Metropolitan Demetrius's Schedule for Lent

His Eminence will not travel during Great Lent except for the the following weekends:

1) First weekend of Great Lent. His Eminence will serve the first Akathist Hymn at the Cathedral of Saint Markella. On Saturday morning, he will be present at the Matins and Divine Liturgy service at the convent of Saint Synklitiki in Long Island.

His Eminence will serve the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of Orthodoxy at the Cathedral.

2) His Eminence will travel on Saturday night to the Cathedral of Saint Markella in order to serve the Divine Liturgy for the feast of Palm Sunday.

The rest of the Lenten period, he will remain at his residence at Saint John of San Francisco Monastery.

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

Saint Matthew the Evangelist, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Jonesboro is a town located near the Eastern border of Arkansas, with a population of approximately 60,000. From a human standpoint, it’s not the most likely candidate for a traditional Orthodox mission, but for an Orthodox Christian who orders his priorities around Christ and His Church, it makes perfect sense. Read more...

Ask A Priest

Is the GOC Insular?

Q. In considering becoming part of the GOC in America, I am getting warnings from various circles that the attitude of GOC people is that of being “walled off,” “arrogant,” “judgmental,” and “in your face” toward those not in the Genuine Orthodox Church, with accusations such as “World Orthodox” priests are “not even Christians” and the like. Could you give me your personal, realistic assessment of this dynamic and possibly refer me to an official statement on how GOC members should and do relate to and communicate with those in “World Orthodoxy”? Read more...