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Offering Thanks to God On My 75th Birthday

Friday, March 11, 2011

I have been thinking of many things since we gathered at 5 o'clock today for the Prayer Service of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral. First of all, let me tell you that the service was very prayerful. The choir lifted us up. And you sang our Prostopinije beautifully! Read more...

The Last Words of St. John Chrysostom

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

St. John Chrysostom reposed in the Lord 1600 years ago. He died from exhaustion in a small, out-of-the-way village called Comana. Earlier that day he had collapsed, out of breath, while stumbling between two armed guards. They had been hiking on a long twisting path in the wilderness. The sixty-year-old St. John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople, had been exiled out of his cathedral, his city and his home by a jealous gang of politicians. He was forced to march the whole way, from the civilized neighborhood of Constantinople for hundreds of rocky miles into the wilds of bandits, enemies, severe weather and unfriendly land. Read more...

The Family and Christian Education

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

I greet you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Teacher of the ages Who calls all people to the knowledge of the truth for the salvation of their souls.I welcome you to this Diocesan Conference which brings to the forefront our common ministry of educating our young people in the Faith and in the knowledge of God. This is a ministry that we share, whether bishop, priest, church school teacher, parent, grandparent, godparent -we all influence the spiritual growth and development of the children who have been entrusted to our care and whose lives we touch. Read more...

Reflections on the Clergy Wives Retreat

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

A Retreat for the Diocesan Clergy Wives is scheduled for Friday, September 29th through Sunday, October 1st at Camp Nazareth, in Mercer PA. The theme for the Retreat is "The Truth of Ruth: Finding Joy in One of the Toughest Jobs in the World." Metropolitan Nicholas will be in attendance at the Retreat, and will address the clergy wives at various moments throughout the weekend. Fr. Jonathan Tobias, Pastor of St. John's Church in East Pittsburgh and Professor of Pastoral Theology at Christ the Saviour Seminary, will present a series of reflections on the tiny Old Testament book of Ruth. Read more...

A Journey to Uzhorod

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Earlier this year, I joyfully received an invitation to participate in the 100th Anniversary of Fr. John Boksaj's publication on Prostopinije, held at the Blessed Theodore Romza Seminary in Uzhorod, Transcarpathia. I enthusiastically accepted this invitation, as this anniversary would commemorate a significant element of the piety and culture of this Diocese. Fr. John Boksaj, working together with the eminent cantor of Holy Cross Greek Catholic Cathedral, Professor Joseph Malinic, produced a transliteration of the Rusin plain chant tradition - for the first time in western musical notation. Until this publication, the greater part of the plain chant had never been printed in standard music, much less in the easily-understood western musical notation. Read more...

Plain Chant: a Common Inheritance for a Fellowship Renewed

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Your Excellency the Most Reverend Bishop Milan Shashik, Most Reverend Bishops, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, and Beloved Monastics and Faithful in this joyous celebration: Slava Isusu Christu! I rejoice today to be with you in this celebration of such an influential work, and I am humbled and honored to be so invited. The Prostopinije volume compiled by Rev. Fr. John Bokshay has been used as a standard for liturgical singing, for the entire life of my Diocese, the American Carpatho-Rusin Orthodox Diocese. I am greatly honored and privileged to make this journey, and to fellowship with you. I come here as a son of the Rusin people, and as a Metropolitan of the Orthodox Carpatho-Rusin Diocese in America, and as a Hierarch of the Ecumenical Throne of the Apostolic See of Constantinople, whose Patriarch now is His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Read more...

The Son of Man Came to Serve

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Only one week before the Crucifixion of Our Lord, two of the Twelve Apostles, James and John, approached their Master with a proposition. "Grant us to sit, one at Your right hand and the other at Your left in Your glory" (Mark 10.37). Our Lord looked at them with deep comprehension. He knew that they were only saying out loud what was on the minds of all the Apostles. Everyone had been impressed with the wild popularity and the adulation of the crowds. Everyone in the band of disciples had assumed that it was only a matter of time before Jesus became the Lord of Jerusalem, drive out the Roman soldiers, and set things to right in the Jewish nation. So the Apostles were doing what every politician knows how to do: jockey for power and influence. James and John wanted prestige and authority. The others were scandalized when they heard what these two had attempted. But they wanted the same thing, nonetheless. Read more...

Preach in Both Seasons

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

At the end of St. Paul's second pastoral epistle to Timothy, and probably at the very end of his life, he writes these words: I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His Kingdom: Preach the Word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4.1-5 RSV) Read more...

The Holy Cross - A Sign-Post for the Soul

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

"Whosever will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.' (Mark 8:34) These words of the Lord Jesus Christ echo through our Churches on the Third Sunday of the Great Fast - the Sunday of the Cross - and they stir our souls as we prepare during Holy Week to re-experience His saving Passion, Death and Resurrection . They provide the key to discipleship: cross-bearing. They provide the signpost for the ascetic struggle to which we are called: self-negation - crucifixion. They are words that speak less of an object and more of a course of action for those who would walk the path of the Crucified Lord of Glory. In the Gospel passage, He offers the Cross, the bitter means of healing of the soul to everyone who desires to be saved from death. Read more...

"A Paradigm of the Communion of the Person and Creation"

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

With deep and abiding thanks, I must first congratulate His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch BARTHOLOMEW and His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, for their sponsorship of this conference here on the sacred island of Halki. Here at this spiritual center,all of us are honored to be part of the combination of theological and scientific disciplines, which create a true synergy capable of discovering new solutions to the complex problems of our day. Read more...

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