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We have all likely heard or read that the Orthodox Church in Russia - the Moscow Patriarchate - has broken Communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate over the latter's unprecedented interference in Ukrainian church life. All Orthodox Christians, must, I think, be deeply saddened by this situation, repulsed by cynical, political machinations, including those of third parties, which are a violation of the unity, communion, and mutual love of Orthodox believers. Unresolved differences in understanding both canonical principles and examples drawn from history have been exploited by those with an interest in pushing church relations to the breaking point. And of course, it is the existing canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Metropolitan Onufrey, long and universally recognized as the authentic Orthodox community in Ukraine, which is suffering and will undoubtedly suffer much at the hands now maliciously enabled.

Church history teaches us that, tragically, this has happened and happens all the time. Fr. Alexander Schmemann once wrote: Orthodoxy, besides being first of all and above everything else, the true faith, is also a history filled not only with victories, achievements and manifestations of holiness, but also with tragedies, periods of decay, surrender to different cultures, and so on.

Therefore, joining the Orthodox Church means not only accepting a clearly defined body of doctrinal definitions, ... liturgy, and ... orders, but to make this long and more often than not tragical pilgrimage of the Church through history a part of one's spiritual experience and memory. It may be that the greatest difference between Orthodoxy and Protestantism is that in the Protestant faith and experience, the Church is always a vertical phenomenon and this means it has no real history, no horizontal dimensions. Even when they join the Orthodox Church, Protestants very often preserve the illusion that there exists an ideal Church, and then, having discovered the Orthodox reality, go through a traumatic experience and disillusion.

We who are to this point not directly involved must on the one hand, not be overwhelmed by despondency, and on the other, pray that the outcome of all of this will be to the good, for we know that God works all to the good for those who love Him.

- Fr. Andrew

2018 Taste of Northeast Festival

Friends and Neighbors, We have decided to take a year off from hosting our Taste of Northeast Festival.  Thank you so much for your participation in our past festivals.  YOU are what makes the Taste of NE such an enjoyable event!
Please continue to feel welcome at any of our church services and all other events our parish hosts.  You can keep up to date by visiting this website.


All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.
Please watch the Messenger and website for places/times of other services.

Schedule of ServicesWednesday, October 24
6:15 p.m. Akathist: Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow

Thursday, October 25
8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Saturday, October 27
5:00 p.m. Great Vespers

Sunday, October 28
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Martyrs Terence & Neonila

7:45 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
11:00 a.m. 40 Day Parastas: Nicolai Andreevich Avdulov @ Cathedral



NOTE: Elevators available at both the Cathedral and the Parish Center.

This Week's EventsMonday, October 22
Church Office Closed
8:30 a.m. Perohi

Tuesday, October 23
8:30 a.m. Perohi
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, October 24
5:30 p.m. Slovak Class
7:00 p.m. Choir Practice

Friday, October 26
11-2:00 p.m. Perohi Sales

Sunday, October 28
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center
11:45 a.m. Fall Harvest Party @ Gym


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