The Pan-Orthodox Vespers provide a wonderful opportunity for us as Orthodox Christians to join in prayer and fellowship. Vespers begin at 6:00 PM each Sunday, with a Lenten meal to follow.
2016 Pan-Orthodox Vespers
March 20 – Holy Trinity, Dallas
March 27 – St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church, Colleyville
April 3 – St. John the Baptist, Euless
April 10 – Sts. Constantine and Helen, Carrollton
April 17 – St. Seraphim Cathedral, Dallas
On February 26th and 27th, NTOM welcomed Dr. Philip Mamalakis as the speaker for the annual Orthodox Christian Perspectives series. This year’s topic was Marriage and Family: An Invitation to Love. Recorded sessions from the retreat will be available on CD at the NTOM table immediately following the pan-Orthodox vespers throughout Lent.
The re-interment of the late Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas in the memorial chapel of St. Seraphim Cathedral will take place on March 4th with Metropolitan TIKHON presiding.
Schedule of services is as follows:
Friday, March 4. Vespers – 6:30 PM
Saturday, March 5. Divine Liturgy – 9:30 AM
For further information, please see the letter below from the OCA Diocese of the South.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Faithful of the Diocese of the South,
Christ is in our midst!
On March 4 and 5, 2016, with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON, we will re-inter the late Archbishop Dmitri in the new Memorial Chapel at St Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas. The services will coincide with the Saturday for the Commemoration of the Reposed that precedes the Sunday of the Last Judgment.
On Friday afternoon the body of Archbishop Dmitri will be brought from Restland Cemetery to be greeted at St Seraphim Cathedral by clergy and faithful. His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON will preside. The new coffin in which the Archbishop will be placed will be brought into the Memorial Chapel above the prepared crypt. He will lie in state in a sealed coffin during the Vespers of Friday. Vespers will begin at 6:30 PM on Friday evening, March 4, 2016. Friday evening both clergy and faithful will have the opportunity to pray in the Memorial Chapel and read the Holy Scriptures.
In the morning His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON will preside at the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral. The Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:30 AM on Saturday morning, March 5, 2016. Following the Divine Liturgy a Panikhida will be served, after which we will solemnly lower the coffin containing the body of Archbishop Dmitri into his final earthly resting place. This re-interment will conclude with the placing of prepared marble tiles over the crypt.
Texas-style hospitality will follow the festivities on Saturday.
The schedule for the upcoming Orthodox Christian Perspectives event is as follows.
Friday, February 26
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
303 Cullum Dr, Euless, TX 76040
Arrival and light supper at 6:00 pm
Program 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 27
Ss. Constantine and Helen Antiochian Orthodox Church
1225 E Rosemeade Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75007
Registration and coffee at 8:00 am
Program 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch to follow
Both days will include the following two sessions:
Session 1: Nurturing Intimacy in Our Relationships
Building upon the Orthodox Christian understanding of marriage as a journey of love in Christ, we will explore how God invites us to turn toward Him in and through our relationships with parents, children, friends, and spouse.
Session 2: Thriving in the Home
It is easy to live our daily lives in the home disconnected from the reality of Church, God, and His Kingdom. In this session we will discuss home and family life as the arena for growing in faith as Christians, and explore how to live our daily lives intimately connected to Christ and His Body, the Church.
Click here for a PDF copy of the schedule.
Bishop Maxim of the Western Serbian Diocese of North America will be at St. Maximus Orthodox Church in Denton, TX for their patronal feast next week and will present the annual lecture in honor of St. Maximus Thursday evening, January 21, at 7:30. His lecture is entitled: “World, Nature, and Church according to St Maximus the Confessor”. Light refreshments and childcare will be offered. A session of questions and answers will follow.
Complete Schedule for Bishop Maxim’s Visit
Wednesday, January 20
6:00 p.m. Meet & Greet at Church
7:00 p.m. Vigil: Bishop will preach at end.
Thursday, January 21
8:45 a.m. Hours
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy: Bishop Maxim will preach.
11:00 a.m. Coffee Hour potluck: Bishop Maxim will give an informal talk directed at mothers trying to raise children in the Orthodox faith.
7:30 p.m. Keynote Address “World, Nature, and Church according to St Maximus the Confessor” Question & Answer to follow. Light refreshments, childcare available.
Save the date for the Orthodox Christian Perspectives retreat to be held Friday and Saturday, February 26-27, 2016. The topic will be “Marriage and Family: An Invitation to Love”. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Philip Mamalakis, who serves as Associate Professor of Pastoral Care at Hellenic College/Holy Cross in Brookline, MA.
All are welcome to attend.
Click here for a PDF with information about the event, and stay tuned for further details to be posted soon.
St. Barbara Orthodox Church, 5201 Alta Mesa Blvd. in Southwest Ft. Worth, is pleased to announce its 32nd annual Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Festival, to be held on Friday, March 20th, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This will be the 32nd year for the colorful fund-raiser featuring a wide assortment of chicken, goose, duck, and ostrich eggs, elaborately decorated with traditional Ukrainian motifs such as plants, animals, geometric shapes and specifically Christian symbols. These Easter Eggs are called “Pysanky” which comes from the Ukrainian verb “pysaty” meaning “to write”. Designs are “written” onto the surface of eggshells with pure beeswax and a writing instrument called a “kistka”. The egg is an age-old symbol of rebirth. Since the Christianization of the Ukraine in 988 A.D. Pysanky evolved over the centuries into an art form that became a religious symbol of the Resurrection of Christ, and the promise of life eternal. Messages of good health, wealth, new life and hope through the Resurrection, are expressed through the age-old motifs. Once the initial design is executed on the shell’s surface, the egg is dipped into a dye bath working from the lightest to the darkest colors. Beeswax is applied over that part of the egg where the color is to remain. This process continues until the egg is completed which takes anywhere from one to eight hours or more, depending on the size of the egg, the design being executed, and the skill of the Pysanky artist. The wax is removed by hand via applied heat and a chemical solution to reveal the beautiful artwork and vibrant colors. Several coats of varnish are applied to give the beautiful gloss finish to these miniature masterpieces. Members of St. Barbara Orthodox Church have worked all year to produce these beautiful eggs. The Pysanky artists range in age from the parish’s young teens to its senior citizens. Each person brings his or her unique skills, experience, and artistry to the eggs. Prices range from $10 to $75 for chicken eggs. Goose eggs begin at $75. Ostrich eggs range in price from $200 to $850. Prices are based on several factors including design intricacy, number of colors, and the skill of the artist. The Festival will feature beautiful eggs and experienced crafts people demonstrating this wonderful folk art throughout the two-day event. In addition, there will be an assortment of Pysanky supplies, instructional books, egg stands, glass, wooden and ceramic Ukrainian, Czech, Polish and Russian eggs, as well as other unique Pysanky gift items available for purchase. Last year many people came from across the Metroplex and North Texas to attend the event. Many come to admire the eggs and see how this wonderful and unique folk art is done. People also enjoy purchasing eggs to be given as unique Easter gifts. Everyone is welcome! In addition to this year’s sale, the Church will offer classes in the art of “How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs.” Two classes will be held on Thurs., April 16 and Thurs., April 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The cost for the two day session is $50 per person, plus a $15 supply fee. Seating is limited. You must pre-register to attend these classes. Children as young as 7 years of age, in addition to teens and adults have availed themselves of this learning opportunity over the years. (No child care available). More information may be obtained by calling 817-294-0325. All proceeds from the Pysanky Festival and Ukrainian Egg Classes are for the benefit of the charitable works and building fund of the church. Interested parties may also consult the church’s website: saintbarbarafw.org.
Download the flyer for complete details.
During Lent, we have Pan-Orthodox Vespers scheduled at 6 pm, with Lenten meal following, for these days and locations:
- Sunday, March 1, Holy Trinity GOC, 13555 Hillcrest Rd, Dallas, 75240
- Sunday, March 8, St. Maximus the Confession Orthodox Mission, OCA,
2026 W. Oak St., Denton, 76201
- Sunday, March 15, St. John the Baptist GOC, 303 Cullum Dr., Euless, 76040
- Sunday, March 22, St. Peter AOC, 7601 Bellaire Drive South, Ft. Worth, 76132
- Sunday, March 29, St. Seraphim Cathedral, OCA, 4208 Wycliff Ave., Dallas 75219
Falling Asleep in the Lord: An Orthodox Perspective on Dying, Death and Grief
“How should Christian people prepare for death, their own and that of loved ones? … in the United States, we tend to avoid the question as much as we can. We consider death to be brutal and tragic, whatever its circumstances and causes. It marks an end to our ambitions, while it underscores the ephemeral nature of our existence. Therefore we treat it like a “last enemy” from which there is no escape, no salvation. Death appears as a specter, a menacing evil, that evokes a reaction of dread.” — From the forward of: A Christian Ending by Dn. Mark and Elizabeth Barna, Divine Ascent Press
These events are free to all. Registration will be at the door the day of the event. Please note, childcare is not available.
Please download the flyer for more information.