- Divine Liturgy - The ultimate service of celebration of the Word of God, Orthodox worship is based on the worship of God in the Book of Revelation, and is celebrated with full solemnity and splendor befitting the worship of the Creator of heaven and earth.
- Daily Vespers
- Great Vespers The service of Vespers is the sunset service, the preparation for Resurrectional Services on Sunday. Beginning with the Psalm of Creation and ending with the Song of Simeon it shows the Old Testament testimony of Jesus Christ.
It is that time of year again! If you would like father to come and bless your house please put your name and information on the list on the candle table in the narthex.
School Supply Donations
St. Ann’s will be donating $300 of school supplies to Lehman Middle School. If you would like to add to the donation, make checks payable to St. Ann’s OR bring in supplies to add to the delivery (see lists on the board in the Social Hall.)
Metropolitan Tikhon celebrates Service of Prayer at opening of the Metropolitan Council Spring Session.
The Spring Session of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America closed on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
As reported earlier, the semi-annual gathering opened on Tuesday, February 21, as His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the Chancery’s Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel. Also in attendance were His Eminence, Archbishop Michael and His Grace, Bishop Paul, both of whom are members of the Standing Synod of Bishops.
Metropolitan Tikhon opened the first session, which was held at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, NY, following Tuesday’s Liturgy. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, Metropolitan Tikhon reflected on his years as Primate of the OCA in his opening address, noting that it constituted a “time of transition” as he grew into the position. He went on to speak of the relative peace in the Church, which now allows for a more proactive and forward-looking vision. He also spoke about the spiritual dimensions of serving the Church on all levels, which should always be the focus of our work as the Church. He added that he is looking forward to the planning of the 19th All-American Council [AAC], slated to convene in Saint Louis, MO in 2018, and reflected on the direction of and possible themes for the Council. Finally, he thanked those who serve the Church and recognized the outgoing and incoming members of the Metropolitan Council.
Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor, presented his report, in which he outlined the major areas for which he is responsible. He focused attention on the work of the Department of Pastoral Life, specifically with regard to clergy compensation guidelines, clergy guidelines, and a number of areas related to clergy and pastoral issues. He reported on the work of both SMPAC and ORSMA and updated Council members on current and ongoing issues.
Father Eric Tosi reported on work being done within his areas of responsibility. He presented a gift acceptance policy and a corporate signing policy, both of which were passed by Council members. He also presented a series of necessary Chancery building improvements, which Council members voted to fund, and updated the Council on the work of the Archives Committee and impending web site redesign. Finally, he presented an update on progress made with regard to plans for the 19th AAC, which included a theme presentation, a logo and a proposed agenda. These will be presented to the Holy Synod of Bishops for approval at their Spring Session.
On Wednesday, February 22, Judge. E. R. Lanier, General Counsel, offered the report of the Legal Committee, which included a review of current and ongoing legal matters. Representatives of the Metropolitan Council’s various committees also presented reports on ongoing work within their respective areas. In her report, Melanie Ringa, Treasurer, presented an overview of the Church’s current financials, noting the success of the transition to proportional giving. She also discussed several budgetary issues for the 2018 budget and spoke on some restricted funds, sharing the work she is doing to finalize them, together with some recent bequests.
Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak reported on the work of the Stewards of the Orthodox Church in America [SOCA], highlighting the success of the recent fundraising campaign as well as various initiatives slated to be undertaken in the future. Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, presented an overview of recent external affairs matters and interchurch relations.
An extended discussion on refugee issues resulted in a number of possible recommendations that will be presented to the Holy Synod. Also discussed were ways to increase effectiveness in the planning and operation of the Metropolitan Council. Other matters on the agenda included a resolution for releasing funds from a restricted Archives Fund for the purpose of improving the current space housing the OCA Archives, which Council members passed unanimously.
The minutes and reports from the Spring Session will be posted after they are approved by the Holy Synod of Bishops.
Archbishop Michael with attendees at 2015 Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black Conference.
His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey will head the lineup of speakers at the 24th annual conference of the Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black October 6-8, 2017.
The conference, titled “Closer to Christ, Closer to Each Other”, will be held at the Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow Church, Princeton, NJ.
Other speakers include Archpriest Moses Berry, Hieromonk Alexi [Altschul], Priest Jerome Sanderson, and the Nun Catherine [Weston].
A pan-Orthodox organization, the Brotherhood embraces individuals committed to multi-racial, Orthodox Christian fellowship and study of the Church’s ancient roots and to bringing Orthodoxy to the African American community as a means of “expanding the Mission.”
In a letter dated February 15, 2017, the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools [ATS] informed Saint Tikhon’s Seminary that the school has been reaccredited for seven years, with no notations. The news came as a result of the seminary’s periodic reaccredition review that occurred November 20-23, 2016.
“This is great news for the seminary, following several years of consistent and intensive preparation,” said Archpriest Steven Voytovich, STOTS Dean. “We wish to express gratitude to all who assisted in this effort!”
Father Steven chaired the Self-Study Leadership Team directed by Dr. Paul Witek, Assistant to the Dean for Academic Affairs, and Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History, who also served as Self-Study Editor. His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, STOTS Rector, chaired the Self-Study Steering Committee, while Prof. Sergei Arhipov served as committee Secretary and respondent on behalf of the school’s library. Michael Skor was one of several seminarians engaged in the self-study process—including those who had served as Student Government chairs in recent years—who continued to be integrally involved in developing the study’s final draft well after his graduation.
“Our goal for this review was for all dimensions of the seminary community to be engaged in and able to speak to the self-study process with the site visit team,” Father Steven added. “Thanks be to God, it is wonderful to see such a strong outcome following our collaborative effort.”
The seminary also expressed gratitude to its new Accreditation Liaison, Dr. Barbara Mutch, and the site visit team that conducted the review.
The Spring Session of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America opened at Immaculate Conception Seminary here on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel at the Chancery, Syosset, NY, on Tuesday morning, after which he, together with the members of the Standing Synod of Bishops and the Metropolitan Council, gathered for the Council’s opening session at the seminary.
Following his opening address, Metropolitan Tikhon will engage Council members in a strategic planning session. The remainder of the day’s agenda includes reports by Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor; Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary; and Alexis Liberovsky, Archivist. Judge E. R. Lanier and Angela Parks will report on legal matters and present a compliance report on the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America, which was approved at the 18th All-American Council in July 2015.
On Wednesday, February 21, Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak will offer a detailed report on the Stewards of the Orthodox Church in America [SOCA], after which reports on the ongoing work of the Metropolitan Council’s committees will be given. Archpriest Alexander Kuchta will report on the work of the Charity Committee, while Archpriest Thomas Moore will offer an update on the Ethnics Committee’s activities. Lisa Mikhalevsky will offer a report on Human Resources, after which Archpriest Chad Hatfield will update Council members on the work of the Internal Governance Committee.
Melanie Ringa, Treasurer, will offer her report on Wednesday afternoon, while Archpriest John Dresko will report on the work of the Finance/Investment Committee. Reports also will be given by Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, Director of External Affairs, who will update Council members on a variety of current issues. A second strategic planning session and open discussion with Metropolitan Tikhon will follow.
Matushka Mary Buletza will update Council members on the status of the OCA Pension Plan on Thursday, February 22. The work of two departments—Christian Education and Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid—will be highlighted in reports given by Matushka Valerie Zahirsky and Donna Karabin respectively. Council members will participate in a final strategic planning session before adjourning in the afternoon.
Reports and minutes of the Spring Session will be posted as they become available.
The Metropolitan Council is the permanent executive body of the Church Administration which exists for the purpose of implementing the decisions of the All-American Council and continuing its work between sessions. Members include the Metropolitan, who serves as Chair; the Chancellor, the Secretary, and the Treasurer; one priest and one layperson elected by each diocese; and three priests and an equal number of laypersons elected by the All-American Council.
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Every year, youth and camp workers from across the US and Canada gather for the annual Youth and Camp Workers Conference. This Orthodox event is a joint initiative of the canonical jurisdictions of the Church, hosted by a different jurisdiction on a rotating basis. YCC17 was hosted at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, YX by Y2AM, the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and the Office of Camping Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.