Retreat at St. Philip’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Souderton, PA: ST. SILOUAN THE ATHONITE Presented by Dr. Christopher Veniamin

On March 25, 2017, a retreat will be held at St. Philip’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Souderton, PA, in which Professor Christopher Veniamin will discuss the writings of Saint Silouan the Athonite in a series of three talks.  Professor Veniamin is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony, the founder of the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist in Essex, England.  Elder Sophrony was the closest spiritual child of Saint Silouan.

Retreat Schedule:

9:00 Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation

10:30 Fish Lunch

11:30 Session 1: On Humility. Reading from and meditating on the writings of St. Silouan concerning “the adornment of divinity”, holy humility. Includes Q&A.

12:45 Break

1:00 Jesus Prayer Instruction and Practice

1:15 Session 2: On Peace. Reading from and meditating on the writings of St. Silouan concerning peace. “All men desire peace,” but what is true peace, and where is it to be found? Includes Q&A.

2:30 Break

2:45 Jesus Prayer Instruction and Practice

3:00 Session 3: On Repentance. Reading from and meditating on the writings of St. Silouan concerning repentance. Repentance comes before, during and after baptism, and is therefore fundamental to the Christian way of life. But what is repentance? Includes Q&A.

4:15 Refreshments

4:45 Parish Education Program

6:00 Great Vespers

The event is Supported by St. Philip’s Endowment Fund
Luncheon provided by the Women of St. Philip’s
Babysitting & children’s activities will be provided if requested. (Please call to register.)

THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT. TO ASSIST IN OUR PLANNING, HOWEVER, PLEASE CALL (215-721-4947) OR EMAIL (office@st-philip.net) TO LET THE CHURCH KNOW THAT YOU ARE COMING.

AN OFFERING WILL BE RECEIVED.

Directions:

  • Route 309 to Route 113 (Souderton)
  • North on Rt. 113 – 0.3 mi. to Old Bethlehem Pike
  • Sharp right onto Old Bethlehem Pike Pass Ford dealer on right
  • Left on Cherry Lane (across from Skyview Med Bldg)
  • Immediate right onto Clearview Rd.
  • Follow Clearview around curve
  • You will see the church ahead

Born and raised in London, England, of Greek Cypriot parents, Professor Christopher Veniamin is the editor and translator of Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies (2009, 2014, and 2016), and the author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition (2013, 2014, and 2016). He is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, and President of Mount Thabor Publishing (est. 2005). He is the Professor of Patristic Theology and Dogmatics in the PhD program of the Antiochian Archdiocese, of which he is also the Assistant Director. Dr. Veniamin holds his first degree in Theology from the University of Thessalonica (Greece) and his doctorate from Oxford University (England), where he studied under Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. The subject of his doctoral thesis is The Transfiguration of Christ in Greek Patristic Literature: From Irenaeus of Lyons to Gregory Palamas (1991), which he is reworking in preparation for publication in the near future.

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