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In Memoriam: Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, and noted Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, preacher, and speaker, fell asleep in the Lord on the afternoon of March 18, 2015.

Father Thomas was the beloved husband of Matushka Anne [Schmemann] Hopko. They were married on June 9, 1963. Together, Father Thomas and Anne are the parents of five children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Thomas John Hopko was born in Endicott, NY, on March 28, 1939, the third child and only son of John J. Hopko and Anna [Zapotocky] Hopko. He was baptized and raised in Saint Mary’s Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church and educated in Endicott public schools, graduating from Union-Endicott High School in 1956. continue

Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross in Prizren
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Prizren, Kosovo and Metohija - The third Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, was celebrated at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Prizren with the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. With the blessings of Bishop Teodosije of Ras-Prizren serving were Bishop Maxim of Western America and retired bishop, His Grace Atanasije retired bishop of Zahum-Hercegovina, with the concelebration of the diocesan clergy and monastics, and the chanting of the professors and students of the Prizren Seminary. continue

Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross in Merrillville
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master,
and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify".

Merrillville, IN - The spiritual echo of the beautiful words of this church hymn to the Honorable Cross and the Holy Resurrection permeated and warmed the souls of the faithful people of God who together with their clergy gathered around their Bishop on the third Sunday of Great Lent. With the blessings of Bishop Longin, the Lenten Vespers was led by the Dean of the Chicago Deanery V. Rev. Nedeljko Lunich. After the service the clergy and faithful people of God, together with their bishop, His Grace Longin, made prostrations before the Honorable Cross of the Lord. Continue

Bishop Peter Visits Monastery New Marcha
Monday, March 16, 2015

On Sunday, March 15, 2015, the Third Sunday of Lent, the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross and feast day of St. Theodotus of Cyrenia and the Kolomna Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland (Russian Church Abroad) visited New Marcha Monastery. Welcoming Bishop Peter was His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America. Continue

Third Sunday of Great Lent
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Great and joyous is the day this week of  our Lord’s Resurrection and great and joyous is this Sunday of our Lord’s Cross – two events connected with one another, united, two events equally salvific. The Lord rushes, hastens to Jerusalem, to the suffering for our salvation. This is the endless, pre-eternal love of God for His creation and that most loved creation – Man. And the Lord created man in the sign of the Cross. When man stands, says St. Irenaeus of Lyon the great martyr from the second century, (Asia Minor, he suffered in Lyon, south France), when he stands and stretches out his hands, he is a living and walking Cross. God created man in the sign of the Cross and as St. Bishop Nikolaj says all of the universe is in the sign of the Cross. Upright or vertically and horizontally all of the universe is marked with the Cross, signed with the Cross, crossed. Continue

The Lenten Eucharist
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

There can be little surprise that on the Sundays in Lent the Liturgy of St. Basil is used. It’s longer than St. John Chrysostom’s, and that alone is reason enough to use it during Lent. It is also “deeper” if I can dare to say such a thing. There’s just more doctrine in St. Basil’s Liturgy than in Chrysostom’s, mind you, not much, but more. In good Orthodox parlance, I might say it’s “fuller.”

Lenten services tend to be longer, and they’re meant to be. They tend to be more sober, and they’re meant to be. There are more of them – at least in the normal parish. Continue

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