St. Matthew the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church Hosts Bishop Anthony
From November 10–14, 2016, St. Matthew the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church in North Royalton, Ohio was blessed to share in the teaching, preaching, leading, and fellowship of His Grace Bishop Anthony. Sayedna travels to St. Matthew annually about this time of year to visit and help the parish celebrate St. Matthew’s day. This year parishioners were grateful to be able to spend nearly five days enjoying the sweet aroma that always accompanies his godly counsel.
In previous years Bishop Anthony has enlightened the faithful of St. Matthew with retreats on the Holy Spirit, current issues facing the Church, and on the liturgical year. This year members and visitors were treated to the endearing teaching style and scholarly wisdom that embodies Bishop Anthony as he conducted a three-session teaching entitled The Second Coming of Christ. Within this context His Grace spoke about a wide variety of matters, from doctrine to living a Christ-centered life, baptism to death, eternity and the eternal now (to name just a few). His hearers gained an increased understanding of liturgical worship and developed a deeper appreciation for the Faith, so that the faithful may be able to live more comfortably with the uncertainties of this present world. Thanks to Ancient Faith Radio, this inspired retreat can be viewed in its entirety.
The hierarchical weekend was capped off on Sunday evening when His Grace presented the parish with a relic of St. Mary of Egypt. The whole church celebrated this rare and exciting event with the Service of Little Compline with the Akathist to St. Mary of Egypt and St. Zosimus. Saint Mary is especially known and loved by the parish, which honors her annually during the Lenten journey. As Bishop Anthony commented during the presentation, this holy desert dweller has found a home at St. Matthew. May this great blessing and joy enhance the reality of true worship, as the saints and celestial beings are ever in the hearts and minds of the faithful.
By the shepherding of His Grace and through the prayers of St. Mary of Egypt, may we emulate the holy quest of St. Zosimus!