Ode of Peace

A melody especially for kids

An original song composed, recorded and sung by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis. Photographs also by Fr. Emmanuel.

Christ is Risen!

“The time, the kairos, is ripe now. Let us organize ourselves for this sacred mission, of the evangelism of our communities at large, acting as a unified body, as the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.”

+Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
  Letter to fellow local clergy, June 19, 1998

Orthodox Witness is an organization dedicated to Orthodox Christian evangelism. Our goal is to bring together Orthodox clergy and laity from all Orthodox jurisdictions into a unified and coordinated effort to spread the truth of Orthodoxy, its mindset and way of life to all people in their locality, through modern media: the web, social media, video, and other outlets, for the glory of the triune God and the exaltation of His Holy Orthodox Church.

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Eternal Memory: +Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis (1941-2024)

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Orthodox Witness founder, Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis, reposed in the Lord on January 9, 2024 in Chania, Crete, Greece. Born November 20, 1941 in Chania, Crete, Fr. Emmanuel was the son of Ioannis and Eleni (Fandaki) Hatzidakis. He graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School in 1989 with a Master’s of Divinity degree. He also held a Bachelor’s Degree in Classics from Oberlin College (1972) and did graduate level studies in Classics at the University of Chicago (1973). In 1965 he received a Licenza from the International Institute of St. Paul in Rome. Read the full story here. Before his …

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