Diocese of New York and Washington, D.C. News


St. Romanos the Melodist Choir Completes Two Week Tour at St. Nicholas Cathedral

Update: click here to see an excerpt from the performance.

The St. Romanos the Melodist Choir from the Archdiocese of Beirut completed their two week tour at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY before a capacity crowd of over 450, on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Six hierarchs, numerous priests and deacons, and two counsels general from Lebanon and Cyprus, filled the cathedral for a night to remember.

To begin the concert, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP offered words of welcome, and then the choir of twelve men, led by Father Romanos Joubran, mesmerized the crowd with their beautiful music for a hour. After a short break, Part Two began with a special guest appearance by the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Then, to top the evening off, both choirs performed several hymns—first antiphonally, and then in unison.

Following the program, His Eminence Archbishop DEMETRIOS of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America presented Fr. Romanos and the group with a beautiful icon of St. Romanos the Melodist on a large polished stone. Metropolitan PHILIP then thanked both choirs, and all present gave the choirs a standing ovation.

Eastern Dioceses 2012 Fall Delegates Meeting

Eastern Dioceses 2012 Fall Delegates Meeting
October 12-14, 2012
Diocese of New York and Washington D.C.
Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic
Hosted by St. George Church, Danbury, CT
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Deadline for registration is Friday, October 5, 2012. Please mail a registration form (PDF) with your check to: St. George Orthodox Church Delegates Meeting, 125 Kohanza Street, Danbury, CT 06811.

Saturday night will be an international dinner featuring homemade foods from several different countries, as well as a hafli and dance featuring Arabic and American music.

St. George Church has set aside a block of rooms at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Danbury, CT. For more information and directions, please download this hotel registration information PDF.

Fellowship of St. John Hosts September Retreat

“Run to Receive the Prize”

The 6th Annual Inter-Orthodox Young Adult Retreat

September 14-16, 2012

at

St. George Orthodox Church

                                           55 Emmonsdale Rd., West Roxbury, MA 02132

                                             Keynote Speaker: His Grace Bishop +Anthony Michaels

Hamelat El-Teeb Celebrates 95th Anniversary

Hamelat El-Teeb 95th anniversary celebrantsHamelat El-Teeb 95th anniversary celebrantsBy Fr. Thomas Zain

Sunday, June 24th, 2012, our Ladies Hamelat El-Teeb (Myrrh-Bearer's) Society celebrated their 95th anniversary. His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS of Brooklyn presided at the liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist and at the luncheon at Beebo Restaurant following the liturgy attended by more than 40 people. At the conclusion of the liturgy, everyone remembered the departed members of the Hamelat El-Teeb and sang "Many Years" to the living members.

His Grace addressed the ladies and all present at the luncheon, reminding them of the great importance of their work in the Church and, most important of all, their work in raising children to be God-fearing Christians. Quoting St. John Chrysostom, he reminded the ladies that the home is a small church and that, while society often downplays and diminishes the importance of raising children, the Church extols this great virtue.

Parish Life Conferences on Coasts, Close Out Season

Archbishop Joseph with Oratorical teensArchbishop Joseph with Oratorical teensSt. Anthony Orthodox Church of Bergenfield New Jersey is hosting the faithful and clergy of the Dioceses of Charleston and New York at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, over the long weekend beginning on July 4th. His Grace Bishop Thomas will preside over the Parish Life Conference (PLC), which promises "Fun, Fellowship and Worship!" and is featuring such events as a talent show, a teen sporting competition, and a workshop titled "Enliven to Christ." (Download the full schedule.)

On the opposite site of the country, the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, with the oversight of Archbishop Joseph and sponsorship of the Church of the Redeemer, is hosting their PLC at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel. Kids up to age 12 will enjoy the PandaMania! Vacation Bible School Program, the Keynote Speaker will be Bishop Anthony, and the SOYO attendees will participate in a youth community service event. More details are available here.

St. Vladimir's Seminary Chorale to Perform in New York City

from the St. Vladimir's Seminary website:

View the Concert Program by clicking here!

Join us for an exquisite evening of liturgical music sung in the traditional styles of Orthodox Christian churches worldwide. In a multi-media program that interweaves luminous icons, sacred texts, and a rich a cappella sound, the St. Vladimir's Seminary Chorale will perform ORIENT: Sacred Song and Image at the famous St. Malachy's,"The Actors' Chapel," in the heart of Manhattan, at 239 West 49th Street, New York City. This stirring concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The concert program will include pieces from the broader Orthodox tradition sung in their original languages— Greek, Georgian, Estonian, Slavonic—as well as choral music by Orthodox composers written for the concert hall. Two visual projections—one of images of Orthodox icons and the other of translations of musical texts—will run simultaneously as the chorale sings. Icons, music, and text will expound one another, just as they do within the Orthodox liturgy. The concert will combine the best elements of a professional choral performance with the depth and authenticity of the Orthodox liturgical experience, resulting in a truly beautiful multimedia artistic performance, and a full, authentic vision of the Orthodox Christian faith.

Eastern Dioceses College Scholarship Application Due June 1st

The Eastern Dioceses 2012 College Scholarship Application is now available for download. This scholarship application is intended only for parishioners from churches that are within the Eastern Dioceses. If you wish to participate in the application process, please complete the application and be sure to include all required materials. All information must be accurately completed and returned by June 1, 2012.

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Bishop Nicholas Visits St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn

Bishop Nicholas with the faithful of St. NicholasBishop Nicholas with the faithful of St. NicholasSt. Nicholas Cathedral, along with Orthodox Churches throughout the world, celebrated the Feast of our Lord's Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem on April 8, 2012. A full Cathedral welcomed His Grace, Bishop Nicholas for the first time on Palm Sunday, and the weather was befitting the feast. It was a great celebration before entering in the solemnity of Great and Holy Week in the evening.

View the photo gallery on St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral's website.


Bishop Nicholas Visits St. Vladimir's Seminary

Bishop Nicholas with Chancellor Fr. Chad Hatfield (left) and Dean Fr. John Behr (right) in front of Three Hierarchs Chapel on campus.Bishop Nicholas with Chancellor Fr. Chad Hatfield (left) and Dean Fr. John Behr (right) in front of Three Hierarchs Chapel on campus.from the St. Vladimir's Seminary website:

This spring [the St. Vladimir's Seminary] community was blessed by a campus visit from His Grace Nicholas (Ozone), auxiliary bishop for Brooklyn, and assistant to His Eminence Philip, archbishop of New York and metropolitan of All North America, of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America (AOCANA), headquartered in Englewood, New Jersey. It was Bishop Nicholas's first time here, and he was visiting in his capacity as the hierarch responsible for overseeing the education of students enrolled in seminaries, and in particular, for overseeing the Ordination Review Board of the Archdiocese.

"We had a wonderful and positive discussion," remarked seminary Dean Archpriest John Behr, "on all sorts of aspects regarding the seminarians and their education, and we look forward to working ever more closely with the Archdiocese."

Likewise, seminary Chancellor and CEO Archpriest Chad Hatfield noted, "I was impressed with his theological insights and great interest in what he saw as the 'unique SVOTS approach to theological education'."

Bishop Nicholas was ordained to the episcopacy in December 2011 by His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV. Read a full biography of Bishop Nicholas here.

Public Lenten Retreat at St. Vladimir's Seminary

Dr. Vigen GuroianDr. Vigen GuroianMarch 7, 2012

[SVOTS Communications, Yonkers, NY]  Dr. Vigen Guroian, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, will lead the annual public lenten retreat this year at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY, on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The retreat will begin with Divine Liturgy in Three Hierarchs Chapel at 9 a.m., followed by a lenten brunch, and two presentations by Dr. Guroian, to be held in the John G. Rangos Family Building.

Dr. Guroian has authored of a number of books, many on morality and ethics, and many that are meditative in content, such as Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening. Dr. Guroian will base the content of this year's retreat on his latest book, Melody of Faith: Theology in an Orthodox Key (Eerdmans, 2010).

The price of registration is $10 (with brunch) or free (without brunch), but all participants must register. See the seminary’s Website for more details: www.svots.edu.

St. Nicholas Cathedral Hosts Annual Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers

On Sunday, March 4, 2012, St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York hosted the annual Pan-Orthodox Vespers service celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy. His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Brooklyn presided at the service and was guest speaker. Over 20 priests and deacons from the greater New York area were present. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a Lenten meal and fellowship in the Cathedral hall.

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Lenten Retreat + St. Mary Church, Brooklyn, NY

Theme: Reflections on the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian 

Saturday, March 10th, 2012
St. Mary’s Church
81st Street and Ridge Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY
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The Fellowship of St. John the Divine invites you to a Lenten Retreat at St. Mary’s Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Featuring keynote speakers Dr. Anthony Bashir, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Boston MA, Co-Chair, Department of Lay Ministry; and Dr. John Dalack, clinical psychologist and Co-Chair, Department of Lay Ministry.

Retreat begins at 10am with Morning Prayers followed by a Continental Breakfast. Session I with Drs. Bashir & Dalack followed by Lunch Session II followed by Dessert Q&A and ending with Closing Prayers around 4pm.

To register or for more information call the church at 718-238-8008 or email Jenna Zraick at: jennazraick@gmail.com For directions to St. Mary's, visit www.smaoc.org. There is no registration fee but donations are greatly appreciated.

St. Vladimir's Seminary to Host Multimedia Concert in Historic Venue

[SVOTS Communications, Yonkers, NY]  On Monday evening, May 7, 2012, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary is hosting an evening of liturgical music sung in the traditional styles of Orthodox Christian churches worldwide. In a multi-media program that interweaves luminous icons, sacred texts, and a rich a cappella sound, the St. Vladimir's Seminary Chorale will perform ORIENT: Sacred Song and Image at the famous St. Malachy's,"The Actors' Chapel," in the heart of Manhattan, at 239 West 49th Street, New York City. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The concert program will include pieces from the broader Orthodox tradition sung in their original languages—Greek, Georgian, Estonian, Slavonic—as well as choral music by Orthodox composers written for the concert hall. Two visual projections—one of images of Orthodox icons and the other of translations of musical texts—will run simultaneously as the chorale sings. In this multi-media concert, icons, music, and text will expound one another and combine the best elements of a professional choral performance with the depth and authenticity of the Orthodox liturgical experience.

The chorale will be directed by Hierodeacon Herman, Lecturer in Liturgical Music and Chapel Choir Director at the seminary, and Matushka Robin Freeman, who created the concert format and conducted in its premiere at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2010.

Tickets are $25, and may be purchased online. Limited seating will be available at the door (cash only) the evening of the concert.

Charleston and New York Dioceses Clergy Retreat at Antiochian Village

Under the direction of His Grace Bishop Thomas, twenty-four priests from the Antiochian Dioceses of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic and of New York and Washington gathered together for their annual clergy retreat at the Antiochian Village from September 20th to 23rd, 2011. The priests from last year's retreat selected the V. Rev. Fr. Alexander Atty, Dean of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, as the guest keynote speaker for the week.

Fr. Alexander gave a series of lectures pertaining to “The Priestly Life.” He spoke of the priest as as a spiritual architect, a good shepherd, a confessor, and a husband and father. The priests were very edified by his words that come from many years of experience as a pastor laboring in the vineyard to the glory of God.

In addition to these lectures, several priests gave intimate reflections on their personal experiences in the life in Christ as pastors. Kicking off the retreat, Fr. John Nosal, led a discussion on selected portions of the biography of Fr. Seraphim Rose. Fr. John Dixon, spoke of the priest's rule of prayer as a foundation for his ministry. Fr. Gregory Long, spoke of how to get through the priest's terror of being speechless when he is needed. Fr. Joel Gillam, noted how humbling and edifying it is to meet with fellow priests, while observing how the Lord has manifested Himself in their lives. Fr. Charles Baz, gave a beautiful word on St. Joseph of Damascus, the patron saint of this annual clergy retreat.

Assembly of Bishops Honors Metropolitan Philip

Metropolitan Philip Celebrates Palm Sunday, 2011Metropolitan Philip Celebrates Palm Sunday, 2011The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America held its 2011 meeting 25-27 May in Chicago, IL, with forty-five of its current fifty-two members present (of the seven members who were absent, five were attending meetings of their respective Holy Synods overseas, one was incapacitated due to serious illness, and another was unable to attend because of a death in his immediate family). At the closing session His Eminence Archbishop Antony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A., who serves as treasurer of the Assembly of Bishops, offered the following comments and resolution:

“Our esteemed first vice-chair Metropolitan Philip was born in 1931 which means His Eminence will be celebrating his 80th birthday next month - on June 10th. He entered into the Balamand Orthodox Theological Seminary at the age of fourteen. At the age of eighteen he was ordained to the holy diaconate. By the age of twenty-one, he was already a lecturer and a student advisor at the Balamand Orthodox Theological Seminary. He came to the United States in the 1950s and continued his education at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School in Brookline, MA, at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and continued on to receive his M.Div from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Seminary in Crestwood, NY. In 1966 he was consecrated to the episcopacy and thus will be marking the 45th anniversary of his episcopal consecration this coming August.

Metropolitan Philip Celebrates Pascha 2011 at St. Nicholas Cathedral

"Christ is Risen!" "Indeed He is Risen!" This joyous refrain could be heard in St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn New York, in the early morning hours of April 24. After a long and cold winter in the Northeast this year, the dark and short days of the season gave way to the day that knows no night and the celebration of our Lord's resurrection from the dead. Once again, our father in Christ, His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip, returned home to celebrate the Feast of Feasts and the season of seasons in his cathedral, the mother church of the North American Archdiocese. The Cathedral was filled to capacity on the beautiful New York evening.

Following the Paschal services His Eminence joined the Cathedral dean, Archpriest Thomas Zain and all the faithful in breaking the fast in the church hall and cracking eggs with many of the children and adults in celebration of the Feast.

Click here for a photo gallery from the Feast.

Video of portions of the service is also available, provided by Fr. Thomas. Click here to view the Pascha video on YouTube.

His Eminence Metropolitan Philip Celebrates Palm Sunday with St. George Community

 It has been become a tradition and a blessing that Metropolitan Philip celebrates Palm Sunday with the parish of St. George, Little Falls, NJ. This year, like the others in recent memory, the rainy April skies cleared for beautiful Sunday, perfect for a procession with palms. Celebrating the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with His Eminence was host pastor The Very Reverend Elias Bitar and Deacon Michael Ibrahim, along with Archdeacon Hans El Hayek and Fr. John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary. As always on Palm Sunday, the St. George Church was packed to capacity, with an overflow crowd of an additional 250 viewing the Liturgy from the Church Hall via a large video screen.

Following the Gospel reading, Saidna addressed the congregation briefly then invited Fr. John Behr to deliver the homily for the day. Following the Eucharist, His Eminence and the gathered clergy led a procession of 500+ parishioners around the church, ending with the reading of the Gospel while the young children of St. George sat at the altar steps. Finally, Saidna gave the blessing and expressed his fondness for our parish, Christine Lynch and the St. George Choir, and thanked all those who chanted, served and participated in this Feast Day.

2013 Eastern Dioceses Fellowship of St. John the Divine Scholarship

The Fellowship of St. John the Divine in the Eastern Dioceses of Charleston and New York is offering college tuition scholarships for Antiochian students. Watch for the updated 2013 application form, coming soon! If you have any questions, call scholarship administrator Maria Abdalah at: 412-916-4772, or email her at laxg25@aol.com.

The completed form will be due June 1, 2013.

One (1) scholarship (each) of $1,500.00 and $1,000.00 will be awarded, along with four (4) scholarships of $500.00 each. The awards will be presented at the Annual Eastern Dioceses Parish Life Conference.

All scholarships are made possible by endowments created by concerned individuals from the parishes of our Eastern Dioceses and fund-raising programs held by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine.

We wish you all God’s blessings and look forward to submitting your application to the evaluation committee. 

NYC Premiere of St. Matthew Passion, February 7

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS] -- Tickets to the English-language US premier of the St. Matthew Passion -- a concert of sacred music by His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion [Alfeyev], renowned Russian Orthodox composer and churchman -- are on sale on the web site of St. Vladimir's Seminary HERE.

The performance will be held at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, 405 West 59th Street, New York, NY at 7:30 p.m. on February 7, 2011. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to benefit the seminary.

Performers include the Salomé Chamber Orchestra; famed soloists soprano Mary Mackenzie, mezzo-soprano Ana Mihanovic, tenor Blake Friedman, and bass Aaron Theno; and the New York Virtuoso Singers prepared by Harold Rosenbaum. The principal baritone part of the "Evangelist" will be sung by Protodeacon Vadim Gan. As a prelude to the season of Great Lent, the composition will convey the Gospel account -- using scriptural texts interspersed with texts of the liturgical services of the Orthodox Church that are normally sung during Holy Week --in the forms of music recitative, choruses, fugues, and arias. Additional details may be found on the OCA web site.

The composer, Metropolitan Hilarion, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations and a member of the seminary’s Board of Trustees, will be present at the premiere.

Further information may be obtained by contacting events@svots.edu or 914-961-8313 X323.

Metropolitan Philip Celebrates Nativity Liturgy

His Eminence Metropolitan Philip celebrated the 2010 Nativity Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York. Other celebrants included Archpriest Thomas Zain, the Cathedral Dean, Archdeacon Hans El-Hayek and Deacon Adrian Budica.

Archbishop Justinian Visits Archdiocese Headquarters in Englewood

Visit of His Eminence Archbishop Justinian to the Archdiocese Headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey on December 22, 2010

Click here for a photo gallery of Archbishop Justinian's visit

On December 22, 2010, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip hosted His Eminence Archbishop Justinian, the Administrator of the Parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in the United States for a visit to the Archdiocese Headquarters in Englewood, NJ.

Attending the meeting (and pictured in the accompanying photo from left to right were):

Choir of St. George Makes Annual Visit to Englewood

Annual Christmas visit of the Choir of St. George in Little Falls, NJ Held at the Archdiocese Headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey on December 21, 2010

On December 21, 2010, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP hosted the Annual Christmas visit of the Choir from St. George in Little Falls, NJ at the Archdiocese Headquarters.  This visit has become an annual tradition, and always fills the headquarters with the joy of music, and good fellowship.

The choir began the singing of Christmas hymns outside the front entrance of the house and then made its way into the house to greet His Eminence.  They were led by the pastor, Very Rev. Elias Bitar, and Mrs. Christine Lynch, the choir director.  After receiving a blessing from His Eminence, the choir continued their beautiful singing in the living room.  At the conclusion of the musical program, everyone gathered in the chapel for evening prayers.

Finally, the choir was treated to dessert and coffee in the dining room.

As always, it was an evening of joy and good fellowship during this most blessed season of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Bishop Thomas Visits St. Nicholas Cathedral + Brooklyn, NY

His Grace Bishop Thomas recently visited St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York on the occasion of their patronal feast. Sayedna arrived in New York on Friday, December 3, 2010 and served liturgy for the feast of the Great-Martyr Barbara and St. John of Damascus on December 4 at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. The seminary hosted a lunch for His Grace together with the Antiochian students and staff. On Sunday, the feast of St. Saba, Bishop Thomas celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral and also celebrated the feast of St. Nicholas that day, followed by a dinner and dance in the Cathedral hall.

Charity Wine Tasting at St. Anthony Church + Bergenfeld, NJ

St. Anthony Orthodox Church in Bergenfeld, New Jersey is hosting its second annual wine-tasting on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 7:30PM. Stew Leonard's Wines of Paramus will provide a variety of wine and beer perfect for the holiday season.  Appetizers and desserts for the holidays will be paired with Stew Leonard's selections.  The charity event is open to the public, and will be held in the church's fellowship hall at 385 Ivy Lane in Bergenfield, NJ. Tickets are $25.00 for tasters and $20.00 for designated drivers and Seniors over 65 years old, or $30.00/$25.00 if ordered after November 13 and at the door.

The evening will begin with the celebration of the Blessing of the Five Loaves or Artoclasia, an ancient prayer and sharing of  a traditional and delicious sweet bread, olive oil and wine.

Proceeds will benefit the philanthropic work of the parish and the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities).

The IOCC is the humanitarian aid agency of American Orthodox Christians.  Established in 1992, it administers aid according to principles of Orthodox compassion and justice. It continues to work in Mississippi and Louisiana, building homes for people affected by Hurricane Katrina with Habitat for Humanity.  It is mobilizing aid for Asia Pacific peoples suffering from typhoon and earthquake disasters. It is helping Uganda’s orphans recover from civil war and has been a key player in the aid of Haitian earthquake victims.

Tickets are available at Stew Leonard's Wines, 396 Route 17 North, Paramus, NJ  07653, (201) 649-0882 or by calling St. Anthony's at (201) 568-8840 & Press 7. You can also visit www.StAnthonysorthodox.org.

2011 Dioceses of Charleston and New York Parish Life Conference

2011 Parish Life Conference + Diocese of Charleston and New York

Hosted by St. Mary Church; Hunt Valley, MD

Go here to register or see the latest information updates.

June 29-July 3, 2011