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Rev. Deacon Perry T. Hamalis, PhD to lead Annual Archon Lenten Retreat, April 12-14, in Southampton, NY. Sign Up Today!

 

With the blessings of Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, it is with great joy that we invite you and your families to attend the Sixteenth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on April 12 and 13, 2019 under the superb chairmanship of Archon Hieromnimon Peter J. Skeadas and co-chairman Archon Ostiarios Michael G. Psaros.

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Archons News 03/20/19

Interview of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew by journalist Zivojin Rakocevic for the Serbian newspaper “Politika”

Archons News 03/18/19

Ecumenical Patriarch: Faced with any questioning of the rights and privileges of the Ecumenical Throne, we will invoke the hallowed practice, order and tradition of Orthodoxy

Archons News 03/14/19

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On the Role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate: His Response to the Archbishop of Albania

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Order of St. Andrew

@OrderStAndrew  Mar 25

His All-Holiness: "Preservation of our identity is natural. But to limit Christ to national contexts ultimately results in rejecting Him. To place nation before Church leads inexorably to denying the existence of the Church and its universal character." https://t.co/tTjeyGnOnJ https://t.co/Es2J4p8gql

Order of St. Andrew

@OrderStAndrew  Mar 24

UK Home Office has turned down a Christian convert’s asylum request, claiming Christianity is not a religion of peace. This decision is not only false in its claims about Christianity; it also exposes this Iranian national to prison or death in Iran. https://t.co/6Gipj1X6Zg https://t.co/gJZSkn5ZAq

Order of St. Andrew

@OrderStAndrew  Mar 24

Speaking at Archon Symposium on Reviving the Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church: Has the Time Come? March 30 will be Kyra Limberakis, M.T.S., Director of CrossRoad Summer Institute & Asst. Director, Office of Vocation & Ministry at Hellenic College. https://t.co/X5i5yKFDLI https://t.co/g39OkVqlaE

Who Are We?

The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle is comprised of Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate who have been honored for their outstanding service to The Orthodox Church by having a Patriarchal title, or "offikion," bestowed upon them by His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Those upon whom this title of the Mother Church has been conferred are known as "Archons of the Great Church of Christ," and the titles are personally conferred by the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.

The Order's fundamental goal and mission is to promote the religious freedom, wellbeing and advancement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.

About Saint Andrew

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The first person Jesus invited to become one of his disciples was St. Andrew (John 1:35–40). This “first called” Apostle was the brother of St. Peter. After Pentecost, St. Andrew traveled to many cities to preach the Gospel and establish churches. Tradition says he established the church in the city of Byzantium—which would be renamed Constantinople about 300 years later. As you can see in the icon, the Apostle passed the Gospel to his successor, St. Stachys, the first bishop of the church that became the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Tradition also says St. Andrew went to Thrace, to lands around the Dniepr River (in today’s Ukraine), and eventually to Epirus and Greece. He performed miracles in the city of Patras and brought many people to Christianity. The pagan governor of Patras became angry when his brother converted, too, and he ordered Andrew to be tortured and then crucified. Even from his X-shaped cross, Andrew continued preaching the Gospel until his last breath. He died in the year 62, and we celebrate his feast on November 30.

The Five Issues

Our Orthodox Faith is being challenged by the Turkish Government. If not addressed, it can lead to the asphyxiation of Orthodox Christians.

 

The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are fighting to defend and protect the religious freedoms of our Holy and Great Mother Church.

 

A Disturbing Observation by Sir Steven Runciman–The Renowned British Historian Author of “The Great Church in Captivity”

On 60 Minutes, when Bob Simon asked if His All-Holiness sometimes felt like he is being crucified, he replied:

"Yes, I do."

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