Ministries Youth

Our Department serves several important ministries of our church, including  JOY, GOYA, Altar Boys. Our mission is to strengthen the relationship of young Orthodox Christians with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, encouraging them to become active sacramental participants in the life of the Body of Christ. The ministries offer them the opportunity to experience the Faith, ultimately leading them to Salvation. These ministries are not “organizations” or “clubs,” but rather a ministry of the Church–a gathering of the faithful who share the same ages and common interests.

Great are the achievements of faith! In the fountain of flame, as by the water of rest, the Three Holy Children rejoiced.

And the Prophet Daniel proved a shepherd of lions as of sheep. By their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls.

Apolytikion of Daniel the Prophet and the Three Holy Youths

The Three Holy Youths (Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego) are the patron saints for all Youth Ministry

programs of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. During that time, King Nebuchadnezzar

created a law stating that all those in the land were to bow down and worship his golden idols. If the

anyone chose not to, they would be thrown into a furnace and burned to death.

It came to the attention of the King that three children were refusing to worship these idols. Enraged by their refusal, the king brought the three youths before him, commanding them to bow down

before the idols. The youths, steadfast in their faith, would not bow down, and King

Nebuchadnezzar had them thrown into the furnace. God sent an Angel into the furnace with the

youths in order to protect them, cooling the flames. The youths danced and sang praises to God, the

very praises we sing on Great and Holy Saturday: “Praise the Lord and exalt Him to all the ages!” The

king, amazed that they had not been harmed, declared their God to be the True God. They are

commemorated each year on December 17th. This account from the Old Testament can be found in

the 3rd chapter of the book of Daniel.