On Tuesday, February 23, 1988 - the Feast of the Martyr Damian of Esphigmenou Monastery - the Orthodox Television Program of the Cathedral of Saint Markella was introduced to the television viewing public of New York City. This is that program. We have recently discovered it in our archives. It has not been seen since that evening many years ago, until now.
Note: Metropolitan Petros introduces the title of the program during his appearance in this debut episode. He had wanted to give the same name to the television program that he had given his radio program: "The Orthodox Church Near You". However, during the editing of the program, that title was not used. Therefore, even though Geronda Petros uses "The Orthodox Church Near You" during his remarks, the program became known by the title "The Orthodox Television Program."
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