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The 6th Sunday After Pentecost

"When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men." (Mt. 9:8)

Last Sunday we heard how the crowds threw out the Savior, who had healed two demon-possessed men of Gadarene. They rejected him, preferring to be alone rather than accept the healing help of the God-Man. In today-s Gospel, the crowds give glory to God for the power they had seen manifested in a man. The crowds could not understand right away that He who had brought healing was God Incarnate, but they recognized that the miracle they had witnessed could only be the work of God. This is the beginning of the path of seeking and recognizing the power of God. But this process is fundamental and from the start it separates those who desire from those who do not desire to seek for and recognize Almighty God. And this is the beginning of a synergy, or working together, of man with God. This means that the beginning of our salvation is accomplished together with God, and it is also together with Him that we build upon this foundation.


The Meetings of the Holy Synod


From June 15-17, 2004, at the Patriarchal Residence, with His Beatitude Patriarch Teoctist presiding, the meetings of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church took place. This gathering of the Holy Synod took place in the context of the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the passing into eternity of the Orthodox Voievod Steven the Great.

On the agenda were various subjects related to the pastoral-missionary service, monastic life, and the social mission of the Church, the liturgical life of the parishes, religious and theological education, activities of the Romanian Orthodox communities abroad, and the participation of members of the Holy Synod and other Romanian Orthodox theologians in international and ecumenical meetings.

Among decisions made at the meetings we mention the following:

  • the founding of the Diocese of Tulcea within the Metropolis of Muntenia and Dobrogea, having its residence in the city of Tulcea;
  • the Holy Synod approved the final edition of the statement of the National Orthodox Commission on Bio-Ethics, expressing the official position of the Romanian Orthodox Church on organ transplants;
  • regarding the present status of the Dialog between the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Byzantine Catholic Church (Greco-Catholic), the Holy Synod-in view of the fact that the Greco-Catholic side, in its Letter Nr. 518/2004, had not given a clear response to the Orthodox request of February 26 to decide between dialog and appealing to legal proceedings-approved the proposal that the next session of the Dialog should take place only after the Greco-Catholic side gives a clear response to this issue;
  • the definition, prevention, and sanctioning of simony as an act of corruption through bribery within all Church institutions;
  • the reactivation of homophonic singing during the Divine Liturgy in the entire Romanian Patriarchate in order to increase the participation of all the faithful in the liturgical life, and for the strengthening of Church unity;
  • the elaboration of a unified strategy regarding the curriculum of the Orthodox Theological Faculties.

All the members of the Holy Synod were invited to participate in a solemn moment of commemoration of the great Romanian ruler and symbol of our national dignity and unity, which took place on July 2 at Putna Monastery, near the burial place of the Orthodox Voievod.

The solemn session of the Holy Synod and National Church Assembly consecrated to the commemoration of the 500th anniversary since the passing into eternity of the Voievod St. Steven the Great

At the solemn session organized on Wednesday, June 16 at the Patriarchal Palace, in the context of the "Year of Homage to St. Ştefan the Great - 2004", the following persons participated: the President of Romania, Mr. Ion Iliescu, the President of the Senate, Mr. Nicolae Văcăroiu, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Valer Dorneanu, the President of the Romanian Academy, Mr. Eugen Simion, and other personalities from Romanian public life, members of the diplomatic corps, and representatives of other religious bodies.

The personality of the Orthodox Voievod St. Steven the Great was evoked by His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Moldova and Bucovina and by Mr. Virgil Cândea, member of the Romanian Academy.

The session was also the occasion for the debut of the new postage stamp "c1504-2004", published by Romfilatelia, and of the Jubilee Medallion created by the Romanian Patriarchate.

from the Press Release of
the Romanian Patriarchate


The 73rd Congress of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada

The 73rd Congress of our Archdiocese was held on July 2-4 in Chicago. Hosted for the first time by the new Eparchial Center of Chicago, the Congress took place having the following program:

Friday, July 2 - Divine Liturgy, during which Peter Michael Preble was ordained to the diaconate, followed by a Parastas for our founding fathers, and a Te Deum service. After lunch, Protopop George Chişcă gave a festive public conference dedicated to the personality of the Orthodox Voievod St. Steven the Great on the very day of the 500th anniversary of his passing into eternity

The meeting of the Eparchial Council followed the conference.

After supper, H.E. Archbishop Nicolae held a meeting with the priests of the Archdiocese, in which were discussed problems relating to the ministry and mission of our parishes.

Saturday, July 3 - Congress meetings. The delegates heard and examined activity reports and financial reports, and discussed proposals for the pastoral ministry of the Archdiocese and better administrative and editorial organization.

A special fund was created for the support of the mission of the Archdiocese. In relation to this fund, the new Order of St. Steven the Great was launched with a commemorative medallion on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Holy Voievod-s death. The members of the Order will receive this medallion in recognition of their donations to the special missionary fund.

The presentation by Dan Christopoulos of the activities of the IOCC, as well as the special new program for Romania initiated by this charitable organization under the umbrella of SCOBA (the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of America) created a great deal of enthusiasm for the possibility of effectively helping Romanian by supporting this program. It was decided that a special collection will be made to this end in all the parishes of the Archdiocese on Sunday, July 11.

New members were added to the Commission for the Revision of the Statutes, which had been appointed at last year-s Congress, and it was proposed that by next year-s Congress there should be a first draft presented.

The women-s and youth organizations (AROLA and ROYA) had their respective meetings for the election of new leadership and to plan for the coming year. The new ROYA committee proposes to reinvigorate youth activities in the Archdiocese, including visits to all the parishes for meetings with parish youth organizations. The parish priests were asked to support these important plans for the future of our Archdiocese.

The 2005 Congress will take place in Boian and Edmonton, marking the 100th anniversary of the St. Mary Parish in Boian.

The day ended with a lovely program presented by the children and youth of the Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral of Chicago.

Sunday, July 4 - the Congress ended with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by H.E. Archbishop Nicolae and all the priests present. Deacon Peter Preble was ordained to the priesthood for the St. Michael-s Parish in Southbridge, MA. A festive meal prepared by the Cathedral ladies was the final moment of this fruitful 3-day meeting.

Pastoral Itinerary

Sunday, July 11 - 6th Sunday after Pentecost

  • Divine Liturgy at St. Parascheva Parish in Boston

Sunday, July 18 - 7th Sunday after Pentecost

  • Divine Liturgy at the Archdiocesan Cathedral in Chicago


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