online at . You can also 
contact the OCMC by Toll-Free Phone: 1-877-GO- FORTH (1-877-463-6784) or 
1-904-829-5132, by e-mail [log in to unmask], or by mail: OCMC • P.O. Box 4319 
• St. Augustine, FL 32085-4319.

ORTHODOX OBSERVER ONLINE: The May issue of the Orthodox Observer is now 
online.  Read the latest news from throughout the Archdiocese as well as 
special interest articles, information on resources and services and much 

YOUNG ADULT SURVEY: In an effort to better understand and address the 
needs of young adults, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America 
Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries has developed the Young 
Adult Survey. By listening to the voice of young adults living in our 
society, the Department is looking to create new, effective ministries for 
this demographic.  The Young Adult Survey is a short, online analysis that 
will help assess various aspects of young adult life.  To take the survey 
visit and for a chance to win an IPod Nano visit 

NATIONAL ORTHODOX RADIO PROGRAM: This week's episode of Come Receive the 
Light, THE NATIONAL ORTHODOX RADIO PROGRAM, deals with the topic of 
gambling. Fr. Luke Veronis, Holy Cross professor and author of 
Missionaries, Monks, and Martyrs: Making Disciples of All Nations 
discusses the topic of gambling inside and outside of the church.

You can hear this program--and many others--by listening to our Internet 
radio stations, The ARK and The RUDDER, at  This 
week on "Special Moments in Orthodoxy," we feature Professor of Theology 
and former Dean at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Fr. John 
Chryssavgis’ message on The Church and the Environment.  A Turning to the 
Fathers episode on St. the Text of Apothegmata and a Theologically 
Thinking episode from Fr. William Chiganos on Loving the Unlovable will 
also be available this week. Programs are also available on Podcast and 

VACATION CHURCH SCHOOL RESOURCES: Our new Vacation Church School program 
is structured as a five-session day camp for elementary school students. A 
robust curriculum keeps children moving and engaged with hymns and camp 
songs, crafts, puppet theater, prayer services, classroom activities, 
daily full-group assemblies, spotlights on missions, and more. The 
comprehensive materials also provide suggestions for adapting VCS to a 
parish’s needs, such as alternative schedules and age groupings. This 
year’s VCS explores the four Great Feasts of the Church dedicated to the 
Theotokos, focusing on the theme of “Traveling on the Ark of Salvation.” 
Preorder and start planning now; kits will be shipped in late April.
For more information, call the Department of Religious Education 
(617-850-1218) or visit 

NOW AVAILABLE: Written with personal warmth and great erudition, 
ENCOUNTERING THE MYSTERY illuminates the rich culture and soul of Orthodox 
Christianity. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I traces the roots of 
Orthodox Christianity to its founding 2000 years ago, explores its 
spirituality and doctrine, and explains its liturgy and art. More 
especially, in a unique and unprecedented way, he relates Orthodox 
Christianity to contemporary issues, such as freedom and human rights, 
social justice and globalization, as well as nationalism and war.  Order 
your copy from Orthodox Marketplace at 

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Looking for music, icons or cards for Pascha this year? Take a look at our 
selection of traditional cards and icons for Great Lent and Holy Pascha: 

Has your child outgrown his or her children's bible? Are you looking for a 
book that will bring them more knowledge about the background of their 
faith in an easy to read format? This Pascha, consider giving them the 
Children's Bible Reader. You can view a portion of the Bible Reader online 
in English right now by visiting: 

You can purchase the Reader in either Greek or English versions for $19.99 
for a single, for $159.99 for a case of 10. Use the button in the demo, or 
visit the Orthodox Marketplace product page at:

Have you seen the new Orthodox Study Bible? Whether you have been waiting 
for this bible for years or are new to the faith and are looking for a 
bible with notes and commentary that will educate you about the Orthodox 
faith, this volume will not disappoint. Currently available in hardcover 
for $49.95 or in bonded leather for $79.95 - softcover edition available 
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