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Archdiocese Celebrates Milestones and Achievements in Southern California Meeting

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Whenever the hierarchs and the Board of Trustees assemble for their annual Fall Meeting, they try to do so in conjunction with celebrations of a parish community within the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The weekend of October 22-25, 2015 was no exception. In fact, the hierarchs and Trustees joined in the celebrations at two parishes in southern California: St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Van Nuys, and St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Los Angeles.

Metropolitan Joseph's Archiepiscopal Directive On So-called "Same-Sex Marriage"

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
October 29, 2015

Christ is in our Midst! 

At the recently concluded meeting of the hierarchs of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the attached directive was reviewed and approved for distribution to all of our clergy and laity.
 
Prologue

The holy Church offers to her spiritual children the tender and sweet milk of the Gospel and the nourishing and substantive meat of spiritual guidance, encouragement, discipline, and reproof, so that Her children may flourish "in the fatherly adoption." Ours is a Christian culture with all of the components of instruction and guidance, so that no one may depart from the ecclesiastical garden of delights without nourishment suitable for him.

Metropolitan Joseph Appoints Two New Financial Officers for the Archdiocese Board of Trustees

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph recently appointed two new financial officers to assist the Board of Trustees of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. As of August 4, 2015, Mr. Salim Abboud of Little Falls, NJ, is appointed to serve as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Board, and Archpriest Michael Tassos of St. Luke Orthodox Church in Garden Grove, CA, is appointed to serve as Assistant Treasurer. Both men hold extensive backgrounds in accounting and finance.

Ancient Faith Radio Special: "Antioch on the Record"

A special edition of "Ancient Faith Today" on Ancient Faith Radio features an important conversation regarding Orthodox administrative unity, between host Kevin Allen and the Very Reverend Patrick O' Grady of St. Peter the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church, Pomona, CA. Speaking as an official representative for His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and the Archdiocese, Fr. Patrick discusses a wide range of issues with Mr. Allen, including the reasons behind the Archdiocese's recent statement to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops at the conclusion of Assembly VI in September, 2015.

"We must keep the long view," notes Fr. Patrick in the interview. "Unity cannot be achieved superficially, but through knowledge of one another.

"Organization without the deeper foundation of shared evangelical values, is building a house on sand...history can teach us a lot, if we can take the time to learn," he adds.

Listen to the full interview, "Antioch on the Record: Orthodox Administrative Unity in North America."

Reflections on the Visit of Our Primate to St. George of Troy

by Fr. Joseph Antypas

The visit of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph to St. George Church in Troy, Michigan was such a blessing that it brought parishioners together around their father in Christ, who wanted to get to know them and to enjoy the fellowship with his spiritual children whom God has given him. The theme of his visit was taken from Isaiah 8:16 which read: "Behold, I am the children whom God hath given me."

St. Ignatius teaches: "Where the bishop is there is the church". This does not mean that the church is the bishop alone. Rather, it means that there is no bishop without his people. The bishop is the bishop of a certain geographical region (diocese, archdiocese, or patriarchate). There is no such thing as 'bishop at large'. So where the bishop is there you have all fabrics of the whole church; men, women, the youth, and the children, all forming one symphony, with cooperation and synergy, with Christ as the corner stone of the structure, and to the effect that there is one shepherd, and the logical sheep, that together are given the full understanding of spiritual life and church membership.

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph endeared himself to all parishioners who listened to him during the past weekend. Throughout his meetings with the members of the parish council, the ladies of St. George, and our teens, he brought them the message of hope and love. With humility, he told us not to give up on our priorities of keeping silent and serene before God in a true and genuine prayer. He appealed to us to be attached to our spiritual roots and identity as Orthodox Christian believers, and he encouraged us to be one in Christ, so we may be led into full unity in Christ.

Pan-Orthodox Clergy Retreat with Metropolitan Joseph + Nov. 2, 2015

Pan-Orthodox Clergy Retreat for New York Metropolitan Area
November 2, 2015

Hosted by His Eminence Metropolitan JosephArchbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America

His Eminence Archbishop Michael, OCA Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
235 Long Hill Rd.
Little Falls, NJ 07424-2005

Speaker: His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph

St. Elias Cathedral in Ottawa Celebrates the 85th Anniversary of the Parish and 15th Anniversary of the Cathedral

by Rev. Fr. Nektarios Najjar

The Most Reverend Metropolitan Joseph, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America, blessed the Clergy and faithful of St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa by presiding over the celebrations for the 85th anniversary of the parish and the 15th anniversary of the consecration of the Cathedral that took place from September 9-13, 2015.

This historical visit was the first visit of His Eminence to Ottawa after his election as the new Metropolitan. His Eminence arrived in Ottawa on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015. The Very Rev. Fr. Ghattas Hajal, Pastor of the Cathedral, alongside Assistant Pastor Fr. Nektarios Najjar, the parish council, a representative of Ottawa's mayor and the organizing committee of the event welcomed our Father in Christ Metropolitan Joseph at the airport's V.I.P. Salon. 

Metropolitan Joseph Inducts New Order Members in Ottawa

During celebrations for the 85th anniversary of St. Elias Cathedral in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph inducted 22 new members in to the Order of St. Ignatius, including three life members. Celebrations at the Cathedral and the inductions took place over the weekend of September 12-13, 2015.

St. Vladimir's Seminary Awards Honorary Doctorates to Metropolitan Joseph and Metropolitan Tikhon

Fr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor/CEO, drapes Metropolitan Joseph with the doctoral hood (Photo: Jasmine Yedigarian)Fr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor/CEO, drapes Metropolitan Joseph with the doctoral hood (Photo: Jasmine Yedigarian)[SVOTS Communications/Yonkers, NY] 

On Monday, September 14, 2015, the Board of Trustees and Faculty of St. Vladimir’s Seminary bestowed a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, on His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. (View the photo gallery)

Additionally, His Beatitude the Most Blessed Tikhon, primate of the Orthodox Church in America, was awarded with an honorary doctorate as well.

“We have the great honor today of being able to bestow the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, not upon one, but two worthy recipients—two leading hierarchs of the Orthodox Church in this country—the President and Vice President of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Seminary,” noted the Very Rev. Dr. John Behr, Dean. “Both hierarchs, although only appointed to their positions in recent years, have distinguished themselves through many years of ministry. Your Beatitude and Your Eminence, you truly honor us today by your presence and acceptance of the degree to be awarded.”

Metropolitan Joseph's Public Schedule Updated Through November

The public schedule of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph that is published on the Archdiocese website, has been updated through November, 2015. The schedule is linked in the Resources and Links section of the sidebar on the official Metropolitan Joseph page. Check back regularly for future improvements and updates.

Metropolitan Joseph's Schedule

 

Metropolitan Joseph Visits St. Ignatius Church + Twin Falls, ID

Karen Hefner writes:

On the weekend of August 22-23, 2015, our little parish of St. Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Church in Twin Falls, Idaho was graced with the presence of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Our father and chief shepherd celebrated the baptism of our newest member, Maximus Joseph Habib, new infant son of Fr. Michael and Kh. Masha Habib.

Special guests attended from throughout the Orthodox communities in our surrounding area, as well as many others both of our Orthodox faithful and non-Orthodox alike. The visiting clergy included, Fr. Mark Fenn, Archdeacon George Shishim, Deacon Mark Townsend, Deacon Christopher Payne, Deacon John Mahfouz, Subdeacon Thomas Rice, Subdeacon Peter Samore and Subdeacon Matthew Romero.

On Saturday, August 22, the church was overflowing with more than 90 people when the metropolitan arrived. Parish members joyfully rang the bells and the choir sang, "Blessed is he who cometh in the Name of the Lord" and "Eis polla eti, Destpota," as they and all those present welcomed Sayidna for the first time as the Metropolitan of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Although crammed into our little church, there was great excitement among the faithful as we witnessed the sacraments of Baptism, Chrismation and Eucharist being bestowed upon little Maximus Joseph by our Metropolitan.

St. Vladimir's Seminary to Bestow Honorary Doctorate on Metropolitan Joseph

July, 2015: Metropolitan Joseph, Patriarch John X, and The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield at St. Vladimir's SeminaryJuly, 2015: Metropolitan Joseph, Patriarch John X, and The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield at St. Vladimir's SeminaryOn September 14, 2015, the Board of Trustees and Faculty of St. Vladimir's Seminary will bestow a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, on His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, at an Academic Convocation beginning at 7 p.m. St. Vladimir's will also award an honorary degree to His Beatitude the Most Blessed Tikhon, primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Metropolitan Tikhon serves as President of the Seminary and Chair of its Board of Trustees, and Metropolitan Joseph serves as Vice Chair of the Board. The event is open to the public and will be held in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building.

Patriarchal and Hierarchical Divine Liturgies to be Rebroadcast on NOURSAT

The Patriarchal Divine Liturgy from the July Convention in Boston will be broadcast on Lebanese television station NOURSAT at midnight Wednesday, September 9 (between Tuesday and Wednesday evening) Eastern time. It will air a second time on Wednesday evening at 6:00pm Eastern time.

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph during his upcoming visit to St. Elias Cathedral in Ottawa, will be broadcast live from 9:45am to 12:30pm on Sunday, September 13th.

To enjoy these broadcasts, please visit www.noursat.tv at the scheduled times.

A Synaxis of the Antiochian World: A Report on the 52nd Convention

A Synaxis of the Antiochian World:
A Report on the 52nd Convention of the
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Boston, Massachusetts, July 20-26, 2015
By Subdeacon Peter Samore

“O Antioch: lift up your eyes and look around, for your sons came like the pearls shining with the light of God from the West, and the North; from the sea, and the East, glorifying Jesus Christ in you to the ages of ages.” – St. John of Damascus

These words best describe the communion of the apostolic Orthodox Church of Antioch that can never be broken, even if oceans keep her children at a distance from one another. Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is at the center of the Antiochian communion, manifest by the apostles and their spiritual descendants who proclaimed Christ’s gospel in all corners of the world throughout all ages.

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph Hosts Dinner in Honor of His Beatitude Patriarch John X

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On July 28, 2015, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, hosted a dinner in honor of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, at the Archdiocese headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey.

In attendance were the Antiochian hierarchs who accompanied the Patriarch, the first hierarchs of the Orthodox Churches who are located in the NY/NJ metropolitan area, representatives from the Roman Catholic church, the Syriac Catholic church, local Muslim spiritual leaders, and diplomats representing Syria, Georgia, Lebanon, and Cyprus.

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph introduced His Beatitude and spoke about the tireless work of His Beatitude for peace in Syria, Lebanon, and the entire region. (The remarks of Metropolitan Joseph are here).

The Address of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph to the General Assembly of the 52nd Archdiocesan Convention

The Address of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph to the General Assembly of the 52nd Archdiocesan Convention 
July 24, 2015, Boston, Massacusetts

Listen to His Eminence's address on Ancient Faith Radio

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Your Beatitude and Beloved father in Christ Patriarch John X, brother Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, beloved monastics, honored guests, and delegates to this 52nd Archdiocesan Convention:

I greet you with great joy as we gather together as one unified Archdiocese of the Church of Antioch to do the work of the Lord. Our joy is increased a hundred fold by the presence of our Father in Christ, His Beatitude Patriarch John X who is presiding over this Convention. We welcome him with love and prayers for the great burden which he carries to be the father of all of his spiritual children throughout the vast expanse of the world where we find the Church of Antioch. We bear in mind that His Beatitude has spiritual children around the world, from the Middle East to Europe, from North America to Central and South America, and from Australia and New Zealand to the Philippines. Wherever he is present, he is ever mindful of the needs of his spiritual children everywhere, and he never ceases to search for ways to bring comfort to them. May our gracious and loving Lord bless him and his ministry to all of us.

Services with Patriarch John X to be Broadcast Live

On July 18-19, 2015, St. George Cathedral in Worcester, MA will welcome His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Together with His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, His Beatitude will celebrate Divine Services at the Cathedral on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

If you cannot attend in person, consider tuning in to the Live Broadcast, either at www.antiochian.org/live-broadcast-july-2015 or www.acboston2015.com/live for the following scheduled services (Eastern time):

Saturday, July 18th Vespers Service • 5:00 pm
Sunday, July 19th Orthros • 8:45 am
Patriarchal Divine Liturgy • 10:00 am

Metropolitan Joseph's Letter in Support of March for Marriage

On April 25, 2015, on the National Mall in Washington D.C., people journeyed from around the U.S. for the March for Marriage. This year's March included an Orthodox gathering, sponsored by the group Crown Them With Glory. Prior to the March, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph released a letter encouraging the faithful of the Antiochian Archdiocese to participate. Given its timeliness, we are reposting that message below.

To our Beloved Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy and all of the Faithful of this God- Protected Archdiocese:

Blessings to you during this Holy Season of the Great Fast! On January 16th of this year, the Supreme Court agreed to hear four new cases on same-sex "marriage," and "rule on the power of the states to ban same-sex "marriages" and to refuse to recognize such "marriages" performed in another state." More details on the announcement can be found at the Supreme Court's website.

Metropolitan Joseph Condemns Charleston Slayings, Calls for Prayer

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America issued a statement yesterday condemning the racially-motivated shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, in historic Charleston, South Carolina. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph expressed his great sorrow and offered his prayers for the nine victims, their families, and the entire community.

"I learned of this tragedy from across the ocean in Lebanon, and am deeply saddened that, in this land of freedom and opportunity for all people, we still find such hatred and racism," noted His Eminence. "May the sacrifice of the nine victims who gathered to do nothing more than pray to the almighty God and study the scripture, inspire all of us to work to eradicate racism from our great nation."

Annual Spring Meetings at Antiochian Village

This past weekend, May 29-31, 2015, the hierarchs and leaders of the Antiochian Archdiocese met at the Antiochian Village for their annual spring meetings. Our bishops met on Friday morning and the Archdiocese Board of Trustees met on Friday evening and Saturday morning. In addition, several other meetings took place including the Village Council and the newly formed cemetery committee.

During the bishops' meeting, our hierarchs discussed various issues relating to their respective dioceses, upcoming clergy transfers and other issues. They also heard a report from Fr. Thomas Zain and Mr. Khalil Samara, the NAC Fellowship of St. John the Divine Spiritual Advisor and President, about the proposed changes to the Fellowship and the newly formed Young Adult Ministry. The hierarchs wholeheartedly endorsed the new concept and one of the NAC officers will attend each of the Parish Life Conferences this year to explain the restructuring of the organization to the faithful of each diocese.

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph Appoints Mr. Paul Jabara to Head the Archdiocesan Department of Sacred Music

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph has appointed Mr. Paul Jabara of Montreal QC, Canada to be the new Head of the Archdiocesan Department of Sacred Music, replacing Mr. Christopher Holwey who is finishing his tenure in that position to pursue new opportunities. A brief biographical summary for Mr. Jabara can be found here. His Eminence wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Chris Holwey for his dedicated service to this department and wish him well in all of his future endeavors. In addition, His Eminence congratulates Paul Jabara on this appointment and wishes him every blessing.

Biography of Paul Jabara

Conductor Paul Jabara was born in Montreal and is a graduate of McGill University. Originally a trombonist, he obtained his undergraduate degree in voice and piano, a Master's degree in choral conducting, and divides his time between conducting and teaching.

Metropolitan Joseph Visits St. George Church + Washington, D.C.

Fr. Joseph Rahal writes:

The week of May 6-11, 2015 was a glorious week for the city of Washington and the Parish of St. George. On Wednesday, May 6, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, accompanied by Sub-Deacon Rassem El-Massih, arrived in Washington, D.C. for an official visit.

On Thursday May 7, His Eminence, accompanied by the Very Rev. Joseph Rahal, Pastor of St. George Church of Washington, D.C., the Very Rev. Isaac Crow of Ss. Peter & Paul Church of Potomac, MD, and Sub-Deacon Rassem El-Massih, attended and participated in the 100-year commemoration of the Armenian, Assyrian, Syriac and Antiochian genocide that took place in 1915 in the Ottoman Empire in Turkey.

On Friday May 8, His Eminence attended a private dinner with members of the parish council of St. George, their spouses and other prominent members of the Parish at the home of Jamal & Amal Motran in Fredrick, MD.

Metropolitan Joseph's Call to the Convention

Letter from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph regarding the 2015 Archdiocesan Convention to be published in the church bulletin and distributed to all parishioners:

May 14, 2015

To: Our Beloved Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Archdiocesan Trustees, Department Heads, Organization Presidents, Parish Councils and Faithful of this God-protected Archdiocese:

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

It is with this joyful proclamation of the Risen Lord that we send to you this official Call to the 52nd biennial Archdiocesan Convention. We direct your attention to the following matters:

Metropolitan Joseph Participates in Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

Metropolitan Joseph, seated in the first row, listens as the President of Armenia delivers his speech.Metropolitan Joseph, seated in the first row, listens as the President of Armenia delivers his speech.Press release: By the Very Rev. Joseph Rahal, Washington, DC
Friday, May 8, 2015

On Thursday, May 7, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph was a participant in the ecumenical commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The service was held at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. as a part of the National Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial coordinated by the Diocese and Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Churches of America, East and West.

Accompanying His Eminence were the Very Rev. Joseph Rahal, Pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of Washington, DC; the Very Rev. Isaac Crow, Pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, Potomac, MD; and Subdeacon Rassem El Massih. The delegation was seated on the first row facing the altar.

In the Armenian Genocide, over 1.5 million Armenians, Antiochians, Syrians and Assyrians perished at the hands of Ottoman Turks from 1915-1923.

Metropolitan Joseph Celebrates Patronal Feast with Arizona Community

From April 23-26, 2015, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph visited the parish of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, AZ. The active community is led by the pastor, the Very Reverend Dr. Christopher Salamy, assisted by several other clergy. During His Eminence's days ministering in Phoenix, he presided over a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy commemorating the feast day of the community's patron saint, St. George. Metropolitan Joseph's visit concluded with a celebratory banquet on April 26.

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