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Blessed Name's Day to Archbishop Joseph!

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sat, 2015/05/02 - 11:00am

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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New Site, Resources from Orthodox Christian Prison Ministries

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2014/12/18 - 1:28pm

Ministering to those behind bars, Orthodox Christian Prison Ministries (OCPM) was founded in 1991 by Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory, who asked highly experienced prison minister Fr. Duane Pederson to coordinate the effort. Now headed by Fr. Stephen Powley, OCPM is an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, and it continues to build on Father Duane's vision of ministering to prisoners and their families by mobilizing the Church.

Recently, OCPM launched a revamped website, A recent post in the new "Latest News" column, for instance, shares a letter received by OCPM by a prisoner serving a life sentence.

Other features include:

training manual for clergy on prison ministry correspondence
An online form to submit prayer requests for loved ones who are in prison  
A new donation page that allows secure donations. 

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St. Ignatius of Antioch + December 20

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2014/12/18 - 9:05am

Like a living monument and an animate image, thy yearly feast is come, O God-bearing Ignatius, proclaiming thy mystic teachings and thy heroic exploits, thy resistance for the Faith even unto blood, and those blessed and celebrated words of thine, which said: I am the wheat of God, and in the teeth of beasts shall I be ground up. Wherefore, as an imitator of the Passion of Christ, intercede that our souls be saved.

-Orthros of the Feast, Tone 1

Read more about St. Ignatius the God-Bearer

Learn about the Order of St. Ignatius

December is Order of St. Ignatius Month

Resources for the Nativity Season

Fr. Andrew Damick presents a study of the letters of this second century martyr and the third bishop of Antioch, St. Ignatius, in the podcast, Voice From Antioch: Martyrdom.

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2015 Archdiocese Mid-Winter Meetings

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2014/12/17 - 2:14pm

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With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, the 2015 Archdiocese Mid-Winter Meetings will be held at the Antiochian Village in Ligonier, PA, February 6-8, 2015. The Archdiocese and Diocese officers of the Antiochian Women, Fellowship of St. John Divine, and Teen SOYO will gather for their annual Mid-Winter meetings to conduct the business of our Archdiocese organizations. Travel, lodging, and registration information is below. Please contact your NAC/NAB President if you have any questions.

All meetings, meals and services will be held at the Antiochian Village Conference Center, 140 Church Camp Trail, Bolivar, PA 15923

Registration: All inclusive registration includes 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, and 2 snacks 

$247.66 per person Single Occupancy
$189.66 per person Double Occupancy
$171.66 per person Triple Occupancy

All participants must register by January 26, 2014. Online registration is available now HERE. If you cannot register online, you may register by mail with this registration form available here (see attached PDF), and mail to Antiochian Village, Mid- Winter Meetings, 140 Church Camp Trail, Bolivar, PA 15923

Schedule: The Winter Meetings Weekend will begin on Friday evening, and conclude with brunch following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday February 8. A tentative schedule is available.

Ground Transportation from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT): 

Roundtrip ground transportation from the Pittsburgh Airport will be $85 per person.

The shuttles will meet outside of the baggage claim near the Hertz/Avis rental car area at 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Please be prompt. You will need to look for the bus outside as they are no longer permitted to leave the shuttle parked and come inside to make an announcement about their arrive/departure. Return Trip shuttle (s) will depart the Village at 12 Noon on Sunday. Please note it will take at least 2 hours to get to the Pittsburgh Airport-please leave plenty of time– to check in at the Airport prior to your flight departure. You should not schedule your return flight prior to 3:30PM.

Pick-ups requested outside of the above times will be charged at:

1-4 people: $179 
4-10 people: $279
10-25 people: $379

These are all one way fees and if only one person requests a time, they will be charged the full amount.

Ground Transportation from Latrobe (LBE) or Johnstown (JST) Airports: 

Transportation fees from Latrobe Airport or Johnstown Airport will be $40 per person, round trip.

Direct flights are offered through Spirit Airlines (Latrobe) from Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Ft. Myers, and Myrtle Beach.

Pick-ups after 10 p.m. will be $150, regardless of airport even if it is due to a flight delay.

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Bidding Deadline for 2019 Archdiocesan Convention

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2014/12/17 - 11:56am

The Department of Conventions and Conference Planning would like to inform parishes of the deadline for submitting bids to host the 2019 Archdiocese Convention is February 1, 2015. Parishes interested in bidding or obtaining information about the bidding process can contact the DCCP co-chairs, Carol Jazzar or Raed O. Sweiss. Please visit for contact and bid information.

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OCCHY Offers Videos on Substance Abuse Prevention

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2014/12/16 - 2:28pm

The Antiochian Archdiocese's Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth (OCCHY) is a unique national alliance founded and supported by the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries of the Archdiocese. The ministry focuses on establishing, training and leading substance abuse prevention and intervention coalitions across America.

On May 22, 2014,  OCCHY's active Cicero, Illinois Coalition hosted a Town Hall Meeting for parents and teens, titled "Underage Alcohol & Substance Prevention." Sponsored by the federal government's Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration, the meeting featured law enforcement and mental health professionals, who presented talks about how to ensure safety and sobriety for teens. The presentations are available on YouTube and may be viewed on OCCHY's website.

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Interview with Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk

Ancient Faith Radio - Mon, 2014/12/15 - 3:40pm
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.
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Metropolitan Joseph Elected Vice Chairman of St. Vladimir's Seminary Board

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2014/12/15 - 3:23pm

Metropolitan Joseph with St. Vladimir's Dean The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr (L) and The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield (R)At its annual meeting on November 13–14, 2014, the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, NY elected His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph as Vice Chairman of the Board, to be effective immediately. His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) serves as the Board Chairman. 

The Seminary's Dean, The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr, and Chancellor/CEO The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield, recognized Metropolitan Joseph's new position by presenting him with an icon of St. Vladimir during their visit to the Archdiocese Chancery in Englewood, NJ, on December 5. During that same meeting, the St. Vladimir's leaders also presented Patriarch John X with a check for $8000.00 designated for Syrian's suffering Christians. The gift was a tithe from the seminary's December 2 "Giving Tuesday" fund raising campaign.

Since its founding in 1938, St. Vladimir's has enjoyed a fruitful and reciprocal relationship with the Antiochian Archdiocese. About 16% of all of the seminary's alumni have gone on to serve in the Archdiocese, and most of today's North American Antiochian bishops are seminary alumns.



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Patriarch John Concludes North American Visit with Maryland Patriarchal Liturgy

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2014/12/15 - 2:38pm

Metropolitan Tikhon (OCA) and Patriarch John XOn Sunday, December 14, 2014, the final day of his visit to the United States before flying home from Washington, D.C.'s Dulles Airport, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, alongside His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, presided over a Patriarchal Divine Liturgy at Ss. Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Potomac, MD

Joining them was His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of the Orthodox Church in America. (See the OCA's account of the joyous celebration here.) His Eminence Metropolitan Sabba and His Eminence Metropolitan Vasileios also concelebrated at the Liturgy.

Prior to Sunday's Liturgy, the parish of Ss. Peter & Paul hosted Patriarch John X and Metropolitan Joseph for several events. A concert of Orthodox liturgical Christmas music on Friday, December 12, featured selections from Sergei Rachmaninoff's Vespers, and Byzantine Nativity selections sung by Archmandrite Elias Bitar, George Theodoritis, and Raseem El Massih. On Saturday night, Patriarch John X and Metropolitan Joseph presided over Great Vespers, and then attended a banquet held in their honor.

View the full schedule here, courtesy of Ss. Peter and Paul Church

View a full photo gallery here, courtesy of the Orthodox Church in America.

"The Church in North America is well aware of the trials and tribulations that have afflicted the faithful of Syria and the Middle East and it is good, not only when brothers dwell together in unity, but when they pray together and bear one another's burdens," said Metropolitan Tikhon at the conclusion of Sunday's Divine Liturgy.

"The faithful of the Orthodox Church in America have been praying for Your Beatitude, for your brother, Metropolitan Paul, and Mar Gregorios Youhanna, who are held in captivity, and for all peoples within the territory of the ancient and venerable Patriarchate of Antioch." Metropolitan Tikhon also presented Patriarch John X with an icon of St. Nicholas, and presented an icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh (patron of the OCA Chancery's chapel), to Metropolitan Joseph.

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

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Coffee Breaks with Sister Vassa

Ancient Faith Radio - Mon, 2014/12/15 - 11:28am
Have you discovered the shorter version of Coffee with Sister Vassa called Coffee Break? They are now available on Ancient Faith Radio and iTunes and are sure to help you in your preparation for Nativity!
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Even So, Come Lord Jesus

Ancient Faith Radio - Sun, 2014/12/14 - 9:02pm
Fr. Barnabas welcomes His Grace Bishop David of the OCA Diocese of Sitka and Alaska to discuss the Orthodox view of the second coming of Christ. What do the Orthodox believe?
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Christ the Savior Chicago - Divine Liturgy Dec 14, 2014

Ancient Faith Radio - Sun, 2014/12/14 - 12:27pm
Divine Liturgy on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church (OCA) in Chicago. The priest is Fr. John Baker.
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Support Orthodox Missions this Nativity Season!

OCMC News - Sun, 2014/12/14 - 11:00am
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,"The servant of God is baptized in the Name of the Father. Amen. And of the Son. Amen. And of the Holy Spirit. Amen." How often have those words been...

Photography from Patriarchal Visit and Enthronement

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2014/12/12 - 4:05pm

Photo by Rami wishes to extend heartfelt thanks and compliments to the photographers who so beautifully captured the recent events surrounding the visit of His Beatitude Patriarch John X and the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Photographers Haitham Fakhouri, Rami Dahdal and Luke Bullock provided a multitude of beautiful images, a treasury by which the Antiochian Archdiocese will long remember these historic services, meetings and celebrations. 

To see more photographs, please visit our complete set of image galleries from the 2014 Patriarchal Visit and Enthronement.

A collection of our favorite images from the week is also available.

Haitham Fakhouri Haitham Fakhouri Haitham Fakhouri Luke Bullock Rami Dahdal Rami Dahdal
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Patriarch and Metropolitan Visit St. George, Little Falls, NJ

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2014/12/12 - 1:27pm

Photo: Michael KarasHis Beatitude Patriarch John X and His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph presided at Vespers Service on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Little Falls, NJ. The service was followed by an open reception. reported that the evening "was a night of simple joy in the church's North Jersey community."

Staff writer Jeff Green noted that His Beatitude "John X spoke for about 20 minutes about building unity between the church in the U.S. and abroad, as well as about peace in the Middle East, notably war-devastated Syria.

“'We are one church, we are one community and the distances do not divide us, do not separate us,'" said the Patriarch. 

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A Homily on the Nativity

Ancient Faith Radio - Fri, 2014/12/12 - 12:59pm
As a Christmas gift to our listeners, the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS) presents a reading of "A Homily on the Nativity" from the book Harp of the Spirit: Poems of St. Ephrem the Syrian, translated by Sebastian Brock and published by IOCS.
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Choir and Chanter Appreciation Sunday: December 14, 2014

Antiochian Archdiocese - Fri, 2014/12/12 - 7:56am

Metropolitan Joseph's letter for Choir and Chanter Appreciation Sunday

Enthronement choir, with Dept. of Sacred Music Chair Chris HolweyThis Sunday is Choir and Chanter Appreciation Sunday in the Antiochian Archdiocese, which we observe every year on the second Sunday of December. It is a wonderful time to celebrate the ministry and commitment of our choir members and chanters, for all the time and devotion they give to our liturgical services throughout the year. As they sing and chant the hymns of our services, they help us in the worship of our God, and guide us as we all sing praises of joy to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The music is the means by which we pray, whether it be the quicker hymns of the Troparia and Kontakia, or the slower hymns of the Cherubic Hymn in Liturgy and Praises in Matins. Each set of music helps to set the tone for what we are praying and celebrating.

May God continue to bless each of our choir members and chanters in their ministry of love, and grant them many years of continued service to God's Holy Church for the lifting up of our hearts and minds to the heavenly places!

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OCN Video Interviews of Patriarch John X and Metropolitan Joseph

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 6:48pm

His Beatitude Patriarch John X and His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph were interviewed by Fr. Christopher Metropulos of Orthodox Christian Network at Archdiocese Headquarters in Englewood, NJ, on Friday, December 5, on the eve of Metropolitan Joseph's Enthronement as Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America.

Watch the informative interviews, each about 20 minutes in length, below:









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


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Reduced to Rule-keeping!

Ancient Faith Radio - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 5:22pm
When Jesus heals a woman on the Sabbath Day, His act of love and mercy reveals the deep spiritual poverty of others whose hearts are gripped by mere rule-keeping. On a new "Faith Encouraged," Fr. Barnabas Powell explains how this revelation is an invitation to you and me to examine our own attitudes towards our faith!
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His Beatitude Visits the United Nations, Holds Press Conference

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2014/12/11 - 10:15am

On December 10, during his final day in the New York area, His Beatitude, John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, visited the United Nations and held meetings with a variety of officials. (Watch press conference here.) His first meeting was with the Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Ian Eliasson. During that meeting, as well as the other meetings, His Beatitude stressed that the only solution to the crisis in Syria is one of negotiations and peace, not of bombs and war, saying “The Syrian people ask for peace and welfare for themselves and for everyone on earth.” He continued by saying that “as a Christian leader, I can also speak on behalf of the Islamic leaders in Syria in that we all reject extremism. In Greater Syria we have been co-existing for hundred of years.” He also relayed in his various meetings that with regard to humanitarian relief the Orthodox Church is helping everyone, regardless of sect or religion. He stressed that, as Christians, we do not want to be considered a minority that needs special protection, but that the Christians are all part of the fabric of the society and are equal citizens in every respect.

He quoted the Grand Mufti of Syria when the Grand Mufti responded to a question asking “How many Christians are there in Syria?” He replied, “23 million” (the total population of Syria). He was then asked what is the total number of Muslims and he responded in the same way, 23 million. Finally, he stressed that the Christians of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt have their roots there and are part of the land and should not be asked to leave or be evacuated saying that “we were here before Islam and during Islam and have no plans to leave our own land.”

After his meeting with the Deputy Secretary General, he and the delegation met with the UN Ambassador to Chad, His Excellency, Mr. Cherif Mahamat Zene,  who currently holds the post of President of the Security Council. This was followed by a visit to the Syrian Mission to the UN and the Russian Mission to the UN where His Beatitude and the delegation were warmly greeted by UN Ambassador, His Excellency, Mr. Vitaly Churkin. During that particular meeting the Patriarch thanked Russia for their continued support and for exercising their veto in the security council on several occasions in order to protect the integrity and sovereignty of Syria. Both stressed the close relations between Syria and Russia on various levels including the close relations between Patriarch John X and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia. The Patriarch assured the ambassador that the great amount of humanitarian relief that has been received from Russia is being distributed to all those in need.

The final stop was back at the United Nations where the Patriarch held a press conference for the international press corps where he touched upon many of the same topics described above. The day ended with a small tour of the United Nations including the Security Council chamber. We are grateful to His Excellency, Dr. Bashar Ja’afari, the Syrian Ambassador to the UN, for organizing and arranging this important trip on the Patriarch’s schedule.

View a photo gallery of the day's events.

Watch video of the press conference at the United Nations.

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


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