OCF to Present Interfaith Debate at University of Maryland

From the Antiochian Archdiocese website. The Orthodox Christian Fellowship of UMBC, in collaboration with the Secular Student Association of UMBC, is excited to present to the campus community and the general public a debate entitled, “The Source of Human Morality: Interfaith Debate.” How do we define morality? Do people need God to be moral? If not, where do our morals come from? Are good works behavioral, biological, or biblical? What does it mean to be human? The Secular Student Alliance at UMBC and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at UMBC have come together to present a debate on the topic of human morality-- what is it, how do we know we have it, and where does it come from? Two presenters, with wildly different backgrounds and … [Read more...]

Patriarch Celebrates Historic Liturgy in Ancient Monastery

Orthodox Christians held the first Divine Liturgy in almost 90 years at an ancient monastery on the side of a Turkish mountain Sunday, after the government allowed worship there in a gesture toward religious minorities. At least 1,500 pilgrims, including from Greece and Russia, traveled to the Byzantine-era monastery of Sumela for the service led by Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians. The Islamic-oriented government, which is aiming to expand freedoms as part of its bid to join the European Union, has said worship can take place at the monastery once a year. Services were previously banned. The symbolic event was also likely to boost reconciliation efforts between Turkey and Greece, … [Read more...]

Vesperal Liturgy at St. Paul’s on September 7 at 6:30pm

I apologize for this late notice but I was informed earlier today that a Vesperal Liturgy commemorating the Nativity of the Theotokos will be held at St. Paul Antiochian Church tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30pm (get map to St. Paul's). Some background (from: Orthodoxwiki): The Nativity of the Theotokos is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on September 8. The Holy Virgin and Theotokos Mary was born to elderly and previously barren parents by the names of Joachim and Anna, in answer to their prayers. Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, in which it is supposed that Mary was preserved from the ancestral sin that befalls us all as descendents of … [Read more...]

Latest St. Peter Epistle

Make sure to check out the latest St. Peter Epistle. … [Read more...]

St. Peter Epistle — September 6, 2010

Liturgy tomorrow (Tuesday, September 7, 6:30pm) - Nativity of the Theotokos I apologize for this late notice but I was informed earlier today that a Vesperal Liturgy commemorating the Nativity of the Theotokos will be held at St. Paul Antiochian Church tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30pm (get map to St. Paul's). Some background (from: Orthodoxwiki): The Nativity of the Theotokos is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on September 8. The Holy Virgin and Theotokos Mary was born to elderly and previously barren parents by the names of Joachim and Anna, in answer to their prayers. Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, in which it is supposed that … [Read more...]