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Steward Sunday 2023

Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon
for Steward Sunday
November 5, 2023


Liturgy of Saint James Oct 22nd

The Feast of St. James “the Lord’s Brother” falls annually on October 23rd, and it is customary in many parishes for the ancient “Liturgy of St. James” to be celebrated on that day. This year, however, we have been blessed by our bishop to serve the James liturgy on October 22nd, as the Sunday which falls closest to the feast of St. James. 

The St. James Liturgy was the typical parish liturgy of Jerusalem, Palestine, Mount Sinai, Georgia, and parts of the Levant from the 4th century until the time of the Crusades and was prayed almost daily by great saints of the Church such as Cyril of Jerusalem, Sabbas the Sanctified, and John Climacus. It is very distinct from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, with no antiphons at the beginning, the singing of the hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent” at the entrance of the gifts, a unique anaphora, litanies with the refrain “remember, O Lord our God,” the singing of “O Taste and See” at communion, and many, many other diverse and distinct features.

Come, let us pray together on this blessed occasion with these words and songs from Holy Zion, the Mother of Churches

Orthodox Jurisdictions in America

What’s an “Antiochian?” Are there “Pro-ochians” somewhere? Why are there “Georgian” Orthodox parishes over 800 miles from Atlanta? If the Orthodox Church in America used to be the “Russian Orthodox” Church, why are there all of these “Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia” churches dotted all around the American countryside? What do all the acronyms mean? ACROD? OCA? GOA? And what is the relationship of all of these people to one another?

If you find these many names and the jurisdictional situation of American Orthodoxy a bit confusing, you’re not alone! Thankfully, help is on the way to assist us in understanding what is going on here. On Thursday, October 12, at 6 pm, Fr. Isaac Daneviscious of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Altoona will deliver a public lecture on the present ecclesiastical situation of Orthodoxy in America. 

This lecture is open to the public and will be streamed live on our YouTube feed, as well as being available for replay in that format.

The Light of Orthodoxy

Summer 2023 Edition (click to download)


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