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Hierarchical visits of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph to the parishes, missions and communities of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia.

Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church,   Furry - Tishel Wedding

Insistently the bells pealed. The Bishop was near. The front door of the Church opened to a sea of happy faces and the joy of the moment was expressed through the song: From the Rising to the setting of the Sun the name of the Lord is to be praise, as we greeted Metropolitan Joseph. Three children came forth from the crowd to give Dedo Vladika flowers, and bread and salt for a weary traveler. Dedo Vladika showed his delight in seeing the sweet children as he fed them some of the bread given to him.
It was October 25th, 2014, and His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH came on the donkey of modern travel-the Grey Hound bus from New Your City to Boston, to join in Holy Matrimony Michael and Catherine and lead the preceding vigil and Liturgy.
 Many people from around the country, from sister parishes and from Greece(where Michael studied) joined us at church for this weekend event. All of the services were beautiful, the Church was adorned with flowers, the choir sang triumphantly and with spiritual soberness. But the weekend was made more joyful by the addition of up to 17 clergy--priests, deacons gathered around the Bishop with over 250 friends and family. It was truly a sobor, a meeting in the Lord of friends and acquaintances who had been a part of the newlywed’s life.
 Dedo Vladika gave three wonderful sermons over the weekend. At vigil he focused on the second prayer before the crowning where the Lord is asked to bless the couple as He blessed the sacred couples of old: Abraham and Sarah, Joachim and Anna and others. The prayer continues: “ Remember also, O Lord our God, the parents who have brought them up, for their prayers make firm the foundation of household.” He reminded us that the prayers of parents start even before the birth of their children and grandchildren, and the prayer includes supplication for future spouses. Today is a good day to start this prayer which makes firm the future of the family.
 After Liturgy he taught us about marriage and its purpose- the real meaning and the false approach. “Through marriage, [God] permitted two people to take part in His creative work, to give life to the same species to which they belong. He permitted them to aid Him in the creation of new human beings.” Although young men and women often get married for wrong reasons-- passing fancies and sinful desires, they should instead be guided by the real reason for marriage: to help one another on the way to perfection in God and to bring into the world the children God destined to come through them. They should not try to exclude children and beg God for blessing anyway but rather know that God who blesses them is able to provide a way for them and their family.
 The joyous weekend culminated in the marriage of the happy couple. Dedo Vladiko called them forth into a new season of life; to have confidence in the supernatural blessing of God. “Don’t shrink back. Don’t be intimidated. The Creator of the universe has not only equipped and empowered you. He’s breathing in your direction.”
With Dedo Vladika and 11 other visiting priests officiating, friends and family joined to make this wedding one of prayer, support, and love. Many of our parishioners also expressed their love for this beautiful couple by helping with preparations for the rehearsal dinner, singing during the services, cleaning and decorating the church, and assisting with finding parking for the event.  Michael and Catherine exuded happiness and joy as they were finally presented as husband and wife, crowned before God.
 How awesome is God’s work and how blessed we were.  Overall, it was a beautiful weekend, one of unions and reunions. May God grant Michael and Catherine many years!
In Christ, 
Rachel

Catherine Furry & Michael Tishel United In Holy Matrimony - 10/26/14

 

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Metropolitan Joseph’s Visit to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, 2014

“Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude also be;
even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Church.”
St. Ignatius of Antioch
To the Smyrneans 8

On the day on which the Church remembers St. Apostle Bartholomew and St. Apostle Titus, our parish, Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, in Allston, MA , was blessed with a visit from our dear Dedo Vladika, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. It is always a rich blessing to receive a visit from Dedo Vladika, to be in his presence, to pray the divine services with him, and to hear his archpastoral words of instruction and encouragement.
    It was an especially blessed visit as the occasion was that of the ordination of John Miller to the sacred office of Deacon. The parish greeted his Eminence with the traditional bread and salt Saturday night before the Vigil service. After the Vigil Dedo Vladika reminded all of us that the office of Deacon is one of a servant and he explained the symbolism of the ordination service preparing us for the next day’s service.
    Sunday morning before the Divine Liturgy His Eminence blessed Helen Bellinger to be a reader, and he ordained the reader John to be a Sub-deacon. Then, with great warmth and fervor, Dedo Vladika presided over the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. After the singing of “It is truly meet” the Liturgy was interrupted for ordination of Sub-deacon John to the Holy Diaconate.  Kneeling in front of the Holy Altar, with the metropolitan’s hands upon his head, the devout Sub-deacon John listened as His Eminence asked that the Holy Spirit come down upon him to make him a deacon and to make up for all that is lacking in him.
    We are all very happy for Fr. Dn. John and Diaconissa Juliana. Fr. Dn. will be serving at Holy Resurrection for the next months until, God willing, he will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood to serve as assistant to Fr. Stevan Bauman at Joy of All Who Sorrow in Indianapolis.


Ordination of John Miller to the Holy Diaconate

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Metropolitan Joseph’s Visit To St. Herman School

Metropolitan Joseph’s visit to St. Herman School

On the 8th of September, St. Herman of Alaska School was delighted to be graced with the presence of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph for the beginning of its 2014-2015 school year-our 24th year! The event was well-attended by the students’ families. After leading the St. Herman’s community in prayer for the Third Hour, and reading the Gospel, His Eminence blessed with holy water each of the students, teachers, and parents and then the  rooms we processed with him around the school.

Following this, His Eminence had several words of wisdom to share. With fatherly warmth, he stressed the centrality and necessity of the love of Christ –Christ’s love for us and ours for Christ– over any secular or religious ideology, and as infinitely more precious than the other outcomes that a robust education brings. It is this divine love that is the heart of Orthodox education. Also stressed was the importance of parents in teaching their children this love by their lives, without which, their words of religious instruction will lack truth and power. He gave heartening exhortations to students, parents, and teachers, each in turn, reminding each of their responsibilities in this enterprise and binding them to the same by a promise to strive to fulfill our duty with God’s help.

Each of the children then received a refrigerator magnet photo of him- or herself with the Metropolitan, an aid to us all in remembering these meaningful moments with him. How rare it is for a community to be able to drink up so much fruitful and affectionate attention from its bishop!

 Visit to Property proposed for Monastery

Visit to Property proposed for Monastery

After blessing the start of the new school year at St. Herman’s, a small group travelled with His Eminence to Warwick, Massachusetts and toured the proposed site of a new Bulgarian diocesan monastery. The site includes a recently renovated eighteenth century farmhouse, 68 acres of land, and is surrounded by thousands of acres of state forest (including the appropriately named Mt. Grace state forest). The site is located about a two hour drive Northwest of Boston and will be donated to the monastery by a parishioner of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church.
 
With His Eminence’s blessing the monastery will be dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and a legal framework for the organization will be established later this fall. Please pray that God will continue to bless this endeavor. Except the Lord build the house, in vain do they labor that build it.

Visit to Property proposed for Monastery

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His Grace Bishop Daniil Visited Holy Dormition Orthodox Church In Santa Rosa

In August of 2012, His Grace Bishop Daniil visited Holy Dormition Orthodox Church in Santa Rosa, CA. During the visit His Grace was able to attend the 200th anniversary of the founding of Fort Ross and the 30th anniversary of the repose of Fr. Seraphim Rose in Platina, CA.
Hierarchical Visit of His Eminence and His Grace to Holy Dormition in Santa Rosa

Hierarchical Visit of His Eminence and His Grace to Holy Dormition in Santa Rosa, CA

In January of this year, Holy Dormition had a wonderful visit from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and His Grace Bishop Daniil.  The main occasion for their visit was the wedding of Gregory Cleghorn and Athena Killinger on Sunday January 15th.

During Metropolitan Joseph and Bishop Daniil’s visit to Santa Rosa in January, we took them to San Francisco to venerate the relics of St. John Maximovitch at the Joy of All Who Sorrow Cathedral on Geary Street.

The Visit ended with  Metropolitan Joseph and Bishop Daniill celebrating the Feast of Theophany with us at Holy Dormition, which also included the blessing of the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Nativity 2011 At Holy Resurrection With His Eminence and His Grace

A Visit to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and His Grace Bishop Daniil traveled to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Allston, MA to celebrate Nativity and meet with parishioners.

Vladykas Joseph and Daniil were greeted by banners, bells, the choir and the faithful gathered before the start of the Nativity Vigil and midnight Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. After the early morning conclusion of the Liturgy both parishioners and Bishops had a chance to rest  and celebrate at home before returning in the early evening to serve Vespers for the Synaxis of the Theotokos and the Holy Ancestors (Joseph, David, and James). A Christmas dinner which featured performances of Christmas carols from Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Western Europe followed Vespers and provided an opportunity for parishioners to speak with and seek council from both Bishops. As this was Vladyka Daniil’s first visit to Holy Resurrection, many parishioners introduced themselves and spoke with His Grace for the first time.

Following Christmas day, another full day began with Sunday Orthros and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the Synaxis of the Theotokos and the Holy Ancestors. A festive meal followed the Divine Liturgy, and Vladykas Joseph and Daniil spoke with parishioners well into the afternoon.
Later in the evening the younger generation of Holy Resurrection was blessed to host both Bishops for dinner and discussion in a smaller group setting at St. Anna’s House (where some of our young women reside). All in attendance left this meeting greatly encouraged and strengthened by discussion about the future of the Bulgarian Diocese and living the Christian life in the world. The Hierarchical visit concluded on Monday with brunch with the clergy families and with the Bishops at the Parish House.

We were all full of joy and grace in the Holy Spirit being with our beloved  Vladikas.
Christ is born!
Glorify Him!

Nativity 2011 At Holy Resurrection With His Eminence and His Grace


Nativity 2011 At Holy Resurrection With His Eminence and His Grace

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St. George’s Macedono-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church in Toronto, Canada

HISTORIC DIVINE SERVICE

After almost four decades outside the diocese of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church – Bulgarian Patriarchate, St. George’s Macedono-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, returned home. With the blessing of His Holiness Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim and the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, His Eminence Joseph - Metropolitan of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of USA, Canada and Australia celebrated a solemn Divine Liturgy on Cheesefare Sunday. At the begining of the Divine Liturgy Metropolitan Joseph laid the Holy Antimins, consecrated and signed by His Holiness, on the Holy Table as a sign of the acceptance of this parish into the arms of Mother Church. A dear guest was Professor protoprezviter Blagoi Chiflyanov, who together with protoierey Boris Drangov, entered into the joy of host protoierey Nikolai Georgiev.
 
God gives not as the world giveth! To make the joy even greater, before the “utrenya” Metropolitan Joseph performed the rite of full acceptance into Holy Orthodoxy of Barbara, who comes from the Anglican community but knows our faith very well. After due confession the previous day and hard training with fasting and prayer, in the narthex of the church before the assembled multitude, in perfect confession she uttered the truths and dogmas of the Orthodox faith, pledged obedience to Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim and Metropolitan Joseph, and then was led by the bishop to the center of the temple, where he administered the Sacrament of Holy Chrismation. After prayer and anointing with Holy Chrism he dressed her in a long white robe, and so she stood until the end of Divine Liturgy, when, with fear and trepidation, for the first time she partook of the true Body and Blood of Christ. Together with her, other parishioners, including all members of the church board, took Holy Communion from the hand of the Metropolitan Joseph. After guiding words from him, the Trustees solemnly swore to faithfully perform their church and patriotic duties, and as honestly and faithfully to serve God, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the Macedono-Bulgarian parish church of St. George.
 
As in almost all parishes overseas and here, after Divine Liturgy Vespers began at once, at the end of which, after a heartfelt and spiritually meaningful sermon, the community forgave one other in order to enter into the days of Lent with dignity and evangelically purified. The symbolism of the journey to Resurrection, portrayed in the adoption of the prodigal son in the father’s loving arms, and the humbly bowed head of the publican in the temple, filled every moment of this historic day. The return home and acceptance with forgiveness and love was felt and shared by all - the laity, and the Metropolitan. The grace of God was felt in this community of believers who seek God and His righteousness in what they did.
 
After the Divine Service the whole group went to the hall of the temple, where His Eminence was greeted by the President of the Church Board of Trustees, Dr. Simeon Simeonov along with a traditional round loaf of bread and salt specially prepared and served by Mrs. Evda Marangos. In the symbolism of this meeting there remains invisible to most people the vast work that Dr. Simeonov and the Trustees have done to bring things to this day, but our Heavenly Father who sees in secret rewards openly. After the blessing of the food all enjoyed a delicious meal fitting for the last Sunday before Lent begins. The Women’s Section at St. George’s Church, led by the most respected and all-beloved Mrs. Zhivka George, once again had taken care to please everyone with their skillful meatless dishes and tireless work.
 
The universal joy of Orthodox fulfillment that finds its beloved spiritual mentor and pastor in the person of Metropolitan Joseph is joined by his joy that he accepts under his omophorion those pious people who sincerely and faithfully kept their faith and traditions all these years while far from home.
 
May God be merciful to us in the future, and let history remember this significant event.

Fr. Nikolai Georgiev


St. George’s Macedono-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church in Toronto, Canada - 03/06/11

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Nativity 2010 At Holy Resurrection With His Eminence

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Nativity At Holy Resurrection Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church Boston MA

A Couple of Days with the Bishop at Holy Resurrection

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph arrived in Boston in time for the vigil of Nativity (o.s.) He stayed through the Synaxis of the Theotokos, an Open House and a few meals with our parish. We had tonsurings of readers, elevation to the sub deaconate, ordinations of two deacons and the elevation of the new Archpriest, Fr. Michael Kon. We gathered together at Church fasting, hungry and aware of our spiritual need; and we left the services spiritual full of grace and hope. Glory to God!
 
His Eminence was busy as a bee—talking, encouraging, praying, blessing, and being with the people and clergy.
 
Please enjoy the pictures of this wonderful and blessed event.
 
95th Anniversary St. Stephen Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church

"Dostoyn!" for Fr. Protopresbyter Dimitar Angelov

On October 23 & 24, 2010, St. Stephen Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church in Indianapolis, IN, celebrated its 95th anniversary of existence. On the occasion of this great event, and of the 25th anniversary of his pastoral service in St. Stephen's, Fr. Stavrovoren Iconom Dimitar Angelov was elevated with the highest "offikia" for priests, that of Protopresbyter.

"Feed My sheep" - the Lord said, and Fr. Dimitar did it for 25 years. There is simply no better way for Fr. Protopresbyter Dimitar Angelov to show his love for Christ than by showing it for the beloved faithful of St. Stephen's for whom Christ died.

Congratulations, Fr. Protopresbyter Dimitur! Mnogaia Leta!


100th Anniversary of Sts. Cyril and Methody Orthodox Cathedral of Toronto, Canada


100th Anniversary of Sts. Cyril and Methody Orthodox Cathedral of Toronto, Canada - 09/26/10



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Sts. Cyril and Methody Macedono-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Cathedral is far more than it's parish's physical home. It's true. Reality exists in the hearts of the men and women and their children who worship there, and in the honored memory of those who have gone faithfully before them. That is the heritage of Sts. Cyril and Methody's and the legacy with this historic Cathedral and Parish passes on, to the future. May this always be so!
Sincere thanks to all clergy, members and supporters of our Cathedral and Parish who through their talents and dedication made it to grow. Many healthy years to all!

 
Kodiak Alaska 2010


Arrival and Outdoor Vespers at Fort Abercrombie - 08/30/10

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St. Nilus Island and Spruce Island


Visiting Nuns On St. Nilus Island & All Night Vigil OnSpruce Island

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Baptism, Tonsure & Elevation


Baptism, Tonsures & Fr Paisius Elevated to Archpriest - 09/05/10

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Holy Dormition Orthodox Church, Santa Rosa, CA Our Patronal Feast


Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos - 08/28/10

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Holy Annunciation Church in Steelton, PA Celebrates 100th Anniversary



100th Anniversary - Holy Annunciation Macedono-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church - 09/27/09

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50th anniversary of St. Thomas Eastern Orthodox Church

September 12 & 13, 2009 - St. Thomas Eastern Orthodox Church of Fairlawn, OH.

We are pleased to announce that the 50th Anniversary celebration with His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph was a delightful experience.  From Great Vespers Saturday evening, followed by a wonderful dinner, to one of the most inspiring Hierarchical Divine Liturgies ever on Sunday, our liturgical celebration was moving and Spirit-filled.  Following Liturgy, we gathered at a local park for a picnic under perfect weather conditions.  The food, drink and dance were superb.  Best of all, we were complete as a parish family with His Eminence in our midst! With all of your prayers, may God bless our next 50 years!



Joy of All Who Sorrow Parish, Indianapolis, IN

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph celebrated the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God With the Joy of All Who Sorrow Parish in Indianapolis IN on August 28th. His Eminence then performed two weddings, joining Caroline Elena Koen and Samuel James Dank on August 30 and Mariamna Koen and Alexei Gonopolskiy on August 31st. Below are photos from the weddings.


Mariamna Koen & Alexei Gonopolskiy are joined in Holy Matrimony - 08/31/10

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Caroline Elena Koen & Samuel James Dank are joined in Holy Matrimony - 08/30/09

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Holy Ghost Orthodox Church Celebrating its 90th Anniversary


Holy Ghost Orthodox Church celebrates its 90th Anniversary!

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Holy Ghost Orthodox Church, which was founded by CarpathoRussian immigrants in 1919 in Detroit, MI, celebrated its 90th year of service to Christ, the Orthodox Church, and for the past eighteen years the community of Sterling Heights on the weekend of June 12-14 2009.
On Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. we formally received our beloved Metropolitan Joseph, who then presided at the Vespers Service.  On Saturday we were  joined by a number of visiting clergy, parishioners, and many invited guests in the Celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. A Commemorative Banquet followed in the Parish Hall.


Holy Transfiguration, Syracuse, NY


Jessica and Aidan's Wedding

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Aidan Bryden Cleghorn was married to Jessica Christine Maloney on Sunday May 31 by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Syracuse, NY

photos mostly by Liz Jeffers


Tenth Anniversary of St. Innocent's Academy, Kodiak AK


Kodiak, Sept.2-8, 2008

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The tenth anniversary of St. Innocent's Academy was celebrated by a week of festivities which included a pastoral visit by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. The week began with a meeting of Metropolitan Joseph and St. Innocent's Academy's Advisory Board. Presentations were given on the past, present and future of the Academy in light of its tenth anniversary.
Metropolitan Joseph was given an aerial tour of Kodiak Island, Spruce Island and the surrounding area.
Metropolitan Joseph was then taken by boat to Spruce Island with some of the Academy students. On the way they checked the crab pots and did some salmon fishing. When they reached the Island they were greeted by the monks that live at St. Michael's skete. They visited the Fr. Gerashim's cell and the chapel he restored over St. Herman's grave. Then they visited the nuns on St. Nilus Island.
St. Innocent's Academy put on an evening of entertainment for the town of Kodiak to celebrate the Academy's 10th Anniversary. His Eminence spoke on the history and importance of the St. Innocent's Academy and Kodiak Mayor Carolyn Floyd presented a proclamation to Fr. Paisius for the Tenth Anniversary.
The week ended with the ordinations of Fr. Dcn. Anthony May & Fr. Joshua Resnick by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph at St Innocent's Academy Chapel.

To see more photos of the St Innocent's Academy 10th anniversary go to:
http://www.holydormitionchurch.org/Kodiak1.shtml


Holy Dormition Church, Santa Rosa, CA - Our Patronal Feast


Feast of Dormition

August 27 to Sept. 1, 2008 We celebrated the feasts of Dormition and St. John Rila with Dedo Vladiko.

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The feast of Dormition is very special for us because our beloved Hierarch Metropolitan Joseph usually comes and stays a few days with us.
This year (2008) Dormition was on Thursday, we had a vigil Wednesday night and Hierarchical liturgy Thursday morning with the banquet. Clergy from Santa Rosa Marin and San Francisco joined us for our patronal feast with Metropolitan Joseph.
Thursday night we had a barbecue with entertainment and conversation with Dedo Vladiko. Saturday night we had a vigil to St John of Rila and Sunday morning we did an akathist to St. John of Rila before Liturgy. At the end of liturgy His Eminence blessed all students and teachers.
After a wonderful brunch prepared by the Sisterhood there was a blessing of the new St. Michael's School Library and the school.

To see more photos of Metropolitan Joseph's visit to Santa Rosa go to:
http://www.holydormitionchurch.org/PatronalFeast_08.shtml



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