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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | April 13, 1996
Tonight, as the midnight hour approaches, the parishioners of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Highlandtown will gather in a darkened church."Come, receive the light, the unwaning light," the Rev. Manuel J. Burdusi will chant in Greek as he lights the paschal candle from the eternal vigil light at the tabernacle. The flame will spread and multiply as each person in the church lights a small candle, a glow filling the room, illuminating the icons along the front of the sanctuary.Thus St. Nicholas, in the heart of Baltimore's Greek community, begins its celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus in a ritual handed down over nearly two millenniums.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
On Sunday morning, as Christians in the region and around the world take part in the Easter traditions they enjoy, an observer might be tempted to ask: How do the ways they celebrate the holiday reflect its meaning? Children pet bunnies and gobble jelly beans. Wal-Mart sells more than 500 types of Easter confection, including unicorn- and space alien-themed baskets. Just a few of them allude to Christianity. How does eating a package of Peeps recall the man Christians believe redeemed the world by rising from the dead nearly 2,000 years ago?
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By Reported by Frank P. L. Somerville | June 30, 1995
Eighteen members of Baltimore's Orthodox Christian community were in the Vatican congregation yesterday as leaders of the world's Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches joined Pope John Paul II to pray for an end to 1,000 years of conflict between the two major faiths.The Rev. Constantine M. Monios, dean of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, led 17 Baltimore pilgrims to the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at which white-bearded Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I declared that Christian disunity is "one of the beasts" still afflicting mankind.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2012
Inside Baltimore's St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church early Saturday, the Rev. Michael Pastrikos stood on the dais and chanted prayers before an ornate altar adorned with icons of holy figures. The smell of spiced incense filled the dimly lit sanctuary as the faithful slipped into pews and counted down the hours until their Easter celebration would begin. They were among the many Orthodox Christians and others around the world and throughout the region celebrating the holiest of weekends using a Julian calendar different from that observed by other denominations.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1999
As the Orthodox Christian world prepares for tomorrow's celebration of Pascha, its holiest feast day, which commemorates the resurrection of Christ, a pall of sadness hangs over what is normally a joyous occasion.NATO bombs are falling on their brother and sister Serbs in Yugoslavia, many of whom are Orthodox. Leaders of Orthodox Christianity, whether in Maryland, elsewhere in the United States or elsewhere in the world, have united in opposition to the NATO bombing campaign, which has not paused for Holy Week.
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October 22, 1997
ON A GLORIOUS October day two years ago, Pope John Paul II arrived in Baltimore for a day of worship services and meetings with Roman Catholics and with local religious and civic leaders. The visit generated such good will that it truly became, as Cardinal William H. Keeler had predicted, a ''blessing for Baltimore.''With the 11-hour visit tomorrow of the religious leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians, Baltimore stands to benefit from the same spirit of fellowship and inspiration.His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I arrived at Andrews Air Force Base on Sunday for a month-long U.S. tour.
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By Patrick Ercolano and Patrick Ercolano,Evening Sun Staff | October 23, 1991
In a Wednesday story on the naming of the new Easter Orthodox patriarch, The Evening Sun incorrectly stated the number of Eastern Orthodox Christians in the world. The actual figure is between 250 million and 300 million.The leaders of the Eastern Orthodox church in IstanbulVTC Turkey, yesterday unanimously elected Metropolitan Bartholomew of Chalcedon as the new Ecumenical Patriarch, the spiritual leader of the world's 300,000 million Eastern Orthodox Christians.Bartholomew, 51, succeeds Dimitrios I, who died of a heart attack in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Bartholomew, who had served as second-in-command to Dimitrios, will be enthroned on Nov. 2.Born Dimitrios Archontonis, the new patriarch is an ethnic Greek native of Turkey.
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October 3, 1991
Patriarch Dimitrios I, 76, spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians and a champion of Christian unity, died yesterday of a heart attack in Istanbul, Turkey. Dimitrios held the title Archbishop of Constantinople and was primus inter pares, first among equals, of the five senior Eastern Christian leaders. He presided over worldwide Orthodoxy, which divided into 14 churches of many ethnic groups. Six million followers of Eastern Orthodoxy live in the United States.
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October 26, 1997
THE ecumenical activity spurred by the Second Vatican Council is bearing fruit. A vivid example was the Thursday visit to Baltimore of His All Holiness Ecumenical Partriach Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians.The day was a historic occasion for Orthodox Christians in Maryland. But with an afternoon service conducted jointly with Cardinal William H. Keeler at the Roman Catholic Basilica in Baltimore, it also marked the first time an Orthodox ecumenical patriarch has preached at a Roman Catholic church in this country.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1998
Cardinal William H. Keeler returned this week to Baltimore from Istanbul, Turkey, where, as emissary for Pope John Paul II, he and a delegation continued to build relations between Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians.Meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, Keeler delivered a letter from John Paul, who expressed hope that the denominations might achieve full unity.John Paul said in his letter that the churches' respective patron saints should remind both sects of their common mission.
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By Donna W. Payne and Donna W. Payne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 29, 2002
"God has raised this Jesus to life," asserted the apostle Peter in an early sermon that is recorded in the New Testament book of Acts, "and we are all witnesses of the fact." This Easter Sunday, Christians around the world and throughout Howard County will also testify to that event - the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death by crucifixion. The Easter celebration commemorates this core belief of Christendom, area clergy say. "The whole church year points to Easter," said the Rev. Jack Fitzgerald, senior pastor of Columbia's Alberta Gary Memorial United Methodist Church.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2002
In 1995, a small humanitarian aid group from Baltimore called International Orthodox Christian Charities had big plans - to build a self-sustaining economy for refugees in the war-torn region around Chechnya. Two years later, the group did a painful about-face. Reeling from the kidnapping of two staff members who were held captive months before being released, it pulled out of the region altogether, acknowledging the danger that other foreign agencies already had fled. Today, IOCC officials say they have grown stronger and smarter from that crisis, evolving from a fledgling group of concerned leaders in Orthodox Christian churches to a $35 million operation with programs in 11 countries.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1999
As the Orthodox Christian world prepares for tomorrow's celebration of Pascha, its holiest feast day, which commemorates the resurrection of Christ, a pall of sadness hangs over what is normally a joyous occasion.NATO bombs are falling on their brother and sister Serbs in Yugoslavia, many of whom are Orthodox. Leaders of Orthodox Christianity, whether in Maryland, elsewhere in the United States or elsewhere in the world, have united in opposition to the NATO bombing campaign, which has not paused for Holy Week.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1998
Cardinal William H. Keeler returned this week to Baltimore from Istanbul, Turkey, where, as emissary for Pope John Paul II, he and a delegation continued to build relations between Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians.Meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, Keeler delivered a letter from John Paul, who expressed hope that the denominations might achieve full unity.John Paul said in his letter that the churches' respective patron saints should remind both sects of their common mission.
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October 26, 1997
THE ecumenical activity spurred by the Second Vatican Council is bearing fruit. A vivid example was the Thursday visit to Baltimore of His All Holiness Ecumenical Partriach Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians.The day was a historic occasion for Orthodox Christians in Maryland. But with an afternoon service conducted jointly with Cardinal William H. Keeler at the Roman Catholic Basilica in Baltimore, it also marked the first time an Orthodox ecumenical patriarch has preached at a Roman Catholic church in this country.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | October 23, 1997
Mitchell Glassman was reared an Orthodox Jew, but his spiritual quest has led him to Jesus Christ and Orthodox Christianity.Zenaida Bench grew up in an Episcopal congregation, but mourned what she saw as her church's defection from Scripture. Bench converted to Orthodox Christianity, a faith that she says has not compromised its stance on abortion, homosexuality, sex outside of marriage and moral issues.Since she was a child, Rebecca Galanakis worshiped as a Lutheran, but after meeting her future husband, a lifelong member of Baltimore's Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, she knew she would one day convert.
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By Donna W. Payne and Donna W. Payne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 29, 2002
"God has raised this Jesus to life," asserted the apostle Peter in an early sermon that is recorded in the New Testament book of Acts, "and we are all witnesses of the fact." On Easter Sunday, Christians around the world and throughout Howard County will also testify to that event - the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death by crucifixion. The Easter celebration commemorates this core belief of Christendom, area clergy say. "The whole church year points to Easter," said the Rev. Jack Fitzgerald, senior pastor of Columbia's Alberta Gary Memorial United Methodist Church.
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By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville | April 28, 1994
About 13,000 men, women and children, members of eight Eastern Orthodox congregations in the Baltimore area, will celebrate Easter on Sunday along with 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.This year's observance by the Orthodox of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ follows by four weeks the Easter of Western Christianity. Easter's date -- the first Sunday after the full moon after the spring equinox -- was set for both the Eastern and Western churches by the Council of Nicaea in 325, but differences occur because the Orthodox determine the equinox by the old Julian calendar.
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October 22, 1997
ON A GLORIOUS October day two years ago, Pope John Paul II arrived in Baltimore for a day of worship services and meetings with Roman Catholics and with local religious and civic leaders. The visit generated such good will that it truly became, as Cardinal William H. Keeler had predicted, a ''blessing for Baltimore.''With the 11-hour visit tomorrow of the religious leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians, Baltimore stands to benefit from the same spirit of fellowship and inspiration.His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I arrived at Andrews Air Force Base on Sunday for a month-long U.S. tour.
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