Feast Day of the Monastery of St. John 2019

https://www.saintjohnsmonastery.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/st-johjns-feast-day-2019-3.jpgOn Saturday June 16/29, the Monastery of Saint John in Cobleskill celebrated its annual feast day. The Holy Eparchial Synod, under the presidency of His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius of America, convened on the previous Wednesday, and the conference of the clergy took place on Thursday and Friday.

The grand festivities brought a lot of joy and hope to the 400 or so faithful who attended from different parts of North America.

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Orthodox Awareness

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Why do we follow the Old Orthodox Calendar?

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b The Gregorian (Papal) Calendar has been condemned by three Pan-Orthodox Councils under Patriarch Jeremiah Tranos (1583, 1587, 1589) Read more...

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Q. There seems to be a lot of variation in how people observe fasting, but my confessor told me to fast from oil on Wednesday and Friday. Oil is a pretty vague category, though, and I was wondering if I could get a more explicit description of what kinds of food and drink are excluded on strict fast days. Read more...