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This weekend - Holy Pentecost
June 4, 2014
This weekend - Holy Pentecost

This Saturday, June 7th, we'll all be at Holy Trinty Greek Orthodox Cathedral for Pan Orthodox Vespers at 5pm. Everyone is invited to celebrate Holy Trinity Feast Day in the community center after Vespers.  "Delicious dining, cocktails and fun entertainment: Bouzouki Bobby from the Bacchanal and his Band! Contact htpresident@holytrinityphx.org or call 602.264.7863, ext 222.  Ticket prices are $20/ adult, $15/ young adult 13-21, $10/under 13.  

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June 1, 2014
Impending release of mother condemned to death by Sudanese court reported

Intensified prayers for Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, the 27-year-old mother who had received a death sentence from a Sudanese court in mid-May 2014, and her family are being requested in light of a BBC report issued Saturday afternoon, May 31, indicating that a government official had announced her impending release from prison.

 

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Pentecost: The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Pentecost: The Descent of the Holy Spirit

In the Old Testament Pentecost was the feast which occurred fifty days after Passover. As the passover feast celebrated the exodus of the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt, so Pentecost celebrated God’s gift of the ten commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai.  In the new covenant of the Messiah, the passover event takes on its new meaning as the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, the “exodus” of men from this sinful world to the Kingdom of God. 

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Christ's Death: A Rescue Mission, Not a Payment for Sins
Christ's Death: A Rescue Mission, Not a Payment for Sins

Every day, Christians pray "deliver us from evil," not knowing that the Greek original reads "the evil," that is, "the evil one." The New Testament Scriptures are full of references to the malice of the devil, but we generally overlook them. I think this is because our idea of salvation is that Christ died on the cross to pay His Father the debt for our sins. The whole drama takes place between Him and the Father, and there's no role for the evil one.

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About the Orthodox Church
About the Orthodox Church

Historically, the contemporary Orthodox church stands in direct continuity with the earliest Christian communities founded in regions of the Eastern Mediterranean by the apostles of Jesus. The Orthodox Christian Church, also sometimes called the Eastern Church, or the Greek Orthodox Church, claims to have preserved the original and apostolic Christian faith. Figures for its worldwide membership are estimated at around 200 million.

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Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children
Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children

Nothing is ever so important then praying for your children. The answer and the hope always is spiritually rewarding when we pray for one another. The same goes for praying for your precious child(ren). When your children are even absent from you for the day or a period of time, remember to offer prayer on their behalf. 

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