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The Handmaiden (Summer 2008): Miracles and Pilgrimages

The Handmaiden Summer 2008 The summer 2008 issue of The Handmaiden explores the mystery of today’s miracles, some that we encounter close to home, and others that we purposefully travel to as pilgrims, looking for deeper personal insight and inspiration. The issue includes the features "Finding a Miracle" by Paul D. Sidebottom; "My Encounter with Saint Xenia" by Jill Wallerstedt; "Our Lady of Cicero: Two Young Priests Share their Experience with a Weeping Icon" by Heather Zydek; and "A Pilgrimage of a Lifetime" by Archpriest John Bethancourt.

Readers can sample the latest issue with the article Keeping Students Connected to the Church by Fr. Kevin Scherer.

Come Receive the Light Examines the Relationship between Christianity and Islam

The Orthodox Christian Network's Come Receive the Light recently interviewed Fr. Theodore Pulcini, the author of Face to Face: A Guide for Orthodox Christians Encountering Muslims. Fr. Theodore discusses not only differences between the Orthodox Christian and Muslim religions, but also common ground between the faiths. The interview explores topics such as the oneness of God, understanding original sin, ideas of religious community and fundamentalism. Listen to the show here.

Fr. Theodore is the pastor of St. Mary Church in Chambersburg, Pennnsylvania, and is Assistant Professor of Religion at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His articles have appeared in Diakonia, The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Church Divinity, Commonweal, and St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly.

Documentation and Policies for Clergy

Documentation regarding policies for clergy and parish administration from the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America.

Bishop Basil: Visitations

The Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America

A VISITATION BY THE BISHOP

Antiochian Delegation Visits Moscow's St. Catherine the Great Martyr Church

Bishop Mark with Archimandrite ZaccheusOn Saturday, August 30, 2008, group of 20 pilgrims, led by His Grace, Bishop MARK of Toledo and the Midwest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America visited St. Catherine the Great Martyr Church – the Moscow Representation of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

Read the entire article and see more pictures at St. Catherine the Great Martyr Church's web site.

View more photos of Bishop MARK at St. Catherine's.

Camp Transfiguration

Transfiguration

Camp Transfiguration is the camping program of the Diocese of Ottawa of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese. Focused around the teaching of the Orthodox Church, Camp Transfiguration's program combines daily church services and Christian education with sports, waterfront activities, carpentry, rock climbing, archery, riflery and more. The program serves youth aged nine to seventeen. Camp Transfiguration's facility is located north of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

For more information, please visit the Camp Transfiguration Web Site.


 


Camp Transfiguration

Diocese of Ottawa News Archive

Report: Annual Fall Meetings for Trustees and The Order of St. Ignatius

View the photo gallery on the Archdiocese Flickr site.

From November 3–5, 2017, the Archdiocese's Board of Trustees and the governing council of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch held their Annual Fall meeting in Ottawa, Ontario.

His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH, the bishops of the Archdiocese, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Mr. Fawaz Al Khoury, and all other trustees and departments visited Ottawa to hold their meetings, which were hosted by St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral.

The love and generosity of the host community was evident and the attendees left with a beautiful impression about the God-protected parish of St. Elias. During the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy on Sunday, His Eminence inducted new members into the Order of St. Ignatius and upgraded some members to Metropolitan and Life Members. His Eminence also acknowledged Fr. Ghattas' 40th Anniversary in the Holy Priesthood, an occasion he missed because of synodical obligations overseas, and wished Fr. Ghattas many years of health.

Liturgical Texts Posted for Canadian Thanksgiving, October 9

His Grace Bishop Alexander serves Holy Communion during the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Church in Montreal, Quebec.His Grace Bishop Alexander serves Holy Communion during the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Church in Montreal, Quebec.Each year, on the second Monday of October, Canada celebrates its Thanksgiving holiday as "a day of general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed." Its origin dates to 1578.

The Antiochian Archdiocese has 18 Canadian parishes. For the holiday, they are encouraged to open and offer worship and thanksgiving to God for all of His gifts. To that end, the Online Liturgical Guide has provided Liturgical Texts of Great Vespers with special hymnography for the holiday, as well as "Glory to God for All Things: An Akathist of Thanksgiving," composed in Russia under Communistic oppression as a reminder to the suffering clergy and faithful of God's blessings in this life and the life to come. Parishes can offer one or the other service on Sunday night, October 8.

On Monday morning, October 9, parishes can celebrate the Eucharist, which literally means "to give thanks," in the Divine Liturgy. The Variables contain Epistle and Gospel readings that are a call to thanksgiving, as well as the famous Thanksgiving Day sermon "Thank You, O Lord!" delivered by Fr. Alexander Schemann just weeks before his repose in 1983.

In the coming weeks, the Online Liturgical Guide will also post Liturgical Texts for American Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23.

Annual Clergy Wives Weekend to be Held at Antiochian Village, October 20-22, 2017

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Come to this pan-Orthodox gathering and be refreshed and restored! As always, this weekend offers an opportunity for clergy wives to rededicate ourselves to our own personal spiritual journeys as we participate with our husbands and families in the various vineyards where God has led us. We are reminded of the efforts and the memory of Kh. Joanne Abdalah, for whom care and nurturing of clergy wives was always a priority. Likewise this year we will celebrate and remember Kh. Stefanie Yazge, whose dedication to clergy wives and their families will be remembered on Friday evening specifically by her children—Matt, Mark, and Alexis—as we open our session.

Details

Speaker: Mother Christophora, Abbess Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, PA

Group Facilitator: Deacon Seraphim Moslener: Gifts for the Journey: Faith, Hope and Love

Parish Life Conference

2010 Diocese of Miami Parish Life Conference

June 16-20, 2010

St. George Church, Jacksonville, FL

 

Click here to visit the 2010 Miami Diocese Parish Life Conference web site

 



Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Festival Coordinators:

Oratorical Festival Coordinator
Molly Young
6116 The Oaks Lane
Pensacola, FL 32504
Phone: 850-485-0450
mollyeyoung@yahoo.com

Creative Arts Festival Coordinator
Amanda Rafidi
St. George Church
Jacksonville, FL
Phone: 904-955-1457
Rafidi1985@yahoo.com

Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Antiochian Women Officers 2009-2011

President
Lisa Phillips
Hiram, GA
Immediate Past President
Kh. Dannie Moore
Hiram, GA
Membership
TBA
Vice President
Dorothy Tampary
Pensacola, FL
Spiritual Advisor
Fr. Stephen Rogers
Franklin, TN
NAB Project
Dorothy Tampary
Pensacola, FL
Secretary 
Amber Gorski 
Raleigh, NC
Public Relations
Danna Lewis 
Hiram, GA
Religious
Danna Lewis 
Hiram, GA
Treasurer
Kh. Sharon Meadows
Madison, MI
Humanitarian
Anne Dugan 
Memphis, TN
Parliamentarian
Kh. Dannie Moore
Hiram, GA

Diocese of Miami News Archive

Many Years to His Grace Bishop Nicholas!

Apolytikion of St. Nicholas, Tone 4

The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, a model of meekness, and a teacher of temperance. Therefore thou hast won the heights by humility, riches by poverty. Holy Father Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.

December 6th is the celebration of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and the namesday of His Grace Bishop Nicholas. May God grant him many years!

Metropolitan JOSEPH and Bishop NICHOLAS Preside at St. John's 30th Anniversary Weekend

View the photo gallery by Trent Terry

On the weekend of November 17–19, 2017, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH and His Grace Bishop NICHOLAS made their first visits to St. John Orthodox Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The occasion was the celebration of the parish's 30th anniversary as well as the blessing of the new St. Raphael Hall which was completed in November.

The joyous weekend included a visit to St. Jude Children's Hospital, a wonderful presentation explaining the vestments of the bishop to the children of the Church, and a banquet on Saturday evening in the brand new parish hall.

The Sheep Honor the Shepherd: A Night in Honor of Bishop NICHOLAS

By Fr. John Valadez

On the night of September 9, 2017, clergy and faithful from the parishes within the diocese of New York and Washington, D.C. gathered at St. George in Little Falls, NJ, to honor their pastor and shepherd, Bishop NICHOLAS. On August 3, 2017, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph appointed Bishop NICHOLAS to the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast, knowing “his dedication to and focus on spreading the word of God,” and his effectiveness as a “shepherd and father to all clergy and laity, especially to the teens and young adults.” In love for their hierarch and in a thankful spirit, people gathered from around the Diocese to both rejoice in the news and offer something back to Bishop NICHOLAS.

Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Parish Life Conference: North Carolina Style

 

by Fr. Nicholas Sorenson

PLC 015-web From June 18 through June 22, 2008, the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast gathered together for its annual Parish Life Conference, presided over by The Right Rev. Bishop ANTOUN. The members of All Saints Church in Raleigh, NC hosted this year’s conference, which was held at The Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, Research Triangle Park, NC. The members of All Saints did an excellent job of organizing and managing the conference this year. With 29 parishes sending 175 adult delegates, 37 clergy, 16 clergy wives, 72 teens, and 42 children making a total of 342 attendees, the conference was a resounding success. All of the meetings and activities were well attended as were the worship services. The first Divine Liturgy on Thursday of the conference saw over 220 people and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday (a very special celebration of the host parish’s feast day of All Saints) saw over 350 in attendance. For the youngest and smallest Diocese in our Archdiocese these figures are very encouraging and demonstrate that the Antiochian Orthodox Church is alive and well in the Southeast.

Photos from the 2008 Southeast Region Parish Life Conference

A selection of photos from the 2008 Southeast Region Parish Life Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina:

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September 3, 2008 + The Road To Our Salvation

clip_image002By Archpriest Steven Rogers

From The Word, September 1999

Few things in life bring greater joy than the birth of a child. Even greater is that joy when the parents have nearly given up all hope of ever having a child. Such was the case of the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Joachim and Anna. As the church embarks on a new year September 1, the first great feast we encounter in our journey through the liturgical year is the Birth of the Theotokos on September 8.

How appropriate that at the beginning of the new church year we celebrate the beginning of the life of the Virgin Mary, for in both we see the promise of salvation.

The birth of Mary was the fulfillment of the promise of God, foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament. This truth is emphasized throughout the liturgical texts of the feast. Mary was “foreordained before the womb as the Mother of God” (Great Vespers). She is the “preordained tabernacle of our reconciliation with God . . .“ (Matins of the Feast).

Mary’s birth is the inauguration of God’s plan for the salvation of man; with her birth we anticipate the birth of her Son and the redemption that His incarnation brings. We celebrate Mary’s birth because she is to give birth to our salvation — Jesus Christ. In the birth of Mary, we celebrate the beginning of the story of our salvation.

So too it is with the beginning of each new church year. Every September, we begin anew that journey through the liturgical year, celebrating all the great events along the way that lead to eternal life. Along the road which wends itself through the coming year we shall experience the birth of Christ, His baptism, His death on the cross, His resurrection, His ascension into heaven.

Only By Prayer and Fasting

A sermon from Fr. Thomas Williams
St. John the Theologian Mission, Rapid City, South Dakota

Gospel Matthew 17:14-23 (10th Sunday after Pentecost)

This kind is cast out only by prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting.

When I was ten or eleven growing up in New York City I was one of the lucky kids whose family had a television. New York had seven channels in the 50s. Every Sunday, for some reason, when I came home from the nine o'clock mass, I would sit in front of the twelve-inch screen, eat breakfast and watch Channel 11, waiting for the Yankees game that would come on promptly at 12:30.

But as I was waiting I would always watch the Oral Roberts program on Channel 11, with lots of preaching and shouting. What fascinated me the most were the healings.  "Heal!!! Be thou healed in the name of Jesus," he would shout, and almost always the person who was healed would fall back as he pushed them back on their head. Just as they were about to hit the floor, his assistants would catch them, pulling them up, and off the person would go, somewhat wobbly, but waving their hands and shouting praises to God ... and everyone in TV land. I was fascinated by this. Now I am not sure if it was the shouting (Catholic priests didn't shout during the mass or even in their sermons); or if I was waiting to see if anyone would ever hit the floor. I didn't believe in my heart that anyone was really being healed. It all seemed too loud, and besides who would ever go on television to be healed?

This kind is cast out by prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting.

Please Pray for Joanne Bitar

His Grace Bishop Thomas requests the prayers of the faithful for Joanne Bitar, the wife of Fr. Elias Bitar of St. George Church in Little Falls, NJ, who is undergoing serious medical treatments this week. May our Lord and His saints be with her and her physicians as they labor for her healing!

Belgrade Student Choir to visit St. Vladimir's Seminary

Serbian-Choir5 (3)On Friday, September 12, 2008 at 7:30 pm, the Belgrade Theological Student Choir will present a free public concert on the campus of St. Vladimir's Seminary, in Yonkers/Crestwood, NY. Hailing from Belgrade, Serbia, the choir will offer a program featuring multi-part Russian Orthodox liturgical hymns in Slavonic and traditional Byzantine chant following the typikon of Mount Athos.

Students in the choir will be staying on the seminary campus from September 12-19, as "performers in residence," cultivating cultural and academic fellowship between seminarians in the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Belgrade, and those at St. Vladimir's.

Metropolitan PHILIP Celebrated in Documentary Film

Strength Through Unity is a 30 minute long documentary film celebrating the life of our Metropolitan Philip. First shown on June 7, 2008 at a gala in Montreal, hosted by St. George Montreal for Saidna, the documentary and Divine Liturgy service have become available for the entire Archdiocese through this DVD.

Mission Trip to Kingwood, West Virginia

Brian Cavalier reports:

Kingwood Well Done

In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965: “The Congress hereby finds and declares that the Appalachian region of the United States, while abundant in natural resources and rich in potential, lags behind the rest of the nation in its economic growth and its people have not shared in the nation’s prosperity.”  More than 22 million people live in the 406 counties that comprise Appalachia, embracing 13 states.  West Virginia is the only state entirely contained in that region.  The most distinctive trait that was and still is thought of when referring to the Appalachian people is their poverty.

The Diocese of Eastern Canada and Upstate New York hosts Bishop BASIL of Wichita

IMG_3820-web During the weekend of August 17, 2008, His Grace Bishop BASIL of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America visited St. Elias Cathedral in Ottawa, Canada. His Grace was invited to co-officiate along with our Bishop ALEXANDER at the wedding of Camille Baba and Ramia Ibrahim. Bishop BASIL presided over vespers at the cathedral on Saturday and concelebrated the divine liturgy on Sunday with Bishop ALEXANDER. They were assisted by Fr. Ghattas Hajal, the dean, deacon Dimitri Choueiry and several clergy in attendance for the wedding. The liturgy was chanted by the Byzantine choir of the cathedral, headed by Nader Hajjar, guest chanter Rasim Almaseeh and others who came for the wedding.

Three Inducted into The Order of St. Ignatius at St. John Chrysostom in York, PA

Bishop THOMAS Inducts Three from York, Pa.

Bishop THOMAS inducts Bill "Paul" Bennett (left), Darrel Bender (center) and Heather Dorian Bender (right) into the Order of St. Ignatius following the Sunday of Orthodoxy vespers on March 16, 2008.

Diocese of Worcester Welcomes 3 New Members to The Order

July 1, 2007: Plymouth, MA: Diocese of Worcester Parish Life Conference

By His Grace Bishop ANTOUN

Michael Marge, Leanne Plouffe and Marlene Lupaczyk, being inducted by Bishop ANTOUN to The Order


(L-R) Mary Winstanley O'Connor (North American Secretary of The Order), Kh. Erin Kimmett, Marlene Lupacyzk, Bishop Antoun, Leeann Plouffe, Michael Marge, Christine Bezreh (Diocese of Worcester Chair of The Order) and Jamil

Diocese of Los Angeles Honors Out-going Chair and Welcomes 2 New Members to The Order

June 29 - July 1, 2007: Portland, OR: Diocese of Los Angeles Parish Life Conference  

By His Grace Bishop JOSEPH

Bishop JOSEPH delivers his message to the members of The Order at its annual dinner.


(L-R) Bill Tsoukalas (Vice Chair), Very Reverend Alban West (Spiritual Advisor), Bishop JOSEPH, Fred Milkie, Jr. (Out-going Chair) and Michael Srour (Vice Chair)


Brian and Nancy Korb being inducted to The Order by Bishop JOSEPH


Nancy Korb receives her cross from Bishop JOSEPH

Diocese of Toledo Welcomes 9 New Members and 1 Life Member into The Order

By His Grace Bishop MARK

(L-R) Nuha Mashni, Dr. Lisa Cassis, Brandon Skaff, Dr. David Skaff (Life Upgrade), Very Reverend Thomas Galloway, Robert Fulton, Fred Deeb and Connie Schenkenberger (Not Present David Mashni and Mary Jean Ciresci)

The Order on the Road

The Order of St. Ignatius held its first meeting "On the Road" on January 27, 2007 at St. George Church in Jacksonville, FL, in conjunction with the Southeast Diocese mid-winter meetings. The Southeast Diocese Order chair, Hikmat Saoud worked diligently and enthusiastically along with The Order members of her parish to host this first informational meeting. Bishop ANTOUN, an ardent Order supporter and the presiding hierarch, and over 100 people participated in this event.

Historically, the Governing Council meets twice a year, coinciding with the Archdiocese Board of Trustee meetings. The spring meeting alternates between the Archdiocese headquarters in Englewood N.J. and the Antiochian Village in Bolivar, Pennsylvania. The fall meeting is held at the invitation of a parish, generally in conjunction with an event pertinent to that community. As a result very few members and non-members actually get to see the Governing Council at work. Consequently, the concept of additional informational meetings held in communities that have not seen the work of the Order was developed.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry or a Gentle God?

by Fr. George Morelli

In 1965 Roger Brown made perhaps the most important discovery of modern linguistic theory. He reported that whenever we speak, the tone of voice and the manner in which words are spoken (technically called the pragmatics of communication or onomatopoeic analysis) do more to determine meaning of words than the definitions of the words themselves.

Brown concluded that if something is said in an angry or mean tone, the tone is communicated rather than the words. For example, if someone came into the room and the host said softly, "sit down," the words would be heard as an invitation. The guest would feel welcomed and perhaps appreciated and certainly open to listening to his host.

On the other hand, if the host barked out, "sit down!" in a harsh and inconsiderate manner, the guest would most likely respond emotionally, perhaps experience some hurt or confusion, and would likely infer the host was mean-spirited. The guest will close himself off to any forthcoming messages. Psychological research confirms this conclusion (Morelli, 2006).

How we preach the Gospel influences how it is heard

Brown's discovery has important implications including how we hear the Gospel. Take the title of the fiery sermon preached by the early American preacher Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God for example. Consider too the tone of Edward's message illustrated in this brief quotation:

The wrath of God burns against them, their damnation does not slumber; the pit is prepared, the fire is made ready, the furnace is now hot, ready to receive them; the flames do now rage and glow.

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