The Challenge Liturgy Program

On Long Island, NY, a number of Greek Orthodox Parishes, in a concerted effort, developed a ministry, the Challenge Liturgy Program. The central facet of the ministry is the monthly Divine Liturgy which is tailored toward the needs of persons with disability.  Here is a description of the ministry from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Website: Ministry Profile: Challenge Liturgy

And here’s a background page on the ministry: Challenge Ministry Program Background

And here are some pictures of the Challenge Liturgy at St. Micheal’s Church, with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios celebrating: 

Here’s a Google English translation of the text (in Greek) which accompanied the pictures:

Children and young people with disabilities who went to church at the Church of Archangel Michael in Port Washington, blessed by Archbishop Demetrios of America, during his visit to the community Saturday of Lazarus. His Eminence Present at the service of the Divine Liturgy, which celebrated – until the church was completed, the community center and talked to children.

It was a special Holy Mass celebrated in the Community of the Archangel Michael, once a month under the «Challenge Liturgy Program», which started in April 1990 on the initiative of Fr Dionysius Strousa and Mrs Emmanuel and Marina Katsoulis and addresses children and youth with disabilities.


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