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The Very Reverend Thomas Moore Visits St. George's
The Very Reverend Thomas Moore, Dean of the Carolina Deanery, visited St. George's Orthodox Church December 7-8, 2018. This was his first visit since St. George’s took possession of the former St. John the Evangelist Church as its new home. After a short Vesper service on Friday evening, which demonstrated the excellent acoustics inside the St. George nave, parishioners accompanied Fr. Moore and St. George’s resident priest, Rev. Dr. Benedict Churchill, to a dinner held at the Nothin Fancy Café in Edenton, North Carolina. The potential for the Carolina Deanery to hold its annual retreat in Edenton was discussed. Saturday morning, Fr. Moore visited St. George’s again, this time to get a better view of the Church in the daylight. Fathers Moore and Benedict, along with several parishioners then met at the Edenton Coffee House for coffee and pastries before Fr. Moore left to continue his visits to other churches in his jurisdiction. It was a pleasurable and memorable experience for all, and parishioners are waiting with eager anticipation to learn if the Carolina Deanery will hold its upcoming retreat in Edenton.
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The Nicene Creed Summarizes What Orthodox Christians Believe
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of light; true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And the third day He arose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets. In one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Experience Orthodox Christianity
Orthodox Christianity differs from Western Christianity in a number of ways: We are Catholic, but not Roman. We are Orthodox, but not Jewish. We are not Protestant, but the Bible came from us. We are not denominational, but pre-denominational. Orthodox Christianity is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as practiced by the early Christians
How Does Orthodox Christianity Differ From Mainstream Protestant Christianity?
To answer this question, we turn to the late Very Rev. Protopresbyter, Thomas Hopko, former professor of dogmatic theology and dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, where he also earned his M.Div (1963) before obtaining his Ph.D. in Theology (1982) from Fordham University. A dedicated servant of the Lord, Hopko was engaged in numerous activities and had many affiliations, having served as the President of the Orthodox Theological Society in America (1992-95) and as a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and as a delegate for the Orthodox Church in America. He was a popular author, producing works like The Orthodox Faith: Doctrine (1972), All the Fulness of God (1982), Women and the Priesthood (1999), Christ in the Old Testament (2002), and Speaking the Truth in Love (2004). A natural lecturer, he produced numerous YouTube videos and many popular podcasts on Ancient Faith Radio. Therefore, it is the pleasure of St. George’s Orthodox Christian Church to share with you the Very Rev. Protopresbyter, Thomas Hopko’s lecture on the differences between Orthodox and Protestant Christianity.
Making Prosphora for the Holy Eucharist
Prosphora, which in Greek means “that which is offered, is the bread that is mixed with wine and used in the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of Sacraments when Orthodox Christians consume the Body and Blood of Christ. Because Prosphora literally is the Body of Christ during the Eucharist, it is a “pure” bread made of white flour, salt, water, and yeast. Nothing else can be added, no oil, spices, sugars, or other types of flours, like rye or wheat. Father George Aquaro identifies several reasons why prosphora must be pure, noting, for example, how the addition of oil hardens the bread and makes it difficult for the bread to absorb the wine, the Blood of Christ. Generally, the priest makes the prosphora, but he may bless others within the church to perform this task. Below are some recipes compiled by Prosphora.org:
Archpriest Roman Galadza’s Prosphora Recipe
Bread Machine Prosphora (Byzantine Style)
Foolproof Prosphora Recipe (Russian-Style Commemoratives)
Greek Prosphora Recipe
Russian Prosphora Recipe
St. Vladimir’s Seminary Prosphora Recipe (Large Lamb Loaves)
St. Moses the Black Society
In September, a new poll from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal reported that 7-in-10 Americans viewed race relations in the United States as “poor.” The poll revealed that 28% of the public, including 24% of white and 40% of black Americans, stated that race relations are “very bad,” with another 42 percent of all respondents calling them "fairly bad.” Heartbreaking news. But at St. Vladimir’s a new student interest group is addressing the problem: the St. Moses the Black Society endeavors to foster meaningful conversation on race in the Orthodox Church today and to introduce the Orthodox Christian faith to black communities in America. The society, which began to take shape Spring Semester 2017, now officially takes its place alongside four other student-led interest groups, all under the umbrella of our Student Council.
The president of the newly organized society is Anthony Davis, a seminarian in the Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of the South, and the faculty advisor is Professor Peter C. Bouteneff. Comprising the society are 10 students, among them three African-American seminarians and three African seminarians. Seminarian Davis revealed upcoming plans for the budding society. “First of all,” he said, “I led our initial meeting focused around the scriptural verse, Matthew 28:18–20, in which Jesus directs his disciples to go forth to all other nations, baptizing them and teaching them. I reminded society members that we are supposed to reach out not only to people who look like ourselves; we’re supposed to reach out to everyone. “Second, we’re going to build our ministry on prayer, especially prayer to some of the African saints,” he noted. “We hope to schedule Akathist services to ask intercession of holy fathers and mothers like St. Moses the Black and St. Mary of Egypt. “Third,” he explained, “we hope to minister in facilities like Emmaus House of Harlem, rubbing shoulders with people from black communities, and introducing them to the Orthodox faith.”
The society takes its inspiration from the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black, a national pan-Orthodox organization that desires to make the Orthodox faith available to the African American community and to help the broader Church in realizing this goal. In fact, several members of the St. Moses Society participated in the Brotherhood’s 24th Annual Conference held October 6–8, 2017, in Princeton, NJ, which was titled, “Growing Closer to Christ, Growing Closer Together,”. Seminary Board of Trustee member, Carla Ann Newbern Thomas, M.D., spearheaded and organized that national conference, and seminary president, Fr. Chad Hatfield, led the seminary community contingent. (Read related story, which includes photo of St. Vladimir’s attendees.)
View videos of St. Moses the Black Society members Seminarian Sacristan Anthony Davis and Seminarian Deacon Simon Menya, as they explain how important the daily liturgical life in Three Hierarchs Chapel is to their spiritual formation.
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