Faith

Jewel School: What’s a Komboskini and What’s it For?

Do you have a Komboskini? Have you ever worn one? Read on to discover the history and purpose of these prayer ropes worn by Greek Orthodox faithful.

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His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos has Fallen Asleep in the Lord

With a heavy heart and profound sadness, we report the passing our beloved Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. He was 89 years old. May his memory be eternal.

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Miraculous Greek Orthodox Icon from Pennsylvania in Chicago

On May 19, Chicagoans had the opportunity to venerate a myrrh-streaming Greek Orthodox icon from Pennsylvania that’s been associated with many miracles. 

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Paschal Encyclical by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Here is the Paschal Encyclical from His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. Have a blessed Pascha!

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St. Nicholas Shrine: Church, Museum, Remembrance Site

St. Nicholas Shrine at the World Trade Center will be a church, a museum, and a place to remember the victims of 9/11. Join us on our VIP tour.

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1st Japanese Epiphany Blessing of the Waters Service

Greek Orthodox Navy Chaplain, Father David C. Hostetler hosted the very first Japanese Epiphany Blessing of the Waters. Learn about the event, and meet Father David.

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Metropolitan Iakovos: Christmas Encyclical 2016

Read the Christmas Encyclical 2016, by the spiritual father of the Metropolis of Chicago, His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos. 

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Chicago Metropolis Archons Find Highest Compliment in New Title

Two distinguished gentlemen from the Chicago Metropolis were recently invested as Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Meet the new Archons.

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St. Andrew Chicago: 90 Years in the Service of Our Lord

Another parish is celebrating a milestone anniversary. The community of St. Andrew Chicago will commemorate their 90th anniversary on December 3.

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Archbishop Demetrios Visits Chicago to Receive Missing Codex 1424

Yesterday, a Lutheran Seminary in Chicago presented Archbishop Demetrios with the 9th century Codex 1424, long missing from a Greek monastery.

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Annunciation Cathedral of Chicago Celebrates 125 Years

Annunciation Cathedral of Chicago will soon kick off a yearlong celebration in anticipation of their 125th anniversary celebration. Learn more about Chicago’s historic Cathedral.

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Annunciation Cathedral of San Francisco: Rising from the Rubble

The Annunciation Cathedral of San Francisco sustained extensive damage during an earthquake in 1989. This historic community stands strong, and rebuilding efforts are in full force as they prepare to celebrate their 95th anniversary.

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Assumption Church of Homer Glen Celebrates Centennial

Assumption Church in Homer Glen, IL,  known as the “little church that wouldn’t go away”, celebrates its 100th anniversary with a myrrh-streaming icon and a thriving parish.

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August 15: Dormition of the Panagia: Hronia Polla!

Today we commemorate the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, Panagia. Hronia polla to all who celebrate today!

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Archons are Defenders of the Faith

Have you ever wondered what Archons do and how you get to be one? We sat down with the Metropolis of Chicago’s Archon Regional Commanders to get the answers to these questions and more.

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The Holy and Great Council: Historic Pan-Orthodox Gathering

After 55 years of preparations, The Holy and Great Council will convene on June 19 in Crete. Pan-Orthodox is among unity among discussion items.

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The Fall of Constantinople: The End of the Byzantine Empire

May 29 is the anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople. This marked the end of the Byzantine Empire. What happened? Read on to learn more about this important history.

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Aptly Named Ascension Church Soaring to New Heights

Many exciting things are happening at Ascension of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church, the newest church community of the Metropolis of Chicago.

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Metropolitan Iakovos’ Paschal Address

His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago shares his annual Paschal address. Kali Anastasi!

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Καλή Σαρακοστή! It’s Clean Monday

It’s Καθαρή Δεύτερα – Clean Monday. It’s the first day of Great Lent. Let’s look at some Clean Monday traditions, and reflect on the Lenten journey.

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Father Themi Adamopoulos: Rock Star/Atheist/Marxist Found God

Father Themi Adamopoulos has led a fascinating life, leading him to find God and his calling to be a missionary priest in Africa.

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Philoxenia House Now Open to Mayo Patients of All Faiths

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago and SS Kosmas & Damianos Church in Rochester, MN have announced that Philoxenia House, located across the street from Mayo Clinic, is now available to individuals from all faiths.

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Church in St. Paul Celebrates 75 Years

A jubilee at St. George Greek Orthodox Church of St. Paul commemorated 75 years of service.

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Chicago Parish Rejuvenated

Two years ago, St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago was in danger of closing. Today, the parish is thriving, energized, and growing.

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Divorce Rebuilders Provides Support

Maria Boyle created Divorce Rebuilders so people would have the support they need to help them through this difficult time.

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Fr Barnabas Powell: Orthodox on Purpose

Fr Barnabas Powell, host of Faith Encouraged Live  will lead a retreat in Chicago on October 10.

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Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos Appointed to the Hate Crime Prosecution Council

Bishop DEMETRIOS of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, has been appointed to the Hate Crime Prosecution Council by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

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Community Mourns the Passing of Father Byron

Last evening, Chicago lost one of its most beloved and respected priests, Father Byron Papanikolaou of SS Constantine and Helen Church in Palos Hills, IL.

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St. Demetrios Church Chicago Begins Exterior Renovation

St. Demetrios Church Chicago recently embarked on an exterior renovation project, made possible by a donation from the John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation.

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Greek Blog Chronicles Patras Visit by Presbytera Dimitra and Family

Greek blog Louka Mantinias chornicles visit to St. Andrew Church in Patras, by Greek-American Presbytera Dimitra Georganas.

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St. John Philoptochos Supports St. Nicholas National Shrine

The Philoptochos at St. John the Baptist Church in Des Plaines, IL recently presented a donation of $12,800 to go toward the construction of the St. Nicholas National Shrine, the only house of worship at Ground Zero in New York. The group solicited donations of their members, family and friends.    

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