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Source: Orthodox Church in America [OCA]  His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon and the delegation from the Orthodox Church in America visited Constantinople from June 7 to June 10, 2024. During their time in Constantinople and at the Phanar, the delegation met with hierarchs and members of the Patriarchal Court. Their discussions covered various topics, including their recent trips to Ukraine and Romania, as well as matters related to Orthodoxy in North America. The delegation was warmly received by the Patriarchate and invited to luncheons on both June 8 and 9.  On June 8, they had lunch with His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon, His Eminence…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SPRINGFIELD, VA [OCA] The documentary video “Recollections of Saintly Matushka Olga” is now available for viewing. This video gives an important window into the place Matushka Olga continues to hold in the lives of the Alaskan faithful. It also explains the decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops to keep her relics in her home village of Kwethluk, making it a place of pilgrimage for Orthodox peoples around the world. You can help the efforts of the faithful Orthodox people of Kwethluk and all of Alaska in setting up this pilgrimage center through your generous donations. They…

Source: Orthodox Church in America ROMANIA [OCA]  The delegation of the Orthodox Church in America, led by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, visited Romania from June 4 to June 7, 2024. The delegation includes Archpriest Alexander Rentel, OCA Chancellor, Archpriest Nazari Polataiko, and Deacon Vitaly Permiakov. Their visit strengthened the OCA’s ties and friendship with the Romanian Orthodox Church and included engagements at the Putna Monastery and an audience at the Patriarchal Palace. Visit to Putna Monastery On Tuesday, June 4, His Beatitude arrived at Putna Monastery, where he was warmly welcomed by Archimandrite Melchisedec (Velnic), the abbot of Putna Monastery, the clergy…

Source: Orthodox Church in America CLEVELAND, OH [DOM] On Tuesday, May 28, the historic St. Theodosius Cathedral, Cleveland, OH suffered significant damage when the roof caught fire. The fire broke out in the afternoon around 3:30 PM EST. Local fire crews began to fight to put out the fire in an effort to save the temple. Priest Jan Cizmar, Cathedral Dean, along with other local clergy, faithful, and neighbors began to remove and preserve holy items from the Cathedral. In a post on the Cathedral Facebook page, Father Jan expressed his gratitude to the local firefighters and faithful who came offering their prayers.…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SPRINGFIELD, VA [OCA] The canonization of a human being is the ultimate proof of God’s love: He cares for us so much that he enables us to live a life filled with His light, and to shine that light out to the world. Not every person achieves this, of course, but those who do can be canonized by the Church and called saints. On Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 1:00 PM (EST) the Clergy Wives Advisory Group will offer a Zoom retreat entitled “The Road to the Canonization of Blessed Matushka Olga of Alaska.” We will…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SPRINGFIELD, VA [OCA]  On April 2-4, 2024, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America met for its Regular Spring 2024 Session in Springfield, VA, under the presidency of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon. The meetings of the Synod were preceded by a special joint meeting in which the Bishops were joined by the Church Officers, the Diocesan Chancellors, the General Counsel, and representatives of the Pension Board. The joint meeting began on Monday, April 1, with an education session led by Mr. David Jarrett, FSA, EA, MAAA, FCA, Principal and Consulting Actuary. This presentation…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS]  Following a Comprehensive Site Visit by members of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) in October 2023, the most recent biannual meeting of the ATS Board of Commissioners reaffirmed the accreditation of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary for a period of 10 years.  In their letter to the Seminary’s Rector, His Eminence Archbishop Michael, the Commissioners praised the Seminary’s “laser sharp clarity of identity and mission”, “strong community of formation”, and its “committed faculty, talented leadership team, and dedicated students”.  In addition to the extension of accreditation till…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SPRINGFIELD, VA [OCA]   The Orthodox Church in America has entered into a purchase agreement for the Westwood Property, the location that has housed the Chancery of the OCA over the last several decades. The agreement, authorized by the Metropolitan Council and unanimously confirmed by the Holy Synod of Bishops, is another step toward the final resolution of the former Chancery property and securing a permanent location in greater Washington, DC. The decision to proceed with the purchase agreement was made during a special session of the Metropolitan Council by teleconference on January 24, 2024, under the presidency…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SPRINGFIELD, VA [OCA]   His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon will be presiding at the Rite of Consecration of Preparation of Holy Chrism during the Vesperal Divine Liturgy of Great and Holy Thursday, May 2, 2024 at St. Tikhon’s Monastery. This rite is reserved for Primates of autocephalous Orthodox Churches. The last time Holy Chrism was consecrated for the Orthodox Church in America was in 2017 and marks the second time His Beatitude has presided at the rite. After the Chrism has been consecrated it will be distributed for parish use across North America for the Holy Mystery of Chrismation.…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SPRINGFIELD, VA [OCA]  His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, in his primatial capacity, desires to commission a new icon of All Saints of America, and, accordingly, the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America is issuing this call for proposals. The Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America has made provision for the funding of this new icon. Any proposal should at least include plans for the depiction of: In a central position, the Savior, flanked by his Mother and his Forerunner in a posture of supplication (deësis); All presently canonized saints of North America, including saints approved for…

Source: Orthodox Church in America To the clergy, monastics, and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America, my beloved children in the Lord, Christ is born! Glorify him! At the Vigil for today’s feast, we sang with the words of St. Germanus of Constantinople: “Today the Virgin gives birth to the Maker of all. Eden offers a cave and a star discloses Christ, the Sun, to those in darkness” (second sticheron at the aposticha). In a supreme paradox, the created world today offers shelter to the one who contains all things in the palm of his hand. Coming among us…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BOSTON, MA [OCA]  On Saturday, December 2, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, hierarchs of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America, and hierarchs of other sister Orthodox Churches gathered at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Boston, MA, along with clergy and faithful of the Diocese of New England for the ordination to the Holy Episcopate of Bishop-elect Benedict (Churchill), as Bishop of Hartford and the Diocese of New England. The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America elected Archimandrite Benedict as Bishop-elect of Hartford at their regular Fall Session on November 7, 2023. On Friday evening,…

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