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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese E-bulletin February 19, 2010

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese E-bulletin February 19, 2010

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SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY:  The first Sunday of Lent is commemorated as the Sunday of Orthodoxy.  Each year for this Sunday, the Hierarchs of SCOBA issue an encyclical affirming the significance of this day in the history of our faith and in recognition of the unity in faith and ministry shared by the Orthodox jurisdictions in the Americas.  Read the text of this yearâ??s encyclical.  Also, visit the special site which includes an overview, an explanation of the icon, hymns, readings and more for this Sunday.


Sunday of Orthodoxy:

GREAT LENT:  Great Lent began on Monday, February 15.  The Archdiocese has a special web site dedicated to this holy season.  Find resources for prayer, reflection, worship and more.  This site has special articles on the Sundays and disciplines of Lent, fasting, and prayer.  Listen to hymns, follow the daily Scripture readings, prepare for special services and observances, and order resources to help you through your Lenten journey.

JANUARY-FEBRUARY ISSUE OF OBSERVER ONLINE:  The latest issue of the Orthodox Observer is now available online.  Read the latest news, recaps from celebrations fro Nativity and Epiphany from throughout the Archdiocese, special articles for family and youth ministry, and much more.

CAMPER REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE FOR IONIAN VILLAGE SUMMER CAMP 2010: Teens are encouraged to attend this historic camp year as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary.   Ionian Village, the unique summer camping program located in Greece and operated by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is currently accepting registrations for Summer Camp 2010.  Teens who have completed grades 7-12 may attend either Summer Travel Camp
(STC) July 1-20, 2010 or Byzantine Venture (BV) July 25-August 13, 2010. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of early registration and receive $100 off the registration fee by enrolling online before February 28, 2010.  For more information about the program or to register for Summer Camp 2010 visit or contact the Ionian Village office at 646.519.6190.

IONIAN VILLAGE AND CENTER FOR FAMILY CARE COLLABORATE ON FIRST FAMILY CAMP IN GREECE:  Ionian Village and the Archdiocesan Center for Family Care are pleased to announce their collaboration on the first Ionian Village Family Camp (IVFC).  For over 40 years Ionian Village, the summer travel-abroad camp program of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, has offered teenagers and young adult participants an opportunity to gain a broader experience of their Orthodox Faith and Hellenic Culture. That same experience will now be available to families attending IVFC, July 17-26, 2010. Leading the trip will be the Director of the Center for Family Care, Fr. Constantine L. Sitaras, who was the camp director of Ionian Village for 25 years. In speaking about this new collaboration, Fr. Sitaras said, "We are excited to offer the Ionian Village Family Camp for families to experience together. It is our hope that through this program, families will be able to take their experiences of our faith there and bring them to life in their own homes."

IVFC will be based out of the Ionian Village camp grounds on the northwest coast of the Peloponnese.  During the 9-day camp, families will travel to Zakynthos, Patras, Delphi, Olympia, and Aegina, ending the trip with a couple days in Athens. During these excursions, families will learn more about Orthodox Christianity in the beauty that is Greece. In addition to daily worship, the IVFC will offer activities including arts and crafts, athletics, and religious education that will enable families to grow closer to Christ and to one another.

For additional information, please visit or contact the Center for Family Care at 845-424-8175 or

HAITI CRISIS ? AN APPEAL TO ACTION: The earthquake that struck Haiti has left tens of thousands homeless and without basic provisions and medical care.  His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has issued a call to the faithful of the Archdiocese to give generously to assist with the relief efforts.  Read the encyclical requesting a special offering this Sunday.  Also, link to IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) to learn more about how you can help through donations and preparing hygiene kits and emergency cleanup buckets.

Special encyclical:



Into the Desert: The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries announces its 40 day Lenten blog entitled, "Into the Desert." Beginning on Clean Monday, February 15, 2010, daily posts will encourage our young people to fully participate in Great Lent--this challenge can be done individually or with an entire ministry group. The blog will offer daily scriptural readings, saints of the day, quotes from the fathers, and daily challenges to better prepare for Pascha. Visit for more information!

National Young Adult Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Join young adults from across the country on this unforgettable journey to the Holy Land and Sinai, May 15-24, 2010. His Grace Bishop Savas will once again be leading this trip, which will be limited to 30 young adults. Destinations will include holy sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Mount Tabor, Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Nazareth, Mount Sinai, Cana, and many more! Online registration is now open at

Young Adult Awareness Campaign--Find Them, Greet Them, Love Them: In an effort to encourage our young adults to become active members of the Church, the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, along with our Metropolis Youth Offices, have launched a National Awareness Campaign for young adults: Find Them. Greet Them. Love Them. To encourage participation from young adults on the local level, the "10 in 10: 10 Service Projects in 2010" was launched. This includes ten "days of service" thoughtout 2010, one in every Metropolis/Direct Archdiocesan District and one national event. For more information please visit

Outreach Resources for Parish Ministry for Great Lent, Holy Week, Pascha & the Annunciation are available on the website or click on the following link:

Booklet: Outreach & Evangelism: Some Practical Steps -available by request


·      Our Lenten Journey: Preparing for the Passion & Resurrection of Our Lord en_Journey.pdf
·      Preparing for Confession by Fr. James Kordaris on.pdf
·      The Great Fast by Metropolitan Isaiah t_Fast.pdf
·      Repentance by Fr. Alexander Veronis ce.pdf
·      Holy Communion: The Gift of Eternal Life by Fr. Alkiviadis  Calivas n-Calivas.pdf
·      All Things New in the Resurrection by Fr. Stanley S. Harakas tion.pdf
·      Tri-Lingual Paschal Homily of St John Chrysostom Homily.pdf
·      Resurrection Service Handout Brochure t
·      A Lenten Study Program tudy.pdf


·      The Incarnation: A Revolution for Freedom by Dr. Aristotle  Papanikolaou arnation_A_Revolution_for_Freedom_Papanikoloau.doc
·      My Soul Magnifies the Lord by Fr. Thomas Paris Soul_Magnifies_the_Lord_Paris.doc
·      God for Us: Why the Incarnation is Rational by Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou unciation_2_Papanikolaou.doc
·      Blessed is that Servant Whom He Shall find Waiting: An Exhortation to Vigilance by Fr. William Chiganos ortation_to_Vigilance_Chiganos.doc
·      Focus Fasting by Fr. Athanasios Demos us_Fasting_A_Demos.doc
·      The Precious and Life-Giving Cross by Fr. Luke Veronis mon_The_Cross_Luke_Veronis.doc
·      Holy Friday Reflection-The Train Bridge y_Friday_Reflection_The_Train_Bridge.doc
·      Proclaim His Resurrection: Seven Miles with Jesus by Fr Christopher Makiej claim_His_Resurrection_Makiej.doc
·      Pascha vs. Easter by Phyllis Meshel Onest, MDiv

Visitor Welcome Card & Display Rack for welcoming visitors and collecting contact information and areas of interest online at

Lenten Welcome Banner: A 3 x 6  or 4 x 8 foot outdoor banner ($150 each) online at

Custom Banners will be made upon request.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE: Applications are now available online for the three scholarship programs administered by the Office of the Chancellor.  Visit this site to download information and applications on the Gioles and Malta Scholarships, and the Paleologos Graduate Scholarship.  The deadline for all applications is April 20, 2010.

2010 GOA YEARBOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE: The 2010 Yearbook of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is now available onlline. The 2010 Yearbook is designed as an easy-to-read, accurate, reference handbook of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  The 274-page new edition includes updated directories of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Archdiocesan departments and institutions, parishes, clergy, religious and secular media resources, a photo section highlighting the visit of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to America plus additional information.  Each parish will receive two complimentary copies, but you can download the online version at

CALL TO ACTION ON FREEDOM OF PATRIARCHATE:  A call to action has been issued by a member of the Faith Endowment related to the rights and freedoms of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.  Read the letter and sign the petition to show your support for the recognition, safety, and protection of His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Patriarchate, the Seminary of Halki, and the ethnic minority of Greek Christians living in Turkey.

JOIN AN ORTHODOX MISSION TEAM: The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) in St. Augustine, Florida, is offering you the opportunity to join one of the Orthodox Mission Teams in 2010.  Acknowledge your commitment in implementing Christ's Great Commission by serving on a short-term mission  team.

There is a need to present a visible expression of the love, unity, and support that truly exists within the Holy Orthodox Church around the world; to share the teachings of the Faith and to provide needy communities around the globe with labor; and to increase awareness of overseas churches and the unending mission efforts of the Church.  Your continued support of Orthodox missions is greatly needed, and you can help by serving on a Mission Team.

For a full list of team efforts, dates, costs, and registration information visit


On today's episode of Come Receive the Light, Fr. Charles Joanides, author of Attending to Your Marriage and Director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese's Department on Interfaith Marriage, joins us to talk about divorce. Plus, in a short segment, Sandra Anderson, in charge of Ministry Development at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, talks with us about her many trips to the Raphael Hogar Orphanage in Guatemala.
OCMC and OCN team up to offer New Travel Blog
Join Fr. Martin Ritsi, Alex Goodwin and Cameron Thorp as they travel to Kenya on a mission trip.  They will be reporting back to us during their journey so be sure to visit our web site under Travel Blogs.  It will be just like going along with them on this sacred journey.  Visit us at
New Offerings
This Great Lent watch and listen everyday as the OCN begins a new series of offerings.

? Launch off the Anchor Internet Radio Station: Our new talk stations will have a multitude of our programming around this sacred time of the year encouraging and inspiring the faithful on their spiritual journey. We welcome Konstantin
(Kosta) Rysyanin the new Program Director and Scott Allen Miller the host of the station both members of the Antiochian Archdiocese to our OCN Staff.

? Launch of Readings and Remembrances: which is a daily audioo program hosted by various professionals from our voice talent pool. You can subscribe to this professionally produced program of the daily epistles, gospels along with daily lives of the saints. This will certainly be a great addition to your daily walk during this sacred time.

? Lauunch of OCN International: This new offering will feature programming from around the world in various languages that will enlighten the faithful. The first two come to us from Greece. They consist of daily divine services and radio programs produced by the Monastery of the Holy Taxiarchae outside of Volos, Greece and a long standing radio program from the monastery of the Transfiguration in Nafpaktos, Greece.

? Launch of a special Great Lent Resource page: this is a one stop place for the faithful to go to hear and view programming that will enlighten and enhance your spiritual journey on a daily basis. Now with the new technology at our disposal this is easier than ever.
This week on Theologically Thinking, Fr. Bill Chiganos reminds us as we begin Great Lent that we are on a journey but in order to reach our destination we need a plan on how to get there to reach our goal. In this week's episode of Special Moments in Orthodoxy, Bishop Kallilstos Ware speaks to us from St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Sterling Heights Michigan  on preparing ourselves for Great Lent. This week on Harmony of Thunder: Every now and then, one comes across a sermon that has something genuinely surprising in it.  On this week's Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David looks at a sermon of St. Gregory Palamas that has an unexpected point to make. This is a program you will not want to miss! This week The Chanter's Stand features the group Eikona. This group consists of three sisters who grew up in Denver, Colorado, attending Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral. While we are created in the image of God, it is the patient and consistent striving throughout life that brings us closer and closer to Christ, to make our lives a witness and true image of God. The group chose the name, Eikona, in order to set before them the goal of growing in the Image of the Living God through their music.
Share the Light Sunday was held on January 17th - Walk in the Light. If your parish celebrated this National Day of Recognition please contact our office to let us know how it went. In case you missed it, you can still celebrate. Share the Light Sunday can be celebrated on any Sunday. Help build an effective media outreach for Orthodoxy by supporting the Orthodox Christian Network! Visit our web site at for further details.
RADIO SOLUTIONS for Orthodox Christian Parishes Worldwide
The Orthodox Christian Network (The OCN) is pleased to announce a new service to Orthodox parishes and ministries world wide?Customized Online Radio Stations. Since recently acquiring new onlline radio server software, we can now offer completely customized 24/7 online radio stations in a cost effective and efficient way allowing parishes to stay connected to their parishioners more so than ever before. OCN looks forward to being your supplier of customized Orthodox Christian programming. For more information about Orthodox Internet radio solutions visit our web site at or call us today at 954-522-5567 to speak to one of our support staff.
Sponsor a program or feature your company on the high trafficked website. OCN is now making available the opportunity for people and corporations to advertise on our site to support the ministry. Ad space is available so call our headquarters to discuss it. Call today 954-467-1515
If you are looking for a cure for the winter blues or just want to hear some uplifting music, log on to  to listen to the Ark and the Rudder. Whether you enjoy contemporary or traditional Orthodox music make your place for music. By all means visit and utilize our newly designed ARK Page and join us on Facebook to follow programming and events covered on the ARK and the RUDDER. While you are at it tell your friends to visit as well.


OCN and your iPhone - With the release of the Ark and the Rudder in one convenient and free download, listeners will have even more options from which to listen to OCN's Orthodox liturgical music, groundbreaking podcasts and contemporary Orthodox music. To download your copy, go to the iTunes application store and type ocn. The download is free and is effortless to install. Visit our web site for details at 4&mt=8.

All programs available on Internet Radio, Podcast and On Demand at


New On-line Group for Religious Educators - The Department of Religious Education has created Orthodox Christian Religious Educators a group on Facebook so that teachers and other interested youth workers can share ideas, discuss programs. The Facebook group is the latest attempt of the Department to bring Orthodox Christian Religious Educators together. The group is open to anyone who works with young people in Orthodox Christian parishes, whether as a clergyman, a Sunday Church school teacher, supervisor, a youth group advisor, interested parent, or others.  For those already using Facebook, search for the group and join.  For those not using Facebook, you will have to join the social networking site (it's free).  Already the group has hundreds of members with topics being discussed ranging from Vacation Church School to teaching Environmental Stewardship.

2010 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics Available.  The 2010 Festival Topics, Topic Tips, and Bibliography are now available on the Department's webpages

As more information from the Metropolises arrives, with the dates and locations of District and Metropolis Festivals, it will be posted.   The 2010 Archdiocese Festival will be hosted by the Direct Archdiocese District and held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City, from June 4-6.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship Announces REAL BREAK registration is open
Join hundreds of other college students this Spring Break with Real Break, the service learning program of OCF. This year's trips are scheduled for Constantinople, Jerusalem, Greece, Romania, and more. Register online now at Hurry while there are still openings!!!

2010 STEWARDSHIP RESOURCES AVAILABLE:  Stewardship resources for the 2010 Stewardship Year have been sent to Greek Orthodox clergy serving parishes throughout the Archdiocese of America. In our efforts to provide your parish with practical ministry resources under a unified theme, the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are creating resources for the coming Ecclesiastical Year under the general theme of the 2008 Clergy-Laity Congress: Gather My People to My Home with the sub-theme of â??Come and See?â?? Additional Stewardship resources for the parish will bee forthcoming. Contact the Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism: telephone 646-519-6160 / email Resources are also available online at

DAILY BIBLE READINGS FOR FACEBOOK AND iGoogle: The Department of Internet Ministries has launched an enhancement to its Online Chapel service that will now provide Facebook and iGoogle users access to the daily Bible readings and lives of the saints directly from their customized home pages. Visit the Online Chapel at  for more information on how to add the new Online Chapel for Facebook and Online Chapel for iGoogle to your home pages



The Orthodox Marketplace is the Official Online Store of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.

SUPPORT THE ARCHDIOCESE WHILE SEARCHING or SHOPPING ON THE WEB:  The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has partnered with, a new search engine that donates half its revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. You use it just as you would any search engine, and it's powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results. To use and support the ministries of the Archdiocese, simply go to:

For online shopping visit

GAMES ONLINE TO EXPLORE AND LEARN THE ORTHODOX FAITH: The Department of Internet Ministries is pleased to announce an exciting new web site at  where kids and adults of all ages can explore, create, play, learn, discover, and grow in the Orthodox Faith. The site features online games and puzzles in a colorful, engaging environment, all with an Orthodox theme. The games are suitable for kids from ages 5 on up and currently features a coloring book, jigsaw puzzles, a memory game, a word finder, crossword puzzles, and more.

The online games are currently in beta and we encourage feedback so that we can further enhance this new online offering.  Click here to visit:

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