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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 2/21/2020

Theodore the Commander & Great Martyr
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Epistle Reading: 2 John 1:1-13

Gospel Reading: Mark 15:22-25,33-41

Theodore the Commander & Great Martyr; The Holy Prophet Zacharias (Zachariah); Nicephoros & Stephanos the Martyrs; Afterfeast of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple; Cuthman of Steyning

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Orthodox Youth Directors of North America Meet in Phoenix, AZ

Monday, February 17, 2020

PHOENIX, AZ -- On Wednesday and Thursday, January 22-23, 2020, the Jurisdictional Orthodox Youth Directors in North America held their annual face-to-face meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Each year the National Youth Directors meet prior to the Orthodox Youth and Camp Workers Conference (YCC) which is an event they’ve been sponsoring and hosting for 19 years. The Conference gathers together Youth and Camp Workers from all jurisdictions across North America for 2 days of learning, networking and connecting in the ministry of Orthodox youth formation. The YCC was held this year in Phoenix at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and gathered together the National Youth Directors, parish youth workers, camp directors, camp counselors, church school teachers, and others for the two-day Conference. Read more...

Diocese to Begin New Family Ministry

Saturday, February 08, 2020

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Assembly of Bishops Delegation Participates in March for Life

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America sent a delegation to the annual March for Life in the nation’s capital on Friday, January 24, 2020. The event marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Read More ...

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New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke

Sunday, February 09, 2020

May 29, 1453 was a dark day for Orthodox Christians living in the great Byzantine empire.  Muslim troops attacked and conquered the great city of Constantinople, killing the Orthodox emperor Constantine XI and pillaging the city.  Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, a Christian empire that flourished for 1,000 years, now became the Ottoman Empire, ruled by a people who were enemies of Christ and Christianity.  Crosses were torn from the domes of churches and icons painted over as churches were converted to mosques, most notably the famed Hagia Sophia Cathedral.  While the new Ottoman rulers proclaimed their “tolerance” of Orthodox Christianity, they soon embarked on a program of both active and passive persecution designed to hinder and slowly strangle the Christian Faith. 

The Sultan considered himself as the “protector” of the Orthodox Christians, but in reality he and his successors held a firm control over the Orthodox Church preventing it from fulfilling its mission and ministry.  Orthodox Christians were required to pay a special tax and had no rights of citizenship.  They could not marry Muslims and it was a crime, punishable by death, to convert a Muslim to Christianity. Read more...


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Praying together and reading Scripture together are pillars of a Christ- centered Orthodox Christian family. While families may desire to have these activities in their home, they may not be sure how to start. SPF50 intends to help our families bridge that gap. SPF stands for “Scripture, Prayer, Family” and is designed to equip families to read the Scriptures and pray together at home.

This will be an ongoing parish-centered program to help families have quality time with our Lord and with one another, both of which are hard to come by. 

SPF50 will start at the beginning of Great Lent 2020 with the Gospel of Mark.

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