Monday, March 31, 2014
HOMESTEAD, PA [National ACRY] - On Saturday, March 29, 2014, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Homestead, PA was the host of the Annual Central Regional Diocesan Lenten Retreat. The retreat drew a record number of attendees - more than 160 youth, young adults and children. Read more...
Sunday, March 23, 2014
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [Diocesan Chancery] His Grace Bishop Gregory has offered the following letter of condolence on behalf of the clergy and faithful of the diocese on the Repose of His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip to Archbishop Joseph, Locum Tenens of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America: Glory to Jesus Christ! Your Eminence: It is with a heavy heart that I express the condolences of our Diocese, her entire Priesthood, Monastics consecrated to the religious life, Seminarians and our Faithful on the deep loss the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese is experiencing on the recent passing to eternal life of your father-in-Christ, His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip Saliba.
Many among us remember that His Eminence had a wonderful relationship with our Bishops for a very long time, they having worked along-side each other during the period His Eminence led your Archdiocese for over 40 years. It has been a time of continuous growth and renewal for all of you. Read more...
Saturday, March 01, 2014
My beloved Faithful Clergy and Laity of our God-protected Diocese: As we begin Great Lent on March 3rd, I wanted to share with you a few thoughts so that we may journey through the season and approach Pascha with the proper frame of mind.
Great Lent is a period of increased activity for the active Orthodox Christian. Our prayer, fasting, and almsgiving must increase. Attendance at Church services (of which there are many) and spiritual reading must increase. We must increase our self-examination, reflection and confession. Great Lent is also a period of decreased activity for the active Orthodox Christian. We should show restraint in our normal “outside of Lent” lifestyle. We should reduce our watching television, listening to the radio, surfing the internet, going to concerts and movies. Great Lent is not just about what we eat, but more importantly how we live.
In our prayer life the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian is read each week day during Great Lent.
O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth,
despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and
love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions,
and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages
of ages. Amen. Jesus Christ’s instructions on fasting are found in Matthew 6:16-18.
Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly
When we fall away from God, we have removed ourselves from His communion. We have excommunicated ourselves. To re-enter communion with God is the on-going activity of all Christians. We fall away daily in some way or another. No one is exempt. Read more...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for March 2014, has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...
Thursday, January 30, 2014
JOHNSTOWN, PA - The Diocesan Chancery is pleased to announce the schedule of the annual Diocesan Lenten Retreats, which are sponsored by the ACRY for the upcoming Lenten Season. These retreats are open to everyone and contain special programing for youth and adults of all ages. Bishop Gregory, along with other talented clergy of the Diocese will offer insightful and inspiring presentations designed to encourage and challenge the faithful to stay focused on the spiritual life as they continue their Lenten Journey to Pascha. Read more...