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 www.clergylaity.org.
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
NATIONAL YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE
IN DC: Young adults from the 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 VISITS
RUSSIA: This past week His Eminence 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
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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,
*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,
*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 http://www.ocmc.org/teams.php
. 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 more.
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
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 http://www.myocn.net.
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 OnDemand.
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
ENCOUNTERING THE MYSTERY –
NEW BOOK BY ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW 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
ORTHODOX MARKETPLACE - www.orthodoxmarketplace.com
The official online store of
the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
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 soon. Purchase it today at:
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