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On Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, a new series of Inquirer's Classes
will be held at St. Augustine's. All classes will be held at
7 p.m. unless otherwise noted in the bulletin. All are welcome.
Click here for more details and a list of class topics.
Close out the Christmas season and celebrate the Feast of
the Epiphany with us on Friday, January 6, 2017. We will
hold a "Rush Hour Concert" at 5:30 p.m., followed by
Solemn Mass at 7 p.m.
Click here for more details.
A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS 2016
Come and join us at 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Saturday,
December 24, for a Classical Christmas! The Ambrosian
Choristers, soloists, and orchestra will perform Festal
Music for the Eve of Christmas, including Mozart's
Credo-Messe and Handel's Messiah.
Click here for more details.
FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING 2016
Please join us on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at 10 am
to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. The gentlemen
of the Ambrosian Choristers will be performing Missa Festiva
by Jan Nieland. See the poster below for more information.
Poster (Word Document)
YOUTH CAMP 2016
ICONS AND SANTOS
On June 4, 2016, from 2 to 4 pm, Fr. Lester Bundy will make
a presentation on the similarities and differences between
two traditions of religious art, based on his book, Interface.
Click here for a description of the book.
Please join us on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 10 am
to celebrate Orthodox Easter Day. The Ambrosian
Choristers will be performing Beethoven's Mass
in C Major. See the links below for more information.
Beethoven's Great Gift to the Church
43RD ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE
Read a press release from the Assembly of Canonical
Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America:
"Catholic and Orthodox Christians Affirm Sanctity of Life,
Invite People into the Embrace of Christ" (web link) (pdf)
NEEDS OF VETERANS AT CHRISTMASTIME
The American Legion post that meets at St. Augustine's is
collecting some personal hygiene items to give to Vets in
what is called Section 8 housing at the fourth quarter
apartments at Downing and MLK. Click here for a list of
WHO IS THE REAL JESUS?
St. Augustine's is beginning a new adult education series.
On December 12, 2015, Fr. Lester Bundy will present on the
topic of representations of Jesus in non-Christian religions.
Click here for more details.
RESPONSE TO SUPREME COURT DECISION
Click here to read a statement from the Assembly of
Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of
America regarding the recent Supreme Court decision
on June 26, 2015, in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges.
EAST MEETS WEST
On May 23, 2015, St. Augustine's will host a conference
on Chinese philosophy in light of Christian theology.
Click here for more details.
MARCH FOR MARRIAGE
Click here to read a message from Metropolitan Joseph
on the upcoming March for Marriage, which will be held
in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
FUNDRAISER FOR ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN PROJECT
Every year, our Metropolitan assigns a special project to the
Antiochian Women of North America. This year's project is
titled "Nurturing the Seeds of Orthodoxy Across North America."
Its goals are 1) to establish regional camping and learning
facilities for hosting Orthodox programs and 2) to increase
the number of Antiochian Orthodox monastic communities on our
continent. Read more about the Antiochian Women Project here.
To support this project, the Women's Group at St. Augustine's
is raising funds by selling flower bulbs through Dutch Mill Bulbs.
You can order bulbs online here.
All items are guaranteed to bloom and grow, and 50% of the profits
will go towards the Antiochian Women Project. Please help us work
towards "Nurturing the Seeds of Orthodoxy Across North America" by
ordering bulbs and sharing the above link with your friends and family.
All orders must be placed by May 1.
Easter April 12.2015 High Mass 10 am
The Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph
In the last several years marriage has been under attack
from television, those in government, the universities, a
laissez faire portion of our culture, and many, many special
interest groups. They have done an enormous amount of
damage to be sure. Things we have taken for granted for
centuries have been overturned and counted as wrong. How
could this have happened? And what is the truth about marriage?
Click to find out more about Holy Matrimony from Fr. John Winfrey
We glorify the name of the Triune God for gathering us at this first
Episcopal Assembly of this region in New York City on May 26-28, 2010
in response to the decisions of the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox
Conference held at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
in Chambésy, Switzerland, from June 6-12, 2009, at the invitation of
His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Gathered together in the joy of the Feast of Pentecost, we humbly
recognize our calling, in our unworthiness, to serve as instruments and
disciples of the Paraclete, who “holds together the whole institution
of the Church” (Hymn of Vespers of Pentecost).
We honor and express gratitude to the Primates and Representatives of
the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches who assembled at the Ecumenical
Patriarchate from October 10-12, 2008 to affirm their “unswerving
position and obligation to safeguard the unity of the Orthodox Church”
(Chambésy Rules of Operation, Article 5.1a) and emphasized their will
and “desire for the swift healing of every canonical anomaly that has
arisen from historical circumstances and pastoral requirements”
(Message of the Primates 13.1-2)
We call to mind those who envisioned this unity in this region and
strove to transcend the canonical irregularities resulting for many
reasons, including geographically overlapping jurisdictions. For, just
as the Lord in the Divine Eucharist is “broken and distributed, but not
divided” (Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom), so also His Body
comprises many members, while constituting His One Church.
We are grateful for the gift of the doctrinal and liturgical unity that
we already share, and we are inspired by our leaders, the Heads of all
the Orthodox Churches throughout the world, who proposed that which we
painfully yearn for in this region, i.e., the “swift healing of every
canonical anomaly” (Message of the Primates 13.2). We are also grateful
that they established a fundamental process toward a canonical
direction and resolution.
We are thankful to almighty God for the growth of Orthodoxy, for the
preservation of our traditions, and for the influence of our
communities in this region. This is indeed a miracle and a mystery.
During our gathering, and in accordance with the rules of operation of
Episcopal Assemblies promulgated by the Fourth Pan-Orthodox
Pre-Conciliar Conference, we established:
1. A registry of canonical bishops (Article 6.1)
2. A committee to determine the canonical status of local communities
in the region that have no reference to the Most Holy Autocephalous
Churches (Article 6.2)
3. A registry of canonical clergy (Article 6.3)
4. Committees to undertake the work of the Assembly, among others
including liturgical, pastoral, financial, educational, ecumenical, and
legal issues (Articles 11 and 12)
5. A committee to plan for the organization of the Orthodox of the
region on a canonical basis (Article 5.1).
In addition to the above, we agreed that a directory would be created
and maintained by the Assembly of all canonical congregations in our
We as Episcopal Assembly understand ourselves as being the successors
of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the
Americas (SCOBA), assuming its agencies, dialogues, and other
Moreover, at the formal request of the Hierarchs who have jurisdiction
in Canada, the Assembly will submit to the Ecumenical Patriarch, in
accordance with the rules of operation (Article 13), a request to
partition the present region of North and Central America into two
distinct regions of the United States and Canada. Additionally, at the
request of the Hierarchs who have jurisdiction in Mexico and Central
America, the Assembly will likewise request to merge Mexico and Central
America with the Assembly of South America.
As Orthodox Hierarchs in this blessed region, we express our resolve to
adhere to and adopt the regulations proposed by the Pan-Orthodox
Conferences and approved by the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches, and to
do everything in our power by the grace of God to advance actions that
facilitate canonical order in our region.
We confess our fidelity to the Apostolic Orthodox faith and pledge to
promote “common action to address the pastoral needs of Orthodox living
in our region” (Chambésy, Decision 2c). We call upon our clergy and
faithful to join us in these efforts “to safeguard and contribute to
the unity of the Orthodox Church of the region in its theological,
ecclesiological, canonical, spiritual, philanthropic, educational and
missionary obligations” (Article 5.1) as we eagerly anticipate the Holy
and Great Council.
The Assembly concluded with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on
Friday, May 28, 2010 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan
Cathedral in New York City. During the Liturgy prayers were offered for
the repose of the eleven victims of the current ecological disaster in
the Gulf Coast, for the consolation of their families, for all those
adversely affected by this catastrophe, as well as for all people
living under conditions of war, persecution, violence, and oppression.
Of the sixty-six Hierarchs in the region, the following 55 were present
at this Assembly:
Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman
Metropolitan Philip, Vice Chairman
Archbishop Justinian, Vice Chairman
Bishop Basil, Secretary
Bishop Ioan Casian
Archpriest David Charles Lynch memorial (pdf download)
His Grace Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev with Msgr. John Mangels and Archpriest John Connely at the world premier performance of His Grace's new work "Christmas Oratorio" at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Dec. 17, 2007. The two Denver priests represented Bishop Basil and the Diocese of Wichita at the premier of the new work for soloists, double choir, boy choir and full symphony orchestra. The Basilica was full as the forces from Russia gave a stirring performance of the new work. It was broadcast live on EWTN.
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