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The 49th Antiochian Archdiocese Convention, July 19-26, 2009

image St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Van Nuys, California will be hosting the 49th Antiochian Archdiocese Convention at the J.W. Desert Springs Marriott Resort and Spa from July 19 – 26, 2009. There is a guaranteed room rate of $165.00 per night (plus 9.16% room tax). Already, rooms are going fast! If you have not yet made your hotel reservation we encourage you to do so, as soon as possible. You may reserve your rooms online by going to the convention website at www.archdioceseconvention2009.org and clicking on the Online Hotel Reservation image.  No phone reservations can be made until August 2008. If you have any questions please email info@archdioceseconvention2009.org

Lynette's Hope: Facing Cancer with Faith

image Come Receive the Light, OCN's national Orthodox Christian radio program, interviews Fr. Luke Veronis, author of the new book from Conciliar Press, Lynette's Hope. Fr. Luke shares the story and journal entries of Lynette Hoppe, an Orthodox Christian who served as a missionary in Albania, even as she faced terminal cancer with courage and faith. Click here to listen!

Also, click here for Fr. Luke's article about Lynette in AGAIN, and here to order a copy.

Frederica Mathewes-Green Discusses Men and Orthodoxy

image Why is Orthodoxy the noted exception when it comes to the declining interest in religion by men? Noted author and speaker Frederica Mathewes-Green tells us in a 45 minute talk available for free listening online via Ancient Faith Radio, part of the Antiochian Archdiocese's Conciliar Media Ministries.

Summer Reading from The Word

image The Word is on their annual July and August hiatus, but while we eagerly await the September issue we can still be fed by this beloved ministry of our Archdiocese, founded in Arabic in 1905 by St. Raphael of Brooklyn and in 1957 made an English language publication by Metropolitan Antony Bashir. At The Best of The Word, you'll find thought-provoking articles that share the blessed work being done in the Antiochian Archdiocese, and the wisdom of her workers. So whether you missed reading an issue (maybe even a few?) in print, or want to discover The Word for the first time, enjoy The Best of The Word.

Some recommendations to get you started: Kevin Allen's Church Growth, Orthodox Style; Gregory Cook's Words We Live By: ORTHODOX and American Ideals In Foundational Texts; Fr. Thomas Gallaway's The Sacred Nature of Sex; Harvey H.H. Homsey's Stewardship: Why My Family Tithes; and Fr. Joseph Purpura's Are We Doing Enough For Our Teens?

A New Heaven and a New Earth

imageThe Handmaiden: A Journal for Women Serving God Within the Orthodox Christian Faith is published quarterly by Conciliar Media Ministries of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Readers can sample the latest issue, "Good Stewards of the Earth," with the article A New Heaven and a New Earth: Church and Environment - Theological and Spiritual Insights, by Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis.

"This world is a never-ending movement toward the kingdom. Indeed, it is profoundly and intimately related to the heavenly kingdom. This means that what we do on earth matters for what we believe about heaven. ... We have learned not to treat people like things because they are created 'in the image of God.' We must now learn not to treat even things like mere things because they, too, contain the very trace of God."

St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn, Intercede with Christ God for Us!

image His Grace Bishop THOMAS shares with us this article about St. Raphael originally published in the New York Times in 1895, on the occasion of the "Damascus Preacher" arriving in the city. Thank you Bishop THOMAS, and thank you Vera Acker, secretary of St. Philip's Church in Souderton, PA, for transcribing this piece of history.

Click here to learn more about St. Raphael Hawaweeny of Brooklyn.

From The New York Times, September 15, 1895:

MINISTER FOR SYRIANS

Christian Church to be Filled by a Damascus Preacher.

Fr. Patrick Reardon Reflects on Genesis in New Book from Conciliar

imageFr. Patrick, one of the most thoughtful and prolific of today's Orthodox Christian writers, is the author of an important new book from Conciliar Media titled Creation and the Patriarchal Histories: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Genesis.

Click here for an excerpt titled Excursus: Esau, the Modern Man.

Click here to order your copy.

UPDATE: And, click here to listen to Ancient Faith Radio's interview with Fr. Patrick about the book!

Discussing Death on Come Receive the Light

image This week Orthodox Christian Network's Come Receive the Light national Orthodox radio program features Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff, teacher of dogmatic theology at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theology Seminary, speaking about the mystery of death. Dr. Bouteneff teaches, "We do indeed teach and believe in a bodily resurrection. I don't think we have a very clear sign of what that will look like. But we do know that is something we will know and recognize as our own body."

Learn more about this and the other blessed offerings of OCN at their newly designed website, www.myocn.net.

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.

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!

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.

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.

The Great Feast of Pentecost

imageJune 15 is the Great Feast of Pentecost. "Lo, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the presence of the Spirit, the fulfillment of the promise and the completion of the hope. How wonderful is this mystery. ... Thou hast renewed for thy Disciples, O Christ, a different kind of tongues, that they might therewith proclaim that thou art the immortal Word and God who granteth our souls the Great Mercy. The Holy Spirit provideth all; overfloweth with prophecy; fulfilleth the Priesthood; and hath taught wisdom to the illiterate. He hath revealed the fishermen as theologians. He bringeth together all the laws of the Church." (The Pentecostarion)

 

Click here to listen to Fr. Patrick Reardon's homily on Pentecost at Ancient Faith Radio. Children will enjoy listening to Archdiocese Featured Author Chrissi Hart read from a Conciliar children's book about the Feast. The audio can be found here.  Finally, here's a good introduction to Pentecost prepared by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.

Changes at Antiochian.org

image We're rolling out some changes to Antiochian.org that have been in the works for awhile. We apologize in advance for any problems as we iron out the remaining wrinkles in the new design. Now that we've completed our basic reorganization of the website's homepage and menus, we'll be turning our attention to the pages for each diocese, department and organization in the Archdiocese.

We've started redesigning the page for the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest. Please take a look, and learn more about the flock of Bishop MARK. And as always, drop us an email at editor@antiochian.org any time you have a comment or question.

We've also added our new Featured Authors of the Archdiocese section at the bottom of our homepage, where we'll be continuing to bring you the latest from Fr. Patrick Reardon, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Fr. George Morelli and more. Within the next couple of weeks we'll be offering daily Scripture readings and Saints, with more features coming over the course of the summer. Thanks again for your patience. If you'd like to read more about our vision for Antiochian.org, check out this article, or this article, by our editor, Douglas Cramer.

Blessed Feast Day! The Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

imageOn the fortieth day after Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He was taken up into the heavens in a cloud.

Read The Ascension: An Excerpt from The Year of the Grace of the Lord

Read From the Heart: Resting in the Ascension

Listen to the children's Under the Grapevine podcast about the Ascension 

Listen to Fr. Pat Reardon's All Saints homily podcast on the Ascension

Read a reflection for teens about the Ascension

The Archdiocese Synod of Bishops Meets

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The Synod of Bishops of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America met at Antiochian Village on May 30, 2008.

The hierarchs discussed many items that are of paramount importance to this God-protected Archdiocese.

June 2008 Issue of The Word Magazine Now Available Online

Click cover to download: 

Why A Fast for Dormition, page 8

Antiochian House of Studies, page 29

Communities in Action, page 32

Update from Fr. Michael Nasser at Project Mexico, page 40

Orthodox Tanzania, page 43

Archives

The Story of Creation: How the Fathers Understood Genesis

image This week on OCN's Come Receive the Light national Orthodox radio program, Dr. Peter Bouteneff, a professor at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, speaks about the intersection of scripture, science, creation, the ancient Christian faith, and how it all applies to today's debates.

Click here to listen.

AGAIN Interviews Fr. Peter Gillquist for 30th Anniversary Issue

image AGAIN Magazine, published by the Antiochian Archdiocese's Conciliar Media Ministries, has released its 30th anniversary issue. The issue includes a special interview with the magazine's publisher, and the Chair of the Archdiocese Department of Missions and Evangelism, Fr. Peter Gillquist, reflecting on his years of service to the Church and what the future may hold.

"Looking back, I would say the thing we need to stress today with the converts is the need to learn how the Orthodox Church works—the fancy name for that is ecclesiology. As evangelical Protestants, we were so used to doing our own thing, exercising our independence—a favorite slogan was, 'Nobody’s going to tell me what to do or what to believe.' You just can’t live that way as an Orthodox Christian. Because number one, we’re all under the lordship of Christ, and secondly, within the Church, as scriptures teach, He has established apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers." Click here to read the rest! Also, listen to an interview with Fr. Peter on Ancient Faith Radio.

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