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St. Sebastian (Dabovich) of Jackson

Saint Sebastian was just glorified by the Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church during its regular session on May 29th, 2015 – alongside with Bishop Mardarije (Uskokovic). Glory be to God in His saints! Born to Serbian immigrants in San Francisco in 1863, Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich has the distinction of being the first […]

Kneeling Prayers at Vespers of Pentecost

  On Pentecost, in the Vesper service following Divine Liturgy, Orthodox Christians kneel for the first time after Pascha. Led by the priest they pray the following “kneeling prayers” with great reverence:   Prayer 1 O pure and blameless Lord, Who art without beginning, invisible and incomprehensible, unchangeable, immeasurable, and unbounded, Who art without evil and alone […]

In the News

From the Ashland Daily Tidings today: ARCHANGEL GABRIEL ORTHODOX CHURCH Orthodox Church raising funds to build new home Congregation has outgrown Ashland facility, has approval for temple north of town By John Darling For the Tidings Posted May. 8, 2015 at 2:00 AM Supporters of the first-ever Orthodox Christian church in Southern Oregon Thursday burned […]

Prayer for the Departed

By Thine own Blood, O Savior, Thou hast ransomed mortal men, and by Thy death Thou hast delivered us from bitter death, granting us eternal life by Thy Resurrection. Give rest, then, O Lord, to all those who have fallen asleep in godliness, whether in wilderness or city, on the sea or land, in every […]

The Orthodox Approach to Mission: Transforming the Heart of the World

Remarks Given at the XII All-Diaspora Youth Conference Paris, 5th July 2011   Your Eminence, Your Grace, Reverend Fathers, Beloved Brothers and Sisters: In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: Amen. It is a joy for me to be giving what amounts to the first ‘formal’ lecture of this blessed […]

Synaxis of the Venerable Fathers of Optina

Although the beginning of monastic life in Optina monastery dates to at least as early as the sixteenth century, it is most known for its tradition of spiritual eldership in the tradition of St. Paisius (Velichkovsky) of Moldavia, which flourished there in the nineteenth century—particularly in the monastery’s Skete of St. John the Forerunner. This […]

Blessing of Flowers and Fragrant Herbs on Dormition

Holy Tradition tells us that all the Apostles, with the exception of St. Thomas, were transported mystically to Jerusalem in order to be with the Mother of God – the Theotokos – as she reposed, and to be present at her burial. When the Apostle Thomas arrived the next day, the Apostles opened the tomb so that […]

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