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Bishop Basil's Comments on the Western Rite

By His Grace Bishop Basil, Courtesy of St. Paul Church, Houston, Texas

My observations begin with my own experience with Western Rite. Some of you who have known me since I’ve been consecrated have heard this confession before. Before I was thoroughly exposed to the Western Rite by attending services, I was very leery. I knew that philosophically and historically it was legitimate. But I couldn’t believe that it could be authentic. And that was because I hadn’t experienced it. So the confession is that you have a convert here.

The second observation is that among the clergy of our Diocese in general—there’s always going to be one or two who can’t be included in the generalization—there does not seem to be an identification process going on. When the clergy are meeting each other I don’t see any separation by rite, i.e. that you’re Western Rite and we’re Eastern Rite.

I saw this clearly at a clergy retreat in the Southwest region. A priest and deacon were ordained at that retreat for a new Western Orthodox parish. That region had been expanding, so many of the clergy had not met each other before. Some had just joined us from another region of the Archdiocese. Others, like the ordinands who had just come in from the Episcopal church, were new to the diocese. By the end of the first day it was like a class reunion. This happened not just by the end of the retreat, but on the first day. Even for the two new men, at the moment they were ordained they were brothers right away. The sense of unity in the Diocese is for the faith, not the rite.

Diocese of Los Angeles Order of St. Ignatius

Diocese of Los Angeles and the West

Diocese of Eagle River and the Northwest

 


 

The Goals of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch

  • To promote and propagate the teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the welfare of the Orthodox faith.
  • To strengthen the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese as a spiritual, administrative and functional entity.
  • To financially support the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese through a lifetime commitment.
  • To enhance the spiritual commitment of its members.

The Order of St. Ignatius contributes to Antiochian Archdiocesan departments and projects such as Missions and Evangelism, Youth Ministry, Campus Ministry, Camp Scholarships, Antiochian Village, Heritage Museum and Learning Center, Prison Ministry, Education, and the Clergy Benefits Fund. The Order has also responded to special needs outside the Archdiocese such as Special Olympics, Project Mexico, Lebanon Relief, Mexico Earthquake Relief, Montreal Ladies Aid Society, Holy Trinity Orthodox Nursing Home, the Task Force on Jerusalem and International Orthodox Christian Charities, to name a few. The Order has donated over $16 million since it’s inception, and its annual budget exceeds $1,500,000. Currently, The Order donates 26% of the Archdiocese budget.

 


 

For more information, please visit the Diocese of Los Angeles' Order web site, or write to:

The Order of St. Ignatius

PO Box 5238

Englewood, NJ 07631-5238

 


 

Governing Council of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West

Antiochian Women: Five Major Events to Remember

But first remember...

Meet together often.

Together, read the scripture, read the lives of the Saints, read a book, prepare your cards to “our friends” and plan your acts of mercy.

Then, take care of your business.

Remember

I. Dues:  Money that helps our local Diocese and money that helps our Archdiocese. $75.00 of the dues from every parish is sent on to the Archdiocese and the rest remains in our Diocese for our expenses and ministry.

Dues are to be sent by October 15, 2008 to the Treasurer of the AW of our Diocese:

Hurricane Ike Threatens Texas Parishes

From Fr. John Mefrige of St. Ephraim Church in San Antonio, TX:

The oncoming projections of Hurricane IKE places its path DIRECTLY over San Antonio.  Despite being 150 miles from the ocean  it is possible that we could experience 100 mile an hour winds should this make landfall as a category 4 or 5. Presently it is predicted to make landfall between Port O'Connor and Corpus Christi as a category 3 on early morning this Saturday. At present there is a 40% chance of Tropical Storm Force winds hitting us. For more information and up to the minute coverage see:

http://www.stormpulse.com/hurricane-ike-2008

Despite the incoming track of Hurricane Ike, we WILL have Saturday Great Vespers and Sunday morning Services at the usual time. However you are urged to pay close attention to the weather and follow appropriate emergency measures, especially all evacuation orders. Services are only going to be held because Fr. John does not need to drive to the Church as the parish house is next door.

If there are any parishioners that feel that their homes will not be able to weather the storm they are directed to follow official evacuation orders or to PORT SAN ANTONIO where FEMA and Emergency Authorities are holding evaquees. Fr. John Khouriee Janet and the girls will be riding out the storm in the church which is a concrete structure.

From Deacon Elias of St. John the Divine Church in Lake Charles, LA:

The Hauran Connection

A Sister Diocese Program
Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran and the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America

The Orthodox who today live in much of the territory once known as Arabia Petraea – descendants of those converted to faith in Christ Jesus by St. Timon – comprise the faithful of the Archdiocese of Bosra, Hauran, Jabal al-Arab and the Golan. The present “angel of Bosra and successor to St. Timon” is Metropolitan Saba (Esper). One of the most venerable Archdioceses of our Patriarchate, the Archdiocese of Bosra now finds itself facing very difficult times. Due to the frequency of warfare in that area, the occupation of much of its territory by a neighboring unfriendly nation, and the resultant unemployment and poverty, most of its people are economic refugees, having relocated to Damascus or departed for the Americas, Australia, Europe or the Gulf States.

In a gesture of Christian love and support for Metropolitan Saba and his flock, the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America has committed itself to a “Sister Diocese” relationship with the Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran.


“Warfare, destruction, drought, spiritual neglect, lack of job and educational opportunities.”

A Prayer for September 11

From Bishop BASIL:

St. Nicholas Church

O almighty and everlasting Father, King of kings and Lord of lords, Thou Who art the unfailing Protection of the faithful and the sure Hope of all who trust in Thee: As we mourn the sudden violence and deaths occasioned by the evil and barbarous attacks on our nation of September 11th, 2001 and celebrate the selfless heroism of the first-responders, we humbly beseech Thee to reveal unto us the immense power of Thine own goodness. Come swiftly to our aid, and have mercy upon all who call upon Thee. In Thy boundless compassion do Thou comfort those who mourn this day, bestow healing of body and soul to the survivors, and grant blessed repose in the bosom of Abraham to the souls of those departed this life. Vouchsafe unto us that peace which passeth all understanding that we may ascribe glory and thanksgiving unto Thee, together with Thine only-begotten Son and Thine all-holy and good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, September 11, 2001

Frederica Mathewes-Green discusses September 11th.

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

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

August 30: Blessed Namesday to Bishop Alexander!

Many years to His Grace Bishop Alexander!

Set aflame by the love of Christ, O glorious ones, you took up the yoke of His precious Cross revealing yourselves as followers in His footsteps by your way of life, and you became partakers of His divine glory, divinely-wise Alexander, with wonderful John and glorious Paul. As you stand before His throne, earnestly pray for our souls.

Troparion, Tone 8

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

His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH's Address at the Funeral of His Grace Bishop ANTOUN

Archieratical Address of His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH
Delivered at the Funeral of His Grace Bishop ANTOUN

Beloved Brother Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, and Christ-loving Faithful:

I embrace all of you with paternal love, as we come together this evening to pray for our beloved Bishop ANTOUN and for his eternal rest.

I return to you from the meetings of the Holy Synod of Antioch, and I bear with me the fervent prayers and heartfelt condolences of our Father-in-Christ, His Beatitude Patriarch JOHN X, as well as my brothers, the venerable Metropolitans of our Holy Patriarchate. We belong to one Antiochian family, and I can relay to you that the loss of our beloved Bishop ANTOUN is profoundly felt by all. 

I stand before you this evening with great reverence and immeasurable affection for my dear brother and concelebrant, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the years I was blessed to call him a friend and a mentor.

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

Byzantine wedding ringByzantine wedding ringDownload the Registration Form

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

Memory Eternal! + Khouria Mary Sue Henderson Walker

Khouria Mary Sue Henderson Walker, age 84 of Nashville, TN, passed away August 27, 2017. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Preceded in death by her husband, The Very Reverend Gordon Walker, she described herself as "ridiculously happy" to be his faithful wife for 63 years. 

Her surviving family are: son, Gordon Thomas, Jr. (Kibble) Walker; daughters, Deborah (Michael) Amick, Melissa (Dn. Gary) Braun, Grace (Collin) Monk and Jacqueline (Robert) Menish; brothers, George Henderson, Jr. and Ret. Col. Robert L. Henderson, M.D.; sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Beard; sixteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at St. Ignatius Orthodox Church, Franklin, TN, with Fr. Philip Begley officiating. Visitation will be 1:00-4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment is at St. Ignatius Cemetery and her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to St. Ignatius Orthodox Church, 3535 St. Ignatius Lane, Franklin, TN 37064. Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, (615) 794-2289.

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.

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