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The liturgical texts for the month of February, blessed by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, are now ready for clergy and laity to download from the Online Liturgical Guide. This month, the Orthodox Church finishes the forty-day celebration of Christmas right as it begins its journey into Great Lent.
February 2 marks the Great Feast of the Meeting (Presentation) of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ into the ancient Temple in Jerusalem (Luke 2:22-40). This was not some random meeting. This feast celebrates our forty-day-old incarnate Lord's first official encounter and manifestation with His people in the person of Simeon. In one of many acts of extreme humility, the divine Word thus lowers Himself and submits to the law in order to fulfill it and save mankind. In honor of this, churches offer the Ceremony of the Presentation of Boys, where our young men receive an extra blessing on this day.
His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph has blessed the posting of the liturgical texts that follow for the weekend of his Enthronement, set for December 5-7, 2014 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Brooklyn, New York.
All of the visiting clergy, laity and guests - as well as people watching on television or online - can print or download to their electronic devices these texts so that they can more easily follow the divine services. They also include "patriarchal elements," that is, portions of the services reserved for His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, or for his designees. His Beatitude will either preside over or celebrate all divine services.
On December 5-6, the Cathedral celebrates its patron saint, Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia on the anniversary of his passing into eternal life on December 6, 343. On December 7, His Beatitude will celebrate the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy with Sayidna Joseph and approximately 35 Orthodox Christian bishops, many from the Patriarchate of Antioch.
The Liturgical Texts for the month of December, blessed by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, are now ready for clergy and laity to download from the Online Liturgical Guide.
This month, Orthodox Christians find themselves in the midst of the forty-day Fast in preparation of the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. Fr. Alexander Schmemann of blessed memory called this time of year the "Winter Pascha" because, as Fr. Thomas Hopko puts it, "He was worshipped by wise men that the whole of creation might adore Him in His triumph over death."
In anticipation of many parishes offering divine services on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, the Online Liturgical Guide now features Daily Vespers and Divine Liturgy Variables for the American holiday.
Warm Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes from our home to you and your beloved parishioners. May the joy and peace of this Holy Season shine in your hearts now and throughout the New Year!
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America
Christ is in our Midst!
As has been the practice each year around this time, we are distributing the attached Sunday Liturgical Calendar for 2015 with a greeting from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph.
This calendar will be posted on www.antiochian.org but we will not be sending a paper copy through regular mail in order to save some time and money.
This calendar conforms in every respect to the one which was recently sent to us from the offices of the Patriarchate of Antioch. Any discrepancy that may exist in other calendars occurred because they were published before the Patriarchal calendar was made available to us.
The Liturgical Texts for the month of November, blessed by His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, are now ready for clergy and laity to download from the Online Liturgical Guide.
In 2014, November features prominent saints whose commemorations fall on Sundays: St. Nektarios of Aegina (Nov. 9), St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist (Nov. 16), and St. Andrew the First-called Apostle (Nov. 30). Of course, the Antiochian Archdiocese celebrates its patron and founder, St. Raphael Hawaweeny, Bishop of Brooklyn, on Saturday, Nov. 1.
The Online Liturgical Guide, produced by the Committee on Liturgics, provides the official, uniform word-for-word texts to be used for the Divine Services in all parishes across the Archdiocese. Should you have any questions, please contact Subdeacon Peter Samore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greetings and best wishes to you in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With the Grace of God and the blessings of our new beloved Father in Christ His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, I'm preparing the 2015 Liturgical Guide which I have been preparing every year for the last seventeen years. For the last eight years, with the blessing of our late beloved Father Metropolitan Philip of Thrice Blessed Memory, I took the chance to print and distribute the Guide on my own. I would like to thank every parish and every individual who supported the use of the hard copy of the Guide by purchasing one or more.
I'm doing the same thing again this year and I'm looking for your support to keep this project alive so we can all have the same and proper liturgical services in our churches. I would like to have the book printed by the middle of October and I only print copies based on the orders.
Enclosed with this letter is the Order Form for the 2015 Liturgical Guide, please complete and send it back to me with your payment as soon as possible so I can have an accurate idea of how many copies I need to print and be able to distribute to you on time. The deadline is January 15, 2015. Any Orders after the deadline will be $2.00 extra per book. Please send your order ASAP.
Please keep me in your prayers,
Yours in Christ,
Very Rev. Fr. Elia Shalhoub
2295 Oklahoma St., West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Phone / Fax: 561-616-8215
Archpriest Thomas Zain writes on December 23, 2013:
Beloved in Christ: It is with great joy that we present to you our updated online liturgics guide containing the Service Texts of the weekend services for parish use. The new order for publishing Great Vespers, Litia-Artoklasia, Orthros and Divine Liturgy Variables commences January 5, 2014. Like before, the Antiochian Archdiocese will offer word-for-word compilations of these services, as well as "abbreviated rubrics." The Service Texts will be posted in Rich Text Format (RTF) that can be used in any word-processing software for making booklets, as well as the traditional Portable Document Format (PDF).
Last spring, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip appointed me to chair a new Committee on Liturgics to bring together the various people in the archdiocese who were doing this work in their respective dioceses so that we might pool our talents in order to present a unified set of liturgical notes for our one archdiocese.
The following liturgical calendar has been prepared by the Department of Liturgics and Translations for all official Archdiocese needs.
Church Calendar for the Year 2014
His Eminence Metropolitan Philip writes:
Beloved Clergy, Chanters and Choir Directors:
Greetings in the name of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.
We do hereby bless and approve the 2012 edition of The Liturgical Guide published by the Department of Liturgics and Translations of our Archdiocese. This guide should be used and referenced by all eastern rite parishes in our God-protected Archdiocese without exception. As the Apostle Paul stated in his letter to the Corinthians [I Corinthians 14:40), “Let all things be done decently and in order."
JOENSUU, FINLAND [ISOCM] -- The International Society for Orthodox Church Music is pleased to announce that its new on-line publication, the Journal of the International Society for Orthodox Church Music, is accepting submissions for publication.
The first issue will be available as a PDF download on the ISOCM site in Spring 2012.
The ISOCM was founded with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Leo of Karelia and all Finland by an international group of musicians and scholars after the First International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, “The Traditions of Orthodox Music”, held at the University of Joensuu in University of Joensuu in June 2005. Members of the ISOCM are found around the world and in a variety of positions related to Orthodox Church music.
The ISOCM is delighted that Professors Hilkka Seppälä (University of Eastern Finland), and Christian Troelsgaard (University of Copenhagen), distinguished scholars in the field of Orthodox Church music, have agreed to be members of the Board of Honour.
Members of the Editorial Board include Dr. Yuliya Artamonova (Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Moscow), Dr. Nicolae Gheorghita (National University of Music, Bucharest), Dr. Alexander Lingas (City University, London), Dr. Ivan Moody (Editor; CESEM – Universidade Nova, Lisbon), Dr. Aleksander Naumow (Jagiellonian University, Cracow), Dr. Nicolas Schidlovsky (Princeton University), Maria akala-Roszczenko, TM, FM (Secretary of the ISOCM; University of Eastern Finland), and Nikita Simmons (Editorial Secretary of JISOCM, Portland, Oregon, USA).
The Psalms have been called the “Hymn Book of the Church” and contain rich and prophetic references to Christ. In this new Ancient Faith Radio podcast, "Let My Prayer Arise," Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth, priest at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Warrenville, Illinois, will be taking listeners through the Psalter to help them make the Psalms the prayer of their hearts. "The Lord's Prayer is the flower and the fruit, of the roots, stalk and stem of the Psalms," says Fr. Ellsworth. "When we pray, we are not alone," he adds. The Psalms, he explains, have three important aspects. First, they are a historical connection to the prayers of God's people. Secondly, the Psalms are Christological--Jesus Himself pointed out that the Psalms spoke of Himself. "They are nothing less than the prayers of our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. He would have been immersed in these prayers from infancy." Third, the Psalms are liturgical. "In this podcast, we will often reflect on where and how these Psalms are used in the Orthodox liturgy," promises Fr. Wilbur.
"I encourage you to listen with the Psalm text before you. Begin to read, and then, to memorize."
Fr. Elia Shalhoub writes:
Beloved in Christ:
Greetings and best wishes to you in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
With the Grace of God and the blessings of our beloved Father in Christ His Eminence Metropolitan Philip I have prepared the 2011 Liturgical Guide which I have been preparing every year for the last Thirteen years.
For the Last 4 years, with Sayadna Philip’s blessings I took the chance to print and distribute the Guide on my own, I would like to thank every parish and every individual who supported the use of the hard copy of the Guide by purchasing one or more.
The editors of Antiochian.org recently launched a newly improved Liturgical Resources section, accessed on the menu bar of the website's home page. One of the site's most popular destinations, the Resources page now features categories such as "Articles," "Music Resources," and "Podcasts and Audio." An aggregation of the most critical liturgical tools required by chanters, choir directors, deacons and priests, the page is also helpful to laypeople involved in Bible study groups or choir. Browsers can download music, an Akathist, even the Antiochian Archdiocese's well-loved "Little Red Prayer Book."
Recently, Antiochian.org spoke with the Very Rev. Fr. David Barr, respected Antiochian liturgist and Director of the St. Romanos Chanter's Training Program, about the importance of liturgy and music in the life of the Church.
1. Generally speaking, do parish musicians usually need formal training to chant in church? Why/why not? What would you recommend for that musically inclined parishioner who might be interested in chant, but shy?
To chant properly using Byzantine chant, one needs some formal training. Even though a great deal of Byzantine music exists today in western notation, it is important to understand the ethos.