Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/ 60 Order of the Washing of the Feet http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140421_1.html Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140421_1.html Gathering of the Monastic Brotherhood of St. John http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140409_1.html Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://www.chicagodiocese.org/display_image.php?ext=peg&relativeimage=images/2014/houghton/IMG_2092.jpeg&archive=0&final_h=100&final_w=133&percent=100"><div><em>The editors received the following report from Hieromonk Innokenty, rector of the SS Sergius &amp; Herman church in Atlantic Mine, MI.</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>From March 27-30, around the fourth Sunday of Great Lent, the Brotherhood of St. John&nbsp;which included Igumen Gregory (Zaiens), Hieromonk Timothy (Tadros), Hieromonk Innokenty (Reichert), and Rassaphore Silouan (Robinett),&nbsp;came together in Houghton, Michigan to celebrate their patron saint - St. John Climacus.&nbsp;&nbsp; Unfortunately, due to an expected situation, our abbot, His Grace Bishop Peter, was not able to join us.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The brothers joined in unity celebrating the weekday lenten services and the festive Sunday feast day.&nbsp; In an unusual twist of nature,&nbsp;a late winter snow storm that moved into the area right at the beginning of the retreat gave hands on experience in snow removal &ldquo;UP&rdquo; [upper peninsula] style.&nbsp; At the conclusion of the gathering, Igumen Gregory and Rassaphore Silouan stayed on to help with things to be done around the property.</div></div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140409_1.html Kursk-Root Icon Visits Upper Midwest http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140402_1.html Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>While in Minneapolis Area Icon has visited.</p> <div>March 25 (eve) - Holy Resurrection Skete, Fridley, MN - Supplication Service with Akathist</div> <div>March 26 (morn) - St. Mary's Catheral OCA, MInneapolis, MN - Pre-Sanctified Liturgy</div> <div>March 26 (eve) - St. Panteleimon ROC, Minneapolis, MN - Holy Unction</div> <div>March 27 (morn) - St. Vasilije of Ostrog Serbian Church, Chisholm, MN - Supplication Service with Akathist</div> <div>March 27 (eve) - All Saints Orthodox Church, Fargo, ND - Supplication Service with Akathist</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Holy Unction Mystery was held in front of the Kursk Icon of Mother of God. There were several priest from different jurisdictions participating in Holy Unction at St. Panteleimon Russian Orthdoox Church: V. Rev. Ioann (Magramm) (ROCOR), V. Rev. Ioann Voloschuk (Serbian Church), V. Rev. Richard Floam (OCA), Rev. Mircea Vasiu (Romanian Church), Rev. Antony Alekseyenko - Rector (ROCOR), Rev. Joseph Towne (ROCOR). Service was well attended and parishioners did not want to leave the presence of the Icon even after the Holy Unction service, so Supplication Service with Akathist was served and faithful left well after mid-night.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The next morning Icon was present at St. Vasilije of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church for Supplication Service with Akathist. This was the first visit of the Icon to the USA Nothernland/Iron Range. At attendance were Rev. Timothy Sas (GOC), Rev. Kristian Petrovic (Serbian Church), Rev. Vladimir Lange (Serbian Church), Rev. Antony Alekseyenko (ROCOR), Rev. Radomir Plavsic - Rector (Serbian Church). Parishoners from different jurisdiction came to venerate the Icon. This visit really touched a lot of Orthodox Christians and strengthen their faith in the journey to Pascha.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>That evening Icon was present at All Saints Orthodox Church in Fargo, ND. This is the most Western parish in DCMA ROCOR. Faithful came to pray in front of the Icon and stayed with it until it had to leave.</div> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140402_1.html Resolution of the 2014 Lenten Clergy Conference http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140324_1.html Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p>Having gathering in the God-preserved city of Chicago in the presence of the miracle-working Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God for our annual Great Lenten Diocesan retreat, we, the clergy of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America rejoice in the mercies our Loving Savior has so generously bestowed upon us.<br /><br />Foremost in our hearts is the spiritual consolation bestowed upon us by the presence within our diocese of this much-loved icon of His Most Pure Mother, the Hodigitria of the Church Abroad. Through Her, the human means of the Lord's Incarnation, we see an example of the Christian life of faithfulness to our Lord to which we are all called and to which we all need to regularly recommit ourselves.<br /><br />With her example before us, we cannot help but be moved to prayer for those who suffer around world and especially those who are suffering for their faith in Christ. We see the answer of many prayers in the recent release of the nuns from Maaloula Monastery in Syria. Therefore we urge all the faithful to continue their prayers for peace in Ukraine. We implore His Most Pure Mother to intercede before her Son to that end.<br /><br />We rejoice that the Lord has sent more laborers to the vineyard that is our diocese and welcome Igumen Gregory (Zaiens), recently ordained priest Beninio Pardo and priest Joseph Towne. May God help these clergy to persevere and carry out a fruitful ministry among us.<br /><br />We note that this year marks the 700th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian saint, St. Sergius of Radonezh. With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion and the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, our diocese will host the official ROCOR celebrations of this event. The celebrations will begin with Vigil on October 7, 2014 at His Grace, Bishop Peter's seat, St. Sergius of Radonezh Cathedral in Parma, Ohio. The next day will include a hierarchical liturgy, festal trapeza and vigil for the feast of St. John the Theologian. On October 9th, the celebrations will move to the nearby Skete of St. John the Theologian in Hiram, Ohio for hierarchical liturgy on their patronal feast. We encourage all our parishioners to attend these spiritually important events.<br /><br />The gathered clergy heard a talk by Professor Andrei Desnitsky on &ldquo;The Bible and Orthodox Christians&rdquo;. A biblical scholar who has worked for years at translating the Bible into minority languages of the Russian Federation, Dr. Desnitsky gave the clergy much to ponder and reminded us that we need to not only venerate the Scriptures, but to diligently study them and put them into practice.<br /><br />Sealing our brotherly gathering with Communion in Christ's Mysteries, we adjourned and commend ourselves, each other and our diocesan flock to the ongoing Lenten journey towards the Lord's Resurrection.</p> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140324_1.html Visit of Kursk-Root Icon to Cincinnati http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140318_3.html Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <p><strong>Visit of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God and Holy Unction Service at St. George parish in Cincinnati</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. </em>&nbsp;James 5:14-15</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The wonder-working Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God arrived at St. George Russian Orthodox Church in the Cincinnati suburb of Loveland on Monday, March 10. The icon&rsquo;s first visit was to the home of the parish&rsquo;s <em>rector emeritus</em>, Archpriest Paul Bassett. Overjoyed at the Holy Virgin&rsquo;s presence in his home, Fr. Paul reminisced about how he had first seen the icon at Holy Trinity Monastery in the 1970s while he was starting to learn about Orthodoxy.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The icon then travelled to the parish&rsquo;s newly-built Church for an early afternoon moleben and akathist. Over 60 of the faithful gathered for the service, which was lead by the parish clergy, priest Daniel Marshall and priest Pavel Akmolin.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Then the icon went to Cincinnati Children&rsquo;s Hospital to visit five-year-old Sofia Kharchyk. Sofia came to Cincinnati with her parents from Ukraine 18 months ago for treatment of cancer, which has since been eliminated. This January, Sofia suffered several strokes as a result of side affects from the treatment. She underwent surgery last week to improve the blood circulation in her brain, which should help restore her sight and increase her mobility. The grace brought by the Lord&rsquo;s Most-Pure Mother was palpable; it was a great comfort to everyone in the hospital room. With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Peter, donations to support Sofia's treatment can be made directly to her account at PNC Bank, listed on this website: <a href="http://savesofiakharchyk.org.ua/en/for-donations/">http://savesofiakharchyk.org.ua/en/for-donations/</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Most-Holy Virgin then returned to the parish for the Sacrament of Holy Unction, at which His Grace, Bishop Peter presided. Also serving were Archpriest Steven Kostoff, rector of Christ the Savior ~ Holy Spirit Orthodox Church (OCA, Cincinnati); Archpriest Miroljub Ruzic, Rector of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Orthodox Church (OCA, Columbus); Hieromonk Alexander from Holy Cross Monastery (ROCOR, Wayne, WV); and Priest Nicholas Olhovsky, who accompanied the icon from New York. The choir was prayerfully directed by St. George&rsquo;s parish deacon, Fr. Alexander Petrovsky. More than 150 of the faithful participated in this sacrament of spiritual healing, which had not been served for several decades at St. George parish and had never been served with a full complement of seven clergy.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Late Monday night, the parishioners of St. George dispersed to their homes, carrying with them the Grace of Holy Unction, the blessing of the Mother of God&rsquo;s presence, and gratitude to the Lord for his mercy to us, sinners all.</p> Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America - Russian Church Outside of Russia http://www.chicagodiocese.org/news_140318_3.html