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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!
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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 Antiochian Orthodox Church worldwide is headed by the Patriarch of Antioch John X and is the largest Arab Christian church in the world, with churches in the Middle East, Europe, North and South America and Australia. It was founded by Ss. Paul and Barnabas in 42 A.D. and its first bishop was St .Peter the Apostle, who later went on to be Bishop of Rome.
The Bible states in Acts 11:26 “And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.”
The Patriarchate is one of the four ancient Patriarchates within the Orthodox Church today – the others being the Patriarchates of Jerusalem, Alexandria (Egypt) and Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey).
The Orthodox Church is the second largest Christian Church in the world with over 250 million adherents.
For more information, see our Enthronement section.
Patriarch John X of Antioch, Syria, and Metropolitan Joseph will be available for brief personal interviews Friday Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. NO OTHER INTERVIEWS WILL BE GRANTED BEFORE OR AFTER ENTHRONEMENT EVENTS. If you would like to schedule an interview, please contact John Righetti at information below.
If you would like to attend the enthronement service , you MUST have a press pass from the Antiochian Archdiocese. Again, contact John Righetti to secure a pass. NO MEDIA WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE ENTHRONEMENT WITHOUT A PASS.
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THESE HIERARCHS AND THE CHURCHES IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM MR. RIGHETTI UPON REQUEST.
For more information: John Righetti
412 518 7149
His Grace Bishop Nicholas, Chairman of the Committee for the Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph, has announced that His Beatitude Patriarch John X and His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph are cordially inviting all parishioners to a Vespers Service at 5:30 p.m. to be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Little Falls, NJ. The service will be followed by an open reception, ending at 9:30 p.m.
"This is an excellent opportunity for you and your parishioners to meet in person our Father in Christ His Beatitude Patriarch John X and receive his blessing," noted Bishop Nicholas. "In addition, you can congratulate His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph in person after his official Enthronement as Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America."
Everlasting King, Thy will for our salvation is full of power. Thy right arm controls the whole course of human life. We give Thee thanks for all Thy mercies, seen and unseen. For eternal life, for the heavenly Joys of the Kingdom which is to be. Grant mercy to us who sing Thy praise, both now and in the time to come. Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age.
What do American Orthodox do on Thanksgiving? We give thanks, to our Creator and Fashioner and God. The following links offer inspiration and assistance in celebrating this great American holiday in proper fashion, in full eucharistic thanksgiving "for all things of which we know and of which we know not, for blessings seen and unseen that have been bestowed upon us."
- Thanksgiving: Our National Holy-Day: by Fr. George Morelli
- A Deeper Level of Thanksgiving: Fr. Thomas Hopko discusses gratitude on Ancient Faith Radio
- Watch "Thanksgiving and Eucharist," with Sister Vassa
- A Thanksgiving Prayer by Fr. Alexander Schmemann
For services on Thanksgiving Day, the Department of Liturgics and Translations has provided the following texts:
The Winter 2014-15 issue of DIAKONIA is now available online. This issue highlights The Diocese of Toledo & the Midwest! The issue contains:
- Trusting in the Lord, by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph
- The Beauty of the Church: Its Place and Purpose, by His Grace Bishop Anthony
- Do We Need the Church? by V. Rev. Daniel Daly, Spiritual Advisor
- Who Will Mind Our Children, by Sheryl Vander Wagen, Diocesan President
- Introducing The 2013 - 2015 Board of Antiochian Women of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest
- The Diocese of Toledo & the Midwest Parish Life Conference in Pictures
- Happenings Around The Diocese Of Toledo and the Midwest
...and more! Download (PDF) here.
Tuesday, December 2nd is Giving Tuesday. On behalf of those who have yet to be reached with the Christian Faith, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) prayerfully asks that you...
By His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph
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.
We are called to remove ourselves from the distractions and unhealthy lifestyles which characterize our material existence. We are called, during a season when our culture calls for indulgence in material things, to reject this indulgence, and focus on our spiritual health.
The quote given above from the Book of Isaiah is of course the prophecy of the ministry of John The Forerunner, who came to prepare the way for the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. On another level, it is a call to each of us to prepare ourselves for the “way of the Lord”. What is this “way of the Lord”?
The quote above gives us a strong clue in the text “make straight the paths of our God." The implication is that we have caused our path to become “crooked,” and not straight. Something that is “crooked” can be said to be dishonest, or tainted, and this is exactly what we wish to avoid in our lives. The Advent Season is a time for taking that which has been tainted, and reaching out to the Lord to make it straight and pure.
The entire message of the bible is a message of the call by God to His children to be reconciled to Him, and to be united to Him in love. This effort passes through the judges, kings and prophets of the Old Testament where God, through these holy people reaches out to His children. The ultimate outreach from God to His people is the Incarnation of God as man, embodied in the nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ in the Flesh. God chooses to come into this world in partnership with His creation. He chooses to come as a humble babe in the cave, born to the Theotokos, so that humankind could share as intimately as possible in His coming. The question for us is this: Will there be room in the “inn of our hearts” for Him to lay His head, or will the “inn of our hearts” be filled with carnal things and clogged with passions so that there is no room for the Lord?
It is clear then, that there is only one appropriate response for us to the incarnation of God in the flesh, and that is a response of a loving child who returns their loving Father. A response which offers up to God the only thing that we can offer, and the only thing that He asks of us. That is the offering of ourselves, which requires a change in heart, a radical departure from all of the things of this world which separate us from God. A departure from all of the things which prevent us from fulfilling our ultimate destiny, that is to strive to “be perfect just as your Father in Heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
Therefore my beloved in Christ, I ask you to join me in this Advent journey which will culminate in the Nativity of Christ. I ask you to join me in resisting the ways of our secular culture and to utilize this season to cleanse, renew and restore our souls and our hearts. I ask you to join me in waiting patiently for the time of this season when we will indeed leap for joy at the coming of the Lord. I ask you to simply open your hearts to God so that He may fill them with the peace, love, and joy that can never be taken away, and that we may worthily exclaim “Christ is Born! Glorify Him!”
Originally published in the Fall 2014 Newsletter, Antiochian Women, Diocese of Los Angeles and the West
His Grace Bishop Thomas of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic, paid a special visit to the community at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (STOTS) on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. His Grace has been a long-time supporter of St. Tikhon's, and came to meet with the students as well as to meet with STOTS Dean The Very Rev. Dr. Steven Voytovich.
His Grace toured the Seminary and Monastery grounds, and spoke to students during the lunch hour. "I always enjoy coming to St. Tikhon's because every time I visit I see people who are filled with joy," he commented. He also reminded those assembled of the importance of remaining joyful, and asked that they bring that same virtue out into the world as they minister to others for Christ.
(Sourced from Stots.edu—view the original story and more photographs.)
On a new "Ancient Faith Commentaries," Fr. Lawrence Farley explains that the LGBT reality is not really new; it is the same old darkness that St. Paul encountered in his time. And Paul's word to the Church then still stands for us today.
The Liturgical Texts for the month of December, blessed by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, are now ready for clergy and laity to download from the Online Liturgical Guide.
This month, Orthodox Christians find themselves in the midst of the forty-day Fast in preparation of the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. Fr. Alexander Schmemann of blessed memory called this time of year the "Winter Pascha" because, as Fr. Thomas Hopko puts it, "He was worshipped by wise men that the whole of creation might adore Him in His triumph over death."
Just as the Orthodox Church has special Sundays leading to and following the celebration of the Feast of Feasts, it also has special Sundays that surround Christmas. On December 14, we commemorate the Forefathers of our Lord, especially those prophets who told of His coming (advent) in the flesh. On the Sunday before the Nativity, December 21, we recall the genealogy of Christ to show that He is fully human in order to restore humanity to its fullness while being fully God. On the Sunday after the Nativity, December 28, we commemorate three of the Lord God's family members in particular: King David the Prophet, Joseph the Betrothed and his son from before his betrothal to the Virgin Theotokos, James the "Brother of God."
Of course, Orthodox Christians celebrate one of the greatest of the twelve great feasts, the Nativity (Christmas), on December 25. The Service Texts include the Royal (Great) Hours and Vespers with Divine Liturgy to be celebrated on Christmas Eve, and Festal Orthros and variables for the Festal Divine Liturgy on Christmas Day.
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 email@example.com.
In anticipation of many parishes offering divine services on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, the Online Liturgical Guide now features Daily Vespers and Divine Liturgy Variables for the American holiday.
On Saturday, November 22, 2014, St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church in Valparaiso, Indiana, hosted its second annual Health and Wellness Retreat. The speaker was Fr. Andrew Jarmus of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the title of his three lectures was "Glorify God in Your Body." Listen to the first talk here.
Fr. Barnabas welcomes Bill Mariannes, Orthodox attorney and financial planner to talk about the stewardship of our personal resources. Bill founded the Stewardship Calling ministry.
Warm Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes from our home to you and your beloved parishioners. May the joy and peace of this Holy Season shine in your hearts now and throughout the New Year!
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America
Christ is in our Midst!
As has been the practice each year around this time, we are distributing the attached Sunday Liturgical Calendar for 2015 with a greeting from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph.
This calendar will be posted on www.antiochian.org but we will not be sending a paper copy through regular mail in order to save some time and money.
This calendar conforms in every respect to the one which was recently sent to us from the offices of the Patriarchate of Antioch. Any discrepancy that may exist in other calendars occurred because they were published before the Patriarchal calendar was made available to us.
Please accept my prayers for a most blessed remainder of the Fast, and a most joyous celebration of the Nativity of our Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. George Kevorkian
Church Calendar for the Year 2015
Download as PDF
 Page numbers for the Epistles refer to The Book of the Epistles published by The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of NA
 Page numbers for Gospel refer to The Divine and Holy Gospel BookAttachmentSize 2015 Liturgical Calendar (PDF)168.62 KB
On this episode of "Ancient Faith Presents, priest and iconographer Fr. Jerome Sanderson speaks at the Second Annual St. Herman House - FOCUS Cleveland fundraiser, held on Monday, November 10, at St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church in North Royalton, Ohio.
In preparation for the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and the related events planned for December 6–8, 2014, a new Media Information page to aid members of the press is accessible on Antiochian.org. Resources include basic descriptions and links for the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and the ancient Church of Antioch. Official portraits are available for Patriarch John X and Metropolitan Joseph, as well as biographical information and links to further information about Orthodox Christianity and Christians in the Middle East.
The Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph will be held at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York. Dignitaries from around the world will be present, include hierarchs, clergy, diplomats, and many faithful. The event will be blessed with the presence of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, who will preside over the weekend.
AFR podcaster Fr. Josiah Trenham serves as a member of the Secretariat of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. He was commissioned by that body to conduct interviews with each of the Hierarchs in the Assembly of Bishops.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,On Sunday mornings the high-rise lined corridors of Tirana's busy streets are filled with sounds of church bells. Twenty years ago, this capital...
Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Seminary, teaches on this significant feast at the beginning of the Nativity season. For more podcast episodes touching on Nativity, please visit our section in "collections" titled God is with Us!