On Tuesday, February 23, 1988 - the Feast of the Martyr Damian of Esphigmenou Monastery - the Orthodox Television Program of the Cathedral of Saint Markella was introduced to the television viewing public of New York City. This is that program. We have recently discovered it in our archives. It has not been seen since that evening many years ago, until now.
Note: Metropolitan Petros introduces the title of the program during his appearance in this debut episode. He had wanted to give the same name to the television program that he had given his radio program: "The Orthodox Church Near You". However, during the editing of the program, that title was not used. Therefore, even though Geronda Petros uses "The Orthodox Church Near You" during his remarks, the program became known by the title "The Orthodox Television Program."
Iftar, refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after sunset.
We report the following unchanged as it was published:
"The leaders of the Armenian, Roman, Jewish and Syrian communities of Turkey sat around the fasting Iftar dinner in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul." Read more...
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Tucson, AZ, is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Read more...