2015 Clergy Synaxis of the Holy Orthodox Church in North America

“Behold now, what is so good or so joyous as for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 132:1).

The 2015 Clergy Synaxis of the Holy Orthodox Church in North America was hosted by the St. Lucia’s Sisterhood at the St. Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral and St. Anna’s Orthodox Church, both in Rosindale, MA, from October 2 to October 5, 2015. Friday, October 2, began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by His Grace, Bishop Andrew of Markham, assisted by Deacon John Copeland, at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Following brunch at St. Mark’s Hall, diocesan reports were given at St. Anna’s Church by His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Boston; His Eminence, Metropolitan Makarios of Toronto; and His Grace, Bishop Andrew of Markham. Later in the afternoon, Bishop Andrew delivered a talk entitled, “The Role of the Typicon in the Life of the Orthodox Church,” which was followed by a lively discussion concerning liturgical matters. The day concluded with Vespers at St. Mark’s Cathedral and dinner at St. Mark’s Hall.

On Saturday, October 3, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Fr. Dimitry Kukonov, assisted by Deacon James Dimock. Following brunch, the first talk of the day, given by Hierodeacon Samuel, was entitled “The Catholicity of the Local Church,” which was again followed by a lively discussion. The second talk of the day, offered by Protopresbyter Rodion Laskowski, consisted of his reminiscences of the many men of sanctity he has encountered over his long years of pastoral service, with special attention being paid to Archbishop Andrew of Novo Diveyevo and Igumen Athanassy (Shelepov), who reposed at Holy Transfiguration Monastery in 1976. Archimandrite Panteleimon likewise joined in, sharing his moving remembrances of Archbishop Andrew and Fr. Athanassy and others. The same day Metropolitan Gregory officially announced to the assembled clergy that Protopresbyter Ihnat Ponomarchuk had been elected Metropolitan of Seattle and that Hieromonk Chrysostomos (Larrea) had likewise been elected Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolis of Boston. The day concluded with dinner and Vespers.

A hierarchal Divine Liturgy was celebrated at St. Mark’s on Sunday, October 5, by Metropolitan Gregory and Bishop Andrew, assisted by all the assembled clergy. At the greeting of the bishops prior to Liturgy, Metropolitan Gregory was officially installed as the Ruling Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Boston. Following the service, a festive trapeza was held at St. Mark’s Hall for all the assembled hierarchs, clergy, and faithful.

Those attending the 2015 Clergy Synaxis were edified by the spirit of fellowship and ecclesial unity experienced by all.

Important Church News

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2015

One of the greatest blessings for an Orthodox Christian is to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. There are still spaces available for the Fall 2015 pilgrimage to the Holy Land, being led by Holy Transfiguration Monastery and Holy Nativity Convent.

We will guide our group of pilgrims on an edifying journey into the sites and shrines most precious to Christian hearts including Jerusalem’s Old City, the Holy Sepulcher and surrounding holy sites, the ancient church in Bethlehem built over the cave where our Saviour was born, 2 days visiting the ancient shrines in Galilee, where our Saviour lived and taught, ancient monasteries and sites in Jericho, Jacob’s Well, Nazareth, the Mount of Olives, immersion in the Jordan River, and a boat-ride on the Sea of Galilee. There is also a probable visit to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul during the layover between flights on the return trip. This is a beautiful pilgrimage, which every Christian should make at least once in his lifetime - the spiritual blessings from the Holy Land pilgrimage revisit the Christian heart at church feasts thereafter, and truly bring new life to one’s faith.
This Fall’s pilgrimage departs from Boston Sunday, October 18th and returns to Boston on Saturday, October 31st , 2015. The total cost is $3,000, which includes the round-trip airfare from Boston to Tel Aviv on Turkish Airlines (rated the best European airline), hotel, daily tours and most meals. An optional day excursion to the Dead Sea including lunch and a swim is also available for an additional fee. A private room may also be arranged for an additional fee.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact Father Isaac at Holy Transfiguration Monastery, frisaac.adon@gmail.com or Mother Pelagia at Holy Nativity Convent,  hnconvent@verizon.net