Orthodox Christian Perspectives 2017: schedule

The Church as Family: Brothers and Sisters in Christ

NTOM invites you to join us for our annual event this January 27 and 28, hosted at two locations in the Metroplex. Our guest speakers will be Archimandrite Gerasim (Eliel), Dean of St. Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas and former abbot of St. Herman Monastery in Platina, CA; and Fr. Anthony Karbo, who has served at the parish of Sts. Constantine and Helen in Colorado Springs since 1995.

The schedule for the upcoming Orthodox Christian Perspectives event is as follows.

Friday, January 27
St. Barbara Orthodox Church
5201 Altamesa Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76133
Vespers at 5:00 pm
Light supper at 6:00 pm
Program 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 28
St. Sarkis Armenian Church
1805 Random Road, Carrollton, TX 75006
Registration and coffee at 8:30 am
Program 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch to follow

Both days will include the following two sessions:

Archimandrite Gerasim: Members one of another–“We, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another” (Romans 12:5)

Our greatest asset in our pastoral and evangelical work is the Church to which we belong: the Church of Christ, which is the Body of Christ. Being members of the One Body of Christ makes us members one of another. As we “put on Christ” in Baptism, we become members one of another.  We will provide some sketches of what the Church is in order to challenge ourselves to present our faith to our friends, neighbors, and the larger community that surrounds our parishes. The welcoming church family should also include those with a disabled child (lifelong caregiver), those with chronic and acute (sometimes fatal) illnesses, those who do not feel welcome in the Church (includes cradle Orthodox and converts), and those who feel alienated in other ways. We will examine both failures and successes in the mission of the Church in the 21st century in the task of welcoming our brothers and sisters in Christ into our midst.

V. Rev. Anthony Karbo: “But whosoever will be great…” (Matthew 20:26): Attributes of a “great” parish family!

We shall look to Christ as the model in both word and deed of “greatness”, and how such “greatness” is understood in the writings of the Saints, both old and new. Then we shall apply this understanding to our relationships with one another as Brother and Sister in the parish family, as well our witness to the world around us. Specifically, I will strive to reference both word and deed of Christ as the model of greatness and apply His attributes to the parish family.

Click here for a PDF copy of the schedule.

Enthronement of Bishop of Dallas to Occur in June

The enthronement of His Grace, Bishop Alexander, Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas and the South (OCA) will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral. The schedule is as follows.

Friday, June 10, 2016
4:30 Clergy and Clergy Wives Reception
6:00 PM Vespers
7:00 PM Reception

Saturday, June 11, 2016
9:00 AM Greeting and Vesting of the Metropolitan
9:30 AM Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Enthronement
12:00 PM Banquet

Saint Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral
4208 Wycliff Avenue
Dallas, Texas 7521


2016 Perspectives Talks Now Available on AFR

North Texas Orthodox Missions Conference 2016

The recorded talks from NTOM’s Orthodox Christian Perspectives 2016 retreat are now posted on the website of Ancient Faith Radio. This year’s topic was Marriage and Family: An Invitation to Love.

2016 Orthodox Christian Perspectives

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.


Re-Interment of Archbishop Dmitri

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.


In Christ,
Archimandrite Gerasim


source: http://www.dosoca.org/news_160203_1.html

2016 DFW Lenten Pan-Orthodox Vespers Schedule

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 20Holy Trinity, Dallas

March 27St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church, Colleyville

April 3St. John the Baptist, Euless

April 10Sts. Constantine and Helen, Carrollton

April 17St. Seraphim Cathedral, Dallas

Orthodox Christian Perspectives 2016: schedule

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
(817) 283-2291
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
(214) 350-2104
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 to visit Denton

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.

St. Maximus the Confessor Orthodox Church
2026 W. Oak St.
Denton, TX 76201

Orthodox Christian Perspectives 2016

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.

March 20 3Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Festival

2015 Pysanky Poster

(Click to Enlarge)

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.

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