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This section of our website has articles about Orthodoxy and our church. These articles are also currently subdivided into three categories:

  • Orthodox Church, a collection of articles about the Orthodox Church. We hope the articles in this section will be helpful to both inquires of Orthodoxy, and to those who are members of the Church.
  • Worship, a collection of articles about services, prayers, and worship of the Orthodox Church.
  • Saints and Icons, a collection of articles about saints, their relics, or their icons. We hope to include articles, of special interest to our parish, on the saints who are depicted on our icons, or whose holy relics rest here. Articles on our feast day icons will be included here also.

Also see our Salvation History Section and our list of Videos.


Ecclesiological notes

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Ecclesiological notes

By Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann

  1. One of the greatest "ecumenical" difficulties the Orthodox Church has is that her thought forms and "terms of reference" are different from those of the West. And, since the ecumenical movement was shaped primarily by Western theological presuppositions and antecedents, its Orthodox participants were, from the very beginning, forced to express their positions and points of view within a theological framework alien to, or at least different from, the Orthodox tradition. This is especially true of ecclesiology. The Orthodox East has not been challenged either by the politico-ecclesiological controversies typical of the Western Middle Ages or by the Reformation. It remained free, therefore, from the "polemical" and "definitional" ecclesiology which underlies the Western De Ecclesia, whether in its Roman Catholic or Protestant form, and which conditions to a great degree the ecumenical debate on the Church. In our own "sources"– the Fathers, the Councils, the Liturgy – we do not find any formal definition of the Church. This is not because of any lack of ecclesiological interest and consciousness, but because the Church (in the Orthodox approach to her) does not exist, and therefore cannot be defined, apart from the very content of her life. The Church, in other terms, is not an "essence" or "being" distinct, as such, from God, man, and the world, but is the very reality of Christ in us and us in Christ, a new mode of God's presence and action in His creation, of creation's life in God. She is God's gift and man's response and appropriation of this gift. She is union and unity, knowledge, communion and transfiguration. And, since apart from the "content" the "form" has no meaning (cf. the reluctance of Orthodox theologians to discuss problems of "validity"), Orthodox ecclesiology rather than precise definitions or forms, conditions and modalities, is an attempt to present an icon of the Church as life in Christ – an icon which to be adequate and true must draw on all aspects and not only on the institutional ones of the Church. For the Church is an institution, but she is also a mystery, and it is mystery that gives meaning and life to institution and is, therefore, the object of ecclesiology.

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2013 DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: Bishop Michael's Address

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2013 DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: Bishop Michael's Address

This video features the "Address to the Diocese" by His Grace, Bishop MICHAEL, as delivered at the Annual Assembly of the Diocese of New York & New Jersey (Orthodox Church in America). Convened at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Yonkers NY on 12 November 2013, the Assembly was comprised of clergy and laity delegates representing the parishes of the diocese. Information and resources regarding the Diocese of New York & New Jersey are available on the website: nynjoca.org.

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Autocephaly problem: history and present

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Autocephaly problem: history and present

A lecture given by Very Rev. John H. Erickson (Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Professor emeritus) at the conference "The Forthcoming Council of the Orthodox Church: Understanding the Challenges" (18-20 October 2012, Paris).

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Interview with Fr. Daniel Hubiak

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Interview with Fr. Daniel Hubiak

These Interviews with Fr. Daniel and Dunia Hubiak, conducted by Fr. John and Denise Jillions, took place on June 20, 2014. They were recorded by Steve Dixon utilizing the equipment and facilities of the Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY, in Philadelphia, PA.

They are part of the series, "Gift and Grace: Stories of Orthodox Clergy and their Wives," sponsored by the Diocese of New York and New Jersey (Orthodox Church in America). In documenting the lives of senior Orthodox clergy the series, edited by Fr. John Shimchick, explores the sense of gift and the mystery of grace that uphold both marriage and ministry.

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2013 Parish Council Conference Part 2

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The 2013 Parish Council Conference - Part 2

The 2013 Parish Council Conference for the diocese was conducted regionally in three locations representing the Deaneries of New Jersey, New York City, and New York. Three from our parish attended.

At the invitation of Bishop Michael, the conference facilitator was Very Reverend Constantine Nasr. Father Constantine oversaw the growth of a modestly sized parish in Oklahoma City OK to a truly thriving community of over 1,000 souls during his three decades of pastoral ministry. With enthusiasm, clarity, and wit, Father Constantine shared his years of expertise and highly practical methods for making our faith contagious and our churches inviting ~ to new visitors and to those who have fallen out of regular participation in parish life.

 Video 2 of the 2013 Parish Council Conference can be viewed here.

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Subcategories

  • Orthodox Church

    Articles about the Orthodox Church

    This section of our website, is a collection of articles about the Orthodox Church. We hope the articles in this section will be helpful to inquires of Orthodoxy, Catechumens, and to those who are members of the Church.

    Good starting points would be:


     

    Article Count:
    94
  • Worship

    Articles on services and prayers.

    This section of our website has a collection a collection of articles about services, prayers, and worship of the Orthodox Church.

    Good starting points would be:


    Article Count:
    82
  • Saints and Icons

    Articles on Saints and Icons

    This section of our website, is a collection of articles about saints, their relics, or their icons. We hope to include articles, of special interest to our parish, on the saints who are depicted on our icons, or whose holy relics rest here. Articles on our feast day icons will be included here also.

    Besides enhancing the beauty of our church, icons remind and instruct us in matters pertaining to the Christian faith. They can lift us up to the prototypes which they symbolize, to a higher level of thought and feeling, to help transform us and sanctify us. Icons can stimulate us to imitate the virtues of the holy personages depicted on them. They serve as a means of worship and veneration.

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    59
  • Videos

    Articles by Video

    This part of our website is where we post videos for now. They may be moved into other categories on the website, whatever seems best.

    (All  the 7 questions 7 answers vedios are noiw in this category.)


     

    Article Count:
    32

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