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Metropolitan Joseph's Call to the Convention

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July 30, 2015

The Theotokos, the Virgin Mary, was “blessed amongst women,” and she was chosen “to bear the Savior of our souls.” Orthodox Christians consider her to be the Queen of all the saints and angels.

Knowing that she is eternally present at the throne of God interceding for mankind, we pray for her love, guidance, and protection. Every year the Orthodox Church sets aside the first fourteen days of August in honor of the Virgin Mary. This fast period is climaxed on August 15th, when the Church gathers to celebrate the Great Feast of the Dormition (Falling-Asleep) of the Theotokos.

July 29, 2015

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On July 28, 2015, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, hosted a dinner in honor of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, at the Archdiocese headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey.

In attendance were the Antiochian hierarchs who accompanied the Patriarch, the first hierarchs of the Orthodox Churches who are located in the NY/NJ metropolitan area, representatives from the Roman Catholic church, the Syriac Catholic church, local Muslim spiritual leaders, and diplomats representing Syria, Georgia, Lebanon, and Cyprus.

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph introduced His Beatitude and spoke about the tireless work of His Beatitude for peace in Syria, Lebanon, and the entire region. (The remarks of Metropolitan Joseph are here).

July 28, 2015

L to R: Fr. John Behr, Patriarch John X, Metropolitan Tikhon, Metropolitan Joseph, Fr. Chad HatfieldL to R: Fr. John Behr, Patriarch John X, Metropolitan Tikhon, Metropolitan Joseph, Fr. Chad HatfieldView the Patriarchate's Facebook photo album

On Monday, July 27, 2015, the Board of Trustees and Faculty Council of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary bestowed a Doctor of Divinity degree honoris causa upon The Most Blessed John X (Yazigi), Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East [read the Citation here].

In his remarks following the ceremony, His Beatitude underscored the bonds of unity—past, present, and future—between the Church of Antioch and the seminary, He also captivated the hearts of the more than 200 people who had gathered to honor him, as he passionately called for peace for all peoples in his homeland of Syria and its neighboring countries in the Middle East.

“I am very thankful for two important facts,” His Beatitude began, “first, for the numerous Antiochian priests and bishops who received their theological formation at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and second, for the longstanding relationship that exists between the [Antiochian] Archdiocese and the seminary, a relationship fostered by the late Metropolitan Philip of thrice-blessed memory, which continues to be strengthened today by my brother [in Christ], Metropolitan Joseph.

July 27, 2015

By Subdeacon Peter Samore

With one patriarch, fifteen metropolitans and bishops, scores of clergy, two large choirs and nearly 2,000 faithful, the 52nd Convention of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America concluded, as is tradition, with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 26, 2015. This year, leading worship inside Boston's Hynes Convention Center Auditorium – converted into a church for the gathering's purposes – was the father and chief shepherd of the ancient Orthodox Christian see of Antioch, His Beatitude the Most Blessed Patriarch John X. He described the partaking of the "Lamb of God" as "the fulfillment of the work of this convention."

"You are the children of God, as St. Paul tells us," His Beatitude said in his sermon, referring to Sunday's Epistle lection from Galatians (3:23-4:5). "This directs us to the dignity that is our relationship to the likeness of the Father. This is a means of strength, to be called the children of God, but it should also give us a sense of humility."