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Blessed Name's Day to Archbishop Joseph!

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sat, 2015/05/02 - 12:00pm

We extend our prayers and love to His Eminence, Archbishop Joseph of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, and locum tenens of the Diocese of Eagle River and the Northwest, on the occasion of his Name's Day on May 4, 2014 (St. Joseph of Arimathea, Second Sunday after Pascha). May God grant him many years!

Learn more about Joseph of Arimathea (Come and See Icons)

Read about Archbishop Joseph

Visit the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West

Visit the Diocese of Eagle River and the Northwest

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St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA Celebrates 100 Years

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2014/10/30 - 2:38pm

The 100th anniversary of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre, PA was celebrated over the weekend of October 10-12, 2014. 

For the weekend Bishop Thomas presided over all of the events. On Friday morning the parish had the funeral of the oldest parishioner, Lorraine George, who was 98. Bishop Thomas arrived before to be able to serve the funeral.

On Friday evening there was a potluck dinner to which the parishioners brought many different kinds of delicious fast-day foods.  

On Saturday, Bishop Thomas went to visit his family’s restaurant in Wilkes-Barre and enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers from Abe’s Restaurant on Main Street. He reminisced there about his family during the meal. (View the photo gallery of the festive weekend.)

On Saturday evening Great Vespers was presided over by Bishop Thomas, and several seminary students from St. Tikhon’s Seminary chanted. In addition, two of the former pastors of St. Mary’s, Fr. Mark Sahady and his family, and Fr. John Winfrey, arrived for the occasion and they also joined in the chanting. On Sunday, Fr. Thomas Zain, another former pastor and the current Vicar-General of the Antiochian Archdiocese, along with his family, joined the celebration at the Banquet. Vespers was followed by a dinner of Kibbee Iros and Arabic and American music. The parishioners enjoyed dancing during the Hafli.

On Sunday morning there was Orthros and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy which was served by Bishop Thomas, Fr. David Hester, pastor of St. Mary’s, and Fathers Mark Sahady and John Winfrey, as well as Dn. John Karam, and several subdeacons. Bishop Thomas spoke in his sermon about the Gospel passage of the day, reminding the parishioners of the importance of their service to Christ in his Holy Church.

That afternoon there was a grand banquet. During the banquet a parishioner and his acoustic trio played music which was much enjoyed by all. At the banquet Bishop Thomas spoke of many memories he had of visiting St. Mary’s in his youth when he came to visit his grandparents and his relatives in Wilkes-Barre. Father David spoke about the many contributions of the parishioners and the hard work that they do so constantly for the parish. Suanne Moses, the chair of the Parish Council, thanked the many people who put in countless hours to prepare for the weekend celebration.

It was a weekend that all appreciated and that will be remembered for years to come.

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St. Raphael of Brooklyn + First Saturday in November

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2014/10/29 - 8:13pm

"Several themes emerge as the story of St. Raphael's life unfolds. The first is the mysterious way in which God led him from his native homeland to the shores of the American continent. The second is his submissive attitude to the providence of God. And the third is his love for the people of God. Though during his lifetime he was neither a wonder-worker nor a clairvoyant elder, St. Raphael embraced a life of total abandonment of self for the service of God and his fellow man: a life of true spiritual asceticism."

(from The Life of Our Father among the Saints Raphael Hawaweeny)

On the first Saturday in November we commemorate our father among the Saints, Raphael (Hawaweeny). In 2015, the 100th Anniversary of the Falling Asleep of St. Raphael, the Archdiocese's Creative Festivals will feature the theme, "Good Shepherd of the Lost Sheep in America." 

St. Raphael as a young man

Today is the day we honor the holy hierarch Raphael! Who can describe his many sorrows and his many labors? Who can describe his many pains? He journeyed on land and on the sea, searching for his lost sheep, in weariness and in poverty, in sleeplessness, thirst and hunger. He became the good shepherd of the lost sheep in America, so let us cry out unto to him: O our Father, intercede for the salvation of our souls!

+ Praises at Orthros, Tone 5

Bishop Raphael, Archbishop Platon of the Russian Archdiocese, and Bishop Alexander of Alaska, hierarchs in North America Bishop Raphael, Archpriest Constantine Doumany, Archdeacon Emmanuel Abohatab and parishioners at St. Michael Church in Beaumont, Texas, around 1914 St. Raphael in Repose at Brooklyn's St. Nicholas Cathedral

Rejoice, O Father Raphael, adornment of the holy Church! Thou art champion of the True Faith, seeker of the lost, consolation of the oppressed, father to orphans and friend of the poor, peacemaker and good shepherd, joy of all the Orthodox, son of Antioch, boast of America. Intercede with Christ God for us and for all who honor thee.

+ Apolytikion, Tone 3

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Spotlight: Online Liturgical Guide Adds November Texts

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2014/10/27 - 9:09pm

The Liturgical Texts for the month of November, blessed by His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, are now ready for clergy and laity to download from the Online Liturgical Guide.

In 2014, November features prominent saints whose commemorations fall on Sundays: St. Nektarios of Aegina (Nov. 9), St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist (Nov. 16), and St. Andrew the First-called Apostle (Nov. 30). Of course, the Antiochian Archdiocese celebrates its patron and founder, St. Raphael Hawaweeny, Bishop of Brooklyn, on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The Online Liturgical Guide, produced by the Committee on Liturgics, provides the official, uniform word-for-word texts to be used for the Divine Services in all parishes across the Archdiocese. Should you have any questions, please contact Subdeacon Peter Samore at

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Updates on the Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2014/10/27 - 11:38am

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 (at this point they have executive rooms left). 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 or the NuHotel (a small boutique hotel near the Cathedral).

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.

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Halloween and Spiritual Warfare

Ancient Faith Radio - Sun, 2014/10/26 - 9:05pm
On this episode, Fr. Barnbas welcomes Fr. Lawrence Farley, author of the Bible Study Companion series and teacher on the Coffee Cup Commentaries. They discuss demons, demonology, and Halloween.
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Operation Lace-Up

Ancient Faith Radio - Sun, 2014/10/26 - 4:38pm
Learn about the expansive program of Focus North America that provides shoes and more to over 252,000 children in America.
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Memory Eternal! + Fr. Gabriel Ashie

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sun, 2014/10/26 - 1:34pm

The beloved archpriest, Fr. Gabriel Ashie of Orange, CA, fell asleep in Christ on October 25th, 2014. Service arrangements are as follows:

Monday, October 27: The family will be receiving visitors at the Roum Home from 7-10pm. Their address is 367 S. Timken Road, Anaheim Hills 92808. There is limited parking so please carpool if able.

Wednesday, October 29: Viewing and Trisagion at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church at 6pm. The address is 405 N. Dale Street, Anaheim 92801.
(The Life of Moses Book Study previously scheduled at St. Luke's for Wednesday night will be postponed to a later date).

Wednesday, October 29: Funeral Service for a Clergyman at 7pm at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim, followed by coffee and pastries in their Fellowship Hall. If you would like to bring pastries and/or fruit, please contact Diana Stanford (

Thursday, October 30: Divine Liturgy at 9am at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim followed by the Funeral Service for a Layman at 10am. The interment will take place, following Divine Liturgy and the funeral service, at Santa Ana Cemetery. The address is: 1919 E. Santa Clara Ave, Santa Ana 92705.

Following the interment a Meal of Mercy will be held at a location to be announced.

May his memory be eternal!

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God Is In Control - Revisited

Ancient Faith Radio - Thu, 2014/10/23 - 9:41am
Fr. Thomas Hopko returns to the subject of his recent episode "God Is In Control. Yes or No?" He responds to the listener feedback and clarifies his thoughts on the subject.
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Prayers for Our Bishops and Board of Trustees at Fall Meeting

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2014/10/22 - 2:26pm

Your prayers are requested for our Antiochian Bishops and Board of Trustees members preparing to convene in Florida for meetings from October 23-26, 2014. With the blessings of Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, and The Right Rev. Bishop Antoun, Diocese of Miami and the Southeast, The Rev. Fouad Saba and St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Coral Gables, FL are hosting the Hierarchs and Board of Trustees meetings. The historic meetings will be the first ones in which Metropolitan Joseph presides for both the Board of Trustees fall meetings, as well as the gathering of the bishops.

On Saturday evening, a banquet will be held honoring the newly selected Metropolitan, and offering tribute to His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory. A Sunday Hierarchical Liturgy will be followed by "The Stewards Luncheon," with the Board of Trustees as guests of honor.

Submissions for the Program Book for the weekend may include dedications for one or more of the following:

  • "The Love Ball" Welcoming and Honoring Our Father and Metropolitan Joseph
  • Honoring His Grace Bishop Antoun ("Love Ball")
  • Offering "A Tribute of Love" to Our Beloved Father and Metropolitan Philip of Thrice-Blessed Memory ("Love Ball")
  • Honoring the Board of Trustees at the "Stewards Luncheon" on Sunday after Liturgy
  • Blessing and Ribbon-Cutting of newly-renovated Cathedral Hall on Saturday evening

Download the press release, which includes the schedule, hotel information, and a description of the weekend.

Download the information about the Program Book.

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Hotel Contacts for Antiochian Conference Planning

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2014/10/22 - 2:11pm

The Department of Conventions and Conference Planning is providing the following contact information in order to assist parishes in their  conference and convention planning and bids. The following hotel chains have on file an organization resume that will provide historical data and history for our Archdiocese. The DCCP encourages that these individuals be the first point of contact for events at their respective hotels and resorts.

Marriott Hotels & Resorts (Including the Gaylord Resorts):

Laura D. Wood
Account Executive
Phone: 847-840-0576

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts:

Jeffrey F. Perrin, CMP
Director, Strategic Accounts - The Americas
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
9801 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819
Phone: 407-370-3351 Cell: 407-230-8888

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The Jesus Seminar and Gospel Accuracy

Ancient Faith Radio - Wed, 2014/10/22 - 11:29am
On a new "Ancient Faith Commentaries," Fr. Lawrence Farley, priest at Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia, and the host of the AFR podcast "Coffee Cup Commentaries," critically examines the hermeneutic of suspicion that marks modern liberal biblical scholarship.
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Liturgical Materials through December 7th Now Available Online

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2014/10/22 - 5:50am

The Department of Liturgics has updated its liturgical materials with weekend service texts current through December 7th, 2014. Please visit the Online Liturgical Guide to download texts.

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But I Was Born This Way! (Luke 8:5-15)

Ancient Faith Radio - Tue, 2014/10/21 - 10:12am
As cultural changes rapidly sweep across the Western world, the question of who we are as individuals becomes a persistent theme. Fr. Tom Soroka reminds us that one of the central doctrines of our faith, growing in the likeness of God, reveals who we truly are in Christ.
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Ancient Faith Blogs!

Ancient Faith Radio - Tue, 2014/10/21 - 9:13am
John Maddex and Gabe Martini talk about the new Ancient Faith Blogs site featuring some of the most popular and widely read blogs in Orthodoxy today. Learn how you can access them and subscribe.
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Annual OCL Program Meeting on Church Unity

Ancient Faith Radio - Mon, 2014/10/20 - 8:10pm
Bobby Maddex interviews George Matsoukas, the Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL), and Alexei Krindatch, the Research Coordinator of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, about the upcoming OCL Program Meeting at St. Vladimir's Seminary.
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Team IOCC Goes The Distance In Baltimore To Race Against Poverty

IOCC News - Mon, 2014/10/20 - 7:00pm
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) - An Orthodox priest, a kindergartner and a retired grandmother joined nearly 30 other supporters of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) at dawn on Saturday to go the distance in the 14th Annual Baltimore Running Festival, and to raise money and awareness about the people it serves worldwide with every stride. More than 25,000 US and international runners and walkers competed in this year's marathon, half-marathon, relay and 5K races. Team IOCC (right) included participants from Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New York, Washington, D.C. as well as IOCC staff from its Baltimore headquarters. The group raised nearly $25,000 to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to families displaced by war, overcoming natural disasters or working their way out of poverty ...

Ebola, Women in the Church, and Prayers for the Dead

Ancient Faith Radio - Sun, 2014/10/19 - 8:40pm
On Orthodoxy Live Sunday night, Fr. Evan took a call from an Orthodox Dr. about Ebola followed by questions from listeners on a variety of topics including the role of women in the Church and prayers for the dead.
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The Ancient Faith Prayer Book

Ancient Faith Radio - Sat, 2014/10/18 - 11:27am
Our sister ministry is pleased to release The Ancient Faith Prayer Book, edited by AFR podcaster and author Fr. Vassilios Papavassiliou. The most ancient and popular prayers of Orthodox Christians, together with some additions that address issues of contemporary life, are rendered in contemporary English and bound in a durable leatherette cover.
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2015 Orthodox Mission Teams Now Available!

OCMC News - Fri, 2014/10/17 - 12:00pm
OCMC is excited to announce short-term mission team opportunities for 2015! Spaces are available for over 120 Orthodox Christians to serve in the coming year by ministering to youth, teaching the...
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