Seraphim Danckaert is Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church.
Segment 1: News from around the Globe
A New Miracle of St. Luke of Crimea
Our top story this week: A new miracle of St. Luke of Crimea has occurred in the Greek city of Argos, according to reports on Romfea.gr.
A young man named Christos Argiropoulos says that he took a piece of cloth, saturated with myrrh from St. Luke’s relics, to a very ill friend on March 30.
The friend had serious problems with his spine and was unable to move about without excruciating pain: to get into a car meant enduring 20 minutes of contorting agony.
Less than half an hour after being anointed with oil from the relics of St. Luke, the young man’s pain disappeared, and he is now able to move about normally.
St. Luke of Crimea was an Archbishop in the Russian Orthodox Church during Soviet times and an occasional prisoner on account of his faith, suffering extended physical torture in Soviet gulags for as long as 2 years at a time. He is called the “Blessed Surgeon” because in addition to his work in the Church he was also a practicing doctor and professor of medicine, known internationally for his research on anesthesia and his innovative surgical techniques.
St. Luke reposed in the Lord in 1961, and his prayers and relics are known to heal many people today of physical maladies.
Asbestos Discovered in 12th century Frescoes on Cyprus
Hundreds of years before asbestos became ubiquitous in the construction industry, Orthodox monks on Cyprus used the fibrous material in plaster coatings underlying their frescoes.
UCLA researchers discovered “white asbestos” in the finish coating of the plaster underneath a portion of a 12th-century, Byzantine-style fresco in the monastery of St. Neophytos on the island of Cyprus.
Before its carcinogenic character was known, many cultures used asbestos for thousands of years, but this is the first time researchers have discovered its use in medieval art. The monks appear to have used the material to create a smooth, mirror-like coating on the icon’s surface.
The team from UCLA plans to look for other examples of this rare technique on Cyprus.
Orthodox Chaplains Serve Overseas During Holy Week and Pascha
Several Orthodox Christian chaplains will be celebrating Holy Week and Pascha services for military personnel abroad and stateside this year.
Orthodox priests in the Army, Air Force, and Navy will be holding a full schedule of services in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Okinawa, and a U.S. military base in Ramstein, Germany.
Segment 2: Coming up Soon
SVOTS Chorale to present “Heaven and Earth” concert on May 1
The Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Chorale will be joining noted chanter Eleftherios Eleftheriadis of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Flushing, New York to present “Heaven and Earth: Sacred Music from the Byzantine Greek and Slavic Eastern Orthodox Christian Traditions” at the Glicker-Milstein Theatre in New York City at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1.
The concert will be presented as part of Columbia University’s Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life’s “Sound and Spirit” series, which broadly looks at how religion, faith, identity, community, and the political intermingle in the musical expressions of faith.
A panel discussion on the spiritual, devotional, and musical dimensions of Orthodox liturgical music will follow, with several notable panelists from around the world.
Additional information may be found on St. Vladimir’s web site, www.svots.edu.
Segment 3: News from OCN
Relaunch of “Our Life in Christ and in America”
OCN is excited announce that one of its most popular podcasts, “Our Life in Christ and in America,” with host Bill Hinkle, is relaunching with all-new episodes starting on April 9th. Mr. Hinkle is the former minority whip in the Washington state house of representatives and is active in his local Orthodox church. Be sure to tune in for commentary and interviews on the intersection of Orthodoxy, public life, and American culture.
Send Us Your Holy Week and Paschal Pictures and Footage
It’s hard to believe, but Holy Week is almost upon us. Please consider taking pictures and video footage of the liturgical services in your parish or region of the world. We’ll be putting together a special segment on this videocast, sharing some of the best images and reports from around the world.
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