For the second year in a row, the Department of Liturgical Music of the Orthodox Church in America will be offering an on-line course, “Choral Conducting for Beginners,” beginning September 15, 2014.
“The course is designed for beginners or those who are currently conducting a choir but have not completed a formal conducting course,” said Prof. David Drillock, department chair, who will teach the course. “The class sessions are devoted to demonstrating basic conducting technique, beginning with elementary conducting patterns and concluding with an emphasis on conducting liturgical chant. The course will be limited to twelve participants.
Each learner will be required to meet interactively with the instructor via Skype for a 30-minute session each week. The course will consist of 12 sessions, covered over a period of 13 weeks.
“These sessions will provide an opportunity for each individual learner to demonstrate his or her comprehension of each session and the ability to perform the conducting exercises correctly,” added Prof. Drillock. “At these interactive meetings, the learner will receive necessary feedback from the instructor together with helpful suggestions for improvement.”
Such one-on-one real time Skype sessions will also enable the instructor to provide extra help, if necessary, and answer specific questions.
Those registering for the class will need an up-to-date computer that will run Skype, a web cam with microphone, and internet connection that is not dial-up.
To register for the course, complete the registration form available online and return it to the attention of Ms. Melanie Ringa to email@example.com or via fax to 516-922-0954. The $175.00 course fee may be paid by credit card—info is included on the registration form—or by check, made payable to the Orthodox Church in America DLM. Registration checks should be sent to the Orthodox Church in America, PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791, Attn: Melanie RInga.
Upon receipt of completed registration forms, applicants will receive detailed directions for accessing the course.
Anchorage, AK: STOTS graduates hold fundraiser
Bishop David with STOTS alumni.
While visiting Alaska for the annual Saint Herman’s Pilgrimage in early August, members of the Saint Tikhon’s Seminary Alumni Association held a fundraiser at Saint Innocent Cathedral, Anchorage. Alumni, who were welcomed by His Grace, Bishop David—himself a STOTS graduate—included Fathers Nicholas Molodyko-Harris, Timothy Hojnicki, and David Cowan and Alaskan alumni Fathers John Zabinko, Christopher Stanton, and Matthew Howell, and Christopher Jones.
Chicago: Parishioners march for peace in “Little Village”
Fr. John Baker leads prayers during march.
On Friday, July 25, 2014, members of Christ the Savior Church, Chicago, joined community organizations and neighborhood residents in the city’s Little Village neighborhood to promote peace at a time when rates of violence in the Chicago are rising.
“On behalf of the Little Village community, we want to thank everyone who came out to the Peace March and who prayerfully supported the initiative,” said Kathryn Bocanegra. “It was a great success, with over 150 people participating in the march and many community residents who have been personally impacted by violence. We heard poems, reflections, and prayers from community mothers who lost their children to violence.”
Father John Baker, Rector and Dean of Christ the Savior Church, led prayers on two different street corners.
“Our parishioners carried icons throughout the streets,” said Father John. “The presence of our parishioners showed compassion and concern for the daily struggle of people in the Little Village neighborhood.”
Marchers met at Saint Agnes Catholic Church and made their way to Farragut High School, stopping along the way on four blocks on which there had been shootings and homicides.
Detroit, MI: SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral hit by flood
Church kitchen under water.
Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Detroit, MI—the state’s oldest Orthodox Christian parish—was hit hard during the torrential rains that left Detroit under six inches of water during the second week of August 2014.
“On Monday, August 11, thousands of gallons of water cascaded through the walls and roof of Saints Peter and Paul Church, and even came up through the floor drains,” said parishioner Janet Lapko. “The church basement is under two feet of water, and all of its contents are ruined. One furnace is broken, and the second furnace also may be damaged.
“The parish hall—site of the parish’s extensive homeless and kitchen ministries, the latter of which helps support small food entrepreneurs—also experienced damage,” Janet added. “This recent disaster places all these activities in jeopardy.”
While overall costs of the damage have yet to be calculated, the parish now faces the task of removing two-plus feet of standing water, mud and sewage; replacing damaged property; and taking steps to prevent mold and other dangers due to lingering moisture.
Parishes and faithful throughout the Diocese of the Midwest are asked to offer financial assistance to the faithful of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral as they work not only to restore their properties, but to ensure the continuation of the various ministries upon which the parish’s neighbors have come to rely.
“Your contribution will allow these important ministries to continue,” said Janet. “Your generosity can help our parish face this new challenge and remain a positive force for good in an otherwise troubled city.”
Shirley, NY: Six-day iconography workshop October 6-11
Saint John the Theologian Church, Shirley, NY, will be the site of a week-long iconography workshop October 6-11, 2014.
Classes will be conducted by Tatiana and Dmitrii Berestova of the Prosopon School.
Students will create traditional icons using ancient techniques and natural materials—carved wood boards prepared with gesso made from chalk and glue, finely ground clay, pure gold leaf, and ground mineral pigments in an emulsion made from egg yolk. The underlying theology of the icon will be equally emphasized, as each technical step has a corresponding theological meaning.
During six full-day sessions first-time students will be provided with step-by-step instructions and all materials to complete an icon. Experienced students will be assigned an icon appropriate to their experience and skill. Previous artistic experience is not required.
Cost for new students is $525.00, while the cost for returning students will set by the workshop coordinator.
For further information, contact workshop coordinator Adele McHugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-447-2017.
With the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, the Orthodox Church in America was represented at the Enthronement of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Onufry of Kyiv and All Ukraine by His Grace, Bishop Michael and His Grace, Bishop Irénée on Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Metropolitan Onufry was elected to the See of Kyiv and All Ukraine at a special session of the Bishops’ Council convened at the Lavra of the Kyiv Caves on August 13. He succeeds His Beatitude, Metropolitan Volodymyr, who fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 78 on July 5, 2014 after a lengthy illness. [See related story.]
The Enthronement took place on the square in front of the Lavra’s Dormition Cathedral.
Also representing the OCA were Archimandrite Alexander [Pihach], Archpriest Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk, and Protodeacon Nazari Polataiko. Representatives from the Churches of Constantinople, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Russia, Georgia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, and the Czech Lands and Slovakia and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia also participated in the Enthronement Rites.
On behalf of the hierarchs, clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Eminence, Metropolitan Agafangel of Odessa and Izmail congratulated Metropolitan Onufry and presented him with the archpastoral staff. Greetings were then offered by representatives of the local Orthodox Churches.
After the reading of the greeting of Metropolitan Tikhon on behalf of the OCA—see text below—Metropolitan Onufry was presented with relics of Saints Herman, Tikhon, Innocent, Raphael and Alexis Toth, with which he blessed the thousands of hierarchs, clergy and faithful who gathered for the occasion.
In response, Metropolitan Onufry reflected on his 40 years of monastic life and the “responsible obedience to Mother Church” required of him as Primate.
Greeting to His Beatitude, Onufry, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, from His Beatitude, Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada
August 17, 2014
On this day of your enthronement we join in prayer for your ministry as Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. You are called to serve as Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine at a difficult and dangerous time. Ukraine has experienced in its recent history turbulence and confrontation, political and social upheaval and uncertainty, violence and threats of violence. At the same time great effort is being made in Ukraine to build peace and stability.
The vocation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under your guidance is to contribute to peace and stability – peace and stability which will help all the people of Ukraine to live with respect and tolerance for each other. You have already shown your ability to collaborate with other religious communities of Ukraine, sharing with them a love for God, love for Ukraine, and a determination to build a peaceful society.
Today’s painful challenges are not the first difficulties Kyiv and Ukraine have faced. This land and its people have witnessed much suffering through history. There have been many challenges. In the 20th century alone, Ukraine had to bear wars and invasions, Communist and Nazi terror, famine and nuclear disaster. Yet today Ukraine is determined to continue the task of living as an independent European state, at peace internally and enjoying peaceful and productive relations with other nations near and far.
At your enthronement, Your Beatitude, the Orthodox Church in America is represented by two bishops – one American, and one Canadian. There are many Ukrainian Orthodox people in both countries. Some of them are members of the Orthodox Church in America, others are members of Ukrainian Orthodox dioceses and communities belonging canonically to the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Therefore, many Orthodox of America and Canada are in close kinship with Your Beatitude and with your Holy Church.
In America and Canada there is a great diversity of language, culture, and historical memory among Orthodox people. There are many whose historical origins are in Ukraine and Russia and Belarus, in Romania and Albania and Greece, in Serbia and Bulgaria and Poland, in the Czech Lands and Slovakia, in Syria and Lebanon and the whole Middle East. Many of our people – bishops, clergy, and lay people – are American and Canadian converts to the Orthodox faith. In Alaska, the Orthodox faithful are Native Americans, descendants of those who received the Orthodox faith and holy baptism from the missionaries sent to Alaska from Valaam Monastery in 1794. This diversity invites us in North America not only to acknowledge our differences but also to live in unity and mutual acceptance.
The River Dnieper at Kyiv is the place where the Baptism of Rus’ took place in 988, at the initiative of the Holy Prince Volodymyr. This baptism is the foundation of the Christian faith and the Orthodox Church in today’s Ukraine and Russia and Belarus. We pray that Your Beatitude, as the Metropolitan of Kyiv, will be granted the grace to affirm the unity of the Orthodox faith in Ukraine, to affirm the common Christian commitment in Ukraine to peace, and to affirm the interreligious commitment to work together for justice and peace in Ukraine. The foundation on which you stand as Metropolitan of Kyiv is strong – its cornerstone is Christ.
On this day, we all join in the joyful exclamation: Axios! Axios! Axios!
Your brother and concelebrant,
Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada