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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,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America CHICAGO, IL [OCA] On November 6-10, 2023 the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America met under the presidency of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon for its Regular Fall 2023 Session at the historic Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chicago, IL. His Beatitude presented his report describing his primatial activities since the last meeting. The Holy Synod went on to discuss a wide variety of topics related to the life of the Church. On November 7, the Reverend Hieromonk Benedict (Churchill) was canonically elected as the Bishop of Hartford and the Diocese of New England after being nominated by the Diocese…

Source: Orthodox Church in America MUNDELEIN, IL [OCA] – Almost 120 bishops and priests from across the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) participated in the National Clergy Retreat from October 17-20, 2023, at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake Conference Center in Mundelein, Illinois. The retreat was sponsored by the OCA Office of Pastoral Life as an opportunity for fellowship, prayer and education for priests and bishops. Between sessions, clergy enjoyed conversation, fellowship and the beautiful grounds of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. As His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon indicated in his remarks at the last dinner, “We are participating in…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SPRINGFIELD, VA [OCA]  On Tuesday, September 26, the Preconciliar Commission met at the Chancery office in Springfield, VA, under the presidency of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon. Members of the PCC include Archpriest Alexander Rentel, Chancellor, Archpriest Alessandro Margheritino, Secretary, Archpriest Andrew Jarmus, Protodeacon Peter Ilchuk, Council Manager, Ms. Lynnell McFarland, Ms. Hollie Benton, and Mr. Andrew Smith, Treasurer. This was the first in-person meeting of the Commission after its formal appointment this past Spring. The PCC met to continue planning for the 21st All-American Council, slated to take place at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH BOSTON, MA [OCA] On Saturday, September 16, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon and other hierarchs of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America gathered at Saint George Cathedral in Boston, MA, along with clergy and faithful of the Albanian Archdiocese and across the Orthodox Church in America, for the ordination to the Holy Episcopate of Bishop-elect Nikodhim (Preston), as Bishop of Boston and the Albanian Archdiocese. The Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America elected Archimandrite Nikodhim as Bishop-elect of Boston at their regular Spring Session on April 25, 2023. On Friday evening, His Beatitude…

Source: Orthodox Church in America A schedule of events has been made available for the upcoming 53rd annual Saint Herman Pilgrimage in Alaska taking place August 7-9, 2023. His Grace Bishop Alexei of Sitka and Alaska will welcome His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon who will be presiding over the pilgrimage. The pilgrimage will begin Monday, August 7, with the Akathist to Saint Herman at Holy Resurrection Cathedral. The following day, the pilgrimage will continue with the celebration of the hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM, a Grand Banquet at noon, and Vigil service at 6:00 PM. The pilgrimage will depart for Spruce Island on August…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SPRINGFIELD, VA [OCA]  The Orthodox Church in America is delighted to announce that its Thriving in Ministry Program has been awarded a significant 5-year sustainability grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. This grant, combined with matching funds from the Church, will provide substantial support for the program’s ongoing initiatives aimed at nurturing and sustaining the well-being of clergy and clergy wives within the Orthodox Christian community. Lilly Endowment has recognized the importance of the Thriving in Ministry Program’s mission and impact. Through this generous grant, the Orthodox Church in America’s commitment to supporting and equipping clergy and clergy…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SPRINGFIELD, VA [OCA]  The Orthodox Church in America has announced that it is seeking qualified candidates for the position of General Counsel. As the main source of legal advice and counsel, the General Counsel will serve the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, the Holy Synod of Bishops, and the other Officers of the OCA. The General Counsel’s responsibilities encompass various legal areas such as First Amendment law, employment law, immigration law, tax law, non-profit law, and civil litigation. Although not expected to represent the OCA in civil litigation, the General Counsel will assist in…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SPRINGFIELD, VA [OCA]   The 16-chapter “Essential Orthodox Christian Beliefs: A Manual for Adult Instruction,” is now available for free download. A cooperative effort of the Departments of the Orthodox Church in America, the groundbreaking work is an offering to the Church to assist clergy and parishes in their work of instructing inquirers and the faithful in the truths of the Orthodox Christian Faith. This work is not meant to replace time-trusted books and publications which have taught generations but to…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA] The 119th Annual Pilgrimage to Saint Tikhon’s Monastery was held from May 26 to May 29, 2023. His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the pilgrimage which commenced on Friday, with a welcome of the myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, which was greeted at the monastery archway. The icon was then carried in procession to the monastery church, where a Service of Thanksgiving was celebrated in its honor. The day continued with Vespers and Matins, followed by a communal meal for the pilgrims. Later that evening, His Beatitude attended the commencement activities…

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