The Last of the Chian Six

In 1952 Archimandrite Petros was able to make his way to America, and gain his religious freedom. After a few years he was able to bring Fr. Eleutherios to America to join him. Fr. Eleutherios would struggle for the cause of Traditionalist Orthodoxy for decades alongside his friend and fellow native of Chios, Petros Astyfides. Petros stayed in NYC where he became the Metropolitan of Astoria. Fr. Eleutherios was assigned to the Parish of St. Spyridon near Detroit, where he remained until he went to Mt. Athos in 1980. He never left the Holy Mountain, until he reposed on April 21, 2020, aged 97. He was the last man living that had been arrested, jailed, and prosecuted for being a Greek Orthodox Christian in his own country of Greece.

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 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. Father John served the faithful in Tucson and the surrounding area in his home Chapel until his repose in November of 2000. His wife, Presbytera Valerie, continued to make her home Chapel available for the mission, with clergy from Saint Nectarios Orthodox Church in Seattle and His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto (then of Portland), visiting to provide the Divine Services.

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Youth

2022 Youth and Family Conference

The 2022 Metropolis Youth and Family Conference was held for the first time in over a decade at the Dormition of the Theotokos parish in Clearwater, Florida. The theme of this year’s conference was “Orthodox Building Blocks: The Restoration of an Orthodox Way of Life”. The conference was attended by over 250 faithful... [Read more...]

 

Ask A Priest

Why do we Call Angels “Saint”?

Q. I noticed that we call the angels Michael and Gabriel "Saint." I thought the title "Saint" was only given to humans who have proven themselves Godly. Do you mind clarifying this for me? Is there a deeper meaning to "Saint" that I am not aware of?

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