King Charles Coronation to Feature Greek Orthodox Music
The conductor of one of the choirs that will sing at the coronation of King Charles III will be Dr. Alexandros Ligas, a Greek professor of Orthodox music and founder of the Cappella Romana choir. The coronation is taking place...
How Christian Communities Coexist Within the Church of Holy Sepulchre
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is one of the holiest sites in the world for Christian believers. It is believed to contain two holy sites: the place of Christ's crucifixion and the location of the tomb...
Why Greeks Roast a Whole Lamb on the Spit on Easter Sunday
The picture of a whole lamb slowly turning on the spit over charcoal and the smell that accompanies it spells Easter Sunday for Greeks.
The Miraculous Holy Fire Arrives in Greece from Jerusalem
The light of the Holy Fire reached Athens on Saturday at approximately 20:30 after a short delay. The Holy Fire is a miracle purported to take place every year at Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Great Saturday, just...
Why Orthodox and Catholic Easter Are on Different Dates
Orthodox and Catholic Easter are usually set on different dates. Greece is slowly but surely coming closer to the great feast of Greek Orthodox Easter, or Pascha—a religious occasion celebrated here with more gusto than in many other Western...
Greece Submits Ancient Greek blessing Custom to UNESCO
On Thursday the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sport made a formal request to UNESCO for the inclusion of an ancient pre-Christian blessing custom into the Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The blessing ceremony has its roots in ancient Greece and...
Did Byzantine Christian Icons Conceal Pagan Gods?
Religious icons of Christ, the Blessed Mother Mary, and the saints are integral to the religious practices of Orthodox Christians. The tradition was largely handed down to modern Christians by the iconographers of the Byzantine/Eastern Roman Empire. However, the practice...
The Gifts of the Three Magi: The Most Precious Relics on Mount Athos
Among the innumerable treasures and holy relics preserved at the Holy Monastery of St. Paul on Mt. Athos (in Greek Άγιον Όρος, meaning "Holy Mountain") one of the most precious, and invaluable to Greek Orthodoxy, are the Holy Gifts...
Lost Cell of Ukrainian Saint Paisius Discovered on Greece’s Mount Athos
Remains of cells once lived in by the Ukrainian Orthodox saint, Paisius Velichkovsky (also spelled, Paisii Velichkovsky), have been discovered on Greece's monastic community of Mount Athos. The recently rediscovered cell consists of a small stone monastic hut. According to...
HOPE: A Greek-American Program Helping People in Need
Project HOPE (Humanitarian Outreach and Philanthropic Engagement) is a program launched by Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago with the goal of feeding the city's most vulnerable residents. The aim is to reach out to Chicago's greater community. Project HOPE...