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Session One: History of the Christian Church

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 10:54am
Session One: History of the Christian Church Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom#EndPersecutionOfChristians The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are hosting The 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. this week, December 4-6, 2017.   The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will engage scholars, human […]

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St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra + December 6

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 10:51am

The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, a model of meekness, and a teacher of temperance. Therefore thou hast won the heights by humility, riches by poverty. Holy Father Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.

+Troparion, Tone 4

Thou wast a faithful minister of God in Myra, O Saint Nicholas. For having fulfilled the Gospel of Christ, thou didst die for the people and save the innocent. Therefore thou wast sanctified as a great initiator of the grace of God.

+Kontakion, Tone 3

On December 6, we celebrate St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the fourth-century archbishop of Myra in Lycia (on the southern coast of modern-day Turkey). None of his writings is extant, but his examples of Christian generosity, virtue and love endure to this day. St. Nicholas is the living embodiment of the words "faith without works is dead" (James 2:20). He is also the patron and protector of two cathedrals – Brooklyn and Los Angeles – in our Archdiocese.

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Many Years to His Grace Bishop Nicholas!

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 10:19am

Apolytikion of St. Nicholas, Tone 4

The truth of things revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, a model of meekness, and a teacher of temperance. Therefore thou hast won the heights by humility, riches by poverty. Holy Father Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.

December 6th is the celebration of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and the namesday of His Grace Bishop Nicholas. May God grant him many years!

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Saints Celebrated on December 5th

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 9:30am
Martyr Anastasius A Saint of this name is commemorated on December 5, in the Martyrologies, but neither the place nor the time of his passion is discoverable. When he saw the torments that the Martyrs gloriously endured, he ran into the arena and confessed his faith in Christ. He was beheaded and his body was […]

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LIVE from the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 9:19am
    The Persecution of Christians in the Holy Lands & Middle East – Consequences & Solutions Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom#EndPersecutionOfChristians The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are hosting The 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. this week, December 4-6, 2017.  […]

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When You Are Not Sure How You are Going to Get it All Done

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 8:49am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible Cast all of your anxieties on Him, for He cares about you.  I Peter 5:7   Good morning Prayer Team! My dad passed away in June of 2014.  I had visited him May 28-30.  […]

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What the Son of God Achieved

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 8:20am
Saint John the Damascan (feast-day 4 December) For now the adoration of demons has ceased; creation has been sanctified by the divine blood; the altars and temples of idols have been overthrown; the knowledge of God, the consubstantial Trinity, has been planted [in our minds]; the uncreated divinity, the one true God, Creator and Lord […]

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Boston Byzantine Choir to Present "The Twelve Days of Christmas" Concert

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/12/05 - 1:34am

On December 9, 2017, the Boston Byzantine Choir under the direction of Charles R. Marge, will present "The Twelve Days of Christmas," featuring Orthodox Sacred Chant in English in the season of Christmas through Epiphany, at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Christian Church in Potomac, MD. The concert will be presented at 6:30 p.m., following the 5:30 p.m. Vespers service.

Over the past 25 years, the Boston Byzantine Choir has endeavored to make Byzantine chant and the Orthodox Christian faith accessible to the English-speaking world. The choir grew out of the chanting tradition of St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has chanted at services and performed in concerts in the Northeast, Montreal and California. The Boston Byzantine Choir is best known for its five recordings of Byzantine Chant in English: "First Fruits," "Mystical Supper," "Thy Passion," "Thy Resurrection," and "Lenten Journey."

The December 9, 2017 event will be the choir's first appearance in the DC/Baltimore area and will include the premieres of several new Byzantine Chant compositions in English written for the choir by Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis.

Listen to the Boston Byzantine choir sing "Rejoice O Bethany."

AttachmentSize Flyer, Boston Byzantine Choir concert 12.09.2017 (PDF)1.32 MB
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Register Now! 2018 Winter Sacred Music Institute Is February 1-4 in Houston

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 10:31pm

 

 

 

 

 


The Department of Sacred Music is thrilled to announce the 2018 Winter Sacred Music Institute, being held from February 1-4, 2018, and hosted once again by the ever generous and gracious St. George Orthodox Christian Church in Houston, TX.

Come spend a musical weekend learning, sharing, singing, praying, and of course, eating! A variety of courses will be available to suit your needs, whether it be choral instruction, Byzantine chant, music theory, vocal technique, structure of services, theology, and of course, singing, singing, singing!

And once again, we welcome back our ever-inspiring Youth Music Ministry which will have its own special track for teens between the ages of 14–18. For more information please contact Chris Farha at chrisfarha@cox.net.

HOTEL INFORMATION: Stay at the beautiful Courtyard Houston West University and enjoy the special rate of $105/night, single and double occupancy. The hotel is a short walk to the church, and parking is free. Call 713-661-5996 and don’t forget to mention SGOR to get the special rate!

LINKS

Adult Registration Form
Youth Music Ministry Application Form
Teen and Adult Scholarship Form 

For more information, please contact chairman Paul Jabara at sacredmusic@antiochian.org.

See you in Houston!

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Assembly of Bishops Releases Study on Young Adults and Ministering to Them

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 10:16pm

Akron, OH young adult leaders with Bishop ANTHONYThe study "Young Adults and Young Adult Ministries in American Orthodox Christian Parishes" has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. Download the study report here:

Executive Summary (PDF)
Full Report (PDF)

The subject of young Orthodox Church members was a major topic on the agenda of the recent Annual General Assembly Meeting (October 3–5, Garfield, NJ). This report was prepared in order to help the Assembly address our common concern about the engagement of youth and young adults in the lives of American Orthodox parishes. Examples of what the readers will find in the report include:

Which programs and activities are most crucial for attracting young adult church members?


Why it is important to have a designated young adult leader in a parish?
Which aspects of Orthodox worship are especially appealing to young adult church members?
How does a parish's involvement with an Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) affect young adult parishioners and young adult ministries?

Parishes of five Orthodox jurisdictions participated in this study. The report was prepared by Alexei Krindatch, the Assembly's Research Coordinator.

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Memory Eternal! + The Very Rev. Emile Hanna

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 7:00pm

The Very Reverend Father Emile Hanna, 84, fell asleep in the Lord on November 29, 2017. His wife of 55 years Claudette (Bourada), son David (Lisa Seaton), daughter Nadine (Jim Potts), and granddaughters Emily, Madeline, Ella, Grace and Lilly, were with him during his final peaceful moments. He was predeceased by his brothers Fayez, Samir, and George, and sisters Sadie and Yvette.

Father Emile was born in Aitha el Fakhar, Lebanon and immigrated to the United States in 1956. Within the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, Fr. Emile faithfully served parishes in Louisville, Kentucky; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; and Orinda, California. He will be remembered by all of his parishioners for his moving, beautiful liturgical voice.

The Trisagion prayers will be served on Monday, December 4, at 7 p.m., and the funeral service will be held on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 501 Moraga Way, Orinda, CA, 94563. He will be laid to rest at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the St. John Building Fund.

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The Mystery of Marital Selection

Ancient Faith Radio - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 10:26am
On a new "Family Matters," the podcast of the GOA Center for Family Care, Fr. Alex Goussetis talks with Dr. George Stavros on the reasons we choose our spouse, often based on the following factors: the familiar, the compensatory, and the redemptive.
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14th Sunday of Luke: Physical or Spiritual Blindness?

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 9:30am
Protopresbyter Nikolaos Patsalos   14th Sunday of Saint Luke today, and we’ve now entered the month of Christmas. Jesus enters Jericho and comes across a suffering person whose affliction is blindness. It’s a terrible cross for him not to enjoy the first and greatest of God’s goods: perceptible light. Apart from being blind, the unfortunate […]

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Syrian Saints: Barbara of Heliopolis & John of Damascus

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 8:10am
James W. Lillie   The Holy Great Martyr Barbara lived and suffered during the reign of the emperor Maximian (305-311). Her father, Dioskoros, was a rich pagan, a prominent citizen in Ilioupolis in Syria. After the death of his wife, he devoted himself to the upbringing of his only daughter. Dioskoros seems to have been […]

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When It Feels Like You’ve Got to Climb a Mountain (or Conquer a Kingdom)

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/12/04 - 7:41am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9   Good morning […]

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Do You Want to Be Healed?

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/12/03 - 7:52pm
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. As Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he […]

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The Holy Great Martyr Barbara + December 4

Antiochian Archdiocese - Sun, 2017/12/03 - 10:15am

Let us honor the holy martyr Barbara, for as a bird she escaped the snares of the enemy, and destroyed them through the help and defense of the Cross.

+Troparion, Tone 8

Singing the praises of the Trinity, you followed God by enduring suffering; you renounced the multitude of idols, O holy martyr Barbara. In your struggles, you were not frightened by the threats of your torturers, but cried out in a loud voice: “I worship the Trinity in one God-head.”

+Kontakion, Tone 4

Read the life of St. Barbara

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How unintentional are unwittingly committed sins?

OCN Now - Sun, 2017/12/03 - 8:15am
Ioannis Kornarakis, Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Confession, University of Athens († 2013)   All of us have had the experience of unwittingly committing a sin. And, of course, every confessor/spiritual guide often hears, at almost every confession, the assurance or claim on the part of the penitent that a particular sin was unintentional. […]

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The “Opportunity Costs” of Christmas

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/12/02 - 11:23pm
When we were kids, Christmas morning was all about the excitement of waking up super early, running down the stairs, and gasping at all the presents that Santa would manage to get through a window (we didn’t have a fireplace) during the night without being heard. We would then run back upstairs, tug at my […]

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Christianity is Supposed to Change Us

OCN Now - Sat, 2017/12/02 - 7:42pm
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to […]

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