A unique and historic Patriarchal Divine Liturgy will be streamed live on June 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Lebanon time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time), by Noursat (Telelumeire). The Liturgy will take place in the outdoor stadium at the University of Balamand at the conclusion of the June 26-28 Antiochian Unity Conference. The event, titled "Antiochian Unity: Its Dimensions and Exigencies," was convened by His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East.
Verily, the all-solemn Feast of the two Apostles hath arrived, bringing us salvation. Wherefore, let us mystically exult, crying unto them: Rejoice, O ye who have become luminaries to those in darkness, two rays of the Sun! Rejoice, O Peter and Paul, adamant pillars of the divine doctrines, ye friends of Christ and two honored vessels! Be ye present among us in an invisible manner, and grant immaterial gifts to those who extol your feast with songs.
--Doxasticon of the Feast, Tone 6
Our prayers for all of the parishes and faithful who celebrate their namesday with this Feast, the Patronal Feast of the Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East.
Sheet music for this Feast is available here courtesy of the Department of Sacred Music. Download "The Akathist Hymn to the Holy Apostles" here.
Update Tuesday June 24: The official Archdiocese delegation to the Antiochian Unity Conference has arrived safely in Lebanon, and has begun meeting in preparation for the beginning of the conference tomorrow. His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan met today with the delegation to encourage them and share his wisdom in the formation of their common witness on behalf of the Church in North America.
On the eve of the Antiochian Unity Conference convened by Patriarch John X and meeting at Balamand Seminary in Lebanon on June 26, 2014, it is fitting to reflect on our North American Antiochian Orthodox journey. Honorary Member of the Archdiocese's Board of Trustees Dr. Eugene J. Sayfie offered this intimate portrait of friendship and honor in his recent tribute published in The Word, June 2014.
Honorable hierarchs, beloved reverend Father, esteemed fellow members of the Board of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, brothers and sisters in Christ: I come to tell you a story of the journey of a great man and a friend. It is a story of work, service, determination, friendship, joy, love, and ultimately honor.
The great man was born in the hills of Lebanon. The friend was born in the hills of West Virginia.
June 19, 2014: His Eminence, Metropolitan Silouan of Buenos Aires and all Argentina and Patriarchal Vicar of North America visited His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, before departing for Lebanon for the Antiochian Unity Conference and Holy Synod meeting. His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios welcomed Metropolitan Silouan and the Vicar-General, Fr. Thomas Zain, at the Archdiocese Headquarters in Manhattan.
After a brief tour by the Ecumenical Officer, Archimandrite Nathaniel Symeonides, the two Metropolitans discussed many issues including the two abducted bishops and the situation of Christians in the Middle East. Archbishop Demetrios thanked Metropolitan Silouan for the Holy Synod of Antioch's decision to resume participation in the Assembly of Bishops around the world.
Exhibits highlighting the work of two remarkable women artists recently opened at the Antiochian Heritage Museum at Antiochian Village. In Women with Icons: Photographs, by Jocelyn Mathewes, the beauty and meaning of iconography is explored through a series of portraits of women posed with icons of their patron saints. (Selected portraits can be viewed online.) Vibrant, colorful paintings and textile work are showcased in Eternal Spring: The Art of Leila Chokheli, an exhibit that celebrates the abiding faith and joy of an artist who lived for decades under oppressive Communist rule in the Republic of Georgia.
The two exhibits are open until February, 2015. Contact the Village's Director of Sales Barli Ross at 724-238-3677, ext. 426, to arrange an overnight package or a luncheon; view photographs and read more about the artists in the June 2014 edition of The Word magazine.
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 16, 2014.
To learn more about the Orthodox approach to fasting, visit the Feasts and Fasts page of Our Discover Orthodox Christianity section.
The first two Parish Life Conferences (or PLCs) for the Antiochian Archdiocese have kicked off the summer PLC season with a splash! From June 11-14 in San Antonio, Texas, host parish St. Ephraim the Syrian Antiochian Church is overseeing a lineup of events for attendees from the Diocese of Wichita, including talks by Keynote Speaker Sister Vassa Larin, as well as excursions to local attractions such as the River Walk and Sea World San Antonio. Also enjoying water access are the faithful of the Diocese of Miami, who are being hosted on June 11-15 by the St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Orlando at the Crown Plaza Hotel, with its proximity to lakes and the Atlantic coast.
The Orthodox Young Professionals Conference slated for August 14-17, 2014 is a new initiative designed especially for career-bound and professional young adults. Hosted by the Antiochian Archdiocese organization Fellowship of St. John the Divine, the Conference will offer participants the opportunity to network with other Orthodox Christians from across the country. Antiochian.org asked dynamic Co-Chairs Kyra Pelachik and Fadi George Madanat to share their goals for the inaugural gathering.
Tell us a little about how the idea for this conference originated. Who are the sponsoring groups?
Kyra – This conference originated as a plea from Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory and other bishops to the NAC Fellowship of St. John the Divine, to help bring young adults back to the church.
June 19, 2014 update: A revised version of the June 2014 Word is now available. Please download the updated version.
The June 2014 issue of The Word is now available and contains the following articles:
Our Time of Uncertainty - Editorial, pg. 3
by Bishop John
Preaching Christ Crucified on Palm Sunday, pg. 4
by V. Rev. Steven C. Salaris, M.Div., Ph.D.
Bishop John Answers Some Frequently Asked Questions, pg. 7
From High School to College: The First Forty Days, pg. 10
by Christina Andersen
The Divine Liturgy: The Sacrament of Thanksgiving, pg. 12
by Metropolitan Ephrem (Kyriakos)
The Great Man and the Friend, pg. 14
by Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D.
Project Roots, pg. 36
by Nada Salem Abisamra
The spring of the Spirit hath come to those on earth, dividing noetically into fire-bearing rivers, moistening the Apostles and illuminating them. The fire hath become to them a dewy cloud, lighting, and raining flames upon them, from whom we received grace by the fire and the water. Verily the fire of the Comforter hath come and lighted the world. + Orthros of the Feast
Pastoral Letter of His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan at the Conclusion of the Special Convention in Chicago
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3).
As the Special Convention is over, I would like to share with you my gratefulness to our Lord and to each of you for the atmosphere in which everything took place. Indeed, comprehension and sense of responsibility dominated the Convention, with a kind of acceptance of our "imperfectness", accompanied with the commitment to continue implementing best practices at all levels while serving our Church.
In addition, I would like to congratulate you for such a blessed conclusion of the nomination process and I thank the Hierarchs and the members of the Board of Trustees for their valuable contribution in this regard, because their approval of the procedures guaranteed that transparency and professionalism be the cornerstone in such an important event in the life of this Archdiocese.
June 5, 2014
Certification of the Results of the Voting that Occurred at the Special Convention for the Purpose of Nominating Three Candidates for the Office of Metropolitan of this Archdiocese
On June 5th, 2014, the Special Convention of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America was duly convened in Chicago, Illinois, and voted to nominate three candidates who will be eligible for election as the metropolitan of this Archdiocese.
The list of eligible candidates was the one approved pursuant to the Archdiocese Constitution, Section 5, paragraph [D. (1)] by the “Local Synod in agreement with the Board of Trustees” as a result of the meetings of the Local Synod and Board of Trustees that occurred from May 13-14 in Chicago, Illinois.
The delegates attending this convention, pursuant to the Archdiocese Constitution Section 5, paragraph [D. (2)], “did select, by secret ballot, three candidates from the list of eligible candidates”. The specific procedures that were followed were according to the Procedures for Voting, Counting of Votes and the Announcement of the Results of Voting, as approved by the Board of Trustees at its meeting of May 14th, 2014 and which is completely consistent with the Archdiocese Constitution.
Your prayers are requested for the clergy and laity preparing to convene in Chicago as delegates for the Archdiocese Special Convention on Thursday, June 5. This sacred occasion will nominate three clergymen to be submitted to the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch for the election of our new Metropolitan.
Archpriest Thomas Zain, Vicar-General of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, has announced that His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, has called for a conference on June 26-28, 2014 entitled: "Antiochian Unity: Its Dimensions and Exigencies."
Hierarchs and delegates representing the various Antiochian Archdioceses throughout the world have been invited by the Patriarch to participate in this conference to be held at the Balamand in North Lebanon. Each archdiocese is allotted five delegates; however the North American archdiocese is allotted ten because of its size. The delegations of each archdiocese will participate in one of five major areas of concentration:
On Wednesday May 28, 2014, His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan received His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Joined by Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, the OCA's Director of External Affairs, and Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, the two hierarchs discussed various issues related to the transition of the Archdiocese and current topics of interest in the Orthodox world. They shared lunch together and continued their discussion.
The visit ended with the singing of "Christ is Risen" for the final time of the Paschal season in the archdiocesan chapel of St. John Chrysostom. Metropolitan Tikhon assured His Eminence and the whole Archdiocese of his prayers and those of the entire OCA during the period of transition. Along with Metropolitan Silouan, also present from the Antiochian Archdiocese were Vicar General Archpriest Thomas Zain, and Archpriest George Kevorkian, Episcopal Assistant.
As the angels, O Savior, wondered at Thy strange elevation, and the Disciples were amazed at Thy dread rising, Thou didst ascend in glory, being God, and the gates were lifted up for Thee. Wherefore, the heavenly powers were surprised, shouting, Glory to Thy condescension, O Savior; glory to Thy reign; glory to Thine Ascension, O Thou Who alone art the Lover of mankind.
--Orthros of the Feast
On the fortieth day after Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He was taken up into the heavens in a cloud.
2014 Orthodox Institute for Continuing Education in the Faith
Theosis: Your Life With God
A Weekend of Spiritual Renewal
October 30—November 2, 2014, at Antiochian Village
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (717) 747-5221
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Since last year our Orthodox Institute topic was the Church, with "Blessed is the Kingdom," as the theme, it seemed fitting to then address the spirituality and "renewing" of the persons who make up this Kingdom. We welcome you to join us as our presenters help us explore the meaning of Theosis. Through discussion of such topics as the Jesus Prayer and fasting, we will strive to acquire the proper tools to achieve our greatest potential as Christians: Communion with God.
On Thursday, May 22nd, Metropolitan Silouan led the delegation of the Hierarchs of the Archdiocese to the meeting with His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch at his patriarchal residence in Balamand (Lebanon).
The delegation was formed of the following hierarchs: Archbishop Joseph, Bishop Basil, Bishop Thomas, Bishop Alexander, Bishop John, Bishop Anthony and Bishop Nicholas.
After the meetings that lasted for almost two and a half hours, the delegation visited new installations at the residence, mainly the new conference room where the Synod will be hosted from now on, and the Chapel of Pentecost where the Metropolitans will elect a new metropolitan. Afterwards, they visited the patriarchal Media Center.
Who shall declare Thy might, O Christ? And who shall number the multitude of Thy wonders? For as Thou wast doubly seen in Thy goodness on earth, so didst Thou doubly grant healing to the sick; for not only didst Thou heal the bodily eyes of the man born blind from the womb, but the eyes of his soul also. Wherefore, he confessed that Thou art a hidden God, granting all the Great Mercy.
--Doxasticon of the Feast, Tone 8