“Lord, it is good to be here!”

26/11/15 - OCA Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, the late Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the last time on Thanksgiving Day 1983.  Two weeks later, on December 13, he fell asleep in the Lord.  As is well known, Father Alexander had devoted his entire life to teaching, writing and preaching about the Eucharist—the ...

Frescoes discovered at Moscow’s St. Catherine Representation Church

OCA Representation to the Moscow Patriarchate - 30/8/14 To the surprise of Archimandrite Alexander [Pihach] and the faithful of the Orthodox Church in America’s Representation Church of the Great Martyr Catherine here, six frescoes—hidden for nearly a century—recently were uncovered during ongoing restoration work on the 18th century church’s interior.“The icons were discovered in the main church under ...

31st Annual Fr. Schmemann Memorial Lecture at SVOTS January 31

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS] - 26/1/13 The 31st Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Archpriest Dr. John McGuckin, a leading international commentator on Eastern Orthodox theology and early Christian history.  The free public lecture on Friday, January 31, 2014 will be preceded by an academic convocation at 7:00 p.m., at which Father John ...

Christians fall victim to the Syrian carnage

14/12/13 Most of the armed conflicts in the Middle East go down to religious confrontation. Syria is a glaring example of this. Christians make up around 10 percent of country's 20-million population. According to the Syrian Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church Gregory Laham, 450,000 Syrian Christians have been displaced by the conflict since March ...

The 29th Anniversary of the Repose of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann

14/12/12 Thursday, December 13, 2012, the Feast of Saint Herman of Alaska, marks the 29th anniversary of the repose of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and a leading 20th century Orthodox Christian theologian. Born in 1921 in Estonia to a family of Russian emigres, Father Alexander spent his youth in France, where he received ...

Orthodox church in Azerbaijan against Politicization of Religion

Interfax-Azerbaijan 16/6/2011 'It is unacceptable to use religion for political purposes'. The remarks came from head of the Baku-Azerbaijan diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, Father Alexander on Wednesdayin celebrations of anniversary of Imam Ali and also National Salvation Day marked in Azerbaijan on 15 June. "In recent years, religious leaders worldwide, including in former Soviet republics, have ...

Archpriest Alexander Atty installed as Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary

2/11/2010 Archpriest Alexander Atty installed as Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA] -- Archpriest Alexander Atty was formally installed as Dean and Chief Operating Officer of Saint Tikhon's Seminary here on Saturday, October 30, 2010. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and His Grace, Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, the seminary's Rector, concelebrated the formal ...

Orthodox Church to help Challenging Obesity

Minsk, April 6, Interfax - The growing number of people suffering from obesity is a direct consequence of society's secularism, the Priest Alexander Pronin, a cleric in the Joy of All, Who Sorrow Holy Mother Icon Orthodox church in Minsk said.Due to secularization, people get primary joy not from their communication with God, but ...