Chancellor, Archpriest Chad Hatfield, Dean Emeritus, Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, and Dean, Archpriest John Behr, attended the world premiere of the English setting of "The Passion According to Saint Matthew," a musical composition by His Grace Hilarion (Alfeyev), Bishop of Vienna and Austria, on October 25, 2008 in Toronto. Bishop Hilarion's musical settings, which include as well "The All-Night Vigil" and "The Divine Liturgy," have received high acclaim from both ecclesial and secular reviewers.
The Russian Orthodox Church intends to participate in festive events during the Year of Russia in France planned in 2010. "The Russian Orthodox Church will also participate in this campaign and bring one of its relics to France, so that Orthodox believers and members of other Christian confessions could pray before it," Alexy II told journalists after his meeting with the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris, Andre Vingt-Trois in St. Daniel Monastery of Moscow.
Renowned missionary Hegumen Sergy (Rybko) compared those who oppose missionary activity among unformal youth to Pharisees and urged them to follow the will of Russian Church hierarchs. In his interview to Interfax-Religion Fr. Sergy reminded that "Pharisees often blamed Christ for turning his sermon not to a certain elite, but to everyone without distinction - to gentiles, publicans, whores and leading them to repentance."
A rare Hebrew seal from the First Temple period, discovered in archaeological excavations in the Western Wall plaza, west of the Temple Mount, will be presented to the public today. An image of a warrior shooting an arrow is depicted on the seal, which belonged to a Hebrew person by the name of Hagab. The owner of the seal probably held a military position, possibly that of army commander of the Kingdom of Judah .
Alhambra, CA - On Tuesday, November 28th, His Grace, Bishop Maxim and
the St. Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of the Western American Diocese
hosted this very special Pan-Orthodox Gathering in Commemoration of the 2,000th
Anniversary of the Birth of St. Paul.
The days events began with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10am. The hierarchs, clergy and faithful from around the South California area attended and participated in this special event. We were honored to have as the Homilist and Guest Speaker the Very Rev. Fr. Paul Nadim Tarazi, ThD.
The St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church in Troy, Michigan, celebrated their Church Slava on Sunday, October 26, 2008. Fr. Kristijan Petrovich, parish priest, celebrated the Divine Liturgy. Afterwards he cut the Slava Kolach with this year's kumovi Zlatko and Ljiljana Velkovski. On the following day, on the feastday of the Holy and Venerable Mother Paraskeva, Fr. Kristijan was joined at the Divine Liturgy by Fr. Roman Star, dean of the Midwest for the Moscow Patriarchate and parish priest at St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Church in Redford, Michigan. Also serving was Deacon Ivan Feloniuk, deacon at St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.