Metropolitan Tikhon celebrates namesday
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His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, celebrated his namesday today—Friday, October 9, 2015—by serving the Divine Liturgy with the Chancery staff at Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel here.
Inaugural holder of Fordham’s Meyendorff-Patterson Chair of Orthodox Christia...
7 Oct 2015 at 4:58pm
Metropolitan Tikhon’s patron—Saint Tikhon of Moscow, the Apostle to America—served as Bishop, and later Archbishop, of North America from 1897 through 1907. Ten years later—within days of Russia’s “October Revolution”—he was elected as the first Patriarch of Moscow since the time of Emperor Peter the Great, who had abolished the Patriarchate in 1721. Having suffered much in the aftermath of the Revolution, he fell asleep in the Lord on April 7, 1925 at Moscow’s Donskoy Monastery, where his relics are enshrined.
May God grant His Beatitude many more years of inspired ministry as we strive to “expand the Mission” and vision of his patron, Saint Tikhon! Eis polla eti despota!!
Archbishop Demetrios and Metropolitan Tikhon exchange greetings at Fordham installation.
His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon of the Orthodox Church in America delivered the opening and closing benedictions respectively at ceremonies marking the installation of Dr. George E. Demacopoulos as the inaugural holder of Fordham University’s Father John Meyendorff and Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies on Monday, October 15, 2015. The newly established professorship is associated with Fordham’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center.
Solon and Marianna Patterson of Atlanta, GA and their family endowed the Chair with the intention of its being held by a recognized scholar of Orthodox Christian Studies who specializes in the relationship between Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions. As such, the Chair honors Protopresbyter John Meyendorff [1926–1992], who was Professor of Byzantine History at Fordham and Professor of Church History and Patristics at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, as well as the latter’s Dean. Father John’s scholarly works—particularly his writings on the Great Schism of 1054, the nature of authority in the Church, and the primacy of Peter—greatly contributed to official Orthodox-Catholic dialogues. Besides being a participant in many of those dialogues, Father John acted as an astute observer and detailed chronicler of such gatherings and had an intensely personal interest in their continuation.
“We believe the endowment of this chair to be an integral part of our lifetime commitment to encourage and pursue reconciliation between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches,” said the Pattersons. “And we are honored to name it after a priest and scholar who was equally committed to dialogue between these two great Christian bodies.”
Father Meyendorff was a member of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation from its inception in 1965. His son, Dr. Paul Meyendorff, the Father Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, continues his father’s legacy by actively participating in that body.
After the ceremony, Dr. Demacopoulos’ delivered his inaugural lecture, “War, Violence and the Feast of the Holy Cross in Byzantium,” in which he analyzed 7th and 8th century Orthodox hymnography for the Great Feast of the Elevation of the Cross, which at that time began to reflect imperial and military themes in an era of conflict between the Greeks and the Persians. The Octet of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary offered a brief concert of hymns reflecting the lecture theme.
The mission of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center is to foster intellectual inquiry by supporting scholarship and teaching that is critical to the ecclesial community, public discourse, and the promotion of Christian unity. The Center was co-founded in 2012 by Dr. Demacopoulos and Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou, who holds the Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture at Fordham.
The Reverend Joseph McShane, SJ, Fordham University President, introduced the many guests in attendance, including Archpriests John Jillions and Eric G. Tosi, OCA Chancellor and Secretary respectively, and extended an invitation to Metropolitan Tikhon to return to the campus in the future in the interest of developing a closer relationship.
Closing Benediction Offered by Metropolitan Tikhon
The Installation of Dr. George E. Demacopoulos as the Inaugural Holder of the Father John Meyendorff and Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University
Monday, October 5, 2015
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
A photo gallery of the installation may be viewed on the web site and Facebook page.
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Additional information on Fordham’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center may be found here.
SVOTS’ “East Meets East” Celebrates the Oriental Orthodox Churches
7 Oct 2015 at 1:00pm
Lord, we are Christians living in a world that too often still uses religion as a cover for violence. We thank Thee for the witness of George Demacopoulos and scholars like him who unwrap the difficult history of the past to shed light on our present challenges. Bless him in his work and life ahead.
We thank Thee for the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham; its staff, students, benefactors and supporters; and especially Solon and Marianna Patterson and their family. Bless them and all who believe in working actively for better understanding and closer relationships between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
We thank Thee for the teaching, writing and witness of Father John Meyendorff, who devoted a lifetime to Christian scholarship in service of the Church, to Orthodox unity in this country and to building bridges with Catholics, Protestants and the Ecumenical Movement. We thank Thee for Fordham University and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, for whom Father John was a beloved teacher and a figure of unity. Bless Father John’s wife, Matushka Marie, and bless their family. And may his memory be eternal!
At the 9/11 Memorial a few days ago, in his gathering with religious leaders, Pope Francis said, “I trust that our presence together will be a powerful sign of our shared desire to be a force for reconciliation, peace and justice in this community and throughout the world. For all our differences and disagreements, we can live in a world of peace.”
Lord, bless everyone gathered here, and give us the courage to be witnesses and instruments of Thy peace, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
On Saturday, October 3, 2015, Saint Vladimir’s Seminary welcomed hundreds of friends and alumni to campus for its annual Orthodox Education Day.
“This year’s theme, ‘East Meets East,’ was inspired by the diversity of our student body,” remarked seminary Chancellor/CEO, Archpriest Dr. Chad Hatfield. “At Saint Vladimir’s, Oriental and Eastern Orthodox students have been living, learning, and growing together in Christ for over 50 years.”
Three Hierarchs Chapel served as the locus for the day’s events. The day began with Sh’himo, a service comprising Matins and the Third and Sixth Hours according to the Rite of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. The Rev. Dr. Varghese M. Daniel, newly appointed Sessional Assistant Professor of Malankara Studies at Saint Vladimir’s, presided alongside Malankara Orthodox seminarians, alumni, and friends of the seminary. In the afternoon, Coptic Orthodox students and friends led the community in prayer at a raising of incense service. The day concluded with Eastern Orthodox Great Vespers.
Archpriest Dr. John Anthony McGuckin presented the keynote address, “Our Common Father: Saint Cyril.” Renowned author of 25 books, several of which are published by SVS Press, Father John is The Ane Marie and Bent Emil Nielsen Professor of Late Antiquity and Byzantine Christian History at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies at Columbia University.
“We have preferred, because of political reasons, to relegate each other’s traditions to poor apologetic representations,” stated Father John. “We have to learn a dialogue of love and the truth of one another’s traditions. We need to learn to love through prayer.” Father John then went on to outline a brief history of Saint Cyril and made the point that the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox traditions agree with much of the saint’s theology. “It is not beyond us to restore the fallout of the last 1,600 years,” he stated in closing.
Guests had the opportunity to explore a marketplace filled with Orthodox Christian books and gifts and to eat their fill of barbecue, Indian cuisine, and delicious desserts prepared by the seminary community.
Workshops on topics ranging from Coptic iconography to a history of the dialogue between the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Churches filled the late afternoon hours. A lively book discussion group, co-moderated by Three Hierarchs Chapel member Vera Hubiak and third-year seminarian Deacon Shiryl Mathai, mulled over the message and themes in Way of the Ascetics by Tito Colliander. Eight seminarians performed a concert of Orthodox music titled “Our Common Saints: Hymns of Rome, Alexandria, Constantinople, and Sebaste,” under the direction of Hierodeacon Herman (Majkrzak), Lecturer in Liturgical Music and Director of Chapel Music at Saint Vladimir’s.
“The day was replete with opportunities to explore the relationship between the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches, a relationship that is lived out daily at Saint Vladimir’s,” commented Archpriest Dr. John Behr, Dean. “Our seminary is a unique community where priests and leaders from both traditions are molded and prepared for ministry. We are grateful for our long history with the Oriental Orthodox churches.”
View a gallery of Orthodox Education Day photographs on the seminary’s Facebook page. Listen to the keynote address and sacred music concert on the seminary’s Ancient Faith Radio podcast, Voices From St. Vladimir’s Seminary.