June 15 is the Great Feast of Pentecost. "Lo, we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the presence of the Spirit, the fulfillment of the promise and the completion of the hope. How wonderful is this mystery. ... Thou hast renewed for thy Disciples, O Christ, a different kind of tongues, that they might therewith proclaim that thou art the immortal Word and God who granteth our souls the Great Mercy. The Holy Spirit provideth all; overfloweth with prophecy; fulfilleth the Priesthood; and hath taught wisdom to the illiterate. He hath revealed the fishermen as theologians. He bringeth together all the laws of the Church." (The Pentecostarion)
Click here to listen to Fr. Patrick Reardon's homily on Pentecost at Ancient Faith Radio. Children will enjoy listening to Archdiocese Featured Author Chrissi Hart read from a Conciliar children's book about the Feast. The audio can be found here. Finally, here's a good introduction to Pentecost prepared by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.
We're rolling out some changes to Antiochian.org that have been in the works for awhile. We apologize in advance for any problems as we iron out the remaining wrinkles in the new design. Now that we've completed our basic reorganization of the website's homepage and menus, we'll be turning our attention to the pages for each diocese, department and organization in the Archdiocese.
We've started redesigning the page for the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest. Please take a look, and learn more about the flock of Bishop MARK. And as always, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org any time you have a comment or question.
We've also added our new Featured Authors of the Archdiocese section at the bottom of our homepage, where we'll be continuing to bring you the latest from Fr. Patrick Reardon, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Fr. George Morelli and more. Within the next couple of weeks we'll be offering daily Scripture readings and Saints, with more features coming over the course of the summer. Thanks again for your patience. If you'd like to read more about our vision for Antiochian.org, check out this article, or this article, by our editor, Douglas Cramer.
Listen to the children's Under the Grapevine podcast about the Ascension
Listen to Fr. Pat Reardon's All Saints homily podcast on the Ascension
Why A Fast for Dormition, page 8
Antiochian House of Studies, page 29
Communities in Action, page 32
Update from Fr. Michael Nasser at Project Mexico, page 40
Orthodox Tanzania, page 43
This week on OCN's Come Receive the Light national Orthodox radio program, Dr. Peter Bouteneff, a professor at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, speaks about the intersection of scripture, science, creation, the ancient Christian faith, and how it all applies to today's debates.
AGAIN Magazine, published by the Antiochian Archdiocese's Conciliar Media Ministries, has released its 30th anniversary issue. The issue includes a special interview with the magazine's publisher, and the Chair of the Archdiocese Department of Missions and Evangelism, Fr. Peter Gillquist, reflecting on his years of service to the Church and what the future may hold.
"Looking back, I would say the thing we need to stress today with the converts is the need to learn how the Orthodox Church works—the fancy name for that is ecclesiology. As evangelical Protestants, we were so used to doing our own thing, exercising our independence—a favorite slogan was, 'Nobody’s going to tell me what to do or what to believe.' You just can’t live that way as an Orthodox Christian. Because number one, we’re all under the lordship of Christ, and secondly, within the Church, as scriptures teach, He has established apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers." Click here to read the rest! Also, listen to an interview with Fr. Peter on Ancient Faith Radio.
*Ncense: Every Good and Perfect Gift. Pan-Orthodox Sacred Music.
In their first critically-acclaimed recording, *Ncense, a young men's a capella singing group, gives you 18 beautifully sung church hymns from a variety of Orthodox traditions. Funded by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine, all proceeds from this CD go to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship to support Orthodox college students around the country.
Most Iraqis are dependent on the government’s food rationing program, but supplies are often unreliable. IOCC recently delivered food and hygiene parcels to 3,000 vulnerable families in Baghdad and Mosul. The woman pictured left had her home ransacked by insurgents and must depend on such aid to support herself and her disabled brother. Daily violence and massive shortages in food, electricity, and water continue to define life inside Iraq. (photo credit: IOCC Iraq)
The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America prays with all the Orthodox Christians of this land, and all of our brothers and sisters in faith across the world, that God's greatest blessings, mercy and peace are showered over all mankind during this Feast of Feasts.
His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP presided over the Paschal Liturgy on April 27 at the Archdiocese Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Brooklyn, New York. Click here to listen to a recording of the service. Click here for more pictures of the Metropolitan serving at St. Nicholas on Holy Pascha. Learn more about Metropolitan PHILIP here.
Frederica Mathewes-Green, one of the featured authors of the Archdiocese, has published a general audience review of the new Hollywood blockbuster movie Prince Caspian, opening this weekend, based on the famous Narnia stories from the Christian apologist C.S. Lewis.
"If in The Lord of the Rings someone is always swinging an axe at the head of a monster, in The Chronicles of Narnia he is getting out of the rain, warming up by the fire, and having some tea and biscuits. . . . But as charming as the Narnia stories are, the movies give them more body, more strength. That’s especially true with this latest, Prince Caspian." Read the rest.
Conciliar Press also has online a piece by Antiochian.org editor Doug Cramer titled Longing for Other Worlds: Faith, Fantasy and Orthodox Christians Today, originally published at the release of the first Chronicles of Narnia movie. Click here to read other reviews from Antiochian.org of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
A Primer on Antiochian.org from the Department of Internet Ministry
By Douglas George Cramer, Chair
This article about Antiochian.org is intended for our many department chairs, ministry leaders, and active members across the country who want to use the Internet to communicate about their work. It is being published in the June issue of The Word.
Our team working on the Archdiocese website, www.Antiochian.org, launched a new design early this year, and introduced our vision for the ministry of the Church on the Internet in the March 2008 issue of The Word. We’re continuing to work on many projects and changes that we pray will be of great benefit to our collective witness for our Lord in this land. My goal here is to give all of you in the Archdiocese with an active role in our communications with each other, with the Church as a whole, and with the world beyond, the information you need about our department and our approach in order to work with us to strengthen our online voice.
On Wednesday May 7, 2008, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP hosted a meeting of five of the SCOBA hierarchs at the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey. The meeting was held to allow these hierarchs to discuss pertinent issues related to the Orthodox situation in North America.
Fierce winds, rain and storm surge have devastated much of the Irrawaddy Delta and Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. International Orthodox Christian Charities will provide cash support to its ecumenical partners toward emergency relief supplies for the survivors in Myanmar.
Visit IOCC for information about this emergency and how you can contribute.
Reflection on God and Natural Disaster by Orthodox Theologian David Hart Posted in Response to Myanmar Disaster
This hand painted Ascension from Cameroon reminds us that Christ’s death and Resurrection was for the whole world. Thank you for answering the call to share the Gospel of Christ!
We pray that you had a beautiful Holy Week and a glorious Pascha. May God continue to bless you and your family during this Paschal season.
Baltimore, Maryland (IOCC) — All star basketball player Peja Stojakovic of the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets is partnering with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to provide mobility assistance to more than 160 disabled people in Thessaloniki, Greece. More than $200,000 in wheelchairs, including sports wheelchairs for disabled athletes, and other mobility devices and therapeutic equipment will be distributed in Thessaloniki from May 12 - 16, 2008.
In the newest episode of Orthodox Christian Network's Tuning in to the Faith video series, Kh. Maggie Hock, Director of the Department of Marriage & Parish Family Ministries for the Antiochian Archdiocese, discusses the role of media and advertising in modern life, and what Orthodox Christian parents should know about how their kids are affected.
Conciliar Press Ministries is pleased to announce the release of a new spiritual memoir of a man's conversion from Judaism to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Raised in Queens, New York by formerly Orthodox Jewish parents whose faith had been undermined by the Holocaust, Arnold Bernstein went on a quest for the God he instinctively felt was there. He was ready to accept God in whatever form He chose to reveal Himself—and that form turned out to be Christ.
But Bernstein soon perceived discrepancies in the various forms of Protestant belief that surrounded him, and so his quest continued—this time for the true Church. With his Jewish heritage as a foundation, he came to the conclusion that the faith of his forefathers was fully honored and brought to completion only in the Orthodox Christian Church.
Surprised by Christ combines an engrossing memoir of one man’s life in historic situations—from the Six-Day War to the Jesus Movement in Berkeley—with a deeply felt examination of the distinctives of Orthodox theology that make the Orthodox Church the true home not only for Christian Jews, but for all who seek to know God as fully as He may be known.
- Words We Live By: Orthodox and American Ideals in Some Foundational Texts, by Gregory Cook
- "Starting A Conversation: New Ways To Keep Young People Engaged in the Orthodox Faith, by Seraphim Danckaert
- Department of Youth Ministry
- House of Studies Seminarian Track
- Communities in Action