Washington Orthodox Clergy Association Pre-Lenten Lectures, Seattle WA

2015 WINTER SPEAKING SCHEDULE

February 6 through 7, 2015Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in Northeast Pennsylvania, will give this year’s Pre-Lenten lectures for the Washington Orthodox Clergy Association (WOCA) in Seattle WA, based on his book, The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition, at St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, Brier, Washington.

Professor Christopher Veniamin is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, holds his first degree in Theology from the University of Thessalonica (Greece), and obtained his doctorate from Oxford University, under the supervision of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. He is the editor and translator of Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies (2009 and 2014), and the author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition (2013, 2014 repr. ed.).

Dr. Veniamin is also the President and Founder of Mount Thabor Publishing, which was established in 2005, and has edited and published  books by Archimandrite Zacharias, Professor Constantine Scouteris, and Klaus Kenneth.

PROGRAMME

Friday, February 6

6:00 PM – Vespers
7:00 – 9:00 PM – Session 1: Metanoia: Repentance in the Orthdox Church

Saturday, February 7

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Session 2: Hesychia as Preparation for the Encounter with God
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM – Session 3: Theosis – Salvation in the Writings of St. Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex
3:00 PM – Q&A

 

PLACE & CONTACT INFO

St Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church
21236 Poplar Way
Brier, WA 98036
Contact: Fr. James Bernstein @ (425) 771-1916 or frajamesbern@comcast.net

Website: www.stpaul-orthodox.org

St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, Seattle MS

St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church, Seattle MS

 

Three Pre-Lenten Lectures at St. Peter’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Madison MS

2015 WINTER SPEAKING SCHEDULE

February 2 through 4, 2015Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in Northeast Pennsylvania, will be giving three lectures based on his book, The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition, at St. Peter’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Madison, Mississippi.

Professor Christopher Veniamin is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, holds his first degree in Theology from the University of Thessalonica (Greece), and obtained his doctorate from Oxford University, under the supervision of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. He is the editor and translator of Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies (2009 and 2014), and the author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition (2013, 2014 repr. ed.).

Dr. Veniamin is also the President and Founder of Mount Thabor Publishing, which was established in 2005, and has edited and published  books by Archimandrite Zacharias, Professor Constantine Scouteris, and Klaus Kenneth.

PROGRAMME

Monday, February 2, 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Metanoia: Repentance in the Orthdox Church

Tuesday, February 3, 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Hesychia as Preparation for the Encounter with God

Wednesday, February 4, 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Theosis – Salvation in the Writings of St. Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex

 

PLACE & CONTACT INFO

St Peter’s Antiochian Orthodox Church
180 St Augustine Dr
Madison Mississippi 39110
Contact: Fr. John Henderson @ (601) 856-3894 or frjohnc@bellsouth.net

Website: www.stpeterorthodox.org

St. Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church, Madison MS

St. Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church, Madison MS

 

Porphyrios Added to Calendar of Church in Russia

St. Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite, whom we were blessed to know (the account of one of our meetings with him is recorded by Fr. Zacharias in his, Remember Thy First Love, pp. 393–394), is now added to the calendar of the Orthodox Church in Russia.

His feast day, it was decided by the Holy Synod of the Church in Russia on December 25, 2014, would be the same as that of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, namely, December 2.

For more details, see www.pravoslavie.ru/english/76197.htm

Dr. Christopher Veniamin Guest Instructor at SVS

“Prayer in Saint Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex” – Monday, November 17, from 1:00 to 3:30 PM, at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY

Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary and author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition, has been graciously invited by Dr. Peter Bouteneff, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, to teach a class on “Prayer in Saint Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex,” on Monday, November 17, from 1:00 to 3:30 PM.

Professor Christopher Veniamin is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, holds his first degree in Theology from the University of Thessalonica (Greece), and obtained his doctorate from Oxford University, under the supervision of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. He is the editor and translator of Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies (2009 and 2014), for which he also wrote over 100 pages of notes and scholia, and the author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition (2013).

Dr. Veniamin’s doctoral dissertation at Oxford, “The Transfiguration of Christ in Greek Patristic Literature: From Irenaeus of Lyons to Gregory Palamas” (1991), was a diachronic study of the meaning of the Taborian theophany in Patristic literature, spanning some thirteen centuries, and is currently being reworked in preparation for publication in 2015.

Professor Veniamin is also the President of Mount Thabor Publishing, which was established in 2005, and has edited and published books by Archimandrite Zacharias, Professor Constantine Scouteris, and Klaus Kenneth.

 

Entering the Orthodox Church: The Catechism and Baptism of Adults

Entering the Orthodox Church is an extremely valuable resource for those preparing to join the Orthodox Church. To order, click on image.

Entering the Orthodox Church is an extremely valuable resource for those preparing to join the Orthodox Church. To order, click on image.

From its first beginnings the Church carefully prepared anyone wanting to become a member. Catechism was a journey towards purification, so that once purified, the person would be baptised and become a temple of the All-Holy Spirit. In our own day too, certain indispensable conditions must be fulfilled in order for Catechism to take place in a correct and Orthodox manner. In the author’s view, the fundamental prerequisite for proper Catechism is the existence of an experienced Catechist capable of adjusting the message on each occasion according to the requirements and interests of the Catechumen. The association of Catechism with worship and ascetic practice is also absolutely necessary, because otherwise it will be merely cerebral and theoretical.

It is highly desirable for Catechumens to be associated with a Church community, either a parish or a monastery, where they will meet the truth that the Orthodox Church is a spiritual therapeutic community within which the illnesses of man’s soul are cured.
The reader can study a general framework of catechetical homilies drawn up by the author, which demonstrates how contemporary Catechism can be applied to those wishing to be baptised. An exposition of the Creed (the Symbol of Faith) is provided. There are lists of questions and answers which refer to the basic central points of Orthodox faith and life, the aim being to consolidate the knowledge imparted to the Catechumens so that the Catechism can be as correct and complete as possible.

Writing about the rite of the sacrament of Baptism, the author stresses that linking Baptism with the Divine Liturgy will contribute to a revival in liturgical life. The Holy Spirit, Who acts and works with the water of the baptismal font, regenerates the whole human being. Through Holy Baptism, which is seen as an introductory sacrament, we receive the light of divine grace and enter the Body of Christ, the Church.

The final section of the book underlines some basic points about guidance after Baptism, and stresses that the Catechism of those already baptised is much more difficult than the Catechism of Catechumens before Baptism. Through his own personal effort and by divine grace, as the believer attains to a personal knowledge of God, he becomes a true member of the Church. The aim of Baptism is to lead people to communion of the Body and Blood of Christ, which is the centre of all the Sacraments, and the whole of Church and spiritual life.

Nowadays we see that many people are asking to be baptised and become members of the Church. They are disillusioned with other religions and theories, including atheism, and come to the Orthodox Church. As we read Entering the Orthodox Church (the Greek original of which is the sixth book in the series “Theoria and Praxis” published by the Apostolic Ministry of the Church of Greece), we realise that it makes a significant contribution to the pastoral care of those entering the Orthodox Church.

In addition it is a useful aid for those already baptised, in other words, for every faithful member of the Church. The task of Catechism should be undertaken responsibly and seriously, not in a secular or indiscriminate manner, because it is a blessed ministry.

The Enrichment in our Pacific Northwest Tour – Part 3

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

Holy Annunciation Church, Milwaukie OR (Fr. Matthew Tate)

The Enrichment in our Pacific Northwest Tour – Part 2b

(From left to right) Fr. Stephen Soot, Christopher, Mat. Mona Soot, & Klaus

(From left to right) Fr. Stephen Soot, Christopher, Mat. Mona Soot, & Klaus

Pam Williamson - St. Ann Orthodox Church, Corvallis Oregon

Pam Williamson – St. Ann Orthodox Church, Corvallis Oregon

(From left to right) Paul Williamson Christopher, Pam Williamson, & Klaus

(From left to right) Paul Williamson Christopher, Pam Williamson, & Klaus

Mat. Mona Soot & Klaus - St. Ann Orthodox Church, Corvallis Oregon

Mat. Mona Soot & Klaus – St. Ann Orthodox Church, Corvallis Oregon

The Enrichment in our Pacific Northwest Tour – Part 2

St. Anne Orthodox Church, Corvallis OR (Fr. Stephen Soot) - Vigil for the Feast of the Dormition

St. Anne Orthodox Church, Corvallis OR (Fr. Stephen Soot) – Vigil for the Feast of the Dormition

St. Anne Orthodox Church, Corvallis OR (Fr. Stephen Soot) - Vigil for the Feast of the Dormition

St. Anne Orthodox Church, Corvallis OR (Fr. Stephen Soot) – Vigil for the Feast of the Dormition

St. Anne Orthodox Church, Corvallis OR (Fr. Stephen Soot) - Vigil for the Feast of the Dormition

St. Anne Orthodox Church, Corvallis OR (Fr. Stephen Soot) – Vigil for the Feast of the Dormition

St. Anne Orthodox Church, Corvallis OR (Fr. Stephen Soot) - Vigil for the Feast of the Dormition

St. Anne Orthodox Church, Corvallis OR (Fr. Stephen Soot) – Vigil for the Feast of the Dormition

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