Update Concerning Our Haitian Mission

Greetings to the Faithful! Please remember our Haitian Mission in your Lenten prepararations! We ask foremost for your prayers and if you are able to give alms please recall the holy injunction of St Isaac of Syria: “ If you have something above your daily needs, give it to the poor, and then go with boldness to offer your prayers, that is, to converse with God as a son with his Father. Nothing can bring the heart so near to God as almsgiving...”
 
Fr. Maximus and I returned recently from visiting the faithful Haitian Orthodox. Please see the mission website's recent news section for an update and new photos at haitianorthodoxmission.org . Donations can be made through the website or by sending checks made payable to St Maximus/Haitian Mission to St. Maximus/Haitian Mission 4447 Gaskill Rd., Owego, NY 13827. 
 
Forgive me a sinner,
Lazarus Gehring MD
 
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

Two-Headed Snake Cane?

Q. Can you tell me what the two-headed snake cane the Greek Bishop is walking with represents? What does it mean?
-V.T. Read more...