2012

Historical Coincidences of the Names of the Popes of Alexandria

December 31, 2012 Featured News
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    Varghese John Thottapuzha – OCP Associate 31/12/12 It is interesting to note that the present Popes of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria share the same names. In fact, this aspect was highlighted in a fraternal way in the congratulatory note of the latter to the former at the […]

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Holy Synod approves documents regulating liturgical, administrative and social activity and establishes new dioceses

December 31, 2012 News

On 26 December 2012, the Holy Synod continued its sessions at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence in St Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow under the chairmanship of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. Approved for reading at the services and for prayers at home were the texts of the Akathistos hymn to the “Queen of […]

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Metropolitan Abba Seraphim’s Christmas Message

December 31, 2012 Featured News

31/12/12 – The British Orthodox Church This year Abba Seraphim celebrated the Nativity Feast on Christmas Eve (24 December) at the Chatham Church. In his address Abba Seraphim spoke of the angelic proclamation of Peace on Earth, which he noted has always been elusive, “It seems almost alien to the natural condition of man and since […]

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FOCA Juniors wrap up toy drive for Superstorm Sandy victims

December 31, 2012 News

OCA – 30/12/12 The national Junior Department of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] extends a heartfelt “thank you” to one and all who donated toys and gift cards to brighten the season for children whose families continue to suffer as a result of November’s Superstorm Sandy. In addition to hundreds of toys, […]

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Metropolitan Tikhon to be enthroned January 27, 2013; service and banquet schedule announced

December 31, 2012 Featured News
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31/12/12 The Enthronement of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America will be celebrated at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Washington, DC, on the weekend of January 26-27, 2013. On Saturday, January 26, the Vigil will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, January 27, the Divine Liturgy, followed by the Rite […]

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New Year Greetings From Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE

December 31, 2012 Featured News

31/12/12 Dear All I Take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful, blessed and prosperous new year.May God shower abundance of blessings upon you and your love ones. May God have great mercy upon us. Thanking you all for the kind support, love and care. Requesting your prayers and wishing you all the very […]

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Fear Not – Be strong to do His Will

December 31, 2012 Featured News
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Rev. Fr. Alexander J. Kurien Washington, D.C. OCP News Service 31/12/1/2 NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM REV FR ALEXANDER J KURIEN WISHING YOU ALL A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR Are you Ready to Face the Future, regardless of how dark things look?  The days of 2012 were in many ways darkening ones – crime, immorality, […]

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OCP Executive Council Mourns the death of Delhi Gang Rape Victim

December 31, 2012 Featured News

  30/12/12 OCP News Service India: Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society Executive council has condemned the brutal gang rape incident in Delhi which resulted in the death of young girl. OCP Executive Council observed 10 minutes of silence remembering the brave girl who passed away last day at Singapore hospital. Chairman K C Jacob said that […]

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Armenian Lighthouse Charitable Foundation Completes Chapel for Religious Services

December 30, 2012 News

  30/12/12 LONG BEACH, Calif. and PTGHUNK, Armenia — Zuhrab and Seta Ghazarian, the founders of the Armenian Lighthouse Charitable Foundation (ALCF), the organization formerly known as Paros “Lighthouse” Charitable Foundation, funded and recently completed the construction of a chapel adjacent to the ALCF center. The chapel was consecrated and named Soorp Mariam Asdvadzadzin (St. […]

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Experiencing Traditional Holidays in Armenia

December 30, 2012 Featured News

BY CATHERINE YESAYAN -30/12/12 Asbarez contributor Catherine Yesayan, who is the one of two authors of the “Community Links” column spent the summer in Armenia. Throughout her trip, she reported on the interesting places she visited and people she met along her journey. Yesayan had the opportunity to experience two traditional Armenian holidays—Vardavar, the feast […]

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Patriarch Kirill to make a pilgrimage to Mount Athos and visit Estonia

December 30, 2012 Featured News

Moscow, December 29, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is to visit Greece, Mount Athos and the Baltic States next year. “Early in June the Patriarch plans to visit Greece. Visiting the Greek Orthodox Church he will return the Archbishop Ieronymos’ of Athens and All Greece visit to Russia in 2012. The […]

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Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Jersey City celebrates Feast of Saint Gabriel

December 30, 2012 News

Rafal Rogoza / The Jersey JournalThe Jersey Journal- 29/12/12 Dozens congregated at an Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Jersey City this morning to worship and celebrate the Feast of Saint Gabriel. Roughly 50 worshippers of the Bisrate Gebriel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church held mass at 7 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church at 214 Martin Luther […]

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OCP Chancellor’s Nativity Message

December 30, 2012 Featured News
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  30/12/12 WHEN DIVINITY MEETS HUMANITY We hear the Christmas story every year during the months of December and January. What we hear is the story of purely mundane things. We hear about a couple looking for a lodge in an emergency situation; the young woman was in her full term of pregnancy and was […]

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The Copts and Christmas

December 29, 2012 News

By Michael Adel -29/12/12 Amidst Egypt’s political turmoil and the recent approval of the country’s draft constitution, millions of Christians across Egypt are preparing to celebrate Christmas as usual this year under the shadow of Islamist rule. Egypt’s churches have invited all the Copts to attend the celebrations as usual, and Pope Tawadros II, the […]

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Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Mark St. Stephen

December 29, 2012 News
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27/12/12 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church marks Thursday the Day of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr and first archdeacon in the Jerusalem Community Church. The community church accepted people from all social circles and the rich supported the church while Stephen designated the activity and the vocation of each member. It is believed that this […]

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Artifacts Reported Stolen from Hollywood Russian Orthodox Church

December 29, 2012 Featured News
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Guy McCarthy – 28/12/12 Items listed as stolen from the church’s altar room on Dec. 22 include ornate metal crosses and chalices. Los Angeles police are asking for the public’s help investigating the reported theft of numerous religious artifacts, including ornate metal crosses and chalices, from the Holy  Transfiguration Russian Orthodox Church in Hollywood. A total […]

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Orthodox Church Forms New Caucasus Eparchy

December 29, 2012 News

28/12/12 The Orthodox Church has formed a new entity covering  the predominantly Muslim North Caucasus regions of Chechnya,  Ingushetia and Dagestan. The Makhachkala Eparchy was set up by the Holy Synod,  the church’s supreme governing body, church spokesman Vladimir Legoida said  late Wednesday, after the two-day session ended, Interfax reported. The new eparchy, which will […]

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Update on the Situation of Christians in Syria – Exclusive Report and Snaps

December 28, 2012 Featured News

   St Marys Church Homs    St. Mary’s Church in Homs before the war St Mary’s Church in Dair Al-Zor, Syria St. Thomas Church in Ras Al-Ayn  A mosque nearby Ras Al-Ayn Burnt office in Qatf Al-Zahour Private School in Ras Al-Ayn Burnt office in Qatf Al-Zahour Private School in Ras Al-Ayn Qatf Al-Zahour Private […]

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Long path to reach spiritual home

December 27, 2012 Featured News

Margaret Jackson – 27/12/12 AMBROSE JACKSON PRIEST, TEACHER 10-12-1935 — 4-8-2012 TWO funeral services for the Very Reverend Archpriest Ambrose Trevor Jackson,  one in Adelaide and the other in rural Victoria, were attended by clergy and  parishioners from the Serbian, Greek, Russian, Antiochian and Romanian Orthodox  as well as Coptic, Anglican and  Catholic churches. The […]

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Learning to love thy Christian neighbor

December 27, 2012 News

David Rap – 27/12/12 The beautiful lowland between the Israel Museum and the neighborhood of Rehavia in Jerusalem is called Emek Hamatzlevah, “The Valley of the Cross.” Within the valley is a Greek Orthodox monastery with the same name. The name comes from Christian tradition, which holds that a tree from the valley provided the […]

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All indications are Jesus Christ was never born on December 25th

December 27, 2012 Featured News

27/12/12 Even as Christians celebrate the festive season, no one knows the exact time or place or month or year when Jesus of Nazareth was born. This is even more true when one considers that the same Christians do celebrate Christmas on different occasions, with Orthodox observing it in January. In any case, the calendar […]

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