Choirs, Relics and Councils

Choirs, Relics and Councils



March 4th, 2016

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy”, the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris.  These are some of the stories making headlines this week.

  • Metropolitan Kallistos Ware speaks at North Park University on The Unchanging Gospel in an Ever-Changing Culture
  • Relics of St. Anthony the Roman discovered and identified in Veliky Novgorod
  • Great and Holy Council to take decisions only upon consent of all Patriarchs
  • and Congratulations to our own, Dr. Vladimir Moroson, who produced, the score for Rachmaninov’s: Night Vigil, this year’s Grammy Award recipient for Best Choral Performance!

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware speaks at North Park University

First up, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia will  speak at the inaugural event in “Engaging Orthodoxy Speaker’s” at North Park University’s Anderson Chapel in Chicago on Saturday, March 5th.

The event is a free, two-part lecture followed by responses from other theologians.  Orthodoxy is on the cusp of a major theological renaissance in the 21st century and this series will explore Orthodox theology as a vital religious force in American life and thought.  In his two-part lecture, Metropolitan Kallistos will present an Eastern Orthodox understanding of the Gospel, and offer practical guidance on how local churches may keep it clear and central for each generation.

Also known by his lay name, Timothy Ware, Metropolitan Kallistos,  is a titular metropolitan of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Great Britain. From 1966-2001, he was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University, and has authored numerous books and articles pertaining to the Orthodox Christian faith, and Orthodoxy’s relationship to broader culture, including the sciences.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with Metropolitan Kallistos and other participants during the event.

Dr. Bradley Nassif, professor of biblical and theological studies at North Park University will moderate the conference sessions.

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Relics of St. Anthony the Roman

And next up, the relics of Venerable Anthony the Roman who lived about 900 years ago have been found and identified in Russia, this according to a report from Interfax-Religion.

“The saint’s miracle-working relics in the precious shrine were kept at the Nativity Cathedral of St. Anthony’s Monastery until the Russian Revolution. During the Soviet anti-religious campaign in 1927, the shrine was opened and the relics moved to the anti-religious museum located at the St. Sophia Cathedral of the Veliky Novgorod Kremlin. There St. Anthony’s relics were considered lost among other objects.

According to tradition, St. Anthony, a Roman citizen, miraculously sailed on a stone from Rome to Veliky Novgorod by the river Volkhov in 1106 (his stone still exists). In the same year, St. Anthony founded the Nativity Monastery in Veliky Novgorod, one of the oldest surviving monasteries in Russia to date.

About 20 years ago, the complex examination of relics began where  St. Anthony’s relics had been singled out.

With historical and anthropological examinations completed, the relics of St. Anthony the Roman were handed over to Metropolitan Lev of Novgorod who will decide their fate.

Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church

And Lastly, the upcoming Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church due to convene on the Island of Crete this summer will endorse decisions only upon consent of all the fourteen Patriarchs of canonical national Orthodox Churches.

Preliminary reports indicate the Council will be held in a fraternal atmosphere enabling discussion and decisions made by consensus.

Likely to become a milestone event for the entire Orthodox world, efforts to prepare the Pan-Orthodox Council started as far back as 1961 and have been proceeding with certain intervals ever since.

Each national Orthodox Church will send 24 bishops to the Council.

And in News from OCN  

Congratulations! To our own Dr. Vladimir Morosan, program director for OCN’s RUDDER, who was the producer of ‘Rachmaninoff: All Night Vigil’ recipient of this year’s Grammy Award for “Best Choral Performance” by the Kansas City and Phoenix Chorales, Artistic Director Charles Bruffy.

Dr. Morosan and his wife are the Directors of our 24/7 Internet Radio station, The Rudder, providing Orthodox sacred music throughout the world.  He is also the founder of Musica Russica, the largest publisher of Russian choral music outside of Russia.

On the recent award, Morosan congratulated Charles Bruffy and the Kansas City and Phoenix Chorales, saying “For the third time in the last ten years, recordings of Russian Orthodox sacred music have won Grammys. We are thrilled that choral artists are bringing this music to life, using our editions and making the world a more beautiful place.”

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That brings another edition of “This Week in Orthodoxy,” to a close. For everyone here in our OCN studios, I’m Emmy Louvaris. Let’s go forth in peace.


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Emmy Louvaris

Emmy Louvaris is the host of This Week in Orthodoxy, the first weekly news show to cover the international Orthodox Church and community.