On April 26-27, 2014, St. George Cathedral of Coral Gables, Florida, welcomed the Patriarchal Vicar His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan for the Blessed Feast Day of St. George, the patron of the community.
His Eminence arrived at Miami International Airport late on Friday night, April 25th, and was welcomed by Fr. Saba, Archdeacon David, and a dozen members of the Parish Council and community. After exchanging greetings at the airport, all enjoyed a nice dinner and a warm conversation at a nearby restaurant.
On Saturday April 26th, the bells rang in jubilation at the arrival of our beloved Patriarchal Vicar along with His Grace Bishop Antoun. The Cathedral was beautifully adorned in red and white satin streams and multi-colored flowers in reverence of this momentous and historic occasion.
On the Feast of the Holy Greatmartyr George, Bright Wednesday, April 23rd, The Most Rev. Metropolitan Silouan of Buenos Aires and all Argentina and Patriarchal Vicar for our Archdiocese of North America, visited the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America (DOWAMA) for the patronal feast of our Diocesan Cathedral of St. George, and to bless DOWAMA's newly-acquired St. Silouan Monastery House.
Upon His Eminence's arrival to Wichita (straight from Buenos Aires!) he was feted at a luncheon hosted at the Wichita Chancery and attended by the priests and deacons of Wichita's three parishes: St. George Cathedral, St. Mary Church, and St. Michael Church. A large number of clergy and laity were at the Cathedral to receive His Eminence when he arrived for Paschal Vespers that evening. They were moved by his homily following the service and enchanted by his remarks and the open dialogue that he encouraged during a paschal repast in the Cathedral's fellowship hall.
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The Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East has released the following video of the remarks of Patriarch John X on Palm Sunday, April 13 2014, in Arabic with English subtitles.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Together with our Orthodox brethren, Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry reflects on the legacy of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip. He was instrumental in the development and growth of OCPM and has always been close to our hearts.
When OCPM Founder Fr Duane Pederson was ordained into the Orthodox Church in 1991, he had already been active in prison ministry for more than 25 years. It was with the blessing of Metropolitan Philip that Fr Duane continued to work in prison ministry after his ordination. "Usually you're ordained to an altar, to a parish," said Fr Duane. Yet His Eminence ordained Fr Duane to continue ministering to people in prison and on the streets. "His Eminence had the foresight to step out and include the incarcerated as part of the Church."
It was with Metropolitan Philip's blessing that men in prison were catechized. The Virginia H. Farah Foundation played a timely role by funding the costs of Orthodox books and icon cards that were sent into prisons. As a result, said Fr Duane, "All these prisoners started to become Orthodox. We began to find cradle Orthodox who had been hiding in the prisons as well."
Seeing that there were men in prison who wanted to be received into the Church, Metropolitan Philip gave Fr Duane a parish-one without walls-and named it Holy Apostle Silas. He gave Fr Duane an antimins (a consecrated altar cloth necessary for celebrating the Eucharist) to use when celebrating the liturgy in prisons. With his new parish Fr Duane was able to baptize men in prison. "His Eminence was willing to care for those who had no parish," said Fr Duane.
On April 5, 2014, His Grace Bishop Nicholas, representing the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, participated in receiving the newly-elected Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church. His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II (Syriac for His Holiness Kyrios Kyrios Ignatius Aphrem II) was received at St. Mark's Syriac Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck, NJ by a multitude of Orthodox hierarchs from all jurisdictions.
His Holiness was elected Patriarch and Supreme Primate of Antioch and All the East for the Syrian Orthodox Church soon after the funeral and burial of his predecessor, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas. Bishop Nicholas spoke on behalf of His Beatitude Patriarch John X and Metropolitan Silouan, conveying their congratulations to the Syrian Orthodox Church for His Holiness’ election. They offered their prayers for the Patriarch, for the difficult job ahead of him to help rebuild Syria and rebuild the Christian Community in Syria, as he prepares to move back to Damascus.
Christopher Holwey, chairman of the Department of Sacred Music for the Antiochian Archdiocese, recently announced that choir directors and youth workers may now access Teen Choir Manuals on the department's web page. Sacred Music Institute Instructors Regina Roum and Elizabeth Beck, experienced music educators, have aggregated their methods and materials used in training young musicians in these manuals. Instructions, exercises, and musical examples, allow parish choir directors to implement the successful archdiocese-wide program in their own communities.
"We have already put together similar manuals for our younger children. Now, on behalf of the Sacred Music Department, we commend the work of Regina and Elizabeth in this Teen Music Manual, and pray that God will bless its use throughout our Archdiocese and beyond, to inspire many more teens to sing the praises of our God who has given us this life," notes Chris Holwey.
Registration is officially opened for the Fellowship of St. John the Divine's Spring Young Adult Retreat! Registration includes meals, lodging at the Cenacle Retreat Center, activities, and a service project. Please register before April 15!
His Grace Bishop Basil writes:
Metropolitan Silouan of Buenos Aires and all Argentina, Patriarchal Vicar for our Archdiocese of North America, will visit the Diocese of Wichita on Bright Wednesday, April 23rd, the patronal feast day of our Diocesan Cathedral of St. George in Wichita, Kansas. The main purpose of His Eminence's visit is to get to know our Diocese by meeting and chatting with many folks from throughout DOWAMA, therefore all DOWAMA clergy and laity are cordially invited to be present at the Cathedral for his visit. His Eminence also plans to bless our newly-acquired St. Silouan Monastery House (named for his own patron saint) on that occasion. Details about that visit will be added as they become available.
- BRIGHT TUESDAY evening: Paschal Office at 6:15PM, Paschal Vespers at 6:30PM, followed by an hors d'oeuvre reception
- BRIGHT WEDNESDAY morning: Paschal Orthros at 9:00AM, Paschal Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM followed by a light breakfast buffet
All priests and deacons are invited to concelebrate at the divine services (WHITE vestments, please).
To be good hosts for you, we ask that you inform us of the approximate number who will be coming from your community with an RSVP before Great and Holy Thursday (April 17th) either to the Cathedral Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gayle Malone (email@example.com). Thank you!
Washington D.C. - At an elaborate ceremony on February 5, 2014 at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) National Leadership Forum held at Maryland's National Harbor Gaylord Convention Center, the Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth (OCCHY) was awarded a Graduate Certificate of Completion from the CADCA National Coalition Academy. OCCHY was among 87 graduating coalitions from across the U.S. to achieve this certification.
OCCHY-Chicago was represented by Chicago Coalition Coordinator Gordana Trbuhovich of the Serbian Orthodox New Gracanica-Midwestern Diocese, and Board Chairman Harold A. Peponis of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. The two received the graduation award from CADCA Chairman and CEO Major General Retired Arthur T. Dean, and Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan, who is serving as our Patriarchal Vicar, has expressed a desire to meet with as many of our Antiochian clergy and laity as possible. This weekend there will be two opportunities to do so in the Western Pennsylvania area.
Friday – Akathist: On Friday evening, April 4, His Eminence will be with us for the Akathist Service at Ss. Peter and Paul Chapel at the Antiochian Village Heritage and Learning Center. The service begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a gathering to meet with His Eminence.
Saturday – Vespers and IOCC Syrian Relief Dinner: On Saturday April 5, His Eminence will be presiding over Vespers at 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh followed by attendance at the IOCC Syrian Relief Dinner. More information and registration for the IOCC dinner can be found at the IOCC's Website, or you may call Zelfa Khalil at 412-417-4706.
Overnight accommodations can be secured at the Antiochian Village Center by calling 724-238-3677.
One of the things dearest to Metropolitan Philip's heart was the care of his clergy and their wives during the winter years of their lives so that they could live with dignity. In light of that, he wanted memorial donations to be given to the Clergy Retirement Fund of the Archdiocese. Donations received through this simple and secure online donation form will go to benefit the Fund.
Our thanks to the team at AntiochianEvents.org for preparing this resource.
Metropolitan Philip Funeral Arrangements Updated to Include Information on Burial at Antiochian Village and More
See this page for all details regarding this week's memorial services for Metropolitan Philip. Recent updates include details on all events at Antiochian Village, as well as a highly-recommended parking information sheet for all those planning on attending weekend memorial services at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, March 29, the Divine Liturgy and Funeral Services for Metropolitan Philip will be broadcast by Noursat/Tele Lumiere from St. Nicholas Cathedral. Online video-streaming details are being finalized.
Noursat | Tele Lumiere, Christian television for Lebanon and the Middle East, will broadcast the Saturday March 29 Memorial Services for His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, with the Divine Liturgy followed by the funeral.
More details about media coverage of next week's events will be announced once they are finalized.
In honor of Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Ancient Faith Today with Kevin Allen will present a special live tribute program. Kevin will be joined by Father Wayne Wilson, an ex-bishop of the "Evangelical Orthodox Church" and now Antiochian priest, and Father Thomas Zain (Vicar-General of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America), for a discussion of the life and legacy of the beloved Metropolitan. Listen live on Sunday, March 23 at 5:00 pm Pacific/6:00 pm Mountain/7:00 pm Central/8:00 pm Eastern. Listen live by pointing your internet browser to www.ancientfaith.com and clicking on the "talk" button.
As we continue to mourn the loss of Metropolitan Philip, your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of the newly-departed servant of God, the beloved Archpriest Alexander Atty. The V. Rev. Fr. Alexander, former Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary and before that priest at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Louisville, KY, fell asleep in the Lord early Sunday morning March 23. May his memory be eternal! Read this tribute to Fr. Alexander.
Services for Fr. Alexander are listed below.
Letter of Condolences of Metropolitan Silouan to the Hierarchs, Clergy and the Faithful of the Archdiocese
Buenos Aires, March 20, 2014
Beloved in our Lord
Very Esteemed Hierarchs, Clergy and Faithful
Of the Archdiocese of New York and All North America
“Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus” (Romans 15:5)
With a heart grateful to our Lord and to your very beloved pastor who gave me the opportunity to come to know you during the last three years, I present to you my heartfelt condolences for the falling asleep in Christ of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip. We all pray together for the rest in peace of his soul and that his memory be eternal.
I am very surprised that the Lord's Providence permitted that I may serve you under such a painful and difficult circumstance, i.e. the loss of your beloved pastor, until a new Metropolitan be elected for your God-protected Archdiocese. Indeed, my appointment as Patriarchal Vicar, by His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch, is an obedience of love and an opportunity to serve your church, and to preserve your bond of love, peace, service and unity in Christ.
May our Lord bless all of us in this period of great lent, as we are heading to His Holy Passion in order to share His glorious Resurrection.
Metropolitan of Buenos Aires and all Argentina
Memory Eternal! It is with great sadness that the Archdiocese learns that Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch, died Friday aged 81 after 34 years as head of the Syriac Orthodox Church.
On Friday night, the general secretariat of the Holy Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch issued a statement saying:
"In this time of mourning and grief, the general secretariat of the Holy Synod declares that the time of the funeral will be appointed later when the procedures of transfer of his saintly body from Germany to Lebanon and then to Syria, are completed. We commend that this coming Sunday, 23 March 2014, be consecrated to offer prayers and celebrate the Divine Liturgy for the peaceful rest of his pure soul and we will announce the procedures and dates of the funeral, burial and condolences when ready."
Source: Ahram Online
Media outlets across the Arabic-speaking world have begun recognizing the passing of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip. A number of recommended links so far include:
Our thanks to Fr. Thomas Zain and the community of St. Nicholas Cathedral for ongoing referrals to valuable sources from Arabic language media.
Rejoice, O life-bearing Cross, O bright paradise of the Church, O Tree of incorruption, thou who didst bring forth for us the enjoyment of glory everlasting, through whom the hosts of devils are driven out, the ranks of angels rejoice together, and the congregations of believers celebrate, O unconquerable weapon and impregnable foundation, the triumph of kings and the pride of Priests, grant us to apprehend the Passion of Christ and his Resurrection.
--Vespers of the Feast
Fr. Thomas Zain, Vicar-General of the Antiochian Archdiocese, speaks on the passing of our Primate Metropolitan Philip on Ancient Faith Radio.
The Website LevantReport.com with Managing Editor Brad Hoff published an interview on March 5, 2014 with The Very Rev. Joseph Huneycutt, pastor of the St. Joseph Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Houston, TX. Titled "Syrian Christians in a Time of Conflict," the interview comes over two years after Fr. Joseph traveled to Syria as part of an official delegation of American Antiochian Christian pastors and leaders sent to assess the situation of Syria's Christians.
In December, St. Joseph in Houston sponsored a benefit concert, "Hope, Humanity, Healing," which raised $18,000.00. The proceeds were distributed to the suffering Syrian people through the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America's Sister Diocese of Bosra-Hauran, Jabal al-Arab, and the Golan in southern Syria, as well as through the St. Gregory Orthodox Society for the Elderly and Orphans in Damascus. In the interview, Fr. Joseph soberly notes that "...the Christian presence in southern Syria has diminished, the charitable support of refugees continues; those who remain live in danger every moment. It will take heroic hard work to rebuild – the land and the people – once this war comes to an end." Read the full text of the interview
A recently published anthology, The Orthodox Church in the Arab World 700-1700: An Anthology of Sources, is a comprehensive introduction to the first millennium of Arabic-speaking Orthodoxy accessible to English speakers. Published by the Northern Illinois University Press, the book is the work of two Orthodox scholars, Samuel Noble, a doctoral candidate in religious studies at Yale University, and Alexander Treiger, associate professor in the Department of Classics and Program in Religious Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Noble explains that "...in the Western historiography of Christianity, the Arab Christian Middle East is treated only peripherally, if at all." A sample of the book's contents includes: An 8th century Apology for the Christian Faith; a work by Theodore Abu Qurra on discerning the true religion; a disputation of the monk Abraham of Tiberias with the Muslims; lives of little-known saints and martyrs; the world history of Agapios; the devotional poetry of Sulayman al-Ghazzi; the mystical treatise the Noetic Paradise; a treatise on the priesthood by Agathon of Homs; the Letter to a Muslim Friend by Paul of Antioch; the unpublished notebook and diplomatic correspondence of the Patriarch Macarius; and Paul of Aleppo’s travel account that sheds light on the history of the Orthodox Church in the Ottoman Empire, Southeastern Europe, and Russia.
The 2014 Special Olympics Sports Camp is scheduled to be held at the Antiochian Village August 8-16, 2014. This ministry is sponsored by the North American Council of Teen SOYO, and is the second longest running program of Special Olympics Pennsylvania, serving approximately 175 campers each season. It is the premier SOYO outreach program, now in its 33rd year of service. Each year SOYO teens raise the funds on Special Olympics Awareness Day.
In addition to the funds raised, SOYO teens provide at least half the coaching staff, and many adult volunteers participate as well. The Very Rev. Dr. Joseph Purpura, chair of the Department of Youth Ministry, has announced that the 2014 Special Olympic Coaches Application is now available for those youth who are interested in working at the Sports Camp. Additionally, for adults over twenty years of age, the Special Olympics Volunteer application is posted as well.