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Week of May 25, 2008

Youth Ministry in the Orthodox Church

"Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for other believers in your speech, behavior, love, faithfulness, and purity." 1 Timothy 4:12

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ON THIS WEEK'S COME RECEIVE THE LIGHT

What does Orthodoxy offer young people today? Is it too much to expect a young person to live according to Orthodox Christian principles in today's world? What role do youth play in the Church? Tune in to hear from a large panel that includes most of the priests and lay youth ministers who are serving in the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.

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THE BEST OF CRTL

Each day on The ARK and The RUDDER you can hear a different show from "The Best of Come Receive the Light," featuring favorite interviews from past episodes of CRTL. During May 26-30, we will be playing "Bishop Thomas " (5/26), "Orthodox Circle" (5/27), "Beginners Guide to Prayer" (5/28), "The Gospel of Mark: Suffering Servant" (5/29), and "Ministry of Women in Church" (5/30).

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This Week on The ARK and The RUDDER

HEAR FROM THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH!

This week on "Special Moments in Orthodoxy," we feature the Orthodox Christian Fellowship's special spring break trip to Constantinople.

This show includes interviews with the students about their experiences and a message from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

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ICONS IN SOUND

New Episode Available! Icons in Sound, where Dr. Vladimir Morosan, a leading expert in Orthodox sacred music, explores the beauty and theology of Orthodox Christian liturgical music.

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YOUR PARISH CAN REACH THE WORLD

Memory Eternal!

The Order of St. Ignatius mourns the passing of Nasseb M. Maliba, who departed this life on May 22, 2008 at the age of 93. He was one of the early members of the Order and has dedicated his efforts over the years to bringing new Life Members in to the order. He was also a honorary member of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees and is a recipient of the Antiochian Gold Medal. May his Memory be eternal!

COCC Sponsors Parish Revitalization Seminar

LIVONIA, Mich. - The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will sponsor a seminar on parish revitalization on Saturday, June 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at St Thomas Orthodox Church, 29150 10 Mile Road, Farmington Hills.

Entitled "Demythologizing Church Growth: Five common Myths about Church Growth, and How We Can Overcome Them,"  the
seminar will be conducted by the Rev. Jonathan Ivanoff, secretary of the Department of Evangelization of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

"Parish life and health from 1970 to 2005 can be characterized by one very prominent fact:  Since 1970, literally hundreds of parishes within the OCA have had to deal with the painful and obvious fact of a decline in their overall membership," Fr. Ivanoff said.

The seminar will be an introductory session, according to COCC President Richard Shebib.  If it generates sufficient interest, the COCC will sponsor a complete series of seminars on the subject of parish revitalization, he said.

The seminar is free of charge.  To reserve at seat or obtain further information, contact Shebib at (734) 422-0278 or paschabooks@sbcglobal.net.

The COCC is a 51-year-old clergy and lay association that represents various canonical Orthodox churches in metropolitan Detroit.  Its mission is to promote Orthodox Christianity throughout the area through worship, fellowship, and charitable, educational and outreach
programs. 

SCOBA Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday June 1

image The Hierarchs of SCOBA, including His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP, have designated Sunday June 1 as Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday. 

SCOBA Encyclical

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry

"Remember the prisoners as if chained with them." + Hebrews 13:3

May 28, 2008 + From Homily LVII: The Homilies of St. John Chrysostom on the Gospel According to St. John

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From Homily LVII: The Homilies of St. John Chrysostom on the Gospel According to Saint John

(John 9:6-7)

Week of May 25, 2008

ON THIS WEEK'S COME RECEIVE THE LIGHT, THE NATIONAL ORTHODOX RADIO PROGRAM:

Given the realities of today's world, how can parents raise their children to be faithful Orthodox Christians? What help is the Church already providing? What else still needs to be done? Tune in to this week's episode to hear from a large panel that includes most of the priests and lay youth ministers who are currently serving as members of the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.

You can hear this program--and many others--by listening to our Internet radio stations, The ARK and The RUDDER, at http://www.myocn.net. This week, we'll also be featuring the Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s special spring break trip to Constantinople. Segment features interviews with the students about their experiences and a message from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Both the ARK and the RUDDER will be featuring Prayer in the Divine Liturgy, with words by Fr. Stanley Harakas.

Programs are also available on Podcast and OnDemand.

*Ncense Releases CD To Benefit OCF

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*Ncense: Every Good and Perfect Gift. Pan-Orthodox Sacred Music.

In their first critically-acclaimed recording, *Ncense, a young men's a capella singing group, gives you 18 beautifully sung church hymns from a variety of Orthodox traditions. Funded by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine, all proceeds from this  CD go to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship to support Orthodox college students around the country.

More information, including ordering details

2008 Spring Meeting Minutes

Diocesan Meeting

St. George, Lowell

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Antiochian Women

Diocese of Worcester and New England

 

Opening Prayer – The meeting was opened at 10:45 with the Antiochian Women’s prayer led by President Nora Walker. There were 25 members present.

Roll Call

Executive Board Present: Advisor – V.Rev. Edward Hughes, President – Nora Walker, Vice President – Delores George, Treasurer – Carol Swydan, Recording Secretary – Nancy Ghantous,

Absent: Corresponding Secretary – Joan Hanna., Past President - Priscilla Goss

Coordinators Present: Public Relations – Pam Samara,

Absent : Humanitarian - Kh. Anna Hughes, Website – Melissa Nassiff , Membership –Kh. Margaret Wilhelm,

Religious – Kh. Louise Ferguson

Executive

Parish Delegates:

St. Mary, Cambridge - 3

St. John, Dedham - 2

St. George, Lawrence – 1

St. George, Lowell - 4

St. George, Norwood - 0

St. George, W. Roxbury - 1

St. George, Worcester - 1

St. Mary, Pawtucket - 2

St. Michael Cotuit - 0

All Saints Mission S. Weymouth - 0

St. Elias Mission Fall River - 0

Secretary’s ReportNancy Ghantous

Minutes of the Diocesan meeting at St. George, West Roxbury on February 9, 2008 were read by Nancy. A motion to accept was made by Louise Homsy. The motion was carried after being seconded by Mary Ellen Mabardy.

Treasurer’s ReportCarol Swydan

2008 Spring Meeting Photos

The spring diocesan meeting was held on Saturday, April 12, 2008. Host parish was St. George Church in Lowell.

01 VioletMaryellenMarilyn 02 HelenDeloresNorma 03 LouisePamViolet 04 NancyCarolNora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bp. JOSEPH Inducts New Members on Thomas Sunday at St. Thomas Mission

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St. Thomas Mission - Snohomish, Wash., May 4, 2008

IOCC Distributes Food and Supplies in Iraq

image Most Iraqis are dependent on the government’s food rationing program, but supplies are often unreliable. IOCC recently delivered food and hygiene parcels to 3,000 vulnerable families in Baghdad and Mosul. The woman pictured left had her home ransacked by insurgents and must depend on such aid to support herself and her disabled brother. Daily violence and massive shortages in food, electricity, and water continue to define life inside Iraq. (photo credit: IOCC Iraq)

May 21, 2008 + From Homily XXXII: The Homilies of St. John Chrysostom on the Gospel According to St. John

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From Homily

XXXII:

The Homilies of

St. John Chrysostom

on the Gospel According to Saint John –

Notes from Bishop THOMAS

 

"Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting Life." (John 4:13-14)

Christ Is Risen! Fourth Sunday of Pascha is the Sunday of the Paralytic

image The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America prays with all the Orthodox Christians of this land, and all of our brothers and sisters in faith across the world, that God's greatest blessings, mercy and peace are showered over all mankind during this Feast of Feasts.

His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP presided over the Paschal Liturgy on April 27 at the Archdiocese Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Brooklyn, New York. Click here to listen to a recording of the service. Click here for more pictures of the Metropolitan serving at St. Nicholas on Holy Pascha. Learn more about Metropolitan PHILIP here.

Christ is Risen! Click here for more on Pascha. Also visit our Great Lent 2008 Resource Center.

Frederica Mathewes-Green Reviews Prince Caspian

imageFrederica Mathewes-Green, one of the featured authors of the Archdiocese, has published a general audience review of the new Hollywood blockbuster movie Prince Caspian, opening this weekend, based on the famous Narnia stories from the Christian apologist C.S. Lewis.

"If in The Lord of the Rings someone is always swinging an axe at the head of a monster, in The Chronicles of Narnia he is getting out of the rain, warming up by the fire, and having some tea and biscuits. . . . But as charming as the Narnia stories are, the movies give them more body, more strength. That’s especially true with this latest, Prince Caspian." Read the rest.

Conciliar Press also has online a piece by Antiochian.org editor Doug Cramer titled Longing for Other Worlds: Faith, Fantasy and Orthodox Christians Today, originally published at the release of the first Chronicles of Narnia movie. Click here to read other reviews from Antiochian.org of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

A Primer on Antiochian.org

A Primer on Antiochian.org from the Department of Internet Ministry


By Douglas George Cramer, Chair

This article about Antiochian.org is intended for our many department chairs, ministry leaders, and active members across the country who want to use the Internet to communicate about their work. It is being published in the June issue of The Word.

Our team working on the Archdiocese website, www.Antiochian.org, launched a new design early this year, and introduced our vision for the ministry of the Church on the Internet in the March 2008 issue of The Word. We’re continuing to work on many projects and changes that we pray will be of great benefit to our collective witness for our Lord in this land. My goal here is to give all of you in the Archdiocese with an active role in our communications with each other, with the Church as a whole, and with the world beyond, the information you need about our department and our approach in order to work with us to strengthen our online voice.

Bishop THOMAS Visits St. Anthony's in Butler, Pa.

Bishop THOMAS made his annual visit to St. Anthony Antiochian Church in Butler, PA on May 3-4.

A cake was given to him in honor of his Name Day, Thomas Sunday.

Sayedna had many encouraging things to say during the sermon of the Hierarchical Liturgy as well as when he met with parishioners during a covered-dish luncheon held in his honor.

 

Bishop THOMAS Spends Holy Week in Charleston

Here are photos from Holy Week and Pascha at the Cathedral in Charleston, WV.

Bishop THOMAS Begins Great Lent in Chambersburg

His Grace, Bishop THOMAS, spent Cheesefare weekend and the beginning of the Fast with the congregation of St. Mary Church in Chambersburg, PA. Arriving on Friday, March 7, he was greeted by Fr. Ted Pulcini, who met with him to inform him of developments in the parish since his visit last spring. On Saturday, March 8, His Grace participated in the Chant Class conducted by St. Mary’s Pastoral Assistant, David Jacobs, before presiding over Great Vespers, after which he met with the Parish Council over dinner at the Copper Kettle Restaurant in Chambersburg. On Sunday, March 9, after Orthros and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Bishop THOMAS greeted parishioners during a special coffee hour prepared in his honor. That evening, he presided over Forgiveness Vespers and led the rite of forgiveness at the conclusion of the service. On Monday evening, he presided over Great Compline, which just this year has been added to the parish’s cycle of Great Lenten services. The next day, Bishop THOMAS visited Carlisle, completing a walking tour of Dickinson College, where Fr. Ted teaches. Completing his visit to Chambersburg on Wednesday, March 12, Sayyidna moved on to Westminster, MD, to begin his visit to St. James Mission.

Week of May 18, 2008

ON THIS WEEK'S COME RECEIVE THE LIGHT

What is the Orthodox Church's understanding of the Fall and "Original Sin"? How did the Early Christians understand Adam and Eve? And what do the hymns of the Orthodox Church tell us about this topic? Tune in to this week's episode as Dr. Justin Jackson conducts an engaging discussion on how these questions inform our understanding of ourselves and our current relationship with God.

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THE BEST OF CRTL

Each day on The ARK and The RUDDER you can hear a different show from "The Best of Come Receive the Light," featuring favorite interviews from past episodes of CRTL. During May 19-23, we will be playing "Fr. Mills, Pascha to Pentecost " (5/19), "Frederica Matthewes-Green, First Fruits" (5/20), "Fr. Nektarios Morrow, Orthodox Perspective on Islam" (5/21), "Fr. Alexander Webster, Virtue of War" (5/22), and "Jim Forrest, Orthodox Peace Fellowship" (5/23).

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THIS WEEK ON The ARK and The RUDDER

Fr. Thomas Hopko on Prayer

Dr. Lewis Patsavos' sermon on Holy Thursday and the Crucifixion Fr. John McGuckin on Ancient Christian spirituality for today's world

Programs are also available by visiting www.MyOCN.net.

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ICONS IN SOUND

New Episode Available! Icons in Sound, where Dr. Vladimir Morosan, a leading expert in Orthodox sacred music, explores the beauty and theology of Orthodox Christian liturgical music.

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YOUR PARISH CAN REACH THE WORLD

Did you know your church could have its own 24/7 Orthodox Internet radio station? Call 877.273.2348 for more information or e-mail info@myocn.net for details.

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YOUR PASCHA GIFT CAN STILL BE DOUBLED

OCMC Reports on Spring Board Meeting

Troy, Michigan — From Tuesday, May 6, through Thursday, May 8, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center held its 2008 Spring Board Meeting in Troy, Michigan.  The meeting was hosted by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, under the auspices of the Diocese of Detroit.  Along with OCMC Board members, Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi, Associate Director Fr. David Rucker, and Teams Department Director Andrew Lekos attended the event.

In addition to the regularly held meetings, there were several missions-related events over the course of the week.  On Tuesday evening, the OCMC Healthcare Committee sponsored a Health Outreach Event.  This event, intended to raise awareness about medical missions, drew the largest turnout yet present for this event.  Dr. Demetrios Kyriacou spoke about his recent OCMC Mission Team to Ethiopia.  This team was a joint OCMC/IOCC assessment project looking at the local Church’s work with HIV/AIDS patients.  Dr. Maria Vasilakis also spoke about her short-term Team experience.  Dr. Vasilakis was part of a healthcare Team that ministered in Kenya, offering treatment to over 1000 medical patients and 200 dental patients. Dr. Spero Kinnas, OCMC Board Member, updated participants on the work of Floyd and Ancuþa Frantz in Romania. 

Archbishop Hilarion Is Elected First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

clip_image001May 12, 2008, at 12:00 noon, at the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign in New York, His Eminence Archbishop Hilarion of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand was elected Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and shall be elevated to the rank of Metropolitan.

In accordance with the Act of Canonical Communion signed on May 17, 2007, the Council of Bishops will send the Act of Election,
drawn up by the Counting Committee, to His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, with a request from the elected First Hierarch for his blessing to assume the duties placed upon him by his brother archpastors, and for confirmation by the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate of his election.

The Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, Primate-elect of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2008.

The schedule of services relating to the Enthronement of the new First Hierarch is as follows:

May 14, 2008 + A Dead God? (Part 2)

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by Fr. James C. Meena

Word Magazine, April 1980 

We worship together in the Eucharistic celebration for more than an hour and we walk together liturgically through the life of Christ from all the prophecies that were spoken of Him, His teachings, His life and for about two minutes we dwell on His death. That’s all! And the rest of the time it’s Resurrection! Victory! The Conquest of death and the promise of eternal life for all those who believe. “We trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, especially of them that believe,” (I Timothy 4:10).

Some of us believe that all of this “religion” is just so much ritual and so much social necessity. That’s too bad, because we are missing the whole point of being Christian in accordance with the Orthodox faith . . . The Right Believing Faith . . . that is living! That’s what it means to be a Christian . . . Living as Christ wants you to live . . .Living as though you lived with Christ . . . Living as though Christ is in you and you in Him. Believe in Christ, be committed to Christ, and it is impossible for you in your lifestyle to contradict the things which He demands of you.

Week of May 11, 2008

ON THIS WEEK'S COME RECEIVE THE LIGHT

Ever wonder why Orthodox Christians ask the Saints for their intercessions? Or why we pray for the forgiveness and salvation of those who have already passed away? On this week's program, Dr. David C. Ford, a professor at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, explains why these practices are Biblical and fully part of the ancient Christian faith.

On this week's Come Receive the Light, On this week's program, Dr. David C. Ford, a professor at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, explains why these practices are Biblical and fully part of the ancient Christian faith. If you have ever wondered why Orthodox Christians ask the Saints for their intercessions? Or why we pray for the forgiveness and salvation of those who have already passed away this is program for you?

You can hear this program--and many others--by listening to our Internet radio stations, The ARK and The RUDDER, at http://www.myocn.net. This week, we'll also be featuring a talk with Kh. Maggie Hock, director of Marriage and Parish Family Ministries for the Antiochian Archdiocese, on Orthodox parenting in a Materialistic World-Part II. Both the ARK and the RUDDER will be featuring columnist Terry Mattingly's program "Saint Brenden the Navigator". A program about Mark 5 will also be featured on the Ark. Programs are also available on Podcast and OnDemand.

Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Posts Parish Life Conference Forms

The 61st Annual Midwest Parish Life Conference, hosted by St. George, Grand Rapids, will be held June 25 to June 29, 2008 at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Download Registration

Download Adult Schedule

Download Teens' Schedule

Download Youth Schedule

Download High School Graduates Invitation

Download Souvenir Journal Information

Metropolitan PHILIP Discusses American Orthodoxy with SCOBA Hierarchs

image On Wednesday May 7, 2008, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP hosted a meeting of five of the SCOBA hierarchs at the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey.  The meeting was held to allow these hierarchs to discuss pertinent issues related to the Orthodox situation in North America. 

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