Holy Thursday in the Greek Orthodox Church

The liturgy of Holy Thursday in the Greek Orthodox Church is marked by two major events: the Last Supper of Christ with His disciples...

Orthodox Greeks and Holy Wednesday

On Holy and Great Wednesday, many Orthodox remember the act of Christ's anointing with myrrh by a "sinful woman" before his crucifixion. It is...

Greek Orthodox Faithful Recall Christ’s Parables on Holy Tuesday

The Gospels take center stage on Holy and Great Tuesday in the Orthodox church, as Greeks move one day closer to the end of...

Celebrating Holy Monday, The First Day of Holy Week in the Orthodox World

The first of the seven days leading up to Easter, called Great and Holy Week in the Greek Orthodox Church, is Holy Monday. The...

The Akathist Hymn: A Lyric Poem of Unparalleled Beauty Echoes in Orthodox Churches

The Akathist Hymn, which is chanted on the first five successive Fridays of Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Church, is a profound devotional poem...

Greek Priest Accused of Asking Godparent To Declare Sexuality

A priest from the suburb of Maroussi in northern Athens allegedly asked a woman to sign an official declaration recently stating that she had...

Greece Calls Erdogan’s Threat to Turn Hagia Sophia into a Mosque an Insult

The Greek government responded on Monday to Turkish President's Erdogan's threat to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque by saying that this represents an...

Greek Orthodox Church Synod Rejects Deal to Cut Church and State Ties

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece on Tuesday rejected the deal which had been worked out between Archbishop Ieronymos and Greek Prime...

Greek Government Gives Green Light to Cremation Facility in Athens

After years of delays following opposition from the Greek Orthodox Church, Environment and Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis signed a decision last week paving the...

US Ambassador Warns of Russian Efforts to Undermine Patriarch Bartholomew (video)

US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt said on Tuesday there is evidence of Russian efforts to undermine Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Pyatt said that "we’ve seen...

Turkey’s Erdogan Demands Minarets for Athens Mosque

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that minarets should be built on  the mosque in Athens currently under construction. "Why isn't there a...

Orthodox Priests to Remain on Greek State Payroll

The Greek government announced on Tuesday that an agreement has been reached between the state and the Orthodox church which keeps priests on the...

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