After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY



Lord I have cried Vespers Transfiguration

Lord I have cried from Festal Vespers for the Feast of the Transfiguration

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John-Peter Presson

Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

100F day in Portland was the eve of Transfiguration, and thus found isokrat Mark and myself, even in AC with the candles and incense going, it was still pretty muggy.

The Lord I have cried from last night's Festal Great Vespers, melodies composed in about 3 days- with tired voices and cooked brains.

A blessed feast to all.

John Peter Presson
Protopsaltis of the Diocese of Etna and Portland
Director of Liturgical Music -Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Cathedral -Portland, OR
Musicorum et cantorum magna est distantia, isti dicunt, illi sciunt quae componit musica. - Guido of Arrezzo


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Ukaz restores former order to ROCA dioceses

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> President of the Hierarchal Synod of the ROCA
> Ukase
> In connection with Archbishop Andronik’s statement concerning his recognition of and his submission to the Ukases of the Hierarchal Synod and Council of the ROCA, I withdraw the Ukase of the Hierarchical  Synod concerning his retirement and  order the restoration of his status in the Canadian and Syracuse Dioceses, as it was before the meeting of the last Hierarchal Synod on 19-29 July, 2016. At general parish meetings, the parishes in Astoria and Valley Cottage will choose to which diocese they will belong, and these decisions will be supported and confirmed by the Synod.
> 3/16 August 2016
> + Metropolitan Agafangel 
> +Archbishop George (I agree with the decision of the Metropolitan only for the sake of the peace and unity of the ROCA) 

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Abp. Chrysostomos Death Announcement in Orthodox Word 1968

Orthodox Word magazine July-August 1968 (#21) p. 156

Death of Archbishop Chrysostomos

Archbishop Chrysostomos, who until May, 1967, was Archbishop of Athens and Primate of the Church of Greece, died on Pentecost Sunday, May 27 (June 9), 1968.  One of the last strongholds of uncompromising Orthodoxy in the Church of Greece, he devoted his life to the defense of Holy Orthodoxy and the service of the Greek people, revealing himself especially in his last years, when Primate, as a vigorous opponent of modernism and apostasy in the Church.

Born Themistocles S. Hadjistavrou, the son of an oil merchant, in 1880 in Aydin (Asia Minor), he graduated with honors from the Orthodox Theological Seminary of Halke.  After ordination he volunteered for service in Eastern Macedonia, then under Turkish rule, and whole there he helped organize Greek fighting bands.  He was sentenced to four years in prison by the Turks, but he escaped to Lausanne, Switzerland, where he studied for 18 months.

At the age of 30 he was consecrated bishop, and three years later he was given his first see, Philadelphia (now Alasehir, Turkey).  His continued patriotic activities angered the turks, and in 1914 he was condemned to death on a charge of maintaining secret contacts with Circassian rebels.  Intervention from abroad led to a commutation of the sentence to a year of house arrest.

In 1922, when the greek army was defeated by the Turks in Asia Minor, Archbp. Chrysostomos (then Metropolitan of Ephesus) was captured by Turkish irregulars, but he escaped with the aid of the captain of a British cruiser.  Two years later he served briefly as Metropolitan in Veria-Naousa, and later he took over the newly0created Diocese of Kavalla, the main port of East Macedonia, where he served for 38 years.

In 1962, at the age of 82, he was elected Primate of the Church of Greece, and for five years he occupied a leading role in the Orthodox fight against the unionizing and apostate policies of Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople.  When he first heard of the meeting of the Patriarch with the Pope in Jerusalem in January, 1964 (which involved joint prayer and other uncanonical acts), he immediately protested and called for vigils and services to be held throughout the city of Athens as a protest, himself presiding at the vigil at Petraki Monastery in Athens.

He appealed to the Holy Mountain and received in reply a Proclamation signed by numerous Abbots and monks in support of his strong stand on behalf of Orthodoxy (printed in Against False Union).

He protested again the patriarch's "lifting" of the Anathema against the Latin church in December 1965, stating officially that "the act of the lifting of the excommunication of the part of the Ecumenical Patriarch has no validity for the Ecumenical Orthodox Church.  The excommunication of the Roman church as heretical is a pan-Orthodox act, having been confirmed according to the canons of the Orthodox Church by all the Orthodox Churches..."

When he received a Greek translation of the eloquent letter of protest of Metr. Philaret (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) against the lifting of the Anathema, he was so pleased that he jumped up from his desk and went out into the halls shouting with joy for all at the Archdiocese to come and see it.

The Archbishop's enemies caricatured him as a hard, narrow-minded fanatic; but in actual fact he preserved to the end the fiery enthusiasm and open-heartedness of his youth.  When he received a Greek translation of the eloquent letter of protest of Metr. Philaret (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) against the lifting of the Anathema, he was so pleased that he jumped up from his desk and went out into the halls shouting with joy for all at the Archdiocese to come and see it.  Again, in his correspondence with Cardinal Bea he set forth his position courageously and politely, yet not with that false politeness that would demand a betrayal of the Faith.  He quoted Latin documents that prove the insincerity of the Latins themselves, and proved from the Pope's encyclicals why a "dialogue" is impossible since a prerequisite for this must be the recognition of the Papal primacy.

In Greece itself, unlike some of his predecessors who persecuted them, he was sympathetic to the Old Calendarists.  From the point of view of the strictest Orthodoxy, his adherence to the New Calendar (required by the Church of Greece) and his contacts with the Moscow Patriarchate may be considered his chief failings.

One of his last official acts was to swear in the new cabinet after it seized power in April, 1967.  A few days later, as he was leading the Great Friday procession in Athens, he collapsed with a heart attack and was hospitalized.  Within a month he was uncanonically removed by the new government.  He recovered quickly from his illness and spent the last year in the seclusion of his home near Athens.

His successor, Archbishop Ieronymos, has pursued an actively ecumenical line and has already done much to undo the work and influence of Archbishop Chrysostomos.

And thus the Orthodox Church has lost one of her modern-day champions – in fact, almost the last major hierarch outside the Russian Church Abroad to speak out openly against contemporary ecumenism and apostasy.  May God grant that, in the Church of Greece as elsewhere, there may yet be others!

Vladyka Agafangel giving sermon

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see inside of new house chapel

On the day of the Feast of the Precious Wood of the Holy Cross Metropolitan Agafangel served the first Divine Liturgy in the house church in honor of the Myrrh-Bearers (at the Synodal building in Valley Cottage, NY, USA).  Archbishop George led the choir.  After the service, there was a meeting with parishioners, to discuss the situation prevailing in our Church.  Now worship in the house church of the Synod will be held regularly.



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St. Nicholas Youth Retreat report

Successful work week


We have been very busy the last two weeks with youth retreats at St Nicholas Convent. Glory to God all went well. The first week a handful of people visited the Convent and we began work on a small cemetery chapel dedicated to the Holy Myrrhbearers. With some youth from Holy Trinity parish in Astoria as well as volunteers of the GOC’s St Paul’s Fellowship of Labor walls, floors and windows were installed on a small shed which will be converted into a cemetery chapel. During the next week’s youth retreat matushka Olga Mironova from St Xenia’s parish in Ottawa, Ontario led a crew of young painters and begin work on decorating the chapel. Fr Daniel Meschter was on hand that week, providing spiritual guidance for the group and celebrating Divine Liturgy at the Convent. 

Between August 7-13 the Convent sponsored a youth retreat for children from the ages of 7-12 which was held at the nearby St Andrew’s Retreat Center. A number of adults, including matushkas Sasha Dobrorvanov, Olga Mironova and Vera Boulter, helped with supervising and organizing activities for the 25 children who attended camp. The theme for the week was centered on St Panteleimon and the unmercenary saints. The children had a wonderful time taking part in the many wonderful arts & crafts activities the parents so lovingly planned as well as enjoying time at the beach and blueberry picking. Part of a day was also spent at St Nicholas Convent where the children volunteered their time and helped on projects in the garden, cleaning church vessels, and helping with the new chapel. Fr Oleg Mironov celebrated Divine Liturgy for the feast of St Panteleimon and many of the children participated in singing, reading and serving in the altar. 

We give thanks to God for allowing us such a fruitful two weeks, weeks not only practically helpful but beneficial for our souls. The Convent is deeply appreciative of the time and labor so generously given by the volunteers and adults both weeks. 

Bells of Rostov

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• The Bells of Great Rostov
   video clip from vintage Soviet documentary (10 minutes)

On the day called Sunday

“On the day called Sunday” by Justin Martyr (A.D. 110-165)

“And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the
memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the overseer verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things.
Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the overseer in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks have been given, and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons.
And they who are well to do, and willing, give what each thinks fit; and what is collected is deposited with the overseer, who provides for the orphans and widows and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who are in need.
But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on the same day rose from the dead.”
–Justin Martyr, 1 Apol. LXVII in Ante-Nicene Fathers: The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, Vol. 1, Ed. A. Cleveland Coxe (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2001), 186.

Memorial Service for Metropolitan Anthony

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ROCA Service for Metropolitan Anthony

Author: Metropolitan Agafangel incl. . Published in the ROCA (Views: 102)

Today, the day of the death of Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky), in St Michael Church in Odessa participants "ROCA Way in the modern world" prayed for the requiem, which celebrated Metropolitan Agafangel.
Eternal memory prisnopomyanaemomu Archbishop Anthony!

Haiti Mission Appeal Library for St. Augustine's School

Haiti Mission Appeal

Library for St. Augustine's School
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'Fr. Gregory' [haitianorthodoxmission]

Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 4:38 PM

[Attachment(s) from Fr. Gregory included below] Blessings!  Thanks be to God, the well problem was resolved.  Next project... a much-needed library for the school.  What was originally intended as overnight quarters for visiting priests (like me), badly damaged by the earthquake, above the school office and pump-house, is being demolished and expanded  Nicolas has commitments from several international aid agencies for text and reference books... once there's a suitable space to house them.

The entire project (including security doors, bookcases, tables, chairs, etc.) is expected to cost about $6500.  Your help is badly needed... and a large donation might get you (or a loved one) a memorial plaque in Haiti!

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