Great Week and Holy Pascha 2015 at St. Irene Parish in Troy, Michigan

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

St. Irene of Chrysovalantou, a new parish of our Holy Metropolis established by His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius in September of 2014, rejoices to have completed the journey of Great Lent together in a spirit of unity in Christ, and to have enjoyed a peaceful and prayerful Great Week and joyous Resurrection of Christ. Our rector, Fr. Steven Allen, Protopsaltes Leonidas Pittos, our parish council, and our entire community wish to congratulate all of our brethren near and far on the Resurrection of Our Lord, and to thank everyone for their prayer and support.

For more information about our community, go to saint-irene.com.

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Orthodox Awareness

A Brief History

In the early 20th century, the idea of promoting the union of Churches (Orthodox and heterodox) began to gain ground among circles in the Eastern Orthodox Church by establishing a "Communion of Churches" modeled on the League of Nations.

The Patriarchal Encyclical of 1920 foresaw a series of steps toward the “union of the Churches,” of which the first was the change of the calendar for the simultaneous celebration of feast days by all the “Churches.” The content of the encyclical was kept secret from the faithful and only after a few years became known. Read more...

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Youth

Report and photos from the 2017 Youth & Family Conference

Ask A Priest

Civil Annulment's Effect on Church Marriage?

Q. This concerns a U.S. marriage. If the marriage is civilly annulled, what is the effect upon the Church marriage? Is it also annulled? Read more...