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Faith Is Believing Without Seeing

OCN Now - Fri, 2017/10/13 - 8:13am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses of the Bible Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1   Good morning Prayer Team! Faith means believing without seeing or fully comprehending something.  Faith is […]

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Care for the Caretaker

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 10:01pm
The 2017 Orthodox Family Ministry Conference was held near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from September 20 to 23. The host parish was All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the 2017 Family Ministry Conference focused on “The Orthodox Family in a Changing […]

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Hank Unplugged: Living in A Post-Truth World with Os Guinness

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 2:15pm
Listen Now to a conversation with Os Guinness in this podcast series of Hank Unplugged. The Bible Answer Man’s podcast brought to you through Christian Research Institute and now showcased on Orthodox Christian Network. ABOUT HANK HANEGRAAFF Hank is the author of more than twenty books, with more than a million copies in print. He is a regular […]

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Memory Eternal! + Bishop Antoun

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 12:14pm

 

 

 

 

 




Memory Eternal! + Bishop Antoun of Thrice-Blessed Memory

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Is 40:8

Dear Brother Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Esteemed members of the Archdiocese Board of
Trustees, and Christ-loving Faithful,

Blessing and greetings to you in the Name of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus!

With profound sadness, yet hope in the Resurrection, I announce the passing into eternal life of my beloved brother, Bishop ANTOUN. Words cannot begin to describe our debt of gratitude to His Grace nor our sense of loss at his falling asleep.

As our senior, and for many years our only, auxiliary bishop, he traveled the width and breadth of our God-protected Archdiocese. He was sincerely loved by all – young and old – and he will be greatly missed. All of us who were blessed to witness his retirement banquet this past July in Miami were greatly moved by the effort he made to be with his people one last time. Now we are comforted and assured that he will eternally pray for his people at the throne of God.

All churches in the Archdiocese are directed to hold Trisagion Prayers of Mercy this Sunday in memory of Bishop ANTOUN and all are asked to pray for His Grace in their public and private prayers throughout the next forty days. We are diligently working on the arrangements for the funeral and burial and will post them once they are final.

As I continue to attend the meetings of the Holy Synod this week at the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of Saint Elias Shwayya, Lebanon, be assured of my paternal love and prayers as we mourn the passing of His Grace.

Your Father In Christ,
+JOSEPH
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America

TRIBUTES & CONDOLENCES

The following tribute to His Grace Bishop Antoun premiered at the Saturday evening banquet of the 2017 Archdiocese Convention, July 29, 2017.

Metropolitan Joseph's Funeral Address

Letter of Condolence from Assembly of Bishops Chairman: His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America

Letter to Patriarch John X from His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America

Letter of Condolence from the Ukranian Orthodox Church of the United States of America:
Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel

Interview with His Grace Bishop John in the September 2014 edition of The Word magazine

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Punks to Monks:Effects of the Last Rebellion

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 10:07am
Watch Now as Fr. John Valadez unpacks what he means by Death to the World. “The world” is the general name for all the passions. When we wish to call the passions by a common name, we call them the world. But when we wish to distinguish them by their special names, we call them passions. The passions […]

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Growing…in Christ

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 8:41am
Did you ever wonder what you’ll look like when you are all grown up? Or what you’ll be? Or how you’ll spend your time? Maybe you’ve wondered what kind of person you’ll grow up to be. Today we hear the parable of the sower, the man who planted seeds. He probably wondered how these seeds […]

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Taking Time to Be Still

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 8:26am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses of the Bible  Be still, and know that I am God.  I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10   Good morning Prayer Team! Are you overstimulated?  Do you check […]

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Analysis of 2 Cor. 9, 6-11

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/10/12 - 8:15am
Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor of the School of Thelogy of the University of Thessaloniki   ‘The point is this: those who sow sparingly will also reap sparingly, and those who sow bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves […]

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Metropolitan JOSEPH Requests Prayers for Those Impacted by California Fires

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 2:59pm

Englewood, NJ — His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH, along with all of the clergy and faithful of the Antiochian Archdiocese, is praying fervently for those being impacted by the wildfires raging in northern California. His Eminence has been in constant communication with Father George Baalbaki, the pastor of our parish of Saint Nicholas in San Francisco, who has been in contact with his own parishoners as well as the other parishes in the area. Father George was able to report that the faithful in the area are safe, but many have indeed been forced to evacuate and some have suffered property damage.

Sayidna JOSEPH notes: “We know that our Lord commanded a pillar of fire to protect his people and spoke to Moses from a bush that was burning but not consumed. I ask all of our faithful people to fervently beseech the very same Lord to extend his right hand from His holy dwelling place on high and speedily quench these fires through His divine might. On behalf of all of my brother hierarchs, our clergy, and laity, I offer our prayers and support to those who are being impacted. We will be with you.”

Please continue to monitor Antiochian.org for updates as to how we can help those are suffering from these devastating wildfires.

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Schedule for the Historic Visit of His Beatitude Patriarch John X to New York

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 2:58pm

Make your plans now to join His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East, as well as His Eminence and Beatitude, Patriarch Bechara Peter Cardinal Rai of the Maronite Church, for a festive luncheon celebrating their historic visits to New York on Sunday afternoon, October 29, 2017. Proceeds will support the victims and relief efforts of the ongoing war in Syria. Sponsorships are available.

That morning at 11:00 a.m., Patriarch John will celebrate the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Brooklyn, 355 State Street. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese, and other hierarchs, clergy and faithful, will join him. Orthros will begin at 9:45 a.m.

A special rate has been secured at the Marriott New York Brooklyn Bridge for out-of-town guests. Space is limited, so please do not delay: make your reservations here today!

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Stand or Kneel? Politics, Football, and Orthodoxy

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 9:52am
Watch Now.  While standing or kneeling has become somewhat of a political issue with players in professional football,  Orthodox Christians always stand and kneel in Liturgy, using our whole body in prayer and worship to glorify God. Photo credit: NYTimes.com About Fr. Chris Makiej Fr. Chris Makiej is a priest at Saints Constantine and Helen Church […]

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It produces good fruit

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 9:28am
Elder Filotheos Zervakos   How is it possible for your children to become good people when you yourselves often become angry in front of them and swear by the holy things? When you take what’s not yours and cheat other people? When you steal and lie, when you slander and commit perjury? When the whole […]

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He is Always There

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 9:19am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses From the Bible God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1   Good morning Prayer Team! The next two reflections will come from Psalm 46.  Today’s is the first […]

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Who haven’t people mocked?

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/11 - 8:15am
Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   Writing to someone on the subject of confession, Saint Nikolaj had this to say: You want to know if confession is so important. At one time you used to go more frequently for confession, but you stopped because somebody mocked you for it. You shouldn’t have stopped. Who haven’t people mocked? […]

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His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH's Address at the Funeral of His Grace Bishop ANTOUN

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 8:45pm

Archieratical Address of His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH
Delivered at the Funeral of His Grace Bishop ANTOUN

Beloved Brother Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, and Christ-loving Faithful:

I embrace all of you with paternal love, as we come together this evening to pray for our beloved Bishop ANTOUN to his eternal rest.

I return to you from the meetings of the Holy Synod of Antioch, and I bear with me the fervent prayers and heartfelt condolences of our Father-in-Christ, His Beatitude Patriarch JOHN X, as well as my brothers, the venerable Metropolitans of our Holy Patriarchate. We belong to one Antiochian family, and I can relay to you that the loss of our beloved Bishop ANTOUN is profoundly felt by all. 

I stand before you this evening with great reverence and immeasurable affection for my dear brother and concelebrant, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the years I was blessed to call him a friend and a mentor.

I stand before you this evening beholding our Bishop ANTOUN, and I reflect on the image he now presents to us of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ:

+He is vested as a high priest , as one whose hands offered the Bloodless Sacrifice, and as one who fervently and tearfully offered prayers and supplications for his people;

+He is crowned as a king, not as one who lorded authority over others, but as one who always led as though he were the servant of all;

+He holds the Book of the Gospels as a prophet, as one who expounded with authority the Word of God;

+And he bears the staff of a shepherd, as one who was always there to guide his precious sheep and guard them with his own life.

While His Grace was a wonderful example of all of these Christ-like images, I will most remember Bishop ANTOUN as a shepherd. We read in the Gospel of John that the Good Shepherd loves the sheep: knowing each of them by name, protecting them from thieves and wolves, and providing them with abundant life.

As a good shepherd, His Grace did indeed love all of us – the hierarchs, clergy, and faithful. He offered himself wholeheartedly to us, and we could always count on his steadfastness, his courage, and his selflessness.

He had a particular love for the clergy. He gave many wonderful years to the formation of seminarians and raised up for this Archdiocese a generation of bishops and priests. He knew them by name and loved them. They knew his voice and loved him in return – even if the sound of that distinctive voice was sometimes stern and correcting, they knew his heart was that of a shepherd guiding and caring for them. 

Who can forget the beautiful relationship he had with the children of our church? They were drawn in by this kind and gentle shepherd. His face would beam with joy as he led them in his favorite song – "You Are My Sunshine." I find it hard not to be moved to tears when I think of the banquet here in Miami, and I can still hear the voices of the young people singing to their beloved Bishop ANTOUN.

In these recent days, I found myself rereading a beautiful interview Bishop ANTOUN gave to Bishop JOHN for The Word magazine. In reading his account of his long life of service to this Archdiocese, I called to mind the sacrificial love of the Good Shepherd described by Our Lord. His Grace reminisced about his arrival in the United States in 1959 and described the development of his longtime friendship with His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP into a dynamic partnership that transformed our Archdiocese.

With his sacrificial love, he worked side by side with His Eminence in building a new headquarters for the Archdiocese, creating the Antiochian Women, Teen SOYO, and The Order of Saint Ignatius, establishing the Antiochian Village, and welcoming the Evangelical Orthodox Church and countless others home into the green pastures of Holy Orthodoxy.

In the interview, His Grace beautifully remarked: “Since my consecration as a bishop, I traveled throughout the Archdiocese. All of my work brought me happiness. The love of my life is this Archdiocese, her people, and especially the clergy.” These are words of a true shepherd who gave himself to his flock with love and joy.

One of my favorite verses of Scripture comes from Psalm 54: “Oh that I had wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” The context of the Psalm is the betrayal of a close friend, one with whom the psalmist walked to the house of God and took sweet counsel, and can be said as a prayer during times of tribulation.

This morning, Sayidna ANTOUN does indeed fly away to be at rest but not out of a desire to leave us behind. To the contrary, he was our close friend and never betrayed us, nor did we betray him. He is our faithful companion, and far from leaving us orphaned, he will take his rest, while never ceasing to intercede for us at the throne of the Almighty God. And he also now flies away to be rejoined for all eternity to his most faithful friend, His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP. We are assured that they will be forever united in loving prayers for us, their grateful flock.

I stand before you this morning, and I grieve with you the passing of this great man of God; but we grieve not as ones who have no hope, but as faithful sheep knowing that our shepherds, Sayidna PHILIP and Sayidna ANTOUN, will continue by their prayers to guide us to the abundant life that is found in Christ’s Holy Church.

To the faithful of this Archdiocese, and particularly this diocese of Miami and the Southeast, I offer my paternal love and my solemn oath to live up to the example of this godly shepherd in caring for you, my beloved flock. And I have complete confidence in my brother, His Grace Bishop NICHOLAS, that he will do likewise as he takes up the ministry of his venerable predecessor.

To the family and loved ones of our beloved Bishop ANTOUN, I offer – on behalf of my brother hierarchs and the clergy and faithful of this God-protected Archdiocese – heartfelt condolences and all of my love and prayers. We also offer our gratitude for your sharing of him with us, for his sacrifices on our behalf could not have come without your sacrifices as well.

Your Grace Bishop ANTOUN, your legacy of love will never be forgotten. We shall never lose our gratitude for all of your joy, your sincerity, your self-sacrifice, and of course your sunshine. As you fly away to take your rest at the right hand of the Most High and to live in the Light that shall never be overtaken by night, remember us—your grateful and loving children—in your holy prayers.

May your memory be eternal, my brother and concelebrant!

+Metropolitan JOSEPH

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When Kids Don’t Like Church

Ancient Faith Radio - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 10:00am
Elissa takes a look at a question from a friend: How do we handle it when an older child doesn't want to go to church? Can't we just worship from home? Why does it matter and how do you teach that?
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When You Are at a Low Moment, Meditate on This Verse

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 8:58am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses of the Bible My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to Thy word!  Psalm 119:28   Good morning Prayer Team! Psalm 119 is the longest of the 150 Psalms.  The funeral service in […]

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Life in the Church

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/10/10 - 8:15am
Petros Panayiotopoulos   Shortly before He was taken away to be put to death, Christ turned to His heavenly Father and addressed Him in fervent prayer. The prayer is so important for the spiritual formation of the Church that it’s known in Greek as the “Archiepiscopal Prayer”. In it, Jesus prays for the disciples He’s […]

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The Third Sunday of Luke (Luke 7, 11-16)

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 9:30am
Father Nikolaos Patsalos   Anyone reading or hearing today’s Gospel (the raising of the son of the widow in Nain) can form their own thoughts and conclusions. One thing which people might think of and wonder about is why God doesn’t show the same compassion in all cases of the loss of a young person […]

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Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/10/09 - 8:20am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses of the Bible For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, […]

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