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Monday, October 5, 2020

Glorious oriental carpet, and Vladika as though in Chinese silk. The outdoor church always surprising: the wild geese sang the troparion just as at the feast!

Friday, August 28, 2020

What do you do when your church is over 100 years old and is a small rural church and you want to have your annual Prazdnik on the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos? With the Covid-19 restrictions, you can only hold 6 to 8 people inside, way more than those who would be attending. Well, you trust God and move the service outside and continue the tradition. The ones who founded the church would have done the same without any hesitation. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

His Eminence Archbishop Irénée has appointed the Very Reverend Archpriest Rodion Luciuk as the new archdiocesan treasurer, effective 1 September 2020.

Fr Rod replaces Fr Justin Mitchell, whom the archbishop thanked for his excellent work over the past five years, leaving the archdiocese in a strong financial condition. Fr Rod brings years of professional experience to the role, in addition to previously serving as a member of the archdiocesan council and internal audit team.

Friday, July 31, 2020

The Very Reverend Archpriest Raphael David Johnston fell asleep peacefully in the Lord on July 31, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife 46 years Matushka Debbie, sons Ian (Laura) and Michael, and grandchildren, Aiden, Emma and Makayla.

Fr Raphael was an Archpriest in the Orthodox Church in America and the rector of Saints Peter and Paul Ruso-Greek Orthodox Church, Dickie Bush Alberta, as well as a regular assisting priest in Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, in Edmonton.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Holy Apostle Barnabas Mission, Canada's most western parish, has a rather small chapel, so how are to 'spread out'? Well, go outside, of course! Our Heavenly Father gave us beautiful weather this past Sunday so were able to serve the Divine Liturgy in His great outdoors.

How awesome it was to worship Him while looking up at the sun shining down through the leaves of the trees. For a time, a hummingbird settled on a branch behind the altar and observed God's people giving thanks to the Creator for His great glory.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The festal Divine Liturgy for Pentecost was celebrated outdoors at St Seraphim of Sarov Church in Rawdon, Québec, presided by His Eminence Archbishop Irénée and Fr Deacon Denis Letunovsky.

It was a beautiful day: Mother nature was at her best with greenery, the birds were singing, and a nice breeze blew through the rustling leaves. We could not have asked for a nicer day for Pentecost! And of course, social distancing was respected. 

Blessed feast to all!

Friday, May 22, 2020

On Friday 22 May, His Eminence Archbishop Irénée issued the following new directives and guidance to parishes during the COVID-19 outbreak:

Friday, May 1, 2020

On Friday, May 1, 2020, meeting under the Presidency of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church issued the following Pastoral Letter, and Synodal Directives related to COVID-19.

Each Diocesan Bishop will be releasing diocesan specific guidelines shortly.

To the clergy, monastics, and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America,

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Source: CBC

The Orthodox Hermitage of the Holy Annunciation sits on an old hilltop farmstead overlooking the LaHave River near New Germany, N.S. Three monks live inside.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Download the 2020 Paschal greeting from Vladyka Irénée in English and French: