Welcome to The Official Website of the National Senior ACRY (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Youth)
The National ACRY (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Youth) - The Fellowship of Sts Cyril and Methodios, is the national youth organization of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It is divided into two separate organizations. The Junior ACRY (for ages 8 to 18) and the Senior ACRY (for ages 18 and older).
The ACRY is an Orthodox Christian family fellowship dedicated to the purpose of encouraging spiritual growth through charitable and apostolic missionary works, prayer and fellowship for the Glory of God and the building up of the Church and our Diocese. (Read More...)
Becoming A Member of the ACRY
It is easy to become a member and join in the good works and fellowship of the ACRY. If your parish has an active ACRY Chapter, speak to any officer. If not, only three interested people are needed in a Diocesan parish to form a chapter. It is also possible to join the Chapter at Large.
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& Local Chapter News
Monday, September 07, 2015
POTOMAC, MD - The members of the Holy Resurrection Parish ACRY Chapter 25 are hard at work preparing for the 2016 National Senior and Junior ACRY Convention. In order to help keep costs down, to allow as many people as possible to take part in the Convention, they are holding a special fundraiser. As revealed at the 2015 Convention in Binghamton, NY, they have designed a special T-Shirt that expresses the Truth of the Orthodox Faith in a very simple, yet powerful manner. T shirts are available in men's, women's and youth sizes in crew and v neck styles Read more...
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Monday, April 22, 2013
HOMESTEAD, PA -- On Sunday April 21, 2013, St Nicholas Orthodox Church of Homestead held its 63rd Annual Communion Breakfast, hosted by the local ACRY Chapter.
Our Patron Saints - Sts Cyril & Methodios
In the Slavic Life of St. Methodius, written immediately after his death by one of his dedicated disciples, St. Constantine of Preslav, it is written:
"On Palm Sunday he (St. Methodius), despite his weakness, came into the church where all his people were assembled. After imparting his final blessing, he said: "Watch with me, my children, until the third day!" This they did. At dawn of the third day he said: "Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my soul!" (Lk.23:46), and he fell asleep in the arms of his priests on the sixth day of April, in the third Indiktion, 6393 from the creation of the world" (SVII, 7-10). In other words, St. Methodius died on April 6, 885 A.D. This year of 1985, then, we commemorate the 1100th Anniversary of his pious death.
The name of St. Methodius is inseparably connected with the name of his brother, St. Cyril. They both are venerated together as Apostles of the Slavs, and they both were instrumental in the conversion of our ancestors to Christianity.
Our Rusyn ancestors were converted to Christianity in the second half of the ninth century by the Apostles of the Slavs, SS. Cyril and Methodius, before they started their famous mission among the Slavic tribes of Great Moravia. With Christianity, the holy Brothers initiated our ancestors into their beautiful Byzantine Slavonic Rite and brought them into the sphere of Slavic culture. Justly then we venerate them as our Slavic Apostles and Teachers.
The birthplace of our Slavic Apostles was the city of Thessalonica, the capital city of the Macedonian Province of the Byzantine Empire. The father of SS. Cyril and Methodius was a high ranking officer in the Byzantine Army. He was of Greek descent. However their mother, Mary, in all probability, was of Slavic birth.Hence both sons we acquainted with the Slavic tongue since childhood.
During the eighth century some Slavic tribes settled in Macedonia, making the entire province predominantly Slavic. The Macedonian Slavs were soon Christianized by these Greek missionaries and accepted the Orthodox Faith.
St. Methodius, whose baptismal name was Michael, was born in 815 A.D. His younger brother Constantine, better known by his religious name, Cyril, was born about ten years later. They both studied at the Imperial School of Constantinople, where all the children of the higher imperial officials received their advanced education. (Read More ..)