Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/ 60 MEMORIAL DAY PILGRIMAGE: Concert to Benefit Saint Tikhon’s Seminary http://nynjoca.org/news_160526_1.html Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Memorial-Day/rejoice_o_mountains.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The Chamber Choir of Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Monastery will sing a benefit concert of sacred music by American composers at <strong>Saint Stephen&rsquo;s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre PA 18701, on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.</strong>&nbsp; Proceeds from the concert, titled <span style="color: #993300;"><em><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;"><strong>&ldquo;Rejoice, O Mountains of Pennsylvania,&rdquo;</strong></span></em></span> benefit Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary. The performance is part of a series of events that will take place during the 112th annual Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Memorial Day Pilgrimage. <span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Tickets are available at the door: $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students.</strong></span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160526_1.html “ORDER OF SAINT ROMANOS” awarded to ALEKSEI SHIPOVALNIKOV http://nynjoca.org/news_160525_1.html Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Order-of-Romanos/Order_of_Romanos_2016_Aleksei_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The visit of Archbishop Michael to <strong>Saints Peter &amp; Paul Church&nbsp;in Jersey City NJ</strong> on the weekend of 21-22 May 2016 went beyond the regular annual visitation. Following Saturday Vespers, His Eminence greeted and spoke with the faithful and, at the conclusion of the Sunday Liturgy, on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops (Orthodox Church in America) he awarded the <strong><em>&ldquo;Order of Saint Romanos&rdquo;</em> to Aleksei Shipovalnikov</strong>. The Holy Synod conferred this honor for extraordinary contributions in the field of liturgical music.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160525_1.html DDB: Building a Bridge to Our Future http://nynjoca.org/news_160524_1.html Sat, 28 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/VFOF/DDB-2016/DDB_bridge_2016.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">In offering vital financial support for our seminarians, mission parishes, and struggling parishes, <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors</strong></span> provide &ldquo;building blocks&rdquo; to construct a bridge to our future. The church of tomorrow will require priests, deacons, growing parishes and revitalized parishes that were founded during the last century. This year to date, 128 DDBs have generously contributed over $83,000 to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead. <span style="font-size: large;"><em>If you are one of our DDBs, thank-you!</em> </span><span style="font-size: large;"><em>If you would like to join them, find out more and accept our invitation </em></span><strong><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">HERE</span>!</a></span></strong></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160524_1.html TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS: Exploring How to Serve in the Church http://nynjoca.org/news_160523_1.html Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Explore-Calling/explore_ministry_2016_004.jpg&archive=0&final_h=72&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Young people, high school freshman to college graduate 20-somethings, from the Orthodox Church in America and Greek Orthodox Archdiocese gathered at <strong>Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in New York City on 14 May 2016</strong> to hear the stories of men and women who followed a calling to serve Christ and His Church. The day started off with a prayer service <em>(molieben)</em> led by Father Christopher Calin (Cathedral Dean). Afterward the discussion format made for an intimate setting and allowed for lively dialogue.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160523_1.html Archbishop Michael Celebrates 6th Anniversary of His Episcopacy http://nynjoca.org/news_160512_1.html Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Archbishop/9MAY2016_Yonkers_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On Monday, 9 May 2016, several clergy members, altar servers, and Matushki gathered from across the Diocese at Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers NY to join with His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, in celebrating the Divine Liturgy with special thanksgiving to God for <strong>Archbishop Michael's sixth anniversary of consecration to the episcopacy (May 8) and enthronement in the Diocese of New York and New Jersey (May 9)</strong>.&nbsp; <span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;"><em>May God grant His Eminence many, many more years of blessed and fruitful service as our Archpastor!</em> <em>"Eis polla eti, Despota!"</em></span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160512_1.html “Go … make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them …” http://nynjoca.org/news_160509_1.html Sat, 21 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Baptism-Chrismation/2016_Baptism_Chrismations_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">During the season of Holy PASCHA we sing: <em><strong>&ldquo;As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ&rdquo;</strong></em></span> (Galatians 3:27). Traditionally, catechumens are received into the Church by sacramental rite (baptism and/or anointing with Holy Chrism) especially during this period of the liturgical year. <em><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">We welcome all the newly illumined members of the Body of Christ -- His Holy Church.</span></strong></em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160509_1.html ARCHPASTORAL LETTER for GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA 2016 http://nynjoca.org/news_160427_1.html Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Archbishop/PASCHA_2016_Letter_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">Archbishop Michael has issued an archpastoral letter to the faithful of the diocese for the feast-day of Our Lord's PASCHA: His glorious Resurrection from the dead. In part he writes, <em><strong>"Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! On this joyous day, my beloved, let us truly celebrate! But let us also remember: We do not really belong to ourselves. We belong to the One Who has redeemed us! Our will should always depend upon His! For this reason we say in the Lord&rsquo;s Prayer: 'Thy will be done!' Yes, we belong to the Risen Savior ... the One Who has triumphed on Holy Pascha! We belong to the Resurrected Christ ... the One Who promises us: 'I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, yet shall he live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die' (John 11:25- 26). We belong to the Lord of Glory ... the God Who loves us more than we love ourselves!"</strong></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="/files/2016/Archpastoral-Letters/Archpastoral_Letter_Pascha_2016.pdf" target="_blank"><strong><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">read the Archpastoral letter &gt;</span></strong></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160427_1.html THE ENTRY OF OUR LORD INTO JERUSALEM, “PALM SUNDAY”: April 24, 2016 http://nynjoca.org/news_160421_1.html Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/Palm_Sunday_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #800080;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;">By raising Lazarus from the dead before Your Passion, O Christ God, You confirmed the universal resurrection. Like the children with the palms of victory, we cry out to You, O Vanquisher of Death: <em>&ldquo;Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!&rdquo;</em> <span style="color: #333333; font-size: small;">(Troparion Hymn for Palm Sunday)</span></span></strong></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160421_1.html ROCHESTER NY: Archpastoral Visit on Lenten Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt http://nynjoca.org/news_160419_1.html Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Rochester-NY/Rochester_NY_18APR2016_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong>Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester NY</strong> rejoiced during a visit&nbsp; by Archbishop Michael on 16-18 April 2016.&nbsp; His Eminence arrived for Great Vespers on Saturday evening, celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the 5th Sunday of Great Lent, visited with several ministry leaders on Monday and then attended the regularly scheduled Parish Council meeting that evening. <em><strong>&ldquo;Your Eminence, we are honored and blessed to have you here with us,&rdquo;</strong> </em>said Albert Joseph III (parish council warden) in welcoming the diocesan hierarch. The parish presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to Archbishop Michael as a contribution to the <strong>D</strong>istinguished <strong>D</strong>iocesan <strong>B</strong>enefactors [<strong>DDB</strong>] program. Complete information about the DDB may be found <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html">HERE</a></span></strong>!</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160419_1.html 2016 ANNUAL DIOCESAN LENTEN TEEN RETREAT http://nynjoca.org/news_160415_2.html Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Lent-Youth-Retreat/event-photos-2/Lent_Youth_2016retreat_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">What do faith, science, church services, zip lining, rock wall climbing, and <em>"Minute to Win It"</em> have in common? To an average person the answer would be &ldquo;nothing!&rdquo; However, if you were to ask the participants of this year&rsquo;s <strong>Annual Lenten Teen Retreat held at the Taconic Retreat Center in Milan NY</strong>, they would be able to tie each of these elements together; they were all components of the event held from Friday, 1 April&nbsp; to Sunday, 3 April 2016. Archbishop Michael, together with Father Jason Vansuch <span style="font-size: small;">(Chairperson, Department of Youth Ministry)</span>,&nbsp; Danielle Geeza and Janine Alpaugh <span style="font-size: small;">(Department of Youth Ministry Assistants)</span> developed a wonderful weekend program centered on the sometimes controversial topics of <strong><em>&ldquo;Faith and Science&rdquo;</em></strong> and how they need not oppose each other.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160415_2.html NY STATE DEANERY: Lenten Retreat, Meeting, and Archbishop “on the move!” http://nynjoca.org/news_160415_1.html Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2016/NYS-Deanery/NYS_Deanery_14APR2016_BANNER.JPG&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The clergy of the <strong>New York State Deanery</strong> joined Archbishop Michael on 14 April 2016 for the celebration of the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts, lunch, and their annual meeting. The event was hosted by the parishioners of <strong>Saints Peter &amp; Paul Church in Syracuse NY</strong>, where His Eminence will deliver a Lenten Retreat on Saturday <em><span style="font-family: book antiqua;">(&ldquo;Insights into the Great &amp; Holy Council of the Orthodox Church </span></em></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: book antiqua;">in 2016&rdquo;)</span>. He will then travel 88 miles west to <strong>Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY</strong> for a Saturday evening through Sunday morning Archpastoral visit.&nbsp;&nbsp; As he travels with great regularity throughout the diocese visiting nearly 60 parish communities, Archbishop Michael covers the territory of his diocese: an area 444 miles from north to south and 440 miles from east to west, an area of 63,285 square miles.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160415_1.html DIOCESAN DIACONAL FORMATION PROGRAM http://nynjoca.org/news_160411_1.html Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Diaconal-Formation/Diaconal_Prog_2016_PA_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The&nbsp;<strong>Diaconal Formation Program</strong> immerses students in the life of the Orthodox Church through serving in the altar, singing in the choir, and studying Scripture, Church History, Liturgics, and Spirituality. The Diaconal Formation program meets every Saturday from September to December (Fall Semester) and January to May (Spring Semester). Students attend one of <strong>two campuses: Endicott NY or Philadelphia PA</strong>. Completion of the course of studies fulfills the necessary academic requirements for ordination to the Holy Diaconate. In accordance with Canon Law, all decisions regarding ordination rest with the diocesan hierarch. Men among the laity interested in pursuing theological study, spiritual formation, and liturgical training, and sense they might be called to the diaconal ministry, are encouraged to seek guidance from their parish priest.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="color: #800000;"><a href="/files/2016/Diaconal-Formation/deacon_program_flyer_2016.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #800000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: small;">program flyer for Philadelphia campus &gt;</span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times;">Endicott campus, contact Father Alexey Karlgut&nbsp;at <a href="mailto:ayk0@yahoo.com">ayk0@yahoo.com</a></span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160411_1.html PRINCETON UNIVERSIY CHAPEL: Archpastoral Visit http://nynjoca.org/news_160408_1.html Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Princeton-NJ/University/OCF_Princeton_Lent_2016_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 160%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross (3 April 2016), Archbishop Michael celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the<strong> Chapel of the Transfiguration on the campus of Princeton University</strong>. Before the Liturgy began, His Eminence blessed a gift from the Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] and chapel members -- a specially designed circular rug <em>("Orlets&rdquo; or Eagle</em>) on which a bishop stands during services as a sign of his pastoral leadership over a particular geographic location. This rug was designed specifically for Archbishop Michael as the presiding hierarch of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. Rather than the typical Byzantine eagle, the rug features an American bald eagle, the nation&rsquo;s symbol, carrying an olive branch, above a grouping of various churches of the diocese and the Empire State Building and the new Freedom Tower in New York City, the Archbishop&rsquo;s official See. The outer rings depict waves of the bodies of water, such as the Hudson River, and bridges connecting the two states and three deaneries. The requisite protecting walls of the Orlets depict the Wall of Honor at Ellis Island, the entry point to America for many of our Orthodox ancestors.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160408_1.html PARAMUS NJ: Archpastoral Visit for Pre-Sanctified Liturgy http://nynjoca.org/news_160407_1.html Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Paramus-NJ/PARAMUS_LENT2016_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On Wednesday, 30 March 2016, Archbishop Michael visited <strong>Christ the Saviour Church in Paramus NJ</strong> to celebrate the Lenten evening Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts. Following the dismissal and final blessing, His Eminence reminded the clergy and faithful of the necessity to remain steadfast in prayer during the Great Fast, following the example of Saint Gregory Palamas who was commemorated on the second Sunday of Great Lent (27 March of this year). Archbishop Michael&rsquo;s visit marked his first time serving the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at Christ the Saviour parish.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160407_1.html MID-LENT: The Holy Cross http://nynjoca.org/news_160405_1.html Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/Holy_Cross_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: andale mono,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #800080;">The third Sunday of Great Lent [this year on 3 April] is called <em><strong>"The Veneration of the Cross."</strong> </em>The Cross is brought in a solemn procession to the center of the church and remains there for the entire week, with a special rite of veneration following each service. The meaning of all this is clear. We are in Mid-Lent. On the one hand, the physical and spiritual effort, if it is serious and consistent, begins to be felt, its burden becomes more burdensome, our fatigue more evident. We need help and encouragement. On the other hand, having endured this fatigue, having climbed the mountain up to this point, we begin to see the end of our pilgrimage, and the rays of&nbsp;Easter [PASCHA] grow in their intensity.&nbsp;</span> <span style="color: #666699;"><em>~ Father Alexander Schmemann</em></span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160405_1.html TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS: A Day in NYC to Discover How You Can Serve the Church http://nynjoca.org/news_160331_1.html Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/NYC_skyline.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Come and meet with other Orthodox teens and young adults who are interested in serving the Church. Men and women, 20-somethings and teens are invited to <strong>Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in NYC</strong> on <strong>Saturday, 14 May 2016 at 10 AM</strong> for a day of discovering what opportunities are available in the Church. Those in attendance will hear from men and women who are currently serving the Church in a variety of ways: Hospital and Military Chaplains, Parish Priests, a Full-time Deacon, a Full-time Choir Director, and a Theology Professor. Hear their stories and ask your questions. <strong>For information and registration, go <span style="color: #993300;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://exploringministry.org/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #993300; text-decoration: underline;">HERE</span></a></span>&nbsp;&gt;</span></strong></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160331_1.html ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL, METROPOLITAN JOSEPH AND THEIR FLOCKS JOIN IN COMMEMORATION OF THE SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY http://nynjoca.org/news_160324_1.html Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Sunday-Orthodoxy/Archbishop/orthsun_Archbishop_2016_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #800000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On the <em><strong>&ldquo;Sunday of Orthodoxy&rdquo;</strong></em> (March 20th), <strong>His Eminence, Archbishop Michael</strong> hosted <strong>His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph</strong> of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America for the Divine Liturgy at Saints Peter &amp; Paul Orthodox Church in South River NJ. The two hierarchs concelebrated with seven priests, among them Father Joseph Lickwar (Chancellor, Diocese of New York &amp; New Jersey) and Father David Garretson (Rector, Saints Peter &amp; Paul Church). They were joined by Archdeacon Michael Suvak. Metropolitan Joseph preached the homily. The responses were sung by the parish choir under the direction of Basil Kozak.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160324_1.html "SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY": 1st Sunday of Great Lent http://nynjoca.org/news_160321_1.html Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Sunday-Orthodoxy/Orth_Sunday_BANNER_2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy was celebrated on the first Sunday of Great Lent, March 20th this year. It is the celebration of the victory of the Orthodox over the iconoclasts (literally: <em>&ldquo;against icons&rdquo;</em>) by the decision of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. Therefore, the service is to commemorate the restoration of icons for use in services and private devotional life of Christians. Services often include the clergy or the faithful triumphantly processing around the church, holding icons of their patron or parish saints. In areas where multiple Orthodox churches exist, a &ldquo;Pan-Orthodox&rdquo; Vespers is also usually celebrated in the evening so all Orthodox Christian can join together in recognition of the day.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160321_1.html WE BEGIN THE FIRST WEEK OF GREAT LENT! http://nynjoca.org/news_160313_1.html Sun, 13 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/St.-Andrew-of-Crete-Candle-Stand-300x217.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong><em>The Lenten Spring has come!</em></strong> We embark on our journey to PASCHA: Great Lent. Parishes will have a host of services to lead and guide us on this spiritual sojourn in worship; calling us to fasting, acts of mercy in charity, and increased fervor in prayer. </span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Open Sans; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #800080;"><em><strong>"Awake, O my soul! The end is drawing near. Why do you remain idle? Why do you refrain from preparing yourself for the day of the Lord? The time is growing short. Rise! The Judge is near, He stands at the doors. Your life will pass like a dream, like a flower the time of this life passes. Why do you care about foolish things and toil in vain?"</strong></em></span>&nbsp; </span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: small;">[<span style="font-family: arial;">Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete]</span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160313_1.html ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Annual Pre-Lenten Retreat http://nynjoca.org/news_160310_1.html Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2016/OCF/03-06/OCF_6_MAR_2016_003.JPG&archive=0&final_h=49&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">What do you get when ten young adults &hellip; representing six different OCFs (fellowship of Orthodox college students at various campuses) in five states &hellip; and 11 nuns hailing from Kansas to Berlin, spend the weekend of 5-6 March 2016 together in close quarters? In preparation for Great Lent, the Cornell University OCF and friends from Upstate NY, Manhattan, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia journeyed to the Orthodox <strong><span style="background-color: #ffffff;">Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City PA </span></strong>for a long-anticipated weekend retreat; a chance to rejuvenate, a chance to re-establish a lost connection with Christ, and a chance to go back to taking on the world.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160310_1.html ALPHA NJ: Archpastoral Visit http://nynjoca.org/news_160309_1.html Wed, 09 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Alpha-NJ/03-06/Alpha_NJ_6MAR2016_BANNER.JPG&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On the weekend of 5-6 March 2016 Archbishop Michael made an Archpastoral visit to the <strong>Saint John the Baptist Church in Alpha NJ</strong>. Archpriest Bohdan Ostash&nbsp; greeted His Eminence to the church on behalf of the faithful. On Sunday morning the Divine Liturgy was celebrated followed by a home-cooked meal prepared by the parishioners. During the fellowship gathering, Archbishop Michael met with the faithful and answered their questions. Parishioners and guests were inspired by the inspirational words and prayers of their Archpastor.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160309_1.html GREAT LENT begins on Monday, 14 March 2016 http://nynjoca.org/news_160307_1.html Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Great-Lent/Great_Lent_prepare_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #ff0000; font-size: small;"><strong><span style="font-family: helvetica;">UPDATED: Archpastoral Letter now available!</span></strong></span> As we make ready for our <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Lenten journey to PASCHA</strong> </span>(the Resurrection of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ), we are offered a period of time to prepare ourselves for the increased spiritual effort of prayer, charity, and fasting. <strong><span style="font-family: 'comic sans ms', sans-serif;">The Lenten journey begins on Monday<span style="color: #c0c0c0;"></span>, 14 March</span></strong> and culminates in the joyous PASCHA on Sunday, 1 May. <span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Archbishops Michael has issued an Archpastoral Letter for the beginning of the Great Fast.</strong> </span>There are also two videos in&nbsp;the <em><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">&ldquo;Lessons in Our Faith&rdquo;</span></em> series that may be particularly helpful! They are: <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>&ldquo;Great Lent: Our Spiritual Life&rdquo; <em>and</em> &ldquo;Fasting: 7 Questions &amp; 7 Answers.&rdquo;</strong> </span>Each video is a very brief and concise discussion (8 minutes each); they have been very popular and highly acclaimed (viewed over 3,000 times). To view these instructional videos, <strong>visit &ldquo;Lessons in Our Faith&rdquo; ... <a href="/lessons_in_our_faith.html"><span style="color: #800080;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">HERE</span>!</span></a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #ffff00;"><span style="font-family: book antiqua; font-size: medium; background-color: #800080;"><strong>&nbsp; </strong></span><span style="font-family: book antiqua; font-size: medium; background-color: #800080;"><strong><a href="/files/2016/Archpastoral-Letters/2016_Archpastoral_Letter_Great_Lent.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ffff00;">Read&nbsp;Archbishop Michael's Archpastoral Letter &gt;</span></a></strong></span><span style="font-family: book antiqua; font-size: medium; background-color: #800080;"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160307_1.html NEW YORK CITY DEANERY: Appreciation Dinner for DDBs http://nynjoca.org/news_160303_1.html Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/DDB/NYC-Appreciation/2016_NYC_DDB_APPREC_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On Sunday evening, 28 February 2016, <strong>Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Whitestone NY</strong> hosted the annual appreciation dinner for <strong><span style="color: #800000;">D</span>istinguished <span style="color: #800000;">D</span>iocesan <span style="color: #800000;">B</span>enefactors</strong> (DDB) of the New&nbsp;York City&nbsp;Deanery. Archbishop Michael offered his sincere gratitude to the DDBs and presented an overview of the many fruits brought forth through their sacrificial financial support. Over $650,000 was contributed during the first five years (2011-2015) of the program! Last year a record-breaking total of $160,000 was received to support vital ministries throughout the diocese.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160303_1.html UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT: Archpastoral Visit http://nynjoca.org/news_160301_1.html Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/West-Point/West_Point_28FEB2016_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On Sunday, 28 February 2016, Archbishop Michael visited Archpriest Joseph Frawley (civilian chaplain), Matushka Irene, and the faithful cadets and faculty at historic <strong>West Point Military Academy</strong>. Gathering at <strong>Saint Martin of Tours Chapel</strong> every week, the &ldquo;parish&rdquo; at West Point is a loving and warm respite from the rigorous demands of military academy life. Ministry to those assigned at the Academy has been continually offered by Orthodox priests since the mid-1960&rsquo;s when parishioners from Paramus NJ, under the leadership of Archpriest John Nehrebecki, began making visits to celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Sundays.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_160301_1.html PASCHA: The Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ http://nynjoca.org/news_150408_4.html Sun, 01 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Holy%20Week%20to%20PASCHA/PASCHA_2013_2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><em><span style="color: #ff6600;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: large;">This is the day of resurrection! Let us be illumined by the feast! Let us embrace each other! Let us call &ldquo;brothers&rdquo; even those that hate us, and forgive all by the resurrection, and so let us cry: &ldquo;Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!&rdquo; </span></strong></span></em>(Paschal Canon)</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/files/2016/Archpastoral-Letters/Archpastoral_Letter_Pascha_2016.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #008000; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;"><strong>Archpastoral Letter &gt;</strong></span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150408_4.html Great and Holy Saturday http://nynjoca.org/news_150408_3.html Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Holy%20Week%20to%20PASCHA/epitaphion_2_3.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #800080;"><em><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">The great Moses mystically foreshadowed this day when he said: &ldquo;God blessed the seventh day.&rdquo; This is the blessed Sabbath; this is the day of rest, on which the only-begotten Son of God rested from all His works. By suffering death to fulfill the plan of salvation, He kept the Sabbath in the flesh; by returning again to what He was, He has granted us eternal life through His Resurrection, for He alone is good and the Lover of man.</span></strong></span></em>&nbsp; <span style="color: #333333;">(Vespers of Holy Saturday)</span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150408_3.html Great and Holy Friday http://nynjoca.org/news_150408_2.html Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2012/Holy%20Week/Holy_Friday_2012_logo.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><em><span style="color: #800080;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: large;">Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the tree of the cross.&nbsp; The King of the Angels is adorned with a crown of thorns.&nbsp; He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in a purple robe of mockery.&nbsp; He who is the new Adam, manifested at His baptism in the Jordan, is slapped on the face.&nbsp; The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the cross with nails.&nbsp; The Son of the Virgin is crucified and pierced by a spear.&nbsp; We worship Your passion, O Christ!&nbsp; We worship Your passion, O Christ!&nbsp; We worship Your passion, O Christ!&nbsp; Show us also Your glorious resurrection!&nbsp;</span></strong></span></em> (Antiphon Fifteen)</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150408_2.html Great and Holy Thursday http://nynjoca.org/news_150408_1.html Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/mystical_supper_2_2.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><em><span style="color: #800080; font-size: large;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">When Your glorious disciples were enlightened at the washing of their feet before the supper, then the impious Judas was darkened by the disease of avarice, and to the lawless judges he betrayed You, the Righteous Judge. Behold, O lover of money, this man Judas who because of avarice hanged himself. Flee from the insatiable desire which dared such things against the Master! O Lord who deals righteously with all, glory to You!</span></strong></span></em> (Troparion of Holy Thursday)</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150408_1.html http://nynjoca.org/news_150403_5.html Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2013/Holy%20Week%20to%20PASCHA/holy-week-20132.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><strong><span style="color: #000000; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: large;">As the Savior went to his passion, he said to his friends: <em>&ldquo;Everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another. Be at peace with one another and with every one. Be of humble mind, and you will be exalted. Acknowledge me as Lord! Praise and extol me to all ages."</em></span> </strong>(Matins of Holy Monday)</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150403_5.html Archpastoral Letter: PASCHA 2016 http://nynjoca.org/files/2016/Archpastoral-Letters/Archpastoral_Letter_Pascha_2016.pdf Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/files/2016/Archpastoral-Letters/Archpastoral_Letter_Pascha_2016.pdf Archpastoral Letter: Beginning of Great Lent http://nynjoca.org/files/2016/Archpastoral-Letters/2016_Archpastoral_Letter_Great_Lent.pdf Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/files/2016/Archpastoral-Letters/2016_Archpastoral_Letter_Great_Lent.pdf Release # 2016.2.1 (Saint Andrew's Camp) http://nynjoca.org/files/2016/Releases/Release_2016_2_1.pdf Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/files/2016/Releases/Release_2016_2_1.pdf Release # 2016.1.1 (Father Vasil Dubee) http://nynjoca.org/files/2016/Releases/Release_2016_1_1.pdf Fri, 08 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/files/2016/Releases/Release_2016_1_1.pdf