If you have time, please click on this link through and read what Fr. Damick has to say. It’s really good.
This morning, for some odd reason I can’t quite recall, I was thinking about this sort of thing.
The Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee confronts us with a stark contrast between religious pride and self-righteousness on the one hand, and heartfelt humility and repentance on the other hand. The pharisee, of course, is the one who manifests pride, and it is the publican who manifests humility. The Lord closes this short parable by declaring the Pharisee âcondemnedâ and the publican âjustified.â This is a genuine âreversal of fortune,â upending our preconceived notions of piety and righteousness as forcefully as it must have struck those who initially heard the parable as delivered by the Lord. Yet, that reversal of fortune should not obscure other notable factors also working within this parable. Christ is not condemning the actions of the pharisee. The Lord is not telling us through this parable that the pharisee â or anyone else, and that includes us â is wasting both time and energy by going up to the temple to pray, by fasting and by tithing. These are not being condemned as empty practices, consigning all such practitioners to the barren realm of hypocrisy and religious formalism. We, as contemporary Christians, are encouraged to enter the church with regularity and offer our prayer to God, to practice the self restraint and discipline of fasting, and to share our financial resources with the generosity implied by the biblical tithe. We could add other practices to that. In fact, we would do well to imitate the outward actions of the pharisee in…
September 28, 2013
Wayne, WV: Faithful gather to Commence Annual Pilgrimage at Holy Cross Monastery
On Saturday, September 28, the Administrator of the Chicago & Mid-American Diocese, His Grace Peter, Bishop of Cleveland, paid an inaugural visit to Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV, and led the divine services at the monastery’s annual pilgrimage. The monastery’s abbot, His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop George of Mayfield, greeted his distinguished guest. Also present at the pilgrimage was the myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Icon of the Mother of God.
After lunch, in accordance with monastery tradition, a procession and moleben to the Holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon began in the monastery’s main church and proceeded to the outdoor chapel. Bishop George led the moleben, co-served by diocesan, monastery, and local clergy.
At 4:00 PM, a bountiful dinner was offered by the brethren for all the pilgrims, and at 6:00 PM Bishop Peter led the All-Night Vigil. Throughout the service, the many faithful confessed their sins, a fact made possible by the presence of many priests, who came to share in the joy of the pilgrimage.
On August 30, 2013, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, issued a statement calling for prayers for all who are suffering in the crisis currently gripping Egypt, and especially that nation’s minority Christian community.
The complete text follows.
STATEMENT OF THE HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA
Concerning the Conflict in Egypt and its Christian community
It is with deep concern that we have witnessed the mounting difficulties and sorrows suffered by Christians and non-Christians alike across the Middle East, and especially in Egypt and Syria. Of special concern is the plight of the Coptic community in Egypt. The situation in that land is indeed a complex one—one for which we offer prayers on behalf of all people of good will, Christian and non-Christian alike, that the ongoing conflict will soon end in a peaceful resolution. Nevertheless, in mid-August we witnessed disturbing images and reports of the burning and destruction of dozens of Coptic churches across Egypt, together with attacks on the faithful and their homes, families and businesses. While this is not the first time Egypt’s Christians have had to endure such pain, the magnitude of the recent attacks is unprecedented.
The Church, from apostolic times, has endured suffering and persecution. “Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake,” our Lord reveals in Matthew 5:11. Since the time of Cain and Abel, the nature of this fallen world has pitted brother against brother. However, we have been called to look beyond this fallen world and to set our sight on the Kingdom of the Prince of Peace. In this manner, we will fulfill the prayer offered by our Lord on the eve of His life-creating death, “that they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent me” [John 17:21].
It is in this spirit that we call upon the faithful to beseech our Lord to grant peace to our Coptic brothers and sisters in the midst of their trials—and to all Egyptians of good will, in search of that “Peace which passes all understanding” [Philippians 4:7]. May the promise of the Kingdom remain before them as they continue to witness to Jesus Christ in circumstances that, for us, are unimaginable. May we speak up in their defense through whatever means are at our disposal. And may those who have lost their lives in the conflict be granted eternal rest with the saints, in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit” [Romans 15:13].
PETITION FOR AUGMENTED LITANY
Again we pray for those who are being persecuted for their faith, especially the Christian faithful of Egypt and across the Middle East, that the Lord God will send down upon them every spiritual weapon to endure their tribulations; and that He will grant that Peace which passes all understanding upon the region, and throughout the whole world, as a foretaste of His heavenly Kingdom.
The monks of the Hermitage of the Holy Cross in Wayne, WV
KENTUCKY: Parish celebrates groundbreaking Over 150 people gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony at&
That’s my parish!
Over 150 people gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony at Saint Athanasius Church’s recently acquired property in Nicholasville, KY.
“This event has been a long time in coming,” said Priest Justin Patterson, Pastor. “For the past 11 years, since its founding as a mission of the Orthodox Church in America, Saint Athanasius’ faithful have met in a shopping center storefront. Our new location has been effective in helping us grow from those early days, although we always understood that at some point, we would need to procure our own facility to continue and expand the work we are already doing and hope to do in the future. Part of the Orthodox Christian faith is developing a physical space that tells everybody, ‘Here we are; this is the Church.’”
His Grace, Bishop Mark of Baltimore presided at the service. In his remarks, he challenged the faithful “not to be too enamored with the work of their hands. Never forget that the Church is not stones and mortar. The Church is made of the People of God.” He concluded by encouraging the faithful to be “living stones” of the Church in Nicholasville.
Faithful from neighboring Orthodox parishes joined the celebration, including Priest George Wilson of Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church, Priest Thomas Gallaway of Saint Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church, and Deacon Jeremiah Davis of West Virginia’s Holy Cross Monastery [ROCOR] also served at the ceremony. State and local officials congratulated the faithful.
The service ended with the burning of the property’s mortgage, which had been paid in full.
“Our people worked hard to pay off that debt, to save for building the church, and to engage a good architect,” Father Justin said. “The building committee and parish council worked with Lexington architect Tom Smith, a Greek Orthodox Christian, to develop cost-effective plans that could be implemented in phases to meet the parish’s growth needs for the next 25 years.
“The first phase of construction consists of an 8,000 square foot building with a walk-out basement,” explained Father Justin. “Final general contractor selection will take place in September. The second phase will include the formal temple and renovation of the first phase construction to serve as a parish hall and education facility. Construction on the first phase is expected to begin in early October 2013.
Groundbreaking photos and building project updates may found on the parish’s web site.
Abbot Tryphon, of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery (via phil0kalia)
love, love, love
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral ( Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Orthodox Church in America Diocese of the Midwest. It is one of only two churches designed by Louis Sullivan, one of the seminal architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Chicago Landmark.
The church was commissioned by the growing Russian congregation of Chicago, Illinois, and stands within the neighborhood known today as Ukrainian Village. It remains one of only two Orthodox churches servicing the Orthodox-Christian community in Ukrainian Village. Construction work, partly financed by a personal donation of $4,000 from TsarSt. Nicholas II of Russia, lasted from 1899 to 1903. The church retains many features of Russian provincial architecture, including an octagonal dome and a frontal belltower. It is believed that the emigrants wished the church to be “remindful of the small, intimate, rural buildings they left behind in the Old World”.
The Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral is governed by The Orthodox Church in America
Turning our parish into a jungle for Pentecost!
Do any of our followers happen to speak Spanish? I will be in Guatemala briefly and would like to know some words related to orthodoxy in the Spanish language in case I get to attend a service there. God Bless all and let us keep the fast!
Often one hears from converts after some years of seemingly unfruitful struggles that ‘I didnt know what I was getting into when I became Orthodox.’ Some sense this when they are first exposed to the Orthodox Faith, and this can cause them to postpone their encounter with Orthodoxy or even…