Our Dual Heritage: Greek Culture and Orthodox Faith

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Hellenism, developed by the ancient Greeks, emphasized human scale and spirit with its belief that people could use reason to solve problems, articulate dilemmas, create beautiful objects, question, observe and compromise. The idea of democracy came from ancient Athens and is now the leading form of government around the world. These ideas and many more from Hellenism are the basis of Western civilization, because admirers of the Greeks (Philhellenes) such as the Romans, intellectuals of the Renaissance, and the founders of America recognized their universal value.

The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church, the Church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament. Her history can be traced in unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and His Twelve Apostles. Incredible as it seems, for over twenty centuries she has continued in her undiminished and unaltered faith and practice. Today her apostolic doctrine, worship, and structure remain intact. The Orthodox Church maintains that the Church is the living Body of Jesus Christ.

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Orthodoxy proclaims the timeless Christian message of love, forgiveness, kindness, and eternal life. Of special interest is the historic connection between Hellenism and Christianity. Christianity was formulated in the Greek Language and Greek thought. Greek, therefore, is the historic language of Christianity in the way that Hebrew is the historic language of Judaism and Sanskrit of Hinduism.

Orthodoxy Christianity embraces you with love and warmth. The Hellenic tradition invites you to share its universal heritage. Isocrates, a Greek orator in the fourth and fifth centuries BC, stated in Panegyrikos (Encomium of Athens): The name "Hellenes" suggests no longer a race, but a way of thinking, and the title "Hellenes" is applied rather to those who share our culture than those who share our blood.

In this spirit we invite you to celebrate our culture and our faith.

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GreekFest Cultural Brochure
Posted:31-May-17 11:22
The GreekFest Cultural Brochure is now available! Please join us for presentations on an array of topics such as Iconography, Greek Travel, and Classical Greek studies.....
Festival Brochure
Posted:30-May-17 12:23
The 2017 Buffalo GreekFest Brochure is now available! This brochure has everything you need for the weekend from the Church Tour Schedule to the foods being offered. The Festival Brochure is available for all guest at the Admissions desk.
Welcome Message from Our Festival Chairman
Posted:25-May-17 11:34
In the Greek spirit of hospitality it is truly our pleasure to welcome you to our 41st Annual Buffalo GreekFest, at our Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Each year our community proudly comes together to prepare an authentically Greek cultural experience for you to enjoy right here, on the corner of Delaware and West Utica., in our beloved Buffalo, NY......
Volunteers Needed!
Posted:08-May-17 15:45
Festival only works because of the hundreds of volunteers who give their time. Please click here to volunteer.....
Iconography Workshop
Posted:08-Feb-17 11:28
We are pleased to announce that our Church will be hosting a week long Iconography Workshop on July 28-August 3 rd 2017. The workshop registration will be available on a first come first serve registration basis and led by acclaimed iconographer Theodoros Papadopoulos of Greece. Contact Ms Eleni Revelas at helen.revelas@hotmail.com or Ellene Phufas-Jousma esparcadia@gmail.com......