8/9-8/11: St. Irene of Chrysovalantou 10th Anniversary Celebration

St. Irene of Chrysovalantou Church in Washington Township, Michigan, has launched a new website using the same address: https://www.saint-irene.com They will be adding features and content in the coming months.

There is an important announcement on the homepage, about the parish's 10th anniversary celebration on St. Irene's feast day, the weekend of August 9-11 (n.s.), which will take the form of a spiritual retreat with lectures and discussions in addition to the divine services. They invite all to join them! Here is the schedule and registration information: https://www.saint-irene.com/event-details/st-irene-of-chrysovalantou-spiritual-retreat-1

Orthodox Awareness

Bartholomew Prays at Iftar

Iftar, refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after sunset.

We report the following unchanged as it was published:

"The leaders of the Armenian, Roman, Jewish and Syrian communities of Turkey sat around the fasting Iftar dinner in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul." Read more...

Missions

Saint Matthew the Evangelist, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Jonesboro is a town located near the Eastern border of Arkansas, with a population of approximately 60,000. From a human standpoint, it’s not the most likely candidate for a traditional Orthodox mission, but for an Orthodox Christian who orders his priorities around Christ and His Church, it makes perfect sense. Read more...

Youth

2023 Youth Conference

Please join us for the 2023 youth conference in Chicago, IL! To learn more, visit the home page or visit the conference website.

Ask A Priest

Fasting

Q. There seems to be a lot of variation in how people observe fasting, but my confessor told me to fast from oil on Wednesday and Friday. Oil is a pretty vague category, though, and I was wondering if I could get a more explicit description of what kinds of food and drink are excluded on strict fast days. Read more...