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OCA represented at celebration of 1000th anniversary of St. Vladimir’s repose

Christ the Saviour Patriarchal Cathedral here was the site of the celebration marking the 1000th anniversary of the repose of Saint Vladimir of Kyiv, Equal to the Apostles, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

At the invitation of His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’, representatives of the world’s Local Orthodox Churches concelebrated at the Divine Liturgy and participated in a variety of events marking the occasion.


Keeping up with the Council: Audios and videos available

Ancient Faith Media and Orthodox 360 are providing audio and video accounts of the 18th All-American Council in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015.

The following audios are currently accessible.

The Address of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon—His Beatitude challenges the assembly to join him “in this ascetical journey to discern and develop our apostolic calling here in North America, through prayer, repentance, and common work for the glory of God.


Metropolitan Tikhon, OCA Chancellor and Secretary, address AAC opening plenary session

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, addressed hundreds of delegates and observers at the opening plenary session of the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America on Monday evening, July 20, 2015.

Metropolitan Tikhon called the AAC to order after an opening Service of Intercession.

In his address, Metropolitan Tikhon challenged the assembly to join him “in this ascetical journey to discern and develop our apostolic calling here in North America, through prayer, repentance and common work for the glory of God, always remembering the words of the Lord:


Celebration of the Feast of the Prophet Elijah with the blessing of all wheeled vehicles

Feast of St Elijah at St Herman's

In honour of the feast of the prophet Elijah and his ascent in the heavenly chariot, St. Herman's parish in Langley BC held their annual blessing of all wheeled vehicles. Besides motorized vehicles with two and four wheels, there were bicycles, scooters, wheelchairs, strollers, even skateboards and roller skates...

Even the youngest parishioners wanted their special wheels blessed!

Festal "Wagon Wheels" were then enjoyed by the children of the parish.

Archbishop visits Holy Apostles Mission Station

2015-06-26 to 2015-06-29

The Most Reverend Irénée, Archbishop of Ottawa and the Archdiocese of Canada, made his first Archpastoral visit to the Holy Apostles Mission Station in Chilliwack, BC, June 26-29th, 2015. Great Vespers, Matins, and the Divine Liturgy were served, for the Sunday commemorating the Holy Unmercenary Healers Cyrus and John, and the Holy Fathers Sergius and Herman of Valaam. At Great Vespers on Saturday evening, His Eminence received a family of four as Catechumens, preparing to enter the Church.

Pastoral Life Colloquium synopsis available

In anticipation of the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, the Department of Pastoral Life has released a synopsis of its first colloquium held at the OCA Chancery here April 28-29, 2015.  Participating in the gathering, held to discuss issues facing clergy and their families, were representatives from every OCA


The Canadian Government announces support for seniors in Narol, Manitoba


Seniors in Narol will soon have new opportunities to mentor younger generations and to participate in social activities announced James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is receiving $23,175 for their project from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

Serbian Orthodox Church glorifies two North Americans

At their regular session here on May 29, 2015, the members of the Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church announced the glorification of two clerics who served in North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—Bishop Mardarije [Uskokovic] and Archimandrite Sebastian [Dabovich]. Both saints are being recognized as “preachers of the Gospel, God-pleasing servants of the holy life, and inspirers of many missionaries” for their pastoral labors in America and their homeland.


Serbian Patriarch visits Montreal

Serbian Patriarch visits Montreal

On Thursday, June 18, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia was making his pastoral visit to Montreal, QC.

Present at the Vespers and meal were His Eminence Archbishop Irénée accompanied by the Chancellor, Archpriest Anatoliy Melnyk, Dean of Quebec and Atlantic Canada, Archpriest Gregory Nimijean, and Deacon Justin Mitchell. Also present was His Grace, Jean-Cassien, Vicar for the Romanian Patriarchate in Canada.


Holy Synod concludes annual retreat

Logo of The Holy Synod

The annual retreat of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded on June 11, 2015. [See related story.]

In addition to participating in the daily cycle of services at Holy Dormition Monastery, Rives Junction, MI, retreat site, and reflecting on a number of spiritual themes, including that of the forthcoming 18th All-American Council, the hierarchs engaged in sessions of a practical nature.