Archives for February 2013

An Orthodox Priest Reflects on the Retirement of Pope Benedict XVI

Source: Catholic Online By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse When faith dies man gradually loses the knowledge that he was created by God and so he loses himself. Pope Benedict's rare insight and erudition of the Eastern patrimony strengthens both West and East and many Orthodox believers are grateful for it. May God grant us more teachers like him. May his remaining years bear much fruit. We still need him. NAPLES, FL. (Catholic Online) - Like almost everyone, the resignation of Pope … [Read more...]

Shine Forth: The 2013 Orthodox Christian Camp & Youth Worker Conference is a Great Success

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America AUSTIN, Texas – The 11th Annual Orthodox Christian Camp & Youth Worker Conference took place at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, Texas January 24-26.  Over 100 youth workers from around the United States and Bahamas assembled for this three-day conference hosted by the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  This year’s theme was “Shine Forth:  Helping our Orthodox Youth … [Read more...]

OCA Chancery updates

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, recently offered an update on Chancery activities for the remainder of February 2013. Among them: Members of the Board of Theological Education [BTE] will meet February 15-16 at Saint Stephen Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA. The Board oversees theological education and ensures standards for the OCA’s seminaries and other vocational programs. It also has specific … [Read more...]

Liturgical Music Tutorial now available

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Liturgical Music and Translations recently announced that the first phase of its self-study tutorial for learning the eight tones is now available on the OCA web site. The tutorial initially introduces the stikhera melodies for tones one through four in Common [L’vov-Bakhmetev Obikhod] and Kievan melodies. Recorded choral demonstrations of the written examples for each tone are presented, … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church responds to Pope’s resignation

Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines by Lucia Bellinello A few hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, Russia was already thinking about building relations with his successor. It had not happened for nearly 600 years. On February 11, 2013 Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger) announced his resignation in Latin to the Vatican. “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” he … [Read more...]

Second Youth Department job search webinar to be held February 21

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry of the Orthodox Church in America will host its second in a series of job search skills webinars on Thursday, February 21 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. “The topic for this month’s webinar is ‘Cover Letters, Branding, and Networking: The Finer Details of the Job Search’,” according to Andrew Boyd, OCA Youth Director. “The webinar will focus on creating a personal and unique ‘brand’ … [Read more...]

Serbian House of Studies to be founded at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY, and the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Belgrade have made a formal agreement to work together with the aim of establishing a Serbian House of Studies on the campus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary. The House of Studies has several goals, including the promotion of sustained dialogue and educational exchanges between Orthodox Christians in America and … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Continues Relief Efforts for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America PHILOPTOCHOS PLANS FUNDRAISER FOR MARCH 10 NEW YORK – The Hurricane Sandy relief effort of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America continues, almost four months after the devastating storm struck the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut coastlines, as people are struggling to rebuild their lives, and some are still unable to return to their homes. As of February 7, 2013, the Archdiocese received donations for the Hurricane Sandy Relief … [Read more...]


Source: Virtueonline The Time Is Now by Fr. Victor E. Novak Special to Virtueonline ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH For the first millennium of Christianity there was only one Church. Denominationalism as we know it today did not exist. The Church was one. No matter where a Christian lived, whether in Jerusalem, Antioch, Asia Minor, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, Ireland, Russia, Africa, or anywhere else, everyone belonged to the same Church and believed the same thing. The … [Read more...]