St. Vladimir’s Seminary to host open house for prospective students March 8

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Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will host a campus open house, offering “an immersion into seminary life,” on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Prospective students and other interested individuals will have an opportunity to attend classroom sessions, chapel services and community meals with the seminarians and their families; meet the seminary President and select members of the faculty; explore the seminary’s Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry degree programs; meet members of the seminary’s diverse student body of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox students of many jurisdictions; and experience the rhythm of the Seminary during the season of Great Lent.

To register or to obtain additional information, please contact Robin Hatrak at rhatrak@svots.edu or 914-961-8313, ext. 330.

In related news, Saint Vladimir’s is now accepting applications for Fall Semester 2018.  The application deadline is April 1, 2018, with a late application deadline set for June 1.  Applications are currently being reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning February 1 and ending June 1.

The seminary’s Admissions Committee will evaluate complete applications at the beginning of each month during this period and will inform applicants of its decision by the middle of that month.  Prospective students who apply after the June 1 late deadline will be charged a late application fee and will have lower priority for housing.

Further details concerning applications and admission are available online.

Bishop John Leads Rite of Forgiveness in St. Nicholas Cathedral

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On Sunday evening, February 18, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Rite of Forgiveness following the Vespers of Forgiveness Sunday. After the singing of the Great Prokimen, the bright vestments worn by clergy were changed to dark colors…

The Great Lent (2018) Epistle of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Borders of Ukraine

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Let us begin the all-holy season of fasting with joy; let us shine with the bright radiance of the holy commandments of Christ our God: with the brightness of love and the splendor of prayer, the strength of good courage and the purity of holiness! So, clothed in garments of light, let us hasten to the holy resurrection on the third day, that shines on the world with the glory of eternal life!

Ecumenical Patriarch’s Catechetical Homily on the Opening of Holy and Great Lent (2018)

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In a world averse to asceticism, in the presence of contemporary de-sanctification of life and domination of self-centered and self-indulgent ideals, the Orthodox Church insists on a Lenten period of spiritual struggle and “venerable abstinence” for its children in preparation for Holy Week, the Passion and Cross of Christ, so that we may become witnesses and partakers of His glorious Resurrection.

Bishop John Leads Divine Services for Forgiveness Sunday in St. Nicholas Cathedral

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On Sunday, February 18, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Liturgy on Forgiveness Sunday in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.

Archpastoral Letter For Great Lent 2018

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My beloved Faithful Clergy and Laity of our God-Protected Diocese:

As we begin Holy and Great Lent this year on February 19th, I wanted to share with you a few thoughts so that we may journey through the season and arrive safely at the Great Feast of Feasts, Holy Pascha with the proper frame of mind.

Holy and Great Lent is a truly beautiful period of time filled with moments in which we can focus our hearts and our minds on the grace of God. Through daily prayer, fasting, worship, and giving to others, and by the grace of God our lives will continue to be transformed by Him and our souls will be drawn closer and closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the hymns and services of the Triodion period and at the entrance of this holy season of Great Lent, we are called to repentance.

Ecumenical Patriarch’s Catechetical Homily on the Opening of Holy and Great Lent (2018)

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Orthodox Masterpieces Series Launched

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(front, from left) Harrison Russin, Mat. Genevieve Glagolev, Fr. Sergei Glagolev, Robin Freeman, Fr. Chad Hatfield, with the St. Vladimir’s Seminary Chorale, after Great Vespers(front, from left) Harrison Russin, Mat. Genevieve Glagolev, Fr. Sergei Glagolev, Robin Freeman, Fr. Chad Hatfield, with the St. Vladimir’s Seminary Chorale, after Great Vespers10 February 2017 • On-Campus • Three Hierarchs Chapel
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Archdiocese Statement on Florida High School Shooting

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February 16, 2018

NEW YORK – The horrible mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, on Feb. 14, has caused the tragic loss of life for 17 students and teachers, has caused direct pain and grief to the families and friends of the victims and has brought sadness, sorrow and anger to the whole country and the world.

As the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, we share the deep pain and mourning for the horrific death of 17 innocent human beings, and we stand by the countless others who are suffering as a result of this abominable act. Our fervent prayers and thoughts are with the victims, with their families and with their friends.

This absolutely unacceptable and totally unthinkable school massacre is yet another sad chapter in a long series of violent crimes perpetrated across our country against innocent victims, many times against children, many times against young students in our schools and college campuses. It seems that in no other country this is allowed. 

As we find ourselves, once again, in need of offering words of comfort and solace, words of solidarity and hope to those who were directly affected, we seriously question whether we have done all we can to stop this epidemic disease. How many more victims, how many more school children, how many more teenagers and teachers should die before we act? Let us then work to restore the schools to be the sanctuaries that they, by nature, should be. Let us all work to restore trust and confidence within our children by establishing the appropriate security conditions and legal measures prohibiting any kind of any repetition of the massacre in Parkland, Florida.

We offer our wholehearted plea to our elected officials for immediate and effective action.  Our plea is accompanied by the certainty that by the assistance of the God of mercy and wisdom positive results will be achieved in order to restore hope to our society and the world.

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In the News: Events, Opportunities, Resources

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Yonkers, NY:  St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s first “Orthodox Masterpieces” event honors Fr. Sergei Glagolev

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Renowned composers Fr. Sergei Glagolev and Fr. Ivan Moody at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 2016.

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary honored Archpriest Sergei Glagolev, the well known composer of Orthodox liturgical music, by singing a number of his works at the celebration of Great Vespers.  The Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Chorale, a volunteer campus community choir, sang the responses.

Father Sergei is noted for his pioneering work in introducing English-language musical compositions into Orthodox Christian liturgical services — inspired hymnography with a uniquely American sound.  Following Vespers, Harrison Russin, the seminary’s Lecturer in Liturgical Music, offered a presentation on the impact of Father Sergei’s work.  A video of Vespers and the lecture is available online.

In conjunction with the event, a reflection on Father Sergei’s legacy, “Icons in Sound and the Music of Father Sergei Glagolev” written by Mr. Russin, also is available on the seminary web site.

The service represented the first offering in the seminary’s “Orthodox Masterpieces” series.

Moscow, Russia:  Works by Fr. Sergei Glagolev, other contemporary composers, performed in Russia

On Monday, January 29, 2018, compositions by Archpriest Sergei Glagolev were performed at the Moscow Conservatory, one of Russia’s premier musical institutions, at a concert highlighting works by Orthodox composers who wrote outside the borders of their homeland.

“The majority of masterworks on this program were sung in Russia for the first time, reviving a repertoire not only neglected during the Soviet era, but even disparaged and publicly vilified,” said Vladimir Morosan, founder of Musica Russica music publishers and editor of the multi-volume series Monuments of Russian Sacred Music.  “Bringing these works back to their homeland bears a deep symbolic as well as artistic significance.”

In addition to compositions by Father Sergei, the works of two other living composers born outside of Russia — Archpriest Ivan Moody and Kurt Sander, both of whom are converts to Orthodox Christianity—were presented.

“From the beginning, this project has been a collaborative effort, bringing together the artistry of prominent Church musicians and conductors with the latest in scholarly knowledge and research, both in the US and Russia,” added Mr. Morosan, who assembled the program and provided the musical scores.  “Consultants from the US—descendants of Russian exiles who had devoted their careers and musicians and scholars to Russian Orthodox church music—included Dr. Nicolas Schidlovsky, a noted scholar of medieval Orthodox chant, and Dr. Peter Jermihov, a prominent Russian-American conductor from Chicago, who directed the 40-voice Kastalsky Chamber Choir, which was expanded for this occasion by the addition of 20 women’s voices.”

Lone Butte, BC, Canada:  Holy Transfiguration Hermitage releases unique recording

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The monks of the Archdiocese of Canada’s Holy Transfiguration Hermitage have created and released a unique collection of liturgical hymns set to Gregorian melodies.  The recording, “Orthodox Hymns in Gregorian Chant,” may be ordered online.

By way of background, many people think of Gregorian, or Plainchant, as the Medieval song of the Roman Catholic Church.  This, however, only represents one chapter of an epic story.  In fact, Western Plainchant is one of the most ancient and venerable modal traditions in the world, with deep roots in the music of Old Testament Israel and Classical Greece.  The heart of the Gregorian repertoire was written between the third and eighth centuries AD, and is closely related to the emerging Byzantine chant of that period.  From the eighth to the 12th centuries, Gregorian chant acquired the Frankish, Celtic and Mozarabic (old Spanish) colorations which give it a distinctive “western” sound; however, it was not exposed to the Middle Eastern influences which characterized later Byzantine performance.  The melodic figures of Gregorian chant remain archetypal to western music until this day.

Also released was a voluminous study, titled “Orthodox Liturgical Hymns in Gregorian Chant: Ancient Modal Tradition of the West,” available in PDF format online, which contains an extensive historical and theoretical introduction to Gregorian chant, followed by sheet music for the idiomela of Vespers, Matins and the Divine Liturgy, as well as Festal, Lenten, and Paschal material.  A forthcoming companion volume will include pointed texts for chanting the stikhera, troparia and canons of the Resurrection cycle.

Brookline, MA:  Last chance to register for 2018 CrossRoad program for HS juniors and seniors

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2017 CrossRoad participants explore Boston’s historic sites.

High school juniors and seniors from the Orthodox Church in America are invited to participate in the summer 2018 CrossRoad program sponsored by Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology/Hellenic College, Brookline, MA.

Online applications are still being accepted for one of three programs slated to be held in Boston and Chicago during June and July 2018.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program by mid-March.  Scholarships and financial aid will be available to all accepted applicants.

The pan-Orthodox program is designed to best meet the needs of Orthodox Christian teens who desire to deepen their faith in an Orthodox setting.  Students will be afforded unique opportunities to explore their vocations, encounter service in a new way, take theology and Scripture courses with top professors and make lifelong friendships while exploring Boston or Chicago.

Geneva, Switzerland:  WCC welcomes applications for Internship Programme 2018

Orthodox Christian young adults ages 21 through 29 who are actively involved in Church and ecumenical relations are invited to apply for the World Council of Churches’ [WCC] 2018 Internship Programme.

The programme’s overarching goal is to strengthen Church and ecumenical relations and create benefits for young people through capacity building, ecumenical formation, regional relations, international and multicultural exposure, and leadership building.  Interns are assigned to work for 12 months at the WCC offices in Geneva, Switzerland in one of the programme areas of the WCC.  This is then followed by a six-month work placement in the intern’s own country.  Available work areas include Communication, Health and Healing, Just Community of Women and Men, and Commission of the Churches on International Affairs.

Interested applicants from OCA parishes should request a letter of recommendation from the OCA by sending their C.V. and a cover letter of interest by March 1 to Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, at chancellor@oca.org.

Application guidelines are available online.  For additional information, please contact youth@wcc-coe.org.

Annapolis, MD:  Mission to sponsor pilgrimage to Romania

Priest Robert Miclean and the faithful of Holy Archangels Mission, Annapolis, MD will be sponsoring a pilgrimage to many of the holy sites of Orthodox Romania May 15-June 1, 2018.  The pilgrimage will include visits to some of the most beautiful churches and monasteries in the world and related sites of interest to Orthodox Christians.  The cost of participation, which includes international travel and accommodations, is just $2750.00 per person.  Detailed information, itinerary and registration are available online.

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