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Please Pray for the Suffering in Connecticut

The Archdiocese calls for her members to pray with love and courage for all the victims and those suffering in the aftermath of the violence in Connecticut. As our Metropolitan Philip has written before during great tragedy, "We pray that our risen Lord Jesus Christ, who destroyed death, will grant the families and the entire country the peace and hope that only the empty tomb can provide."

A Prayer in Time of Trouble

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, who brought great joy into the world with your divine birth and salvation through your glorious Resurrection, who shed your precious blood to wash away the sins of man and to revive his spirit. Accept us as we approach your goodness and hear the voice of our petitions. Look with compassion upon your servants who have suffered great tragedy and restore hope and well being to their lives. Let not their faith waver. Permit not their hope to flee. Let not their hope in you fade away. Disperse the cloud of sadness that has encompassed them. Reassure their minds, lift up their spirits and restore their confidence. Open the doors of their hearts to permit the Holy Spirit to enter and abide their and bring renewal and healing to their bodies and souls. For you are the healer of souls and bodies, and reviver of the spirits of all of us, and to you we ascribe glory, thanksgiving and worship to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Metropolitan Philip to Hold Special Trisagion (Memorial) Service in Memory of Patriarch Ignatius IV

St. Nicholas Cathedral, Brooklyn, NYSt. Nicholas Cathedral, Brooklyn, NYHis Eminence, Metropolitan Philip will hold a Trisagion (Memorial) Service for our departed father of thrice-blessed memory, Ignatius IV, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral of Brooklyn, NY.

Orthros begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy followed by the Trisagion Prayers of Mercy celebrated by Metropolitan Philip and assisted by His Grace, Bishop Nicholas of Brooklyn and the Cathedral clergy beginning at 10:30 am.

Representatives of sister Orthodox Churches and other religious communities have been invited as well as members of the diplomatic corps. For questions regarding the service you may contact the Vicar-General, Archpriest Thomas Zain at frthomasz@antiochian.org. For directions to the Cathedral, see the Cathedral website.

Memorial Resources for Patriarch Ignatius IV

Visit the Antiochian Archdiocese memorial section dedicated to Patriarch Ignatius IV. View video of His Beatitude's funeral service, photo galleries, an excerpt from his writings, and more. Resources will continue to be added to this section as they become available.

In Remembrance: His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America remembers His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV, who fell asleep in the Lord on December 4, 2012. We pray for his blessed repose, and may his memory be eternal!

Archbishop Joseph Leads Delegation to Middle East for Funeral of Patriarch Ignatius IV

His Eminence Archbishop Joseph is leading a delegation from the Archdiocese, including His Grace Bishop Alexander and Very Rev. Economos Antony Gabriel, to the Middle East for the funeral and burial services for His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV. Please pray for a safe and blessed journey.

Please Pray for His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV

Patriarch Ignatius IV, New York, October 2012Patriarch Ignatius IV, New York, October 2012We were saddened to learn that His Beatitude Ignatius IV, Patriarch of Antioch and all The East was taken to St. George Hospital in Beirut yesterday after suffering a stroke. He is currently in critical condition at St. George Hospital. We ask all of the clergy and faithful of this Archdiocese to pray fervently for His Beatitude.

Thank You from Metropolitan Philip

His Eminence Metropolitan Philip wishes to thank all of those people who conveyed their best wishes and prayers to him for his Name Day (Apostle Philip, November 14). He also would like to wish all of the clergy and faithful of this Archdiocese a most blessed Thanksgiving, and a spiritually rewarding Advent Season.

Pastoral Marriage and Family Counseling Certificate Program

The Antiochian House of Studies School of Orthodox Theology has updated information available on their Pastoral Marriage and Family Counseling Certificate ProgramLearn more about this two year training program for clergy, parish staff or Christian Education persons each having an M.Div degree or diploma through the House of Studies and three years' parish experience. It is designed to prepare parish staff in counseling individuals, couples, and families in the parish and larger community.

Paul Finley Completes Term as Director of the Antiochian Village Heritage and Learning Center

We wish to announce that, effective October 31, 2012, Mr. Paul Finley completed his term as the Director of the Antiochian Village Heritage and Learning Center. Paul and his wife Deborah have resided at the Village since 2006, and are both well known and loved by all who have made their acquaintance.

The Heritage Center evolved in many positive ways during Paul’s tenure as director, and we pray that it will continue to be a beacon of spiritual renewal for all who visit.

We express our heartfelt thanks to Paul for his tireless efforts and to Deborah for her support and encouragement, and we pray that the Lord will bless them and their family abundantly as they embark on the next leg of their journey.

Orthodox Institute 2012 Convenes at Antiochian Village

Orthodox Institute speakers, 2012Orthodox Institute speakers, 2012Despite the appearance of Hurricane Sandy on the eastern seaboard days earlier, the Orthodox Institute 2012, themed "Culture, Morality, Spirituality," successfully convened at Antiochian Village from November 1-4, 2012. The Institute, a project of the Archdiocese Department of Christian Education, focused on surveying current cultural viewpoints, beliefs of the Church, and the moral challenges facing today's youth.

One hundred people attended the conference, which hosted eleven courses related to the theme. Dr. Peter Bouteneff, associate professor of Systematic Theology at St. Vladimir's Seminary, offered the keynote address, "Postmodernism," in which he emphasized that modern man is touched and changed by beauty, rather than by polemics. "It was a a great introduction to postmodernism and religious relativism," noted one attendee. "I feel like I can explain these now."

Appeal for Hurricane Sandy Relief from Metropolitan Philip

His Eminence Metropolitan Philip writes:

Beloved in Christ: Greetings to you and your families in the name of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.

I write to you today with a heavy heart as we continue to endure the effects of the massive storm “Sandy” that engulfed the Northeast last week. In fact, I had hoped to communicate with all of you earlier, but we just received our electricity back at the archdiocese and until now we have no Internet access. Nevertheless, the inconvenience we endured pales in comparison to what hundreds of thousands experienced, and continue to experience in the Northeast, most especially in New Jersey, New York City and Long Island. No doubt, all of you have seen on television from the comfort of your warm homes, the death and destruction this rare and massive storm brought to the coastal areas and beyond. Until now, people are without the basic necessities of life, countless families have lost their homes, and even more have suffered extensive damage to their homes- if they can be saved at all. People continue to have to sleep in near freezing temperatures without heat; many are without food, electricity, transportation and other basic needs.

With that in mind, we appeal to you, the faithful of our God-protected archdiocese, to respond to this disaster with your monetary offerings so that we can help those desperate people who are in the geographical “backyard” of our archdiocese headquarters and our Mother Cathedral.

Memory Eternal! + Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria

His Holiness, Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, 98, fell asleep in the Lord as a result of heart failure on Tuesday morning, November 6, 2012. He had been hospitalized for the past month.

According to an announcement issued by the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the 13-member Holy Synod will meet to make funeral arrangements and choose a locum tenens until the convocation of a Church Council within the next four months to elect Patriarch Maxim’s successor.

Read more about Patriarch Maxim via the OCA

The Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia

A Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Sandy

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Who went about doing good and healing all our infirmities, I ask you to bless all the people who have suffered the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Strengthen those who are injured, gather those who are lost and give courage to all to rebuild their lives once again.

O Lord, You suffered and died for me and you understand suffering.

Give them the strength in body, courage in spirit and patience in pain.

Calm their fears and increase their trust in You and hasten to their aid.

I also pray for the safe keeping of our nation from famine, earthquakes, floods, fire and civil war.

I entreat You, O Lord our God, to hear my prayer.

Bless me to help those in need and give me courage to be Your face to all those suffering.

Through the prayers of the Holy Father Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and save us.

Amen.

 

Supplication to the Mother of God

(taken from the Small Paraklesis)

For those in great sorrow you are joy, and for the oppressed, a protection, and for the hungry, their food, comfort unto those estranged; You are a staff to the blind, visitation of all those sick, and to those held by pain shelter and a comforting, and to the orphaned, an aid; Mother, of our God in the highest, You who are the Spotless One, hasten, save your servants from their sin, we ask of you.

 

Contributed by Fr. George Shalhoub, Basilica of St. Mary, Livonia, Michigan

Parish Council Symposium Cancelled

The Department of Stewardship's Parish Council Symposium, originally scheduled for November 1-4 at Antiochian Village, has been cancelled due to a lack of advance registrations. 

Storm Update

The Archdiocese headquarters in Englewood, NJ, weathered Hurricane Sandy without significant damage. Please continue to pray for all those suffering throughout the region in the wake of the storm.

Spotlight: Order of St. Ignatius Membership Video

Have you considered supporting the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch? The "philanthropic arm" of the Archdiocese is an organization of men and women who maintain on an annual basis proper spiritual credentials and financial commitment. It was created to establish an organization of Antiochian laity who would function at the highest level of ministry for Christ and the Church. It is a spiritual movement manifested through financial giving.

Watch the Order's Membership Video for an introduction.

Metropolitan Philip Receives the Chairman of the Department of External Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church

Very Rev. Thomas Zain, Archbishop Justinian, Met. Hilarion, Met. Philip, Bishop NicholasVery Rev. Thomas Zain, Archbishop Justinian, Met. Hilarion, Met. Philip, Bishop NicholasView Photo Gallery

His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP received His Eminence, Metropolitan HILARION, the Chairman of the Department of External Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow and all Russia on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Accompanying Metropolitan HILARION was His Eminence, Archbishop JUSTINIAN, the Patriarchal Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the United States as well as clergy and a reporter. His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS and Archpriest Thomas Zain also attended the meeting.

After welcoming Metropolitan HILARION, the hierarchs exchanged ideas and concerns on issues relating to the Orthodox world in general and the situation of the Orthodox Church in North America in particular. Of special interest to Metropolitan HILARION was the situation of the Christians in the Middle East and the ongoing conflict in Syria. Metropolitan PHILIP thanked Metropolitan HILARION for the support His Holiness, Patriarch KIRILL gave to our Patriarch IGNATIUS IV during his visit to Syria last December. He also thanked the Russian government for standing by Syria in this time of need.

Historic Meeting of Educators from Lebanon and the United States

On Thursday October 18, 2012, an historic meeting of educators from Lebanon and the United States was held under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Ignatius IV at the Antiochian Archdiocese headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey. The following people attended and participated in this meeting: 

His Beatitude Ignatius IV Patriarch of Antioch and all The East

His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, Primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese in North America

His Grace Bishop Nicholas, Bishop of Brooklyn and Assistant To the Metropolitan

Patriarch Attends Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral of Brooklyn, NY

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His Beatitude, IGNATIUS IV, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East presided at the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral of Brooklyn, NY on October 21, 2012. This was the highlight of his short visit to the United States. The Patriarch, accompanied by His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP and His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS (who celebrated the liturgy), arrived about 10 am on a warm autumn day as the church bells filled the streets around the Cathedral. The Cathedral Dean and Vicar-General of the Archdiocese, Archpriest Thomas Zain, greeted the Patriarch at the door of the vestibule and presented the Patriarch with the Gospel book to venerate. As His Beatitude made his way down the center aisle of the Cathedral, scores of people reached out to him for his blessing as the chanters, led by seminarian Rassem El-Massih, chanted the 9th ode of the Palm Sunday Canon, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord . . . . " After blessing the faithful, the Patriarch ascended the throne, the priests took his blessing and vested for the liturgy as Orthros continued with the Patriarch leading the chanting of the Katavasias.

His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV Arrives in the US

His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV arrived safely today, October 16, at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport at approximately 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, for his scheduled visit. After a joyous greeting at the airport, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip welcomed His Beatitude at the Archdiocese headquarters, where they prayed together in the Chapel of St. John Chrysostom.

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Mayor Honours Economos Antony Gabriel

On Wednesday October 3rd 2012, His Worship Mayor Gerald Tremblay hosted a cocktail in honour of Economos Antony Gabriel's 50 years in the Holy Priesthood.

The Mayor had been unable to attend the September 15th Celebration Event banquet, therefore he insisted on hosting this event, in which he presented Father Antony with a bronze sculpture entitled "Man of Peace" done by the famous artist Jean-Daniel Rohrer. It is a replica (number 69 out of 100) of the full size, over 2 metres tall, sculpture that sits in the Palais des Congrès in Hiroshima, Japan. In addition, Father Antony also received the painting "Montreal, Ville de la Paix" produced by the same artist (number 29 out of 100). It is a replica of the original which is hanging in the Mayor's office. In return the Mayor was presented with the "Bobblehead” of Economos Antony that the committee gifted to all that were in attendance at the Celebration Event. It brought a huge smile from the Mayor.

The Mayor was very laudatory in his expressions of gratitude towards Economos Antony. He commended his ability to bring together, over the years at city hall, people of different faiths. Jews, Christians, Muslims, as well as many others, brought together to demonstrate our common humanity for peace. Father Antony was also asked to sign the "Golden Book" in which he inscribed a message for future generations, his "message of peace".

Let us say that it was a thrilling moment for our Pastor and humbling at the same time. He constantly made reference that without the support of his church, the community, the people and the Mayor, this task could have never been accomplished. Feeling very blessed to have such a wonderful association with the Mayor as well as willing people to work, Father Antony was gracious in his remarks. Champagne was served and a toast for our Abouna. Those in attendance were extremely proud.

By Fares Maalouly

Seminarians are Welcomed at Annual Dinner

October 2012 Annual Seminarian DinnerOctober 2012 Annual Seminarian DinnerOctober 4, 2012

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As the autumn sets in each year, one annually thinks of a new ecclesiastical and school year, football season and changing leaves. For our Antiochian seminarians, another staple of the fall every year is their annual dinner with His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP. Each year Sayidna welcomes his spiritual children to the archdiocese where they pray, eat and talk together. Seminarians and their wives from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, St. Tikhon’s Seminary and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary were in attendance along with the archdiocesan clergy who teach them at the various seminaries.

St. Stephen's Program Deadline Extended to October 2

The deadline for applications to join the St. Stephen's Certificate Program has been extended to October 2. The course is the most popular program offered by the Antiochian House of Studies School of Orthodox Theology.

Ancient Faith Radio highlights their interview with Archdeacon Peter Boulukos, registrar of the House of Studies.

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St. Stephen's Certificate Program

House of Studies

Memory Eternal! + Rev. Deacon Howard Shannon

From the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West:

It is with extreme sadness that we inform you that our beloved brother in Christ, Deacon Howard Shannon of St. Athanasius Church in Goleta, California, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, September 21, 2012. His Eminence, Archbishop JOSEPH has asked the parishes to remember him in your prayers for the departed for the next 40 days and to hold a special Trisagion for his eternal life. May God receive him in His Heavenly Kingdom and may his memory be eternal.

Bishop Basil Interviewed by Orthodox Christian Network

His Grace Bishop Basil has been interviewed by Fr. Christopher Metropulos of Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), regarding the recently concluded meeting of hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

Listen to the interview here, via OCN.

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