St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, St Augustine

Sunday, February 21, 2016

St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine is “an institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America … dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768. The Shrine consists of exhibits depicting the life of early Greeks in America and the development of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, and the St. Photios Chapel.” (http://www.stphotios.org)

I really enjoyed the exhibits, the long story of Greeks in North America and the importance of the Church and the priests in the life of Greek-Americans. Something that stroke me was the debate about what language should be used in the Divine Liturgy, with those born and raised in the States sometimes preferring English over Greek. I also saw a very interesting and short documentary that you may enjoy watching too:

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