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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Letter in PDF Prot. no.: PV001/2022 Zahle, October 27, 2022 Your Graces the Most Reverend Bishops, Reverend Clergy, Esteemed Members of the Board of Trustees, And Beloved Faithful in Christ, of The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America: “Christ is with us and amongst us” “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all” I greet you in the name of our Lord, to Whom I give thanks for everything and especially for the mission that…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America October 20, 2022 Beloved in Christ, “Christ is in our midst!” “He is and always will be!” By God’s mercy, the Holy Synod of Antioch at their regular meeting which concluded on October 17, 2022, agreed to accept my retirement from the position as Metropolitan of All North America. I now greet you publicly for the last time. Recognizing that this is not a spiritual retirement, we continue to train spiritually throughout our lives for God’s pleasure comforted in the knowledge that He never wastes His creation. The period from August 13th to…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America ​​His Grace Bishop John, chairman of the Temporary Operating Committee for the Oversight of the Archdiocesan Office, along with the committee members, writes: Brother Bishops, Reverend Clergy, and esteemed Members of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees, We greet you in the name of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Today, His Beatitude Patriarch JOHN X of Antioch informed us that he and the Holy Synod of Antioch have accepted and ratified the retirement request of His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH, who is now retired with the title “Former Metropolitan.” At the same meeting of the…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America View PDF September 27, 2022 Brother Bishops, reverend Clergy, and beloved Faithful of our God-protected Archdiocese, Glory be to Jesus Christ! I thank God for all things. As you are aware, we received a letter on Friday, September 23, from His Beatitude Patriarch JOHN X appointing a Temporary Operating Committee for the Oversight of the Archdiocesan Office. Serving with me on this committee are Mr. Fawaz El Khoury (Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees), Mr. Salim Abboud (Chief Financial Officer), the Reverend Archdeacon Emile Sayegh (Chancellor), and the Very Reverend Archpriest Thomas…

Source: Orthodox History by MATTHEW NAMEE Bishop Basil Essey, the longtime Antiochian Bishop of Wichita and Mid-America, is preparing to retire at the end of this year. Many Antiochians learned of this for the first time over the weekend, when the Archdiocese held a virtual convention. Metropolitan Joseph announced Bishop Basil’s retirement in his address to the convention: In particular, I would like to thank my beloved brother, His Grace Bishop Basil, for his service to this archdiocese over fifty years, as archdiocesan youth director, as a deacon, as a priest, and as a bishop. Some of you may know that, after…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America by Peter Samore Video: Metropolitan Joseph’s Address to the General Assembly Video: Fr. Joseph Huneycutt’s Homily on Emerging Stronger from the Pandemic Video: Fr. Nicholas Belcher’s Presentation on the Task Force on Youth Ministry​ Photo gallery The Coronavirus would not stop the Antiochian Archdiocese from holding its biennial convention. Taking advantage of the tools that have strengthened communications and connections during the pandemic, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph virtually convened the bishops, priests, deacons, Board of Trustees, and faithful for important teachings, addresses, workshops and updates in the life of the Archdiocese and…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Once again, our limitations become our greatest resource. Early in 2020, the Department of Sacred Music relaunched our Facebook group and email services in preparation for providing you with more content. We started in July with our Virtual Sacred Music Institute, followed in August with our advanced chant session on the Doxastikon for the feast of the Dormition. Now we are announcing a weekly calendar with a mix of live sessions and recorded sessions with live chat. We have stand-alone sessions and multi-session series. We have something for everyone: everything from western music theory to…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America DOWNLOAD His Eminence’s Greeting​ Great and Holy Pascha 2020 Before the symbolical ark, David, God’s forefather, did leap and dance. Let us, therefore, the holy people, seeing the fulfillment of these symbols, rejoice with divine rejoicing; for Christ the Almighty is risen. ​ Fourth Ode of the Paschal Canon Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen! ​ Beloved in Christ, During this bright feast of Holy Pascha, let us not be cast down with thoughts of what we lack but filled with divine rejoicing at all that Christ the Almighty has bestowed on…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America NATIVITY OF CHRIST 2017 Thus all magic was dissolved and every bond of wickedness vanished; ignorance was abolished and the old kingdom was destroyed, since God was becoming manifest in human form for the newness of eternal life; what had been prepared by God had its beginning. Hence everything was shaken together, for the abolition of death was being planned. – St. Ignatius of Antioch, To the Ephesians, 19:3 At this great feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, these words from St. Ignatius the God-bearer of Antioch focus us powerfully on the purpose…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Englewood NJ – His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America, is pleased to announce the visit of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, to the United States on October 21–31, 2017. (Read more about His Beatitude’s historic visit to New York on October 29, 2017.) The purpose of the visit is to meet with the leadership of the United Nations as well as members of the current administration of the United States to: 1) promote a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, 2) highlight…

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