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Metropolitan Joseph Appoints Bishop Nicholas to Lead the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast

August 3, 2017

The Reverend Clergy of the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast:                        

Blessings and greetings to you and your families in the name of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, as we embark on the blessed Dormition Fast.

I would like to start this letter by thanking my dear brother His Grace Bishop Antoun for all the years of hard work in the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. He touched all of our hearts with his dedication and support as he earned his gray hair: “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.” (Proverbs 16:31)

Aspiration Studios Announces 2017 Premiere Date for Documentary BECOMING TRULY HUMAN


Nashville, Tenn. (July 18, 2017) – Aspiration Studios has announced the newest title they will bring exclusively to churches and various non-theatrical venues late this summer. BECOMING TRULY HUMAN, the first feature film about America's religiously unaffiliated, will be programmed in venues beginning August 22, 2017. To inquire about bringing a showing to your area or parish, visit http://theatricast.com/becomingtrulyhuman.  

Dormition Fast Begins on August 1st

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.

Be a Part of the Convention Via Facebook Live!

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There has never been a better time to "like" and "share" the Antiochian Archdiocese Facebook page! All week long the Antiochian.org team will be live streaming events from the floor of the 53rd Biennial Antiochian Archdiocese Convention (#AC2017Miami), hosted by St. George Cathedral and taking place at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood (Miami), Florida.

For the first time ever, Metropolitan Joseph's address to the General Assembly on the state of the Archdiocese will be carried live on Friday, July 28, at approximately 11 am EST. Additionally, watch for the speeches by the seven regional Oratorical Festival diocesan winners on Saturday morning, July 29, at approximately 11 am EST. They will be speaking on the Conference theme, "My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations."

Facebook visitors will also be able to view the live presentations offered at the Grand Banquet on Saturday, July 29, where His Grace Bishop Antoun will be honored for his eight decades of service to the Orthodox Church.

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2017 Department and Organization Convention Reports Now Available

Reports from the Departments and Organizations of the Antiochian Archdiocese prepared for the 2017 Archdiocese Convention are now available online in PDF (and in one case, PPTX) format.

Click on each link to access a PDF file that may be viewed online, downloaded or printed.  Adobe Reader is required to view PDFs, and may be downloaded for free at get.adobe.com/reader.

Bishop Anthony Represents Patriarchate at the Glorification of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville

On the weekend of July 15–16, 2017, Orthodox faithful from across the country and around the world gathered at two Serbian monasteries: New Gracanica in Third Lake, IL and St. Sava’s in Libertyville, IL to offer glory to God’s new saint, Mardarije. His Grace Bishop Anthony of Toledo attended as the representative of the Patriarchate of Antioch.

Libertyville, Illinois is a small village located outside of Chicago. But this small place has long been a deeply important and historical site for the Serbian Orthodox faithful.

As the home of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery, Libertyville has served as the burial site for kings, bishops, prime ministers and Serbs from all walks of life. Most prominently, Libertyville is the home of St. Mardarije, the first Serbian Orthodox Bishop in America.

Convention Countdown: Events Registration Extended to July 19

 

 

 



Register Online NOW at AC2017Miami.org—the AC2017 Committee does not want anyone to miss out!
ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Extended Online Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Memory Eternal! + Metropolitan Paul Saliba of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines

Memory Eternal! Metropolitan Paul Saliba of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines

In the hope of resurrection and eternal life, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and all the East announces the repose of His Eminence Metropolitan Paul (Saliba) of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. He fell asleep in the Lord on the morning of July 1, 2017, at the age of 77.

Memory Eternal! + Kh. Stefanie Yazge

UPDATED June 30: Funeral Arrangements

With great sadness, and with the hope of the Resurrection, Khouriyee Dr. Stefanie Yova Yazge suddenly fell asleep in the Lord on the morning of June 29, 2017, the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul. Kh. Stefanie is the wife of Very Rev. Fr. Anthony Yazge, director of the Antiochian Village Camp. They have three children: Matthew, Mark and Alexis.

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, the Diocesan Bishops, the Board of Trustees, all the organizations, and all the clergy and the faithful of the Archdiocese offer their condolences to the Yazge and Yova families.

Lamp Unto My Feet: Rare Video Features Metropolitan Antony Bashir in Holy Week


On Sunday, April 16, 1961, the CBS Television Network showcased the richness of Holy Week services in the Orthodox Church featuring one of our Antiochian parishes. "Lamp Unto My Feet" filmed at St. George Church of Paterson (now Little Falls), New Jersey and captured the procession of the Cross on Holy Thursday, the Lamentations of Holy Friday, and the Resurrection (Rush) and Orthros Service of All-holy Pascha.

Memory Eternal! + Metropolitan Antonio of Mexico, Central America and Venezuela

Update: Metropolitan Joseph's Letter of Condolences to the Archdiocese of Mexico, Central America, Venzuela, and the Carribean Islands.

"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." John 11:25

His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch, the Holy Synod of Antioch, and the Archdiocese of North America announce with great regret the departure to the house of the Lord of Metropolitan Antonio Chedraoui on the morning of June 14, 2017.

His Eminence was born in the City of Tripoli, Lebanon, on January 17, 1932. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Lebanon and the Bachelor of Theology at the University of Athens, Greece. On July 20, 1952, he was ordained as a deacon, and on August 29, 1958, he was ordained a priest and elevated to be an archimandrite.

On June 5, 1966, he was consecrated as a bishop, receiving the appointment of Patriarchal Vicar for Mexico, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean.

 

Photos of the funeral of Metropolitan Antonio Chedraoui are now available by clicking on this link.

Apostles' Fast Begins

From the second Monday after Pentecost until the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul on June 29th, Orthodox Christians celebrate the Apostles' Fast. This year, the fast commences on Monday, June 12, 2017.

To learn more about the Orthodox approach to fasting, visit the Feasts and Fasts page of Our Discover Orthodox Christianity section.

RESOURCES

·"The Fast and the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul" by Bishop Thomas and Peter Schweitzer
·"Fast of the Holy Apostles" by Archpriest Ayman Kfouf
·Akathist to Ss. Peter and Paul
·A reflection about the two saints from The Word

Axios! Holy Synod of Antioch Elects New Metropolitan of Archdiocese of Hama, Syria

By the grace of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Synod of Antioch, under the presidency of His Beatitude Patriarch John X, elected His Grace Bishop Nicholas Baalbaki as the new metropolitan archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hama and Dependencies in Syria. Sayidna Nicholas succeeds His Eminence Metropolitan Elia Saliba of thrice-blessed memory who reposed in the Lord on April 1, 2017.
 
His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph took part in the election at the Patriarchal Monastery and Seminary in Balamand, Lebanon earlier this week, following the great feast of Pentecost. Sayidna Joseph congratulated his new brother Metropolitan Nicholas on behalf of the hierarchs, clergy, board of trustees and laity of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America.
 
Metropolitan Nicholas was born to a pious Orthodox Christian family in 1957. His brother is V. Rev. George Baalbaki, the pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in San Francisco, California. In addition to serving as clergyman since 1985, His Eminence was a surgeon and director of the Patriarchal Hospital of St. George in Hosn, Syria.

June 2017 Issue of The Word Magazine Now Available Online

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The Hieromartyr Metrophanes and the Chinese New Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion, p. 5
Fr. Symeon Kees

Fatherhood, A Kind of Asceticism, p. 7
Deacon Thom Crowe

Hospitality, Gratitude, and Stewardship in the Parish, p. 9
Father Joshua Makoul

An Orthodox Spiritual Response to Clergy Burnout, p. 13
Bishop Thomas and Peter Schweitzer

What I Wish I Had Known 39 Years Ago, p. 17
Bishop John

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Salt Lake City Welcomes 25 New Orthodox Christians on Holy Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They had examined the history books, but more importantly their own souls, and after a year of intense preparation and purification, twenty-five catechumens were baptized and chrismated into the Holy Orthodox Church. They all joined the Body of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ at Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. (View the Facebook gallery)

Syrian Relief Program: Introducing DERD

DERD is the only official non-profit organization of the Antiochian Patriarchate.

THE SYRIAN PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING…...homes, schools, and hospitals have been demolished - loved ones have been injured - lives have been lost – families have been torn apart - the innocent have been held captive - holy places have been desecrated and destroyed….   

Saints Constantine and Helen + May 21

O Lord, thy disciple Emperor Constantine, who saw in the sky the Sign of Thy Cross, Accepted the call that came straight from Thee, as it happened to Paul, and not from any man. He built his capital and entrusted it to Thy care. Preserve our country in everlasting peace, through the intercession of the Mother of God, for Thou art the Lover of mankind.

+ Troparion of Ss. Constantine and Helen, Tone 8

"Constantine's legacy can be seen in Christianity's transformation from a private sect into a public church that encompassed the whole of society. He put it on an institutional footing, which enabled the Church to be the leading cultural force in the ancient world."

(From Robert Arakaki's Constantine The Great: Roman Emperor, Christian Saint, History's Turning Point)

Register Now! Sacred Music Institute and Youth Music Ministry, July 12-16

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The Department of Sacred Music joyfully announces the themes for the next two Sacred Music Institutes (SMI), in which we will more deeply examine our mission: guiding chanters, choirs, and congregations to musical excellence in worship for the glory of God. There is much to learn from these topics! This summer's Institute on July 12–16, 2017, hosted by Antiochian Village, is titled "Music as Ministry: Looking Outward through Orthodox Hymnody." The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, will be the keynote speaker.

Next summer's SMI (July 11–15, 2018) will continue the topic with the theme "Music as Vocation: Looking Inward through Orthodox Hymnody." 

"Let us strive this year for every parish to send people to make this Institute an even greater experience for all," urges His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph in his 2017 SMI letter. 

Metropolitan Joseph Presides Over Joyous Festal Weekend at St. George of Boston

Boston, MA – Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Boston was honored to host our beloved Metropolitan Joseph, as well as Bishop John of Worcester and New England, for a weekend of joyous celebrations from April 28–30, 2017. The patronal feast of the parish wonderfully coincided with the honoring of Mr. Robert Laham for his fifty years of service to the Archdiocese, and with the Nameday of His Eminence. (View the photo gallery)

The weekend began with a special program prepared by the young people of the parish, who enthusiastically greeted Metropolitan Joseph with hugs and shouts of “Christ is risen!” as he entered the parish hall. His Eminence greatly enjoyed the performance of a skit highlighting the life and martyrdom of St. George. The performance was followed by a “pop quiz” where the young people asked questions of the hierarchs and clergy to ensure they were paying close attention!

May 2017 Issue of The Word Magazine Now Available Online

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Remembering Some of Our Antiochian Bishops in America, p. 5
Fr. Thomas Zain

Being Faithful in the Age After God, p. 10
Fr. Joseph Huneycutt

Fidelity in the Life of Christ, p. 14
Bishop Thomas and Peter Schweitzer

The Music of the Church: A Western Rite Perspective, p. 18
Rebecca S. Alford

An "Original Brick": Matushka Juliana Schmemann, p. 20
Shamassey Mary Honoré

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