Prayers requested in wake of Boston Marathon bombings

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]- In two separate requests, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon of Boston, New England and the Albanian Archdiocese, called upon Orthodox Christians everywhere to pray in the wake of the bombings that marred the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. “Our sensibilities once again have been shocked as two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon—usually a festive occasion for … [Read more...]

Diocese of Alaska Chancellor meets with state reps

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Source: Orthodox Church in America Hieromonk David [Mahaffey], Chancellor and Administrator of the Diocese of Alaska, and Dr. Richard Dauenhauer recently met with State Representative Cathy Muñoz and State Senator Gary Stevens in Juneau, the state capital. During the meeting, the importance of preserving the state’s historic Russian Orthodox churches and buildings and the restoration work undertaken by ROSSIA (Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites In Alaska) were among the topics discussed. Father … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon preaches at DC Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers

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Source: Orthodox Church in America [Washington DC] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, delivered the homily at the celebration of Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church here on Sunday evening, March 24, 2013. Clergy and faithful from parishes across the US capital region attended the service, marking the restoration of icons to their proper use in the Church’s liturgy in AD 842. Despite the teaching about icons defined at the Seventh Ecumenical … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon attends Inauguration of Pope Francis

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon is one of a number of Orthodox hierarchs slated to attend the Inauguration of Pope Francis in Rome on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Representatives from most of the Orthodox Churches will be present, including His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Following the Solemn Mass of Inauguration in Saint Peter’s Basilica on Tuesday morning, Metropolitan Tikhon, who is being … [Read more...]

Holy Synod of Bishops concludes spring session

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held its spring session at the Chancery here Tuesday through Thursday, March 12-14, 2013. In addition to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, who chaired the sessions, other members of the Holy Synod in attendance were His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel; His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon; His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin; His Eminence, Archbishop Alejo; His Grace, Bishop … [Read more...]

Refurbished room at OCA Chancery dedicated to the memory of Metropolitan Leonty

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Source: Orthodox Church in America The recently refurbished main reception room at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here was dedicated to the memory of the late Metropolitan Leonty on Tuesday evening, March 12, 2013. After celebrating a Panikhida for the repose of Metropolitan Leonty’s soul, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the dedication. Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, who began their spring session earlier in the day, were present, as were members of … [Read more...]

Congratulations from OCA Metropolitan Tikhon sent to newly-elected Pope Francis

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - In a letter dated March 14, 2013, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon offered congratulations to the newly elected Pope Francis. “It is with joy that I convey to You the congratulations of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America on the occasion of Your election as Pope,” the letter opens. “Your example as Archbishop of Buenos Aires has told the world that Your commitment is to the Gospel of Christ, its truth and its love. Your … [Read more...]

OCA Lesser Synod, Metropolitan Council conclude meetings

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The Lesser Synod of Bishops and the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America met at the Chancery here February 25-28, 2013. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the sessions. Members of the Lesser Synod who participated included His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel; His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin; His Grace, Bishop Michael, secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops.  His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon also … [Read more...]

February edition of “Wonder” features reflections on “The Gospel and the City”

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The February edition of “Wonder”—the on-line journal of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry—is now available. This month’s theme, “The Gospel and the City,” features transcriptions of sermons delivered by Orthodox Christian participants in the recent Festival of Young Preachers in Atlanta, GA. Ms. Anna Vander Wall reflects on Psalm 137 in her article, “Zion in Babylon.” A student at … [Read more...]

OCA Chancery updates

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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...]