Feast Day at Holy Ascension Monastery - 2012

The Feast Day of the Holy Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Holy Ascension in Woodstock, NY. This year the monastery's Feast Day was celebrated on the new foundation of the exact replica of the Great Church of Aghia Sophia in Constantinople, now being constructed at the monastery. In attendance were Metropolitan Pavlos of America, Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Attica, Met. Moses of Portland, and Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis, as well as other clergy, monastics, and the Faithful.

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...

Missions

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Mission, Tucson, Arizona

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Tucson, AZ, is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Read more...

Ask A Priest

Fasting

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...