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The Faculty and seminarians of our St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary are grateful for your financial support throughout the year and we hope that you join us for the inaugural “Christmas at the Seminary”. This event is open for the whole family on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. There will be drop-in Christmas-themed activities, ornament making and cookie decorating for the entire family. Light refreshments will also be served.
You will have the opportunity on that Saturday to meet the current student body and also tour the Seminary and Three Holy Hierarchs Chapel and learn about the 300+ year-old building and the repairs which took place over the past year.
In the spirit of the Nativity season and the upcoming feast of Saint Nicholas, we humbly ask that you bring with you a gift for the Seminary, not for individual use but for the entire student body.
For more information: http://stsuots.org/news_151014_1.html
The Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos Serbian Orthodox Church of Orange County, California is sponsoring this very special event. For details please fo to : http://mostholytheotokos.com/wp-content/uploads/gala-concert-2015.pdf
You may not know this, but the world’s biggest refugee crisis is going on as we speak as Syrian refugees are fleeing their homes in the Middle East. IOCC is committed to its on-going humanitarian response, but it needs your help. Come by on December 12, 2015 for Vespers and with a fellowship dinner to follow.
You can register and donate to IOCC online (https://9586.thankyou4caring.org/pages/pawtucket-12-12-15-dinner). Please contact us if you have any questions or are wondering how you can help!
For more information: http://www.iocc.org/ioccevents_upcomingevents1.aspx
Speaker: Hieromonk Innocent (Abbot at St. John Orthodox Monastery in Manton, CA)
HIEROMONK INNOCENT, the Superior of the Monastery of St. John in Manton, CA., will visit our parish for the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, December 13, which is the Feast of St. Herman of Alaska. Fr. Innocent will give a short talk in the Parish Hall during the Agape Meal—I encourage all of you to stay for this. Of course, we will not let him leave here emptied handed, but will make an offering for the Monastery that weekend as well.
For more information: http://www.saintseraphim.com/files/Monthly%20Bulletin/December-2015-Bulletin.pdf
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will sponsor a Christmas concert. The first part of the concert will feature Nativity hymns and carols from Greece, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine sung by choirs from five Orthodox churches; and the Romanian Children Carolers, directed by Simona Ghilezan.
The second part of the concert will feature Nativity hymns and carols sung in English by an inter-Orthodox chorus directed by Matushka Victoria Kopistiansky. It will conclude with a sing-along of popular Western Christmas carols.
An afterglow reception with refreshments will follow the concert. The public is invited to attend the concert. For further information, contact http://www.coccdetroit.org.
Additional Contact: David Adrian, Adrian & Associates; (248) 322-9226 or (248) 515-4607 cell; email@example.com
Under the high patronage of his Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America, The renowned Archdiocesan Cathedral Choir and Chamber Orchestra present the 2015 Christmas Concert, “Glorious Christmas-An Everlasting Legacy”.
The concert will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s profound “Gloria”, a favorite during the holiday season. In addition, the choir will pay tribute to three prominent liturgical composers who passed on in 2015: Anna Gallos, Demetrios Pappas and George Raptis, performing their highly regarded settings of Christmas Music. For ticket prices go to: http://gloriouschristmas.brownpapertickets.com/
For more information: http://thecathedral.goarch.org/
For more information: http://www.byzarts.com/st-nicholas-childrens-craft-and-story-day/
The Winter Break is just around the corner. What are your plans? Chatting on Facebook? Texting to see what to do? Sleeping in? Shopping ’til you drop’? Well, did you hear about the Way, Truth & Life High School Convention at the Southern Diocese’s own St. Stephen Christian Retreat & Conference Center in Titusville, Florida on December 21-24, 2015 for boys and December 26-29 for girls.
Make your plans to come and enjoy good times and make great memories with our beloved bishop, His Grace Bishop Youssef, our amazing guest speakers, Fr. Samuel Hanna from Boston, Massachusetts, and Fr. Gabriel Wissa from Montreal, Canada (Girls converntion)our diocese priests and lots of incredible youth from all over the Southern Diocese.
For more information: http://www.suscopts.org/scyc/wtlboys/pdf/2015WTLFlier.pdf
Theme: “Answering Athiests” & “Grant Me a Chaste Vision”
Speakers: Fr. John Whiteford & Nadezhda Sexton (Psychologist)
A trip to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY is scheduled along with great workshops, round table discussions, social activities and of course, beautiful services with a youth choir.
For more informationr: http://www.sthermanconference.com/
The Greek Institute invites you to the Sixth Annual Byzantine Christmas, a concert of virtuosic Byzantine Chant and the traditional Greek Kalanda for the Christmas season, directed by Spyridon Antonopoulos and sung by the Psaltikon Ensemble.
Dr. Antonopoulos and PSALTIKON will be joined by Dr. Menios Karanos of Hellenic College / Holy Cross and acclaimed world musicians Beth Bahia Cohen (violin and lyra) and Mal Barsamian (oud and clarinet), in a program of Byzantine chants and kalanda, the traditional Christmas carols from various regions of Greece. Beautiful passages from the Christmas stories of Photios Kontoglou (1895–1965) and Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851–1911) will be narrated throughout the program.
To purchase tickets, contact The Greek Institute at GreekInst@verizon.net
617-547-4770 (phone) / 617-661-9150 (fax)
By mail:The Greek Institute, 1038 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
THEME: How to be “salt” and “light” of the world in the XXI century? Challenges for Youth.
Rev. Fr. Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, Rev. Hieromonk Atanasie Popescu, Ph.D., Spiritual Advisor of ROYA. This conference takes place from December 27, 2015 to January 2, 2016.
15-18 years old, and 19-25+ years old
For more information: http://www.romarch.org/news.php?id=5364
Iconographer: Mick Michieli Beasley
For more information: http://www.prosoponschool.org/schedule.html
Theme: Listening to our Youth – Discussing the Future.
This conference is for youth ages 7-17. Complete this Application Form and bring it and a check to registration on December 27th:
Theme: “Are we Saints in Progress?”
Theme: “St. Alexander of Munich: A Modern Confessor in the Face of Tyranny”, “Worldly Conforming to Christly Transforming”, and “Homosexuality: An Orthodox Christian Perspective”
Speakers: Matushka Elena Perekrestov, Fr. Timothy Pavlatos & Archpriest James Baglien, respectively
For more information: http://wadiocese.org/news_151021_3.html
This conference is hosted by St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.
This conference is intended for high school and college age youth 14 and older. Conference takes place from December 28, 2015 to January 1, 2016.
For more information: http://chicagodiocese.org/
Registration form: http://goo.gl/forms/Rj6H3858AJ
Each year during Christmas Break, OCF’s College Conferences host hundreds of college students from across North America for four days of fellowship, prayer, and exposure to reputable Orthodox speakers.
Theme: Modern Martyrs: Witnesses of the Word
This College Conference theme will address our calling to be martyrs for Christ by being witnesses of the Faith. As college students living in a secularized world, there are numerous opportunities for us as Orthodox Christians to be witnesses/martyrs for Christ on college campuses: in the dorm room, on social media, and in every aspect of our lives.
This theme will also address the current-day persecution of Christians and provide some insights into how we can best aid our Christian brothers and sisters across the globe.
Registration for College Conference East and West 2015 is now OPEN! Go to: http://www.ocf.net/college-conference/
This program, which was the first all-chant concert ever given by Cappella Romana (to sold-out audiences in 2001), features Cappella Romana’s specialist ensemble of Byzantine cantors singing a program of Medieval hymns and psalms for the feast of Epiphany. These performance include examples of Byzantine chant in Greek from Hagia Sophia and from Palestine, and selections in Latin of Old Roman Chant sung directly from 11th-century manuscripts.
Please go to this website for dates, venues, and prices: http://www.cappellaromana.org/epiphany-medieval-byzantine-old-roman-chant/
Seattle, Friday, 1 Jan. 2016, 7:30pm, Blessed Sacrament
Portland, Saturday, 2 Jan. 2016, 7:30pm, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral; and
Sunday, 3 Jan. 2016, 2:30pm, St. Mary’s Cathedral
This event takes place between March 26 to April 2, 2016.
The 2016 Mexico Mission Team will continue to assist the outreach efforts of the Diocese of Mexico to native Aztec Orthodox Christians in the villages of San Esteban and Pisaflores (northwest of Mexico City). The Team will offer youth and adult catechism to educate and strengthen the faithful. Team members will teach children basic religious education, crafts, and activities in a Vacation Bible School format. They will also offer adult catechism, and attend worship services with the local communities.
For more information: http://www.ocmc.org/about/view_team.aspx?TeamId=167
ELLADA will be performing at the largest and most famous celebration of “EPIPHANY”. Ellada will be performing immediately following the retrieving of the CROSS from the Bayou of Tarpon Springs. A delicious dinner will be served by the community of St. Nicholas throughout the afternoon and evening. Also performing will be LEVENDIA, Tarpon’s world famous folk dancers. Come one, Come all! Epiphany starts at St. Nicholas at 11am and goes through the early evening! Join the thousands of attendees and witness one of the most famous celebrations of the “EPIPHANY”
For more information: http://musicofellada.com/Performance_Information.html and for Epiphany Liturgical Events –
Theme: “A Christian Ending to our Life: An Orthodox Perspective on Death”
Speaker: Fr. Gregory Horton and Fr. David Sommer
Register online by Monday, December 21
For more information: http://www.dlawyoungadults.com/events/winter-retreat-2016/
Adult Religious Retreat – What better way to start the New Year off than by rekindling our spiritual life.
For more information: http://www.greekboston.com/event/religious-retreat-woburn-ma/
We will be offering Byzantine chanting classes. Instruction will be in English and in Greek, if necessary. With simple steps we will learn the basics of byzantine chanting. The school will offer classes for beginners in a) the theory of Byzantine music b) its practical application and c) the proper behavior at the Analogion (Chanter’s Stand). The mission statement of the programs is to teach, preserve and present the rich history and tradition of Byzantine Music of our Eastern Orthodox Church, to inspire persons to learn and serve the Church by participating in the Analogion during church services and to transmit Byzantine hymnology into the English language by enabling the chanter to effectively chant in English.
For more information: http://bulletinbuilder.org/SNC-SanJose/current#NewsandEvents
Combining the rich traditions of the Russian Music School with the best of European and American music, founder,
artistic director, and conductor Peter Trofimenko has created a unique American orchestra. Each concert season the American Balalaika Symphony performs a stunning range of music— from beloved Russian folk melodies to classical
favorites to rarely heard symphonic masterpieces, often with prominent virtuoso soloists from around the world.
For more information: http://absorchestra.org/
Theme: “Happiness and Spirituality: Health”
A six-session guided meditation workshop presented by V. Rev. Fr. John Bakas, Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral, Maria Baltazzi , Meditation Teacher and Purveyor of Happiness, and John Kopatsis, Huffington Center Director
Workshop: Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (with a 15 minute break). Time will be given at the end for everyone’s questions and feedback.
For more information: http://www.stsophia.org/herald/herald_2015-11.pdf
Alison Locke Perchuk (Art, California State University Channel Islands) considers the production of individual and communal identity as a complex process operating at the intersections of exterior and interior, of physical environment and mental structures, of bodily comportment and spiritual and intellectual practices. Through research in art and architectural history, political and social history, theology, liturgy, literature, and memory and landscape studies, Professor Perchuk’s book project offers a new understanding of this process at work within a medieval European monastery. It reveals a community deeply invested in dominant political and social discourses emanating from Rome, yet also engaged in establishing its own sense of place and identity, rooted in its landscape and its sacred patrons, including the prophet Elijah. It also offers an example of how to tell history in the absence of texts, and indicates how seemingly peripheral monuments can offer ways through scholarly impasses concerning objects and events deemed more central.
Alison Locke Perchuk is a specialist in the art and architecture of medieval Europe and the Mediterranean basin. She has written and spoken on such topics as tenth-century Iberian manuscript illumination, eleventh-century Byzantine bronzes, and twelfth-century architecture and wall painting near Rome. She holds a BA in Art History from Williams College, an MA in Medieval Studies from the Catholic University of America, and a PhD in Art History from Yale University. Prior to her appointment at CSU Channel Islands, she taught at the University of California, Riverside, and Occidental College. She currently serves as the treasurer of the Italian Art Society.
For more information: http://cmrs.ucla.edu/event/monastery-of-elijah/
Above image: Apse frescoes, church of S. Elia, Castel S. Elia (VT). Photo: Alison Locke Perchuk
Theme: “Soil & Sacrament: The World as Gift”
We’re heading into our sixth year of organizing the Eighth Day Symposium and every single year it keeps getting better.
After the most successful symposium to date, back in January, we fearfully wondered if we could outdo ourselves yet again. We’re confident we have and we can’t wait to see you in Wichita on January 14-16.
For more information: http://www.eighthdayinstitute.org/eighth_day_symposium_2016