March 20 3Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Festival

2015 Pysanky Poster

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St. Barbara Orthodox Church, 5201 Alta Mesa Blvd. in Southwest Ft. Worth, is pleased to announce its 32nd annual Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Festival, to be held on Friday, March 20th, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This will be the 32nd year for the colorful fund-raiser featuring a wide assortment of chicken, goose, duck, and ostrich eggs, elaborately decorated with traditional Ukrainian motifs such as plants, animals, geometric shapes and specifically Christian symbols. These Easter Eggs are called “Pysanky” which comes from the Ukrainian verb “pysaty” meaning “to write”. Designs are “written” onto the surface of eggshells with pure beeswax and a writing instrument called a “kistka”. The egg is an age-old symbol of rebirth. Since the Christianization of the Ukraine in 988 A.D. Pysanky evolved over the centuries into an art form that became a religious symbol of the Resurrection of Christ, and the promise of life eternal. Messages of good health, wealth, new life and hope through the Resurrection, are expressed through the age-old motifs. Once the initial design is executed on the shell’s surface, the egg is dipped into a dye bath working from the lightest to the darkest colors. Beeswax is applied over that part of the egg where the color is to remain. This process continues until the egg is completed which takes anywhere from one to eight hours or more, depending on the size of the egg, the design being executed, and the skill of the Pysanky artist. The wax is removed by hand via applied heat and a chemical solution to reveal the beautiful artwork and vibrant colors. Several coats of varnish are applied to give the beautiful gloss finish to these miniature masterpieces. Members of St. Barbara Orthodox Church have worked all year to produce these beautiful eggs. The Pysanky artists range in age from the parish’s young teens to its senior citizens. Each person brings his or her unique skills, experience, and artistry to the eggs. Prices range from $10 to $75 for chicken eggs. Goose eggs begin at $75. Ostrich eggs range in price from $200 to $850. Prices are based on several factors including design intricacy, number of colors, and the skill of the artist. The Festival will feature beautiful eggs and experienced crafts people demonstrating this wonderful folk art throughout the two-day event. In addition, there will be an assortment of Pysanky supplies, instructional books, egg stands, glass, wooden and ceramic Ukrainian, Czech, Polish and Russian eggs, as well as other unique Pysanky gift items available for purchase. Last year many people came from across the Metroplex and North Texas to attend the event. Many come to admire the eggs and see how this wonderful and unique folk art is done. People also enjoy purchasing eggs to be given as unique Easter gifts. Everyone is welcome! In addition to this year’s sale, the Church will offer classes in the art of “How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs.” Two classes will be held on Thurs., April 16 and Thurs., April 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The cost for the two day session is $50 per person, plus a $15 supply fee. Seating is limited. You must pre-register to attend these classes. Children as young as 7 years of age, in addition to teens and adults have availed themselves of this learning opportunity over the years. (No child care available). More information may be obtained by calling 817-294-0325. All proceeds from the Pysanky Festival and Ukrainian Egg Classes are for the benefit of the charitable works and building fund of the church. Interested parties may also consult the church’s website:

March 21 Women’s Lenten Retreat

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2015 Pan-Orthodox Vespers Schedule

During Lent, we have Pan-Orthodox Vespers scheduled at 6 pm, with Lenten meal following, for these days and locations:

  • Sunday, March 1, Holy Trinity GOC, 13555 Hillcrest Rd, Dallas, 75240
  • Sunday, March 8, St. Maximus the Confession Orthodox Mission, OCA,
    2026 W. Oak St., Denton, 76201
  • Sunday, March 15, St. John the Baptist GOC, 303 Cullum Dr., Euless, 76040
  • Sunday, March 22, St. Peter AOC, 7601 Bellaire Drive South, Ft. Worth, 76132
  • Sunday, March 29, St. Seraphim Cathedral, OCA, 4208 Wycliff Ave., Dallas 75219

January 30-31 Conference on Falling Asleep in the Lord

Falling Asleep in the Lord: An Orthodox Perspective on Dying, Death and Grief

book-cover“How should Christian people prepare for death, their own and that of loved ones? … in the United States, we tend to avoid the question as much as we can. We consider death to be brutal and tragic, whatever its circumstances and causes. It marks an end to our ambitions, while it underscores the ephemeral nature of our existence. Therefore we treat it like a “last enemy” from which there is no escape, no salvation. Death appears as a specter, a menacing evil, that evokes a reaction of dread.” — From the forward of: A Christian Ending by Dn. Mark and Elizabeth Barna, Divine Ascent Press

These events are free to all. Registration will be at the door the day of the event. Please note, childcare is not available.

Please download the flyer for more information.

October 26 IOCC Event

Please join us at the annual International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC, fundraiser dinner on Sunday evening, Oct 26th, from 6pm – 8pm, held this year at:

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
13555 Hillcrest Road
Dallas, Texas 75240

This is not a religious event, nor a political one, but an effort for a worthy cause, with high level impact. About 92 cents of every dollar donated to IOCC goes to the actual charitable effort, making IOCC one of the most efficient charities in the USA, much more efficient than many of the more well-known charities. IOCC has been involved in international relief efforts in such places as Syria, Ethiopia, Serbia, Russia, amongst other places in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

IOCC is fortunate such that out of every $1 donated, $7 (not a typo) is generated toward relief efforts, due to existing grant and philanthropic relationships.

If you cannot attend, but would like to assist in some fashion, please contact Michael Petridis.

Also see the IOCC Event Flyer.

Sept. 15 — Assembly of Orthodox Bishops Clergy Laity Gathering in Dallas, Texas

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will commence its fifth annual meeting in Dallas, Texas with a pan-Orthodox Doxology and Clergy-Laity Gathering on the evening of Monday, September 15, 2014.

Monday September 15, 2014
at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

  • 7:00pm – All clergy and laity are invited to join in prayer during the Doxology.
  • 7:45pm – Q & A made up of a panel of bishops who will answer questions related to the work of the Assembly.
  • 9:00pm – Fellowship, food and refreshments will be in the Church Hall

This is the second Assembly-sponsored clergy-laity event; the first was held in Cleveland, Ohio in October 2013. The gatherings serve as a valuable opportunity for hierarchs to present the work of the Assembly to the faithful and allow for the exchange of ideas and concerns.

The event is open to the public.

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America is a body of all active, canonical Orthodox bishops in the US. There are currently 53 bishops in the Assembly, representing the following archdioceses and dioceses in the US: Albanian, American Carpatho-Russian, Antiochian, Bulgarian, Georgian, Greek, Orthodox Church in America, Romanian, Russian, Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Serbian, and Ukrainian. The Assembly was established to address the pastoral needs of Orthodox faithful, present a common and unified witness of the Orthodox Faith, and manifest the unity of Orthodoxy.

If you have any questions please call the Holy Trinity Greek Orthoodox Church offices at 972-991-1166.

Byzantine Icon Painting Workshop at St. Demetrios

Experience the unique spiritual world of the Byzantine Era through icon painting.


Icon Painting Workshop

August 27- September 3,  2014
Fort Worth, Texas



During this intensive 7-day course we will concentrate on the traditional painting techniques of Byzantium. The subject of the icon that students will paint is “Mother of God”.
Our goal is for students to understand and learn the artistic practices as well as the philosophy of Orthodox Iconography.  Through the process of demonstrations the stages as well the whole method of painting an icon will be presented.  The students will then put into practice these skills under the guidance of the instructor Theodore Papadopoulos.
The techniques of painting will be taught in a clear and concrete way enabling the students to easily apply what they have learnt once the workshop is completed. Great emphasis is placed on the student acquiring “hands-on”experience, in order to be able to comprehend and put into practice the techniques Byzantine icon painting requires.

This workshop offers students of all levels, from the beginner to the professional, an opportunity to learn and refine their techniques in the sacred art of Byzantine iconography.

Tuition: $670.
The price includes the materials which will be used by the students, (brushes,pigments,boards).
A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to reserve a place in this workshop.
The balance is due on Aug.  27, 2014.
Location: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Fort Worth, Texas.
Watch the trailer.

About the Instructor

Byzantine Iconography Workshop
Theodoros Papadopoulos was born, raised and presently lives in Larissa, Greece. His artistic studies began when he studied drawing at a local workshop in 1987. His fascination with iconography began when he visited Athos, The Holy Mountain.
His studies compelled him to return to Mt. Athos in order to perfect his technique and understanding in painting Byzantine icons and murals. Studying in Athens also facilitated his artistic progress in this field.
He is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts in Greece and the Greek Iconographers Association.
His commissions range from individuals personal icons to painting religious murals in churches in his homeland as well as abroad.
For over 20 years of professional work in iconography, his uncompromising principle is to present work of the highest quality.
For more information visit Theodoros Papadopoulos’ web site.

For enrollment or information

Contact Ms Ruth Marsh
tel: 254-445-3333



Pan-Orthodox Vespers Schedule


(Sundays during Great Lent – 6 p.m.)

March 9 – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Dallas

March 16 – St. Peter’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Ft. Worth

March 23 – Sts. Constantine & Helen Antiochian Orthodox Church, Dallas

March 30 – St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Ft. Worth

April 6 – St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral, Dallas

A Lenten meal is served after Vespers. 

3 Evening Retreat Feb. 23-25 in McKinney

Download the flyer for details.

NTOM Conference Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in DFW Area

Orthodox Christian Perspectives

The Hidden Joy of Christian Living:

Sharing Christ’s Love with Our Neighbor

January 31, 2014

at St. Peter Orthodox Christian Church, Ft. Worth

Dinner 6:00 p.m., Program 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

February 1, 2014

at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Dallas

Coffee 8:30 a.m., Program 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Learn more by reading our Flyer

Bishop Gregory of Nyssa

Primate of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA

Fr. Maximus Cabey

St. Matthew OCA

(Green Bay, WI)

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Bishop Gregory, before becoming a priest and bishop, worked for 20 years as a researcher in the field of cardiology. After taking a mission trip to Alaska, he felt the calling to pursue the priesthood. He received the M.Div. from Holy Cross seminary in 2006 and was ordained a priest in 2007. As an Ierokyrix and a Confessor, he has provided spiritual direction to the clergy and faithful of the metropolis of Atlanta. With an affinity for youth ministry and a skilled administrator he oversaw all the youth programs in the Metropolis of Atlanta. Bishop Gregory was elevated to the episcopate in 2012.

Fr. Maximus, a graduate of St. Vladimir, was ordained to the holy priesthood on the Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Cross by Metropolitan Jonah on September 14th 2010. In 2011 Father was appointed the new Rector for St Matthew. In addition to the M. Div., Fr. Maximus has a B.A. in Theology and Mental Health and Human Services from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Fr. Maximus has been involved in pastoral ministry and teaching for the past 23 years.

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