Seminary alumnus the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Stavrophor Nikola Ceko (M.Div. ’85) was honored Sunday, June 28, 2015, when the newest children’s book published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press (SVS Press)—Saint Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins—was formally dedicated to him. Father Nicholas was presented with the freshly printed book at a special ceremony in the fellowship hall of St. Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Alhambra, CA, where “Fr. Nick” has been the Dean since 1994.
Orthodox Music Conference Concludes With Record Attendance and Celebratory Concert
Presentations made by participants from twenty-three countries
Joensuu, Finland – Reflecting the diverse national traditions within the common beliefs and teachings of Orthodox Christianity, nearly fifty musicians, composers, cantors, musicologists, directors, and singers gathered for the 6th International Conference on Orthodox Church Music which concluded on Friday, 12 June 2015. Hosted by the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM), the conference marked the tenth anniversary of the Society, and celebrated the theme of “Creating Liturgically: Hymnography and Music.”
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Last week the Church celebrated the great feast of All Saints—in which every Saint, known and unknown is commemorated—and this Sunday we commemorate specifically all the Saints of Russia, while especially in America is celebrated the Feast of All Saints of North America. We have been blessed with several great Saints in our land—St. Herman who first brought Holy Orthodoxy to this continent from Russia in the 1700's, St. Tikhon, the Patriarch of Moscow who founded our St. Tikhon's Monastery, St. Nikolai Velimirovich, who taught and reposed at our Seminary, and St. John Maximovitch, the wonderworking bishop of San Francisco, among several others. But there is one person in particular that I would like to talk about today—the monk and priest Fr. Seraphim Rose.
1st Sunday after Pentecost:
All Saints; Third Finding of the Honorable
Head of Saint John the Baptist
RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE EIGHT: You descended from on high, O Merciful One! You accepted the three-day burial to free us from our sufferings. O Lord, our Life and Resurrection: Glory to You!
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
VERSE: The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.
REFRAIN: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, Savior, save us.
VERSE: Their proclamation has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the universe.