In Memoriam: Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko (1939-2015)

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, and noted Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, preacher, and speaker, fell asleep in the Lord on the afternoon of March 18, 2015.

Father Thomas was the beloved husband of Matushka Anne [Schmemann] Hopko. They were married on June 9, 1963. Together, Father Thomas and Anne are the parents of five children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Thomas John Hopko was born in Endicott, NY, on March 28, 1939, the third child and only son of John J. Hopko and Anna [Zapotocky] Hopko. He was baptized and raised in Saint Mary’s Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church and educated in Endicott public schools, graduating from Union-Endicott High School in 1956.

Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross in Merrillville

Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross in Merrillville
Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross in Merrillville
Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross in Merrillville
Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross in Merrillville

Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master,
and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.

The spiritual echo of the beautiful words of this church hymn to the Honorable Cross and the Holy Resurrection permeated and warmed the souls of the faithful people of God who together with their clergy gathered around their Bishop on the third Sunday of Great Lent. With the blessings of Bishop Longin, the Lenten Vespers was led by the Dean of the Chicago Deanery V. Rev. Nedeljko Lunich. After the service the clergy and faithful people of God, together with their bishop, His Grace Longin, made prostrations before the Honorable Cross of the Lord.

Homily on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit!

The attitude in the Church of God towards the Lord’s Cross sometimes seems unusual and surprising to the world. And since we are in many ways sensual rather than spiritual, we too sometimes share this perplexity with the world. For example, why has the Cross been treated as a special, incomprehensible, but real living power in the Church’s Tradition for two thousand years already? Even now, during Great Lent, we daily pray the following during the divine services: “O Invincible and incomprehensible and divine power of the precious and life-giving Cross, forsake not us sinners.”

Moreover, the Church boldly asserts such astounding truths as these: “The Cross is the guardian of the whole world; the Cross is the beauty of the Church, the Cross is the might of kings; the Cross is the confirmation of the faithful, the Cross is the glory of angels and the wounding of demons.”

Minister of Defence visits Serbian Patriarch

Minister of Defence visits Serbian Patriarch
Minister of Defence visits Serbian Patriarch
Minister of Defence visits Serbian Patriarch
Minister of Defence visits Serbian Patriarch

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. Bratislav Gasic, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarch on 13 March 2015.

Pan-Orthodox Liturgy in Munich

Pan-Orthodox Liturgy in Munich
Pan-Orthodox Liturgy in Munich
Pan-Orthodox Liturgy in Munich
Pan-Orthodox Liturgy in Munich

Regular session of the Episcopal Council of the Orthodox Church in Germany was held in Munich from 6 until 8 March 2015.

The Orthodox Episcopal Council of Germany was founded in 2010 and it consists of 16 Metropolitans and Bishops of all Canonical Orthodox Churches in Germany. On Friday, 6 March 2015 Bishops gathered along with 25 priests and deacons who serve in Munich, deliberating about the pastoral problems of the Orthodox believers in Bayern.

Liturgical Gathering at the Military Academy in Belgrade

Liturgical Gathering at the Military Academy in Belgrade
Liturgical Gathering at the Military Academy in Belgrade
Liturgical Gathering at the Military Academy in Belgrade
Liturgical Gathering at the Military Academy in Belgrade

Head of the Department for Faiths, Colonel Dr. Sasa Milutinovic, attended the Liturgy at the Military Academy. Divine Liturgies are regularly in all the chapels located within military caserns.

The Second Sunday in Lent, on which the Orthodox Church celebrates Great Saint of Thessaloniki Gregory Palamas, was celebrated at the chapel of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos at the Military Academy in Belgrade, when the Holy Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great was officiated. Many cadets, non-commissioned officers and officers attended the holy service. Captain and presbyter Nemanja Petrovic served the Holy Liturgy with the concelebration of protodeacon Radomir Rakic, Editor-in-Chief of the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church.