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Update Sunday Dec. 7:

Noursat's global live broadcast of the Saturday Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, and the Sunday Divine Liturgy led by His Beatitude Patriarch John X, at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York, has now concluded. Recorded video will be made available online as soon as possible in the coming days.

Antiochian Leaders Interviewed

The morning of Friday, December 5, brought media to Archdiocese headquarters for interviews, including John Maddex of Ancient Faith Radio and Fr. Christopher Metropulos of Orthodox Christian Network.

Listen here to an extensive hour-long audio interview by Ancient Faith Radio of Patriarch John X and Metropolitan Joseph, addressing a wide range of subjects including Syria, the Assembly of Bishops, Evangelism, and the future vision for the Antiochian Orthodox Church.

See our enthronement section for all information regarding the Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph and the visit of Patriarch John X.

Hierarchical Dinner at Archdiocese Headquarters

The North American visit of Patriarch John X continued on the evening of Thursday, December 4, as Metropolitan Joseph hosted a special dinner at Archdiocese headquarters in Englewood, NJ.

View a photo gallery of the evening hereSee our enthronement section for all information regarding the Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph and the visit of Patriarch John X.

Patriarch John X and Metropolitan Joseph Host St. Vladimir's Seminary Leaders

In an expression of love and solidarity with the suffering Orthodox Christians in the Middle East, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary presented a gift of $8,000 to Patriarch John X on Thursday, December 4. His Beatitude will personally oversee distribution of the monies, given to alleviate the difficult conditions of the Orthodox faithful of Syria.

The gift represents a tithe, one-tenth of the total of $80,000 donated to the seminary during its successful #GivingTuesday campaign conducted on December 2. Seminary Chancellor/CEO Archpriest Chad Hatfield and Dean Archpriest John Behr were received by Patriarch John X and Metropolitan Joseph at the Archdiocese headquarters in Englewood, NJ, on His Beatitude's first full day in the United States.

His Beatitude Patriarch John X Arrives

His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, arrived safely at New York City's JFK airport in the evening on Wednesday, December 3, and was met by an Archdiocese delegation led by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. View a photo gallery of the arrival. See our enthronement section for all information regarding the Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph and the visit of Patriarch John X.

December 2014 Edition of The Word Now Available

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The December 2014 issue of The Word is now available and contains the following articles:

Christmas Traditions and Our Time of Glad Tidings and Joy
by His Grace Bishop John (Abdalah)

Facing the Crisis: Christian Solidarity on the Middle East
by Fr. Paul O'Callaghan

Vision for Life: The Incarnation and the Sanctity of Life before Birth
by Chris Humphrey, Ph.D.

Orthodoxy and Asceticism
by Kevin Allen

Left Behind?
by Very Rev. John W. Morris

Social Action, Spiritual Outreach, and Philanthropy
by Charles R. Ajalat

...and more!

Service Texts for the Enthronement Now Available

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph has blessed the posting of the liturgical texts that follow for the weekend of his Enthronement, set for December 5-7, 2014 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Brooklyn, New York.

All of the visiting clergy, laity and guests - as well as people watching on television or online - can print or download to their electronic devices these texts so that they can more easily follow the divine services. They also include "patriarchal elements," that is, portions of the services reserved for His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, or for his designees. His Beatitude will either preside over or celebrate all divine services.

On December 5-6, the Cathedral celebrates its patron saint, Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia on the anniversary of his passing into eternal life on December 6, 343. On December 7, His Beatitude will celebrate the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy with Sayidna Joseph and approximately 35 Orthodox Christian bishops, many from the Patriarchate of Antioch.

Release: Patriarch from Syria Coming to Enthrone New Head of Antiochian Church in America

For Immediate Release: November 25, 2014

The head of one of the oldest churches on earth will come to America to enthrone the new head of one of the largest Orthodox Christian Churches in North America.

The Patriarch of Antioch, Patriarch John X, will come from Damascus, Syria, to enthrone Metropolitan Joseph as new head of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in North America.

The enthronement will take place Sat. Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the Church’s St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY. 

Metropolitan Joseph was selected by the Holy Synod of Antioch on July 3 to succeed Metropolitan Philip, who died March 19. Metropolitan Joseph was formerly the Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West.

He now heads the entire Antiochian Orthodox Church in America, with nine bishops, over 400 clergy, and 266 parishes and missions throughout the United States and Canada.

The Season of Advent: How are We Called to Respond?

By His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph

Advent 2014

Greetings and Blessings to the Members of the Antiochian Women, The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, The Fellowship of St. John the Divine, Teen SOYO, and all of the beloved faithful of this archdiocese.

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight the paths of our God” (Isaiah 40:3).

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary offers the following as one of the definitions for the word “prepare”: “to make yourself ready for something that you will be doing or something that you expect to happen.”

How appropriate it is to focus on the word “prepare” as it relates to the goal of the Advent Season. We are called to prepare ourselves to meet Jesus Christ Himself, the Incarnate God.

The Entrance of the Theotokos + November 21

Today is the prelude of God's goodwill and the prophecy of the salvation of men. The Virgin appears openly in the temple of God and foretells Christ to all. So let us cry to her with loud voices: Rejoice, thou who art the fulfillment of the Creator's providence.

Troparion of the Feast, Tone 4

Today in the Holy Orthodox Church we celebrate the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. Leading the procession into the Temple were virgins with lighted tapers in their hands, then the three-year-old Most-holy Virgin, led by her father and mother. The virgin was clad in vesture of royal magnificence and adornments as was befitting the “King’s daughter, the Bride of God” (Psalm 44:13-15).

Orthodox Institute Features Noted Speakers

The premier weekend for Orthodox Christian educators, the Orthodox Institute, took place at Antiochian Village from October 30 to November 1, 2014. Roberta Sardell, a Sunday School administrator and teacher from St. Stephen Antiochian Orthodox Church in Campbell, CA, submitted the following recap. (Eight of the presentations are available on Ancient Faith Radio.)

When asked why we attended this year's Orthodox Institute, I answered, "Star Power!" This year's conference featured some of the finest speakers and writers of today's Orthodox world. I also relish meeting other Orthodox; those attending represented various jurisdictions, some participating in the Christian Education strand, others seeking adult education, personal inspiration. Two young ladies were so inspired as to begin organizing a network of Orthodox women, intergenerational, for mutual support and spiritual growth.

Archpriest Thomas Zain Interviewed by Ancient Faith Radio on the Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph

Fr. Thomas Zain and Patriarch John XFr. Thomas Zain and Patriarch John XFr. Thomas Zain of Brooklyn's St. Nicholas Cathedral, and Vicar General of the Antiochian Archdiocese, reflects in a wide-ranging audio interview on the historic significance of the enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph coming on December 6; the visits of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and metropolitans and representatives from across the worldwide Antiochian Church; the process that has unfolded since the repose of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory; specific plans for the weekend; and more.

Listen to the interview on Ancient Faith Radio.

"A Tribute of Love": October 22-26, 2014

"...Put on LOVE, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." Colossians 3:14

In that perfect harmony rooted in love, Saint George Cathedral in Coral Gables, Florida joyfully and gratefully offered "A Tribute of Love" during the historic and memorable weekend of October 22-26, 2014.

Saint George Cathedral was honored to host His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, who presided over the Fall 2014 Archdiocese meetings of the Bishops, Board of Trustees, the Order of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, and the Antiochian Village Council.

Metropolitan Joseph Consecrates Dome of Basilica of St. Mary

By The Very Rev. George Shalhoub, and Parish Ministries Coordinator and Cantor Christina Stavros

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There are special moments in the lives of men and women that leave an everlasting impression. If we are Orthodox Christians, these moments are those that serve to aid and empower us in our journey towards Christ. This past weekend (October 31- November 2nd) was such a moment in the life of The Basilica of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Livonia, Michigan.

In the presence of our beloved and newly-elected Metropolitan Joseph, our local Bishop Anthony, scores of clergy, and Teen SOYO from around the diocese who were present for the 2014 Fall Gathering, we witnessed with our own eyes the consecration of our holy icons in the dome of our church by His Eminence Joseph's holy hand. This moment will remain forever etched in the minds, hearts, and souls, of the faithful of our parish.

Patriarch John X's Speech on Mount Athos

His Beatitude in Athens, 2014His Beatitude in Athens, 2014On October 27, 2014, His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, delivered the following speech on Mount Athos during extended travels in Greece. (Arabic original here.)

"At night when human voices, movements and tumult are clothed in stillness, enlighten every movement of my soul with Yourself, O Jesus, Light of the Righteous. At the hour when you give rest to the weary, O my Lord, let our thoughts of you be intoxicated with the sweetest dream, O sweetness of the saints. At the time of going to sleep, when the drunk repose through temporary artifice, awaken in us, O Lord, that eternal knowledge. 

"At the start of the day, when all are concerned with earthly things, make us worthy, O our Lord, to enjoy following the heavenly path. At the hour when all remove their nightclothes, remove from our heart, O Lord, remembrance of the world that is passing. At daybreak when sailors set out upon the sea of this world, give rest, my Lord, to souls in your haven. In your mysteries, we embrace you every day and receive you in our body. Make us worthy to feel in our souls the hope that we have in the resurrection. Be, O Lord, wings for our mind, so that it will fly in the gentle breeze until by these wings we reach our true nest."

Brothers and beloved,

I could not have found more beautiful words than these by Saint Isaac the Syrian with which to begin my speech here.

November 2014 Edition of The Word Now Available

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The November 2014 issue of The Word is now available and contains the following articles:

Encountering God
by His Grace Bishop John (Abdalah)

The Clergy Symposium: Pastoral Theology and Healing
by The Very Rev. Joseph J. Allen, Th.D.

Baptism and Eucharist: Sacraments of Healing
by Dr. Paul Meyendorff

Antiochian House of Studies
So Much More: Reflecting the Unceasing Worship of the Heavenly Hosts
by Daniel L. Marchant

Antiochian House of Studies
Our Goal: Knowing God
by Sub-deacon Jeremiah Vollman

Antiochian House of Studies
The Kingdom of Heaven and Purity of Heart
by Ronnie Long

Unity in Antioch
by Economos Antony Gabriel

...and more!

Updates on the Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph

Planning continues for the weekend of December 5-7, and the enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and the visit of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY. Check our enthronement section for the latest information and resources.

Update October 31: Our block of hotel rooms at the Brooklyn Marriott is sold out for Friday and Saturday evening. You can try booking directly at You may continue to check the original link as rooms may pop up from time to time if people cancel. You can also check other hotels in the area including the Sheraton Brooklyn.

Update October 27: While seating for the Saturday banquet will be reserved, seating in the Cathedral for the general public for all services will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be closed-circuit television in the basement of the Cathedral for the overflow crowd. We plan to live-stream both the enthronement and the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy via and NOURSAT, that will be providing live coverage. Check back for details closer to the weekend.

"We Can Do Great Work!": Interview with SOYO President Jordan Kurzum

Jordan Kurzum is a sophomore Spanish major at the University of Pittsburgh. During the school year, he attends St. George Orthodox Cathedral with Fr. Demetrios Makoul, while staying in touch with his home parish, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Little Falls, NJ, with Fr. Dimitri Darwich. Jordan oversees all the officers of the Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations (SOYO) at the national and regional level, making sure that they have the resources and information they need. He graciously offered some time during the Archdiocese's 2014 Youth Month to talk about what motivates him to be involved in the Church through his SOYO leadership position.

With all the demands on your time, why invest in SOYO?

We are constantly busy, but what's wonderful about SOYO is that it is enjoyable—it's not like school work! I really find it fulfilling, interacting with the other officers and serving the local parishes and dioceses. It's a great contrast to school work, and a break from studying, and it encourages me to stay involved in the Church.

Antiochian Women Project 2015-2016: Hungry Children at Home and Abroad

At the 52nd Archdiocesan Convention in Boston, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph announced the Antiochian Women’s Project for this year: HUNGRY CHILDREN at Home & Abroad.  This project will leverage the hard work and determination of our Antiochian Women to address one of the most pressing global tragedies, one which is exacerbated by war and poverty, and which is felt most acutely by children.

His Eminence recognizes the fact that millions of children go hungry each day as a result of poverty, war and displacement.  The future stability of societies is directly affected when the growth of bodies and minds of children are stunted and weakened by malnutrition.

In 2013, in America alone, 1.58 million children lived in food-insecure households (; and globally 66 million primary school children attend classes hungry ( ).

This year the Antiochian Women are tasked with raising money to help feed hungry children here in North America and elsewhere in the world.

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17)

It is good to be reminded that the sincerity of our Christian Faith will be measured by The LORD at the Last Day by how we respond to those who are in need in the world around us.  In the following passage, the first measure of our godliness is evidenced by how we respond to those who are hungry:

Special Olympics Awareness Day: Sunday, October 18

The third Sunday of October, October 18, 2015 is Special Olympics Awareness Day (SOAD) across our Archdiocese. On Sunday, October 18th, your teen group, or if you have none, your designated representatives, are asked to seek the financial help of your parishioners in funding the Special Olympics Sports Camp to be held at the Antiochian Village in the summer of 2015. This ministry is run by and sponsored by the North American Council of Teen SOYO. Our teens work very hard for this ministry and rely on the generosity and support of the faithful of our Archdiocese and the Order of St. Ignatius.