Debut of Orthodox TV (Greek)

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."


Part I


Part II


Part III

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

Fasting

Q. There seems to be a lot of variation in how people observe fasting, but my confessor told me to fast from oil on Wednesday and Friday. Oil is a pretty vague category, though, and I was wondering if I could get a more explicit description of what kinds of food and drink are excluded on strict fast days. Read more...