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Thanks and Prayers in Memory from Bishop MARK

On June 30, His Grace writes:

First of all I want to thank the V Rev John Winfrey for the wonderful job St George of Grand Rapids, MI did in hosting this year’s Parish Life Conference. I trust we all had an enjoyable time of fellowship, enlightenment and spiritual renewal.

Second, let us offer our prayers for the newly departed servant of God, the V Rev Fr David Lynch. MEMORY ETERNAL. More information is available here.

Please join me in praying a rope for our brother and concelebrant, The Archpriest David, saying, "O Lord Jesus Christ, grant rest to the soul of Thy departed servant." May his memory be eternal and may you be granted long life.

Your unworthy father in Christ,

+MARK

Memory Eternal! Fr. David Lynch

imageOn Sunday, June 29, our brother Fr. David Lynch, 72, retired from St. Augustine Church of Denver, CO, fell asleep in Christ. Condolences may be sent to Kh. Martha Lynch the Lynch family at mchoban@ameritech.net.

His Grace Bishop BASIL passed on these thoughts from Fr. David's daughter Margaret:

"The long battle for my dear father has come to an end.  At 5:30pm this evening, Fr. David (Charles) Lynch, fell asleep in the Lord.  He ran the good race and crossed the finish line.  He was surrounded by his family and Fr. Pat Reardon who offered prayers for him the whole day and at the moment of his departure.  We gave dad our love and told him to tell everyone already departed hello and that we see him again when it's our time.  He is now in the Loving Hands of the Lord Whom he has served his whole life. He made us so proud with how hard he fought to come back; we were proud to stand by him as he worked so hard day after day to recover.  One thing I know for sure is this didn't happen for lack of prayers, faith, hope or love.  Your outpouring of love and concern has been a cushion for us; we couldn't fall completely down during this because we kept hitting this cushion around us.  And it was an encouragement to him.  Every card, email and message was passed onto him and we heard from a lot of people; that was so good to hear for him to hear from so many people."

The following information regarding funeral arrangements has been released:

Funeral Arrangements for Fr. David (Charles C.) Lynch (1936-2008)

Wake

Wednesday July 2, 4:30pm-8:30pm
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
1449 N. Quentin Road
Palatine, IL 60067

Funeral

IOCC's Frontline Clergy on the Ground in Iowa

imageResidents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, spend their days piling debris outside their ruined homes. One woman who lost everything only cared about not finding her favorite picture of her daughter. “This is a vibrant community, which has been changed forever. People try to go about their daily lives and they can’t deal with a lot of what’s hitting them emotionally right now,” says Father Chris Flesoras, a member of International Orthodox Christian Charities’ (IOCC) Emergency Response Network, known as the “Orthodox Frontline,” which is providing trauma counseling and coordinating resources with other charities on the scene.

Also, learn about the first response team from IOCC to the flood ravaged areas via this Ancient Faith Radio podcast with Fr. Haralambos (Bob) Fox, who is on assignment in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Bishop THOMAS Visits Antiochian Village

image The staff at Antiochian Village report that the beginning of summer has been a blessed one at the Village, where Bishop THOMAS much of mid-June with the staff and campers. Not only has he served the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, June 18, along with daily Orthros and Vespers, but he has been active among the youth. While walking the grounds of the camp, he has spent much of his time speaking with the young boys and girls about their experiences. On occasion, Bishop THOMAS will also jump into one of the activities with the campers. His sermons have not only been inspiring, but well received; as campers have already put to use his teachings.  The campers have truly responded to Bishop THOMAS in the most loving way, and God willing, he will be visiting the Village as often as possible for the remainder of the summer.

July 2, 2008 + From Homily XXII: The Homilies of St. John Chrysostom on the Gospel According to St. Matthew

“Therefore take no thought, saying, what shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or, wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the nations of the world seek.” (Matt. 6:31-32)

Seest thou how again He hath both shamed them the more, and hath also shown by the way, that He had commanded nothing grievous nor burdensome? As therefore when He said, "If ye love them which love you," it is nothing great which ye practice, for the very Gentiles do the same; by the mention of the Gentiles He was stirring them up to something greater: so now also He brings them forward to reprove us, and to signify that it is a necessary debt which He is requiring of us. For if we must show forth something more than the Scribes or Pharisees, what can we deserve, who so far from going beyond these, do even abide in the mean estate of the Gentiles, and emulate their littleness of soul?

He doth not however stop at the rebuke, but having by this reproved and roused them, and shamed them with all strength of expression, by another argument He also comforts them, saying, "For your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things." He said not, "God knoweth," but, "your Father knoweth;" to lead them to a greater hope. For if He be a Father, and such a Father, He will not surely be able to overlook His children in extremity of evils; seeing that not even men, being fathers, bear to do so.

Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East Elects New Metropolitans in Balamand

image The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of the Great City-of-God Antioch and all the East met in mid-June at the Balamand under the presidency of His Beatitude, The Most Blessed Patriarch IGNATIUS IV.

Among the agenda items were elections for the widowed Metropolitical Sees of Western Europe, which is headquartered in Paris, France and formerly headed by the late Metropolitan GABRIEL (Saleeby), and of Akkar, which is headquartered in Halba, north Lebanon and formerly headed by the late Metropolitan PAUL (Bandaly).  The secretary of the Holy Synod, The Very Reverend Economos George Dimas, announced the following:

1 - Elected Metropolitan of Akkar on June 17th is His Eminence BASIL (Mansour), 46, former Titular Bishop of Tartous.  His enthronement will take place on July 5th.

2 - Elected Metropolitan of Western Europe on June 17th is His Eminence JOHN (Yaziji), 53, former Titular Bishop of al-Hosn.  His enthronement in Paris will take place on September 21st.

Many years to Metropolitan BASIL and Metropolitan JOHN!

Wild Fires Threaten St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, California

His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church urges all Orthodox faithful to offer prayers for the protection of the St. Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Platina, California. Wild fires are quickly approaching the Monastery grounds and the Monastery is in great danger of being burned down. The monastic community has been evacuated and are seeking refuge in the neighboring parish of Redding, CA. For updates as they are available, visit this page.

Update Wednesday, June 25, 2008: Fr. Damascene informed His Grace Bishop Maxim that he called Platina this morning and was told that the fire is not spreading in the direction of the Monastery. Fr. Damascene and Monk Paisius have left for Platina to talk with firefighters and forest rangers. The other monks will remain in Redding until further notice.

June 25, 2008 + The Holy Icon: Piety or Theology?

By Aristeides Papadakis

From The Word, 1959

The holy icons are part of the worship of the Church and as such are of tantamount importance to the individual, theologically and spiritually. As a spiritual force, they are part of one’s prayers, a link between the soul and the spiritual cosmos; a place of meeting between the Christian who venerates them and the holy personage depicted in them. In other words, the icon is a means of communion as Father Bulgakov notes, unlike the Latin statue which is a means of evocation and teaching. Doctrinally it is intrinsically Orthodox in its conception, for it speaks of the piety and devotion of the Orthodox world and of the hauntingly wondrous miracle of the Incarnation proclaimed by the Church of Christ. It is not a quixotic symbol used by the Church, but a valid object through which are made manifest many of the dogmas of the Church:  Through the face of Christ the icon perpetuates the incarnation; through the icons of the saints is revealed the sanctification that a believer is capable of achieving.  In this sense, many icons (such as the Old Testament Holy Trinity of Rublev) are theological masterpieces. For through color and design they depict the doctrines of the Church.

In order to understand the paragon of Christian art — Eastern icon — one must realize that the Church, from its inception, defended the very existence of the icon. Furthermore, through the 2nd Council of Nicaea (787), the Church has canonized the significance, holiness and theology of the icons. And she thus displayed in actuality, the excellence of her aesthetical and theological judgment. Consequently, icon veneration cannot be attacked without heresy.

2008 Diocese of Wichita Parish Life Conference, June 18-21, Dallas, Texas

The schedule for this year's Parish Life Conference is now available.

St. Raphael Hawaweeny of Brooklyn

image Learn more about St. Raphael of North America via this excellent online resource that includes pictures from his glorification, the story of his life, hymns and more.

Also, see this New York Times article about St. Raphael written on his arrival in America.

Holy Father and Hierarch Raphael, pray to God for us!

Bishop BASIL Ordains Fr. Daniel Bethancourt

image His Grace Bishop BASIL traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico's Holy Trinity Orthodox Church on the weekend of June 7-8 to ordain to the diaconate and then to the holy priesthood Fr. Daniel Bethancourt, son of Holy Trinity's  Fr. John Bethancourt. Fr. Daniel and his wife Maria are expecting their first child in July. May God grant them many years! Following are a selection of pictures from the ordination. More are available here, courtesy of Subdeacon Joseph Olas.

Memory Eternal! John Maymon

John Maymon, father of our Bishop MARK, passed away this morning, Thursday June 19, 2008, at 8:15 AM, after a prolonged illness. Please keep Bishop MARK, his mother and his siblings in your prayers.

Arrangements are as follows:

Metropolitan PHILIP Receives Metropolitan HILARION of ROCOR at Englewood Headquarters

image On Wednesday, June 11, 2008, His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP received the newly elected and enthroned Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Eminence, HILARION. His Eminence was elected and enthroned in May as the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign in New York City following the death of His Eminence, Metropolitan LAURUS of thrice-blessed memory.  Accompanying His Eminence was Protopresbyter Alexander Lebedeff, the Secretary of Inter-Orthodox Relations. Also present from the Antiochian Archdiocese were His Grace, ANTOUN, Bishop of Miami and the Southeast, Archpriest Thomas Zain, Dean of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY and Mr. Charles Ajalat, the Archdiocesan Chancellor. Pictures from this historic meeting follow below.

June 17 Saints

Remembered on June 17: Martyrs Isauros, Basil, Innocent, Hermes, Felix and Peregrinos of Athens; Martyrs Manuel, Sabel and Ismael of Persia; Ss. Joseph and Pior; St. Nectan of Hartland

June 17 Scriptures

Scriptures for June 17: Matthew 4:25-5:13; Romans 1:1-7, 13-17

Metropolitan PHILIP Covered in Montreal Gazette

His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP's recent visit to Montreal's St. George Church was covered in the Montreal Gazette, in this article available online. His Eminence spoke about United States foreign policy towards Lebanon and the history of the Montreal Antiochian Orthodox community.

June 16 Saints

Remembered on June 16: St. Tikhon of Cyprus; St. Tikhon of Kaluga

June 16 Scriptures

Scriptures for June 16: Matthew 18:10-20; Ephesians 5:9-19

The Fruit of Pentecost: The Holy Spirit and Healing

By Fr. George Morelli

The Gospels of the Sundays after Pascha in the Eastern Church deal with brokenness, hope and healing. Illnesses first appear to be physical ailments, such as of the paralytic and the blind man, yet Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ when healing always focused on the healing of the soul. Yes, He did cure some who had physical ailments, but His overriding concern was the spiritual infirmity and disease of sin. This is so clearly seen in his message to the paralytic: “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befalls you.” (Jn 5:15) The meaning of the great Feast of Pentecost, the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and Disciples in the upper room 50 days after Pascha, may give us some insight into our Lord’s focus on spiritual healing.

Metropolitan Philip St. Vladimir's Seminary Lecture Available Online

image His Eminence Metropolitan Philip joined a gathering of other notable Christian leaders and theologians, including Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev and Catholic author Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, speaking at St. Vladimir's Seminary June 4-8. The event was organized by The Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius, and was titled "Rome, Constantinople and Canterbury. Mother Churches?" Ancient Faith Radio has posted audio of all the lectures. Metropolitan Philip lectured on Canon 28 of the Fourth Ecumenical Council.

June 15 Saints

Remembered on June 15: Pentecost; Prophet Amos; Apostles Achaikos, Stephen and Fourtunatos; St. Jerome of Stridonium and St. Augustine of Hippo; St. Jonah of Moscow; St. Lazarus of Serbia; Ss. Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia

June 15 Scriptures

Scriptures for June 15: John 7:37-52, 8:12; Acts 2:1-11

June 18, 2008 + Reflections On The Word of God

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By The Rev. Dr Stanley S. Harakas

Word Magazine, December 1985

bp.thomas@antiochian.org

You may be one of those Orthodox Christians who find it hard to accept that frequent Holy Communion is Orthodox teaching. You learned at your mother’s knee that a long and strict fast was required, so in your family, you only went to Holy Communion three or four times in the year. Yet, this is not the case, as far as the teaching of the Church is concerned. This was a practice which developed late in our Church’s history. The truth of the matter can be found in the Bible and in the Holy Tradition of our Church. In this issue of The Word, we will look at some Bible passages about Holy Communion.

Communion and Being A Christian

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