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Real Break Thessaloniki - II March 10-18, 2017
Eight Diocesan college students, accompanied by Diocesan Priests, Jonathan Bannon and William Bennett, were blessed to take part in an OCF Real Break Trip to Thessaloniki, Greece, from March 10-18, 2017 in order to personally experience the living μαρτυρiα (witness) and διακονiα (service) of the Christian communities of Northern Greece. The host institution is the historic Great Church of the Theotokos, that is, the Church of the Acheiropoietos, which was built in the center of Byzantine Thessaloniki in the fifth century. During Real Break Thessaloniki, the students will visit many of the region’s sacred sites and venerate the numerous relics and icons that have adorned them for centuries. This includes the churches and relics of St. Demetrios, Sts. Cyril and Methodios, St. Gregory Palamas, St. Theodora and St. David, as well as the churches of Rotunda, Haghia Sophia, St. Nicholas Orphanos and the Holy Apostles. Participants will also visit the Holy Monasteries of Meteora and Ormylia. Additionally, trip participants will have the opportunity to experience several outreach ministries of the Metropolis of Thessaloniki. Thanks in a large part due to a generous grant from the Kulis Foundation, our Diocesan Students have joined approximately two dozen Orthodox College Students from various Dioceses on this once in a life time, service learning trip.
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On the weekend of April 8-9, 2017, His Grace, Bishop Gregory made his first Archpastoral Visit to St. Nicholas Mission Parish in Murphy, NC. Photos show scenes from the visit of His Grace, Bishop ...
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For their final day in Thessaloniki, the Real Break crew had the opportunity to visit multiple ministries that aim to serve local communities. After celebrating Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, they visited the ...
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We were blessed with yet another beautiful day! Real Break Thessaloniki has been up close and personal. From the scents of incense rising as we began the week with Liturgy to the very holy fragrance ...
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Yet again, God blessed us with another day! One of the goals of this Real Break Thessaloniki trip was to not treat the city as a museum but as a culture that is very much alive. From traveling to the ...
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God blessed us with yet another day! To Meteora we went, translated as "the barrier between heaven and earth", visiting monasteries built on immense cliffs. Yana Skrypai shared with us some ...
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Today the Lord blessed us again and first with His light, shining over the mountains this morning in Thessaloniki as we made our way to Vergina to visit the tomb of Philip II father of Aleksander the Great. ...
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Day 2 in Greece... Wow. How can we begin to share the glory of God from this packed day starting with the Divine Liturgy? Fr. William and Fr. Jonathan were invited to serve with Fr. Spyridon and Fr. ...
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After an hour delay getting ice off our plane in Boston we traveled to Istanbul and then landed safely in Thessaloniki, Greece where we were warmly greeted by the hosting parish priest and others helping ...
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On Friday evening, March 10, 2017 eight Diocesan college students, accompanied by Frs William Bennett and Jonathan Bannon, joined the remainder of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship Real Break Thessaloniki ...