Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018
WATERVLIET NY: Archpastoral Visit, Reader Tonsured
14 Feb 2018 at 12:00am
On Sunday, 4 February 4 2018, Archbishop Michael visited Saint Basil’s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY. During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Artёm Timofeev was tonsured as a “Reader.” Artёm and his family first joined the parish ten years ago having emigrated from Russia. Artёm is a CPA having completed his higher education at SUNY Albany. He was an altar server at Saint Basil’s, attended summer camp as a camper and counselor at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, and participated Altar Servers Retreat of our diocese. Artёm also has assisted Archbishop Michael as his driver, traveling the lengths and breadths of the diocese.
Thursday, 15 Feb 2018
ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE BEGINNING OF GREAT LENT
15 Feb 2018 at 12:00am
The season of the Great Fast (Lent) in preparation and anticipation of the joyous celebration of Our Lord's PASCHA begins on Monday, 19 February 2018. As we enter this holy season of increased prayer, ascetic fasting, and philanthropic charity, Archbishop Michael offers a letter to us with an invitation of encouragement to enter the Lenten journey with seriousness in faith, hope, and love. In part, he writes: "Truly, the way for us to see Lent is as a journey of repentance – a return home, like the Prodigal Son, to the house and embrace of the God Who loves us more than we love ourselves. As he rediscovered his place in the household of his Father, so we must rediscover and recover what we were made to be through our baptismal death and resurrection. Lent is our pilgrimage to Pascha, to share in the Passion and Death of our Savior and in the Victory of His Resurrection."
Sunday, 11 Feb 2018
GREAT LENT BEGINS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19th
11 Feb 2018 at 12:00am
As we approach the season of spiritual renewal in Great Lent (through prayer, fasting, and charity) a wonderful instructional video by Archbishop Michael is available to us. In this concise eight-minute presentation, we are offered a good introduction to the meaning and purpose of the Lenten Journey in our lives. This is a helpful discussion for our Lenten preparation for the celebration of PASCHA -- the Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. To watch the video, please go here>>>
Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018
2018 LENTEN TEEN RETREAT
14 Feb 2018 at 12:00am
Registration is now open for the 2018 Teen Retreat for those in Grades 7-12. The retreat will be held at Saint Basil's Academy in Garrison NY from Friday, March 16th - Sunday, March 18th. The retreat theme is "In the World, But Not of the World: Orthodox Christianity in a Complicated Religious Landscape." For addition information and easy on-line registration, please go HERE >>>
Friday, 26 Jan 2018
WEST POINT MILITARY ACADEMY
26 Jan 2018 at 12:00am
On 21 January 2018, Archbishop Michael visited Saint Martin's Orthodox Chapel at West Point Military Academy and presented a Synodal Gramota to Archpriest Joseph Frawley in recognition of his 40 years of priesthood, 20 years as chaplain at West Point, his work at the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of History and Archives, and his work on the lives of the saints. His Eminence also brought a new antimension for the altar containing the relics of the Holy New Martyr Saint Hilarion Troitsky (+1929).
Monday, 19 Feb 2018
St. Vladimir’s Seminary to host open house for prospective students March 8
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Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will host a campus open house, offering “an immersion into seminary life,” on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
Prospective students and other interested individuals will have an opportunity to attend classroom sessions, chapel services and community meals with the seminarians and their families; meet the seminary President and select members of the faculty; explore the seminary’s Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry degree programs; meet members of the seminary’s diverse student body of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox students of many jurisdictions; and experience the rhythm of the Seminary during the season of Great Lent.
To register or to obtain additional information, please contact Robin Hatrak at email@example.com or 914-961-8313, ext. 330.
In related news, Saint Vladimir’s is now accepting applications for Fall Semester 2018. The application deadline is April 1, 2018, with a late application deadline set for June 1. Applications are currently being reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning February 1 and ending June 1.
The seminary’s Admissions Committee will evaluate complete applications at the beginning of each month during this period and will inform applicants of its decision by the middle of that month. Prospective students who apply after the June 1 late deadline will be charged a late application fee and will have lower priority for housing.
Further details concerning applications and admission are available online.
Friday, 16 Feb 2018
In the News: Events, Opportunities, Resources
16 Feb 2018 at 3:45pm
Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s first “Orthodox Masterpieces” event honors Fr. Sergei Glagolev Renowned composers Fr. Sergei Glagolev and Fr. Ivan Moody at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 2016.
On Saturday, February 10, 2018, Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary honored Archpriest Sergei Glagolev, the well known composer of Orthodox liturgical music, by singing a number of his works at the celebration of Great Vespers. The Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Chorale, a volunteer campus community choir, sang the responses.
Father Sergei is noted for his pioneering work in introducing English-language musical compositions into Orthodox Christian liturgical services — inspired hymnography with a uniquely American sound. Following Vespers, Harrison Russin, the seminary’s Lecturer in Liturgical Music, offered a presentation on the impact of Father Sergei’s work. A video of Vespers and the lecture is available online.
In conjunction with the event, a reflection on Father Sergei’s legacy, “Icons in Sound and the Music of Father Sergei Glagolev” written by Mr. Russin, also is available on the seminary web site.
The service represented the first offering in the seminary’s “Orthodox Masterpieces” series.Moscow, Russia: Works by Fr. Sergei Glagolev, other contemporary composers, performed in Russia
On Monday, January 29, 2018, compositions by Archpriest Sergei Glagolev were performed at the Moscow Conservatory, one of Russia’s premier musical institutions, at a concert highlighting works by Orthodox composers who wrote outside the borders of their homeland.
“The majority of masterworks on this program were sung in Russia for the first time, reviving a repertoire not only neglected during the Soviet era, but even disparaged and publicly vilified,” said Vladimir Morosan, founder of Musica Russica music publishers and editor of the multi-volume series Monuments of Russian Sacred Music. “Bringing these works back to their homeland bears a deep symbolic as well as artistic significance.”
In addition to compositions by Father Sergei, the works of two other living composers born outside of Russia — Archpriest Ivan Moody and Kurt Sander, both of whom are converts to Orthodox Christianity—were presented.
“From the beginning, this project has been a collaborative effort, bringing together the artistry of prominent Church musicians and conductors with the latest in scholarly knowledge and research, both in the US and Russia,” added Mr. Morosan, who assembled the program and provided the musical scores. “Consultants from the US—descendants of Russian exiles who had devoted their careers to the study and performance of Russian Orthodox church music—included Dr. Nicolas Schidlovsky, a noted scholar of medieval Orthodox chant, and Dr. Peter Jermihov, a prominent Russian-American conductor from Chicago, who directed the “Kastalsky” Men’s Choir of Moscow, which was expanded to 40 voices for this occasion by the addition of 20 women singers.”Lone Butte, BC, Canada: Holy Transfiguration Hermitage releases unique recording
The monks of the Archdiocese of Canada’s Holy Transfiguration Hermitage have created and released a unique collection of liturgical hymns set to Gregorian melodies. The recording, “Orthodox Hymns in Gregorian Chant,” may be ordered online.
By way of background, many people think of Gregorian, or Plainchant, as the Medieval song of the Roman Catholic Church. This, however, only represents one chapter of an epic story. In fact, Western Plainchant is one of the most ancient and venerable modal traditions in the world, with deep roots in the music of Old Testament Israel and Classical Greece. The heart of the Gregorian repertoire was written between the third and eighth centuries AD, and is closely related to the emerging Byzantine chant of that period. From the eighth to the 12th centuries, Gregorian chant acquired the Frankish, Celtic and Mozarabic (old Spanish) colorations which give it a distinctive “western” sound; however, it was not exposed to the Middle Eastern influences which characterized later Byzantine performance. The melodic figures of Gregorian chant remain archetypal to western music until this day.
Also released was a voluminous study, titled “Orthodox Liturgical Hymns in Gregorian Chant: Ancient Modal Tradition of the West,” available in PDF format online, which contains an extensive historical and theoretical introduction to Gregorian chant, followed by sheet music for the idiomela of Vespers, Matins and the Divine Liturgy, as well as Festal, Lenten, and Paschal material. A forthcoming companion volume will include pointed texts for chanting the stikhera, troparia and canons of the Resurrection cycle.Brookline, MA: Last chance to register for 2018 CrossRoad program for HS juniors and seniors 2017 CrossRoad participants explore Boston’s historic sites.
High school juniors and seniors from the Orthodox Church in America are invited to participate in the summer 2018 CrossRoad program sponsored by Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology/Hellenic College, Brookline, MA.
Online applications are still being accepted for one of three programs slated to be held in Boston and Chicago during June and July 2018. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program by mid-March. Scholarships and financial aid will be available to all accepted applicants.
The pan-Orthodox program is designed to best meet the needs of Orthodox Christian teens who desire to deepen their faith in an Orthodox setting. Students will be afforded unique opportunities to explore their vocations, encounter service in a new way, take theology and Scripture courses with top professors and make lifelong friendships while exploring Boston or Chicago.Geneva, Switzerland: WCC welcomes applications for Internship Programme 2018
Orthodox Christian young adults ages 21 through 29 who are actively involved in Church and ecumenical relations are invited to apply for the World Council of Churches’ [WCC] 2018 Internship Programme.
The programme’s overarching goal is to strengthen Church and ecumenical relations and create benefits for young people through capacity building, ecumenical formation, regional relations, international and multicultural exposure, and leadership building. Interns are assigned to work for 12 months at the WCC offices in Geneva, Switzerland in one of the programme areas of the WCC. This is then followed by a six-month work placement in the intern’s own country. Available work areas include Communication, Health and Healing, Just Community of Women and Men, and Commission of the Churches on International Affairs.
Interested applicants from OCA parishes should request a letter of recommendation from the OCA by sending their C.V. and a cover letter of interest by March 1 to Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application guidelines are available online. For additional information, please contact email@example.com.Annapolis, MD: Mission to sponsor pilgrimage to Romania
Priest Robert Miclean and the faithful of Holy Archangels Mission, Annapolis, MD will be sponsoring a pilgrimage to many of the holy sites of Orthodox Romania May 15-June 1, 2018. The pilgrimage will include visits to some of the most beautiful churches and monasteries in the world and related sites of interest to Orthodox Christians. The cost of participation, which includes international travel and accommodations, is just $2750.00 per person. Detailed information, itinerary and registration are available online.
Thursday, 15 Feb 2018
Vendors, exhibitors invited to register for 19th All-American Council
15 Feb 2018 at 11:43am
As announced in the fall, an extensive exhibit hall will be available to vendors wishing to display and market their goods and services at the 19th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America.
The AAC will convene at the Saint Louis, MO Union Station Hotel July 23-27, 2018.
“The vendor/display areas will be centrally located, thereby offering a great opportunity for the broadest exposure to Council participants,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary. “The area will be opened for extended time periods to maximize contact with delegates and guests.”
Vendors will find an introductory letter, prospectus, contracts, and related information on the AAC web site.
The deadline for reserving vendor/exhibit space is May 25, 2018. Space is limited, so early registration is highly encouraged. All fees must be sent to the 19th All-American Council, c/o Melanie Ringa, PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791. Final payment for display space is due by June 15, 2018.
For questions and/or additional information, please contact the Local Committee Exhibition Co-chairs, Ken Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Reuschhoff at pdRueschhoff@sbcglobal.net.
Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018
The 14th Anniversary of the Episcopal Consecration of Metropolitan Tikhon
13 Feb 2018 at 1:19pm
It is with great love, respect and heartfelt thanksgiving that we mark the Anniversary of the Episcopal Consecration of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, who was consecrated at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery Church, South Canaan, PA fourteen years ago, on February 14, 2004. He was elected to the episcopacy by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops at their October 2003 session.
Metropolitan Tikhon was born in Boston, MA on July 15, 1966, the son of Francois and Elizabeth Mollard. After brief periods living in Connecticut, France, and Missouri, he and his family settled in Reading, PA, where he graduated from Wyomissing High School in 1984. In 1988, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, after which he moved to Chicago.
In 1989, he was received into the Orthodox Church from the Episcopalian tradition. In the fall of the same year, he began studies at Saint Tikhon Seminary. The following year he entered the monastic community at Saint Tikhon Monastery as a novice.
After receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Saint Tikhon Seminary in 1993, he was appointed instructor in Old Testament at the school. He subsequently served as Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and taught Master level courses in the Prophets and the Psalms and Wisdom Literature. He also served as an instructor in the seminary’s Extension Studies program, offering courses in the lives of the Old Testament saints, the liturgical use of the Old Testament, and the Old Testament in patristic literature. He collaborated with then-Igumen Alexander (Golitzin) in the publication of The Living Witness of the Holy Mountain, published by Saint Tikhon Seminary Press.
In 1995 he was tonsured to the Lesser Schema and given the name Tikhon, in honor of Saint Tikhon, Enlightener of North America and Patriarch of Moscow. Later that year, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and Holy Priesthood at Saint Tikhon Monastery. In 1998, he was elevated to the rank of Igumen, and in 2000 to the rank of Archimandrite. In December 2002, he was appointed Deputy Abbot of Saint Tikhon Monastery.
After his consecration to the episcopacy, he served as Auxiliary to the Metropolitan. He was nominated to fill the vacant See of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania at a special diocesan assembly on May 25, 2005. Two days later, he was elected to that ministry by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops. He was installed as ruling hierarch of the Diocese at Saint Stephen Cathedral on October 29, 2005. He served as Bishop and later Archbishop of the Diocese until his election as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America at the 17th All-American Council, held in Parma, OH on November 13, 2012.
We pray that our Lord, Jesus Christ will continue to bless, guide and strengthen His Beatitude in his ongoing ministry “in behalf of all and for all” now and for many years to come!
Monday, 12 Feb 2018
FOCUS North America to host first Servant Leadership Conference for HS senior...
12 Feb 2018 at 11:52am
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FOCUS North America’s Youth Equipped to Serve Program [YES] will host its first Servant Leadership Conference at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Phoenix, AZ May 25-28, 2018.
Since 2012, YES has conducted various leadership training programs to equip YES trip leaders. The 2018 Servant Leadership Conference, however, will offer students an opportunity for personal exploration, foundational servant leadership development, and empowerment. The program will bring together seniors in high school and college students to seek the Lord, to see their true selves and purposes together, and to feel strengthened and courageous to live the lives they have been uniquely called to live.
FOCUS North America — the “Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve” — is a national movement of Orthodox Christians united in faith and joined by a desire to provide action-oriented and sustainable solutions to poverty in communities across America. FOCUS has operations and offers youth volunteer experiences in more than 50 cities in the USA. As an expression of Christ’s love, FOCUS North America serves the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned by providing food, occupation, clothing, understanding, and shelter.
Conference details and registration information are now available on the FOCUS website.
FOCUS also is accepting registrations for its Spring 2018 trips to minister to the needy in Jacksonville, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Dallas, TX; Portland, OR; and Memphis, TN. For further information on the trips and conference, please contact Katrina Bitar, YES Program Director, at email@example.com.