Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, 75, dean emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York, and noted Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, preacher, and speaker, fell asleep in the Lord at Good Samaritan Hospice of Concordia, Wexford, PA, 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, Fr. Thomas and Anne are the parents of five children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Following our Great Lent tradition to perform the pre-Pascha cleaning of our Church rooms, we invite you to join us on Saturday March 21st between 1pm and 6 pm for the full-scale cleaning of upper and lower church halls and adjacent rooms. We kindly ask you to bring your own washing agents and cleaning means.
You can come at any time between 1-6 pm and stay to help as long as you can.
God bless you all for your help!
The Orthodox Clergy Association of Quebec:
SUNDAY LENTEN VESPERS SERIES 2015:
THE SAINTS: WITNESSES TO THE INCARNATION
“He became what we are, so that He might make us what He is….”
[On The Incarnation of the Word, St. Athanasius, Section 54.3]
Vespers at 7:00 p.m. (except on March 22 – 2:00 p.m.) followed by a talk:
Second Sunday of Lent, March 8, 2015: St. Dionysius Greek Orthodox Church, 7707 La Salle Blvd., Montreal, QC H8P 1Y5. Tel. (514) 364-5442. Pastor: Fr. Panagiotis Pavlakos.
Speaker: Fr. Jean El-Murr: “St John Chrysostom: On the Poor”.
Third Sunday of Lent, March 15, 2015: St. Sophie Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 6250 12th Avenue, Montreal, QC H1X 3A5. Tel. (514) 727-2236. Pastor: Fr. Volodymyr Kouchnir.
Speaker: Fr. Panagiotis Pavlakos: “St. Dionysius of Zakynthos: The Power of Forgiveness”.
Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 22, 2015: Archanges Michel et Gabriel Église orthodoxe roumaine, 2430 Avenue Charland, Montréal, QC H1Z 1C1. Tel. (514) 334-4384. Curé: Père Constantin Ciubotariu.
Conférencier: Père Ihor Kutash: “Saint Égal-aux-Apôtres Grand Knyaz’ Volodymyr de Kyiv: Un souverain chrétien”.
Fifth Sunday of Lent: March29, 2015: St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral (to be confirmed), 422 Boul. St-Joseph ouest, Montreal, QC H2V 2P5. Tel.: (514) 276-8322. Pastor: Fr. George Lagodich.
Speaker: Fr. Elie Touma: topic to be announced.
Information: Fr. Ihor Kutash, Secretary (514-591-5329).
Following our Great Lent tradition of having joint services of Montreal Orthodox parishes we invite you all to attend the first joint service – Vigil – that will be held on March 1st, Sunday of Orthodoxy at 7.00 pm at the Archangels Michael & Gabriel Romanian Orthodox Church located at 2430 Avenue Charland , Montreal H1Z 1C1 (514-814-4627 Pastor Rev. Father Constantine Ciubotariu).
For any further information please contact Fr. Elie Touma @ 514-668-2734
Our rector, father Anatoliy, kindly asks to provide us with your new contact information when you move and change address to stay in touch with the parish. Thank you!
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
To the honorable Clergy, Venerable Monastics, and Pious Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America,
My Beloved Brethren and Blessed Children in the Lord,
I greet all of you with the joy of the most glorious Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ! As Saint Leo the Great reminds us in his sermon on the Nativity, “in adoring the birth of our Savior, we find that we are celebrating the commencement of our own lives, for the birth of Christ is the source of life for the Christian people, and the birthday of the Head is the birthday of the Body.”
Indeed, we rejoice and celebrate on this great day. Yet we must never fail to recall those for whom the earthly sojourn seems to be anything but joyful—the lost and searching and seeking, the lonely and forgotten, the sick and imprisoned and persecuted, the hungry and thirsty, and those who, like the Christ Child, “have no where to lay their heads.” If the birth of Christ is the commencement and source of our lives, then it is not only our duty, but our blessed honor, to share the light of the newborn Christ with those who sit “in the valley of the shadow of death,” thereby revealing the love God so richly and unconditionally pours out on all who would accept it.
The Abbess of Mt. Athos ICON OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD in Ottawa. The enthronement of Bishop Irénée
15 Street N., Ottawa, ON, K1R 7H1;
Holy wonder making icon of the Mother of God “the Abbess of the Holy Mount Athos” is coming to our Cathedral!
The Abbess of Mount Athos Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God and the Holy Relics of St. Gabriel of Mount Athos will be at the Cathedral November 21-23.
On this occasion we’ve added to the calendar of services and additional Vigil service on Friday November 21st with veneration of the Abbess of Mount Athos Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God and the Holy Relics of St. Gabriel of Mount Athos.