Welcome Address of Dr Philip Kariatlis
Academic Director and Senior Lecturer in Theology
On the occasion of the visitation of His Holiness Irinej
Archbishop of Pech, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch
St Andrews Greek Orthodox Theological College
11 March 2016
Distinguished members of faculty,
Students and friends of St Andrew’s who are with us this morning,
It is my great pleasure and honour to welcome everyone this morning to St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College on this auspicious and blessed occasion.
Address of His Holiness Irinej
Archbishop of Pech, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and
St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College
University of Divinity
8 March 2016
Your Grace the Right Reverend Dean of St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College, Your Eminence, Your Graces, Distinguished Vice Chancellor of the University of Divinity, Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics, Esteemed Professors, Dear Students, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Patriarchal and Synodal Encyclical on the convocation of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church28. March 2016 - 11:17
Your Beatitude and Most Holy Daniel, Archbishop of Bucharest, Metropolitan of Wallachia and Patriarch of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Romania, dearly beloved and cherished brother and concelebrant in Christ God, we embrace Your venerable Beatitude fraternally in the Lord and greet you most joyfully.
Among the church services held during Lent, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, performed on Wednesdays and Fridays, holds an important place. During this service the Holy Elements, blessed during the previous Sunday’s Liturgy and saved in the artophorion (gold plated box) are placed on the Holy Table in the middle of the Sanctuary are offered for communion to believers.
Saturday, March 5th was a very special day at Stanford University and the entire San Francisco Bay Area. With great organization of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Stanford, our Diocese, and with great help from His Grace Bishop Maxim and local Serbian Orthodox communities, we welcomed three well-known professors from different parts of the world – Very Rev. Archimandrite Dr. John Pantelimon Manoussakis, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Holy Cross Theological School, Dr. Cornelia Tsakiridou, professor of Philosophy at LaSalle University, and Dr. George Kordis, professor Emeritus of Iconography at University of Athens. All three came to give us varying lectures on Christian Orthodox Icons, their beauty, meaning, and further future in the twenty first century.
First Sunday of Lent (Orthodoxy):
Holy Seven Bishops, Hieromartyrs of Cherson
RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE ONE: When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; while the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure Body; Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to Thee, O Giver of Life: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Thy Kingdom! Glory to Thy dispensation, O Thou who lovest mankind.
THE TRIUMPH OF ORTHODOXY TROPARION - TONE TWO: We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One, and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God. Of Your own will, You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh to deliver Your creatures from bondage to the enemy. Therefore with thanksgiving we cry aloud to You: ‘You have filled all things with joy, O our Savior, by coming to save the world.’
RESURRECTIONAL KONTAKION - TONE ONE: As God, Thou didst arise from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Thyself. Human nature praises Thee as God, for death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master! Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to Thee: Thou art the giver of resurrection to all, O Christ!