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WORD OF WISDOM

Archbishop Nicolae’s Meditation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos 2011

At the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos it is beneficial for us to discover what the Holy Fathers of the Church teach us about honoring the Birthgiver of God, because all those who have dared to write about the Lord’s Mother have employed words of praise about her who gave the world God Incarnate.

St. Gregory Palamas questions even the ability of words to grasp the mystery of the Birthgiver of God: “What word could describe, Mother of God, Virgin, your godly, brilliant beauty? For it is not possible to grasp all your attributes in thought or word, since they are beyond the mind and words. But it is possible for us to praise you, who receive us out of your love for mankind. You are the dwelling place of all graces and the fullness of all beauty and all good, the living icon of virtue and of all goodness, the only one worthy to encompass all the gifts of the Spirit….” It is not possible for us to understand with our mind and to express the mystery of the Virgin Mary, but it is possible to praise her. Another father says that after the word is born in our mind, the soul breaks into song, which means that man’s attempt to contemplate the Mother of God cannot succeed unless that endeavor is transformed into a song of praise to the Birthgiver. We cannot talk about the Virgin, we can only hymn her. We cannot explain through words, we can only witness her mystery in praises.

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THE CHURCH TODAY

A Meditation by Vicar Bishop Ioan Casian of Vicina

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).…read more

NEWS

Central USA Deanery Assembly, South St. Paul, MN

Priests and parish delegates of U.S. Central Deanery met in the weekend of 16 and 17 of September 2011 at St. Stephen’s parish in South St. Paul, MN for the Deanery Assembly. The Assembly work session was opened on Friday afternoon with a prayer of blessing pronounced by His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae. …(Continue)

Help Orthodox Clergy in the Mission Field by Supporting OCMC’s SAMP Program

The light of Orthodoxy shines around the world and is often embodied in priests that minister to diverse cultures in some of the poorest countries. Priests serving in these parts of the world strive to establish vibrant ministries and address the physical and spiritual needs of people who may have never before heard Christ’s life-saving message of hope and salvation. …(Continue)

The Annunciation Cathedral in Rocky River, OH celebrated

The faithful of the Annunciation Cathedral in Rocky River, OH have spent the past weekend in celebration. Everyone prayed, thanked God and asked His blessing on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the parish, along with H.E. Archbishop Nicolae and Rev. Fr. Ion Gherman. …(Continue)

Archbishop Dimitri of the Orthodox Church in America Reposes in the Lord

DALLAS, TEXAS  – [Diocese of the South OCA]  His Eminence, Archbishop Dimitri (Royster) retired Archbishop of Dallas and the Diocese of the South of the Orthodox Church in America, fell asleep in the Lord at his home here at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, August 28, 2011. His Eminence, The Archbishop was eighty-seven years old….(Continue)

OrthodoxJobs.com – new and improved website for the job seeker and employer

Boston, MA – August 8, 2011 – The Department of Internet Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the Office of Vocation & Ministry of Hellenic College are pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned and updated web site….(Continue)

 

TODAY’S SAINTS
SEP 23

† Zamislirea Sf. Prooroc Ioan Botezatorul

† Sf. Cuv Xantipa si Polixenia.

ARCHBISHOP NICOLAE’S
PASTORAL ITINERARY

September 25, 2011 – Divine Liturgy at the same parish

September 23, 2011 – Deanery Assembly for Eastern Canada at the All Saints parish, Toronto, ON

September 18, 2011 – Divine Liturgy at the same parish

September 16, 2011 – Deanery Assembly for Central USA at St. Steven parish, South St. Paul, MN

September 14, 2011 – Elevation of the Holy Cross Church – Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas parish, New York

BISHOP IOAN CASIAN’S PASTORAL ITINERARY

September 25, 2011 – Divine Liturgy at the same parish

September 23, 2011 – Deanery Assembly for Eastern Canada at the All Saints parish, Toronto, ON

September 18, 2011 – Divine Liturgy at the same parish

September 16, 2011 – Deanery Assembly for Central USA, South St. Paul, MN

September 14, 2011 – Elevation of the Holy Cross – Divine Liturgy at the Protection of the Mother of God Monastery, Wentworth, QC

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