Philip Ludwell: America’s First Convert to Orthodoxy
Born on December 29, 1716 in the Tidewater of Virginia, Philip Ludwell III was America's first Orthodox convert.
Saint Basil — a Towering Figure in Greek History
Saint Basil is remembered by the Greek people as the figure who bore gifts and helped children and the poor at Christmastime.
The Great Schism that Split Christianity into East and West
The East–West Schism that occurred in 1054 represents one of the most significant and tragic events in the history of Christianity. Eastern and Western Christians had a history of differences and disagreements, some dating back to the earliest days...
Ten of Greece’s Most Spectacular Monasteries
Greece has many beautiful sights for you to check out while you are visiting the country. One thing you want to be sure to add to your itinerary is visiting some of the ancient, historical Greek monasteries. Here are ten...
The Dating of Greek Easter—Explained by A Mathematician
The Greek Orthodox use the calendar devised by Julius Caesar -- the Roman general turned dictator -- versus the calendar tweaked by the Pope.
Mount Athos Ban on Females Steeped in History, Mystery
The peninsula of Mount Athos is home to twenty monasteries where only monks are allowed to live and only males are allowed to visit.
Why Greeks Fly Kites on Clean Monday
Clean Monday — the beginning of Lent among Orthodox Christians — is the day Greeks fly kites (which are symbolic of the Resurrection).
Saint Nicholas Shrine To Be Illuminated for September 11
Saint Nicholas Shrine, the church that was built on the site of the only church that was demolished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, will be illuminated on Friday night like a beacon of light going into...
“Man of God” Film on St. Nectarios Premieres August 26
The life of Saint Nectarios, Greece's most contemporary saint, will be presented in the upcoming film "Man of God." The film premieres in theaters on August 26. Filmed in Greece, the movie depicts the life of Saint Nektarios of Aegina,...
Celebrate Your Name Day Like the Greeks
Birthdays are a big deal--milestones in life, but in Greece, names days "take the cake" so to speak on personal celebrations and ritual.