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Bishop Anthony's Pastoral Letter for Great Lent 2017

Great Lent 2017
Beloved Clergy and Faithful of the Midwest Diocese,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

As we move into the Lenten Spring (God has given us springtime weather already), we should remember this season of discipline for body, mind, and soul as a gracious opportunity, and not a grueling obligation!

This is a time to get ready for redemption. Great Lent is essentially two things: Repentance through prayer and Bodily Discipline through fasting. St. John Chrysostom has written, "Repentance is the medicine which destroys sin; it is a heavenly gift, a force of grace that transforms all. It does not reject the immoral and is not dismissive of the alcoholic and does not reject the idolater, the slanderer, or the arrogant. It regenerates everybody because it is a furnace for the purification of sin. The wound and the medicine; these are sin and repentance."

Metropolitan Joseph's Pastoral Message for the Great Fast 2017

Pastoral Message for the Great Fast 2017 

"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever." Isaiah 40:8

Great Lent, 2017

Beloved Clergy and Faithful of this God-protected Archdiocese:

The season of the Great Fast is upon us in preparation of the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ! Now is the time when the Orthodox Church invites her children to live His passion and sacrifice on the Cross to conquer sin and death, and take up abode in His Father's mansions (John 14:2). The Church calls us during this season to a clearheaded reexamination of our lives and relationship with Christ; her Bridegroom. Now is the time to ask: have I been walking with Christ?

St. George Church in Cleveland Hosts 2017 Spring Gathering

The Diocese of Toledo is pleased to announce our Spring Gathering, which will be hosted this year by St. George Church in Cleveland, Ohio, March 17–19, 2017. Bishop Anthony will be our keynote speaker.

Please see the attached flier, registration form, parental consent form, and schedule.

Memory Eternal! + John Roman

John Roman (3rd from left) at the 2015 Archdiocesan ConventionJohn Roman (3rd from left) at the 2015 Archdiocesan ConventionMemory Eternal! John Roman, son of the late Daniel and Olympia Roman of Tucson, AZ, reposed yesterday, February 15, 2017, after a valiant battle with cancer. John, a member of Holy Resurrection parish in Tucson AZ, was a past president of NAC Senior SOYO during the year 1978-1979. 

Memory Eternal! +Kevin Speier

Memory Eternal! Kevin Speier, youngest child of Fr. Nicholas and Kh. Jan Speier of St. Athanasius Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara, CA, reposed this morning, February 15, 2015, after a valiant battle with cancer. In addition to his parents, brothers and sister and their families, Kevin is survived by his wife Angel and their two young children. Condolences may be sent to the family at frnicholas@stathanasius.org.

Now Available: Hyperlinking of Sacred Music Within Liturgical Texts

 

 

 

 

 


Tired of searching for sheet music to match the texts of the divine services while trying to worship in church? The Departments of Sacred Music and Liturgics have teamed up to make things easier for our chanters and choirs by now providing hyperlinks to pieces of music, built right into the PDF versions of the Liturgical Texts of the Online Liturgical Guide. Click on the hyperlinks from any computer or smart device for many of our hymns arranged by composers of the Antiochian Archdiocese, such as "O Lord, I Have Cried;" apolytikia and kontakia for Sundays feasts and saints; seasonal katabasiae; the Praises; prosomoia (model hymns); and so much more.

Each of the blue-colored links will take you directly to the music itself. Chanters using smart devices (phones and tablets) for the divine services in church can sing that piece of music, hit the "back" button, and return to the Liturgical Text where they left off to continue with the service until the next hyperlink.

Archdiocesan Convention to Celebrate Bishop Antoun’s Lifetime of Service

After eight decades of “love, humility and sunshine” in service to the Antiochian Orthodox Church, His Grace Bishop Antoun of the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast is retiring from active ministry. This July 23-30, the Antiochian Archdiocese’s biennial convention in Miami will celebrate his remarkable witness to our Lord Jesus Christ as an acolyte, deacon, priest and bishop. The convention’s host, St. George Cathedral of Coral Gables, Florida is preparing exciting festivities.

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, the venerable hierarchs and the Board of Trustees of the Archdiocese urge all of the clergy and faithful to make plans now to honor Bishop Antoun personally by attending this historic convention. St. George Cathedral will dedicate the “History Journal” to His Grace that will be filled with photos and tributes.

Winter 2017 Issue of DIAKONIA Available Online

The Winter 2017 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest. The issue contains:

  • Using our Prayer Books by His Grace Bishop Anthony
  • Information about the 2017 NAB Common Act of Mercy
  • A message from the Diocesan President Cynthia Beckes O'Connor
  • Profiles of diocesan officers
  • Chapter reports, photos and happenings

...and more! Download (PDF) here.

Metropolitan Joseph Commemorates 30th Anniversary of EOC Reception into Archdiocese

Beloved in Christ,

We greet you with great joy as we embark upon this new Lenten journey which lies ahead. Before us lies a strenuous path leading to the Feast of the Holy Resurrection of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. May your journey be blessed!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of an important event in the life of our Archdiocese. I do not want to let this event pass without remembering and giving thanks to God for it.

Beginning in early 1987, over two-thousand members of the former Evangelical Orthodox Church were received with open arms into the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America. Over the course of several months, the faithful from seventeen parishes in cities across North America were chrismated and clergy were ordained.

A Call for Participation: FOCUS on Love...Feeding Hungry Children

January 17, 2017
Saint Anthony the Great

Dear Sisters in Christ:

Christ is in our midst!

With Thanksgiving and the Feasts of the Nativity and Theophany having been celebrated, I know with certainty that the chapters in each of the dioceses have been active in humanitarian acts of mercy. From the beginning of the school year through the winter months, so many families had so many needs. The Antiochian Women are continuous sources of compassion and financial help in their individual communities.

As NAB Humanitarian Coordinator, one of my responsibilities is to propose an Act of Mercy appropriate for all Antiochian Women chapters of our Archdiocese for participation in common. As you will remember, we have encouraged participation in some very worthy Common Acts of Mercy in the past, with support for The Treehouse (Wichita, KS) and supplying IOCC Emergency Kits being the latest ones.

Milestones and Memories: Fr. George Shalhoub Reflects on a Lifetime of Service

In 2017, Fr. George Shalhoub, pastor of The Basilica of St. Mary in Livonia, Michigan, will be celebrating his 45th anniversary of the ordination to the holy priesthood, as well as his 45th wedding anniversary. Throughout these years, he and Khouria Nouhad have served this community, tirelessly and faithfully. His parish recently released this interview with Fr. George.


Q: What are your thoughts as you celebrate your 45th anniversary in our community?

A: We thank God for His guidance that made us grow older, wiser and more patient. Forty five years is almost half a century. Did we know where we were going to be 45 years ago? No, and even though we started out homeless with no church, no family and no community, we never felt hopeless.

Bishop Nicholas to Speak at Tenth Annual St. Stephen Retreat

“To those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints” 1 Cor. 1:2

The St. Stephen the Protomartyr Antiochian Orthodox Church Women Group is hosting a tenth annual Lenten retreat with the theme, "How to Live a Pious Life and Be Saints." The speaker is His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Brooklyn, Diocese of New York and Washington DC and Assistant to the Metropolitan. The date is March 11, 2017, and we will begin at 10:00 a.m. The retreat will be followed by Great Vespers. This event is free and open to all adults, teens and children.

Schedule:
Breakfast: 9:30- 10:00 am
First Session: 10:00 – 12:00 noon
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Second  Session: 1:00 – 3:00
Third Session: 3:00 pm (General Questions & Answers)
Followed by Great Vespers

St. Stephen Church:
609 Lane Ave.
South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Please RSVP by March 4, 2017:
Nadine Atalla (732) 512-7344 Nadina18@msn.com
Carmen Elsabee (732) 548-4947 Relsabee@hotmail.com 

Antiochian Village Bookstore Offers St. Raphael's Theological Thesis in English

The theological thesis of St. Raphael of Brooklyn is available for the first time in English. Translated from the Greek by Fr. Patrick Viscuso, The True Significance of Sacred Tradition and Its Great Worth was written by the beloved saint when he was a student at the Theological School of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at Halki. In the thesis, St. Raphael presents an Orthodox response to Roman Catholic and Protestant proselytization efforts aimed at converting Orthodox Christians.

As Fr. Patrick explains in his introduction, complex historical and theological forces were at work in St. Raphael's world. Beginning in the sixteenth century, the Roman Catholic Church—supported by Western powers—began to proselytize the Orthodox Christians of the Ottoman Empire. By the late nineteenth century, Protestant missionaries from the United States also joined in this effort. Saint Raphael's thesis and his refutation of Catholic and Protestant positions present an interesting and active dialogue with Western Christianity.

Now Available! 2017 Christian Education Materials and Order Form, and 2017 Liturgical Books Order Form

The 2017 Christian Education Materials and Order Form (PDF) is now available! Download and use this new form to order materials for your parish programs. Shipping options are available. Call for more information.
 
Also, the 2017 Liturgical Books Order Form is now available! The Antiochian Village Bookstore now carries all of the titles formerly stocked at the Archdiocese. Here is the 2016 Order Form, including special Services and English/Arabic Service books.  Fax or email the form to the AV Bookstore, or call with your order! Note that Shipping options are now available. Credit cards are also accepted!
 
Visit the Antiochian Village Bookstore and Gift Shop for gift ideas for Church School and home.
Phone: 724-238-3677 x406
Fax: 724-238-2102
bookstore2@antiochianvillage.org

Economos Antony Gabriel's Tribute to Matushka Juliana Schmemann (+January 29, 2017)

January 30, 2017

Dear Mary,

I learned today your beloved mother has passed into Eternity, her natural home. I have known Juliana since 1959 at the "old St. Vladimir's Seminary" on 100 West 121st Street as a young seminarian. I was engaged by Juliana and Father Alexander to watch over the children in their absence. I got to know them not simply as our dear mentors but as beautifully caring and spiritually loving persons.

I remember the sacrifices they made in order to plant the seedlings of Orthodoxy on this soil. They were true role models for us in a very distinctive way. They, as a wonderful family unit, were living testimonies to the truth "that God is with us," in every sense of "the Word." Their love was electric, and all of us wanted to be like them. I still see Alexander and Juliana in my mind's eye, hand in hand exploring New York as they enjoyed the arts, intellectual gatherings, concerts, or when they participated in a number of Sobors of what was then the Metropolia. What an influence and impact Alexander had on these proceedings.

Your mother Juliana, as we discovered, had a saintly ancestor who I believe she emulated in her daily life. There was always a mysterious air about her. As teacher, headmistress, and mother, she had a measure of discipline and authenticity in her daily life, both private and in reaching out to others. One knew instinctively that she was a person of deep faith and prayer. Light emanated from her persona at the Seminary because as she took interest in her husband's students, and she was always ready to comfort and embrace us in a special and unique manner.

Metropolitan Joseph Hosts Luncheon for Local Law Enforcement Officials

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph welcomed law enforcement officials from the New York City and New Jersey area for a luncheon, to thank them for their help and support throughout the years. The officials who attended were especially helpful during the recent visits of our Patriarch and during the funeral of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of thrice-blessed memory.

After lunch, His Eminence presented each of them with an icon of the Archangel Michael, the patron saint of law enforcement. In thanking them for their efforts and praying for their safety, Metropolitan Joseph also relayed to them that he hoped to make this luncheon an annual event. Those in attendance included the following: Charbel Atie, Chief of Police for Prospect Park, NJ, Sheriff Michael Saudino of Bergen County, Deputy Inspector Amin Kosseim of the NYPD, Commander Nart Hapatsha, Intelligence Division, Wayne, NJ, Mr. Joseph Hakim, and Mr. Johnny Abuissa. Present from the archdiocese were Metropolitan Joseph, His Grace Bishop Nicholas, and Archpriest Thomas Zain, Vicar General.

OCF Announces Board Expansion, Ministry Growth, Search for New Director

The V. Rev. Anthony Yazge, Chair of the Department of Young Adult Ministry, reports:

BROOKLINE, MA — Following its annual meeting, the Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) has announced that it will begin its search for an Executive Director. The process for identifying and screening potential candidates is projected to begin in early February 2017, and details regarding the process and its progress will be made available through OCF's website. The full report from the annual meeting is available in PDF format.

OCF is an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States and serves as the official campus ministry for the twelve (12) Orthodox Christian jurisdictions that the Assembly represents. Its mission is to transform the lives of college students in the United States and Canada by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship, and education.

Department of Missions and Evangelism Launches New Podcast on AFR

The Department of Missions and Evangelism of the Antiochian Archdiocese has launched a new podcast on Ancient Faith Radio, titled "The 153: In the Boat and on the Shore with the Antiochian Department of Missions and Evangelism." In the podcast, Fathers John Finley and Joseph Huneycutt, the chairman and vice-chairman of the Department, offer audio glimpses of Antiochian parish life and the American mission field. "We want to shed some light on the often unseen world of American Orthodox evangelism," notes Fr. Joseph.

Listen to the podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.

Memory Eternal! + Matushka Juliana Schmemann

Memory eternal! + Matushka Juliana Schmemann, 93, wife of the late Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, reposed in the Lord at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, New York, on Sunday evening, January 29, 2017. Alongside her husband Fr. Alexander—eminent theologian, author, and Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary—Matushka Juliana played a key role in the founding of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). She and Fr. Alexander, who fell asleep in the Lord in 1983, ministered to numerous Antiochian seminarians throughout the years they were associated with St. Vladimir's.

Matushka enjoyed a distinguished career as a teacher and headmistress. In later years she traveled widely to speak to women's groups and authored two books:  My Journey With Father Alexander and The Joy to Serve.

Antiochian Clergy and Faithful Participate in 2017 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Antiochian seminarians join Bishop John at the 2017 March for Life (photo: The V. Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield)Antiochian seminarians join Bishop John at the 2017 March for Life (photo: The V. Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield)His Grace Bishop John, Diocese of Worcester and New England, reports:

The Orthodox Church was well represented at the 44th annual March for Life in the nation's capital on Friday, January 27, 2017. The theme of this year's March was "The Power of One." Included in the March were Orthodox Christian hierarchs and a large number of clergy, seminarians, and faithful at the annual gathering, during which they witnessed to God's gift of life and the need to speak out on behalf of the unborn.

On Thursday evening, January 26, His Grace, Bishop John of Worcester for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America assisted by Fr. Nicholas Alford, OCA Metropolitan Tikhon, His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek; His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel; His Grace, Bishop Dimitrios of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago; and Bishop Maxim of the Serbian Church, attended the Vigil celebrated at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which was filled to capacity. Representatives of the Oriental Orthodox Church also were present.

Recording of Original Orthodox Liturgical Hymns Released by Archdiocese Composer-in-Residence

The Archdiocese Department of Sacred Music's Composer-in-Residence nazo zakkak has released his premiere CD of liturgical music, titled LUXARI. A collection of original hymns for the Orthodox Church, LUXARI draws on the influences of traditional Byzantine, Russian, and Romanian music, and lovingly crafts them into a new and enticing American sound. The CD also features works commissioned by churches and monasteries across the US.

As a composer, nazo zakkak is one of Orthodox America’s next generation of liturgical musicians seeking to develop an authentic musical expression of the Church’s prayer in this time and place. The fruit of his labor can be heard on this, his first liturgical music CD. All the hymns on this album are appropriate for liturgical use within the Orthodox faith, yet shine in a concert setting. The Adelfos Ensemble from Santa Barbara, CA performs the works.

Archdiocese's New Feature Film Speaks to Spiritual Seekers

North America, along with the rest of the world, loves a good feature film. The American movie industry, based in Hollywood, California, is a force to be reckoned with. The global box office revenue from the film industry is about $38 billion dollars a year, and it’s expected to break $50 billion in the next three years. 

This past September a group was blessed to meet with His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph to screen the first Orthodox feature film produced in America. The documentary was created as an outgrowth of the Becoming Truly Human ministry, a new effort of the Archdiocese that is focused on reaching the large numbers of unchurched people in North America. Commissioned by the Archdiocese, the film was directed by Nathan Jacobs. (View the first four minutes of Becoming Truly Human.)

Metropolitan Joseph Hosts Lunch Honoring His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan

On Monday, January 23, 2017, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph hosted a lunch for thirty people honoring His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, at the Archdiocese headquarters in Englewood, NJ. Orthodox and Catholic hierarchs, clergymen, and laymen from the greater New York area were present, including: Metropolitan Tikhon of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), Maronite Catholic Bishop Gregory Mansour, Syriac Orthodox Bishop Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Syriac Catholic Bishop Yousif Habash, Archbishop Mor Titus Yeldo Pathickal of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in the USA, and Bishop Nicholas of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Prominent laymen including Mr. Fawaz El Khoury, Vice-Chairman of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees, Mr. Adib Kassis, Managing Director of Middle East Airlines, and Mr. John Abi-Habib, owner of MSI Net, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, were also present along with greater New York area members of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees. (View more photos.)

Register for the 53rd Biennial Antiochian Archdiocese Convention Now!

 

 

 



His Grace Bishop Antoun of the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast, Fr. Fouad Saba, and all the clergy and faithful at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Coral Gables, Florida, welcome you to South Florida for the 53rd Biennial Antiochian Archdiocese Convention. You will not want to miss all the exciting events in store for you July 23–30, 2017. It's time to register and make your plans now!

The AC2017 Convention Committee has designed wave after wave of family fellowship events including spiritual growth, educational workshops, and wonderful family fun events and activities.

Please note the following with regard to Ticket Book pricing:

2021 Convention Deadline Approaching

The Department of Conventions and Conference Planning (DCCP) would like to inform parishes that the deadline for submitting bids to host the 2021 Archdiocese Convention is February 1, 2017. Parishes interested in bidding or obtaining information about the bidding process can contact the DCCP Co-Chairs, Carol Jazzar or Raed O. Sweiss. The DCCP email is DCCP@Antiochian.org. Please visit The Department of Conventions and Conference Planning for contact and bid information.

It is recommended that no contact be made with the hotels until you contact the DCCP Co-Chairs. No contract or any form of commitment should be made without the approval of the DCCP.

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