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Eleutherios the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Illyricum, and his mother Anthia; The Martyr Susannah the Deaconess

Saints Feasts and Readings for 12/15/2017

Mark 2:23-28; 3:1-5

Gospel Reading

St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 1:8-18

Epistle Reading

Response to The Chieti Document is Another Step Forward for the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches’ Common Understanding in Service of Unity

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation (NAOCTC) has released its response to the most recent document produced by the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. The Chieti Document discusses the relationship between primacy and synodality during the first millennium Churches of the East and West. It specifically examines that relationship on three levels: the local, regional and universal. The NAOCTC response reflects upon each of the three levels and offers suggestions for further study and consideration.

Statement by Metropolitan JOSEPH on the Recent Announcement by President Trump Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

Englewood, NJ/The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Statement by His Eminence, Archbishop Metropolitan JOSEPH, of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of North America on the Recent Announcement by President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

“Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”. Luke 2:14

We in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church stand with religious and world leaders in expressing concern over the recent announcement by President Trump in which the United States officially recognizes the city of Jersusalem as the capital of Israel and will therefore be moving the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Our main concern is that this is a unilateral decision being made from outside of the framework of the Middle East peace process and that this will serve to undermine an already complex and difficult situation.

The holy city of Jerusalem is the center of the three major monotheistic religions and is inhabited by their peoples. As Orthodox Christians we revere the sacred sites where our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ was crucified and buried and where he rose from the dead inside the walls of the old city. At the same time, the issue of Jerusalem has been the focus of intense political debate since 1948 when the modern State of Israel was established. Since that time and especially since the Six-Day War of 1967, both sides of the conflict have claimed this city as their respective political capital. International law and most countries of the world, including the United States, recognized this situation and agreed that the final status of Jerusalem would be part of a lasting peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis. President Trump’s announcement would appear to undermine the perception of the United States as a neutral party on the global stage, and could impact U.S.-led efforts at achieving a lasting solution to the conflict.

Most alarming is the violence and unrest that this announcement has sparked. We ask those who live in the region to utilize peaceful methods in resolving this conflict and not to resort to violence. We implore world leaders and all those concerned about the announcement to renew a commitment to dialogue and to the Palestinian/Israeli peace process. To do nothing will only lead to more violence and killing, and more generations of Palestinians and Israelis who will likely choose hatred and armed conflict rather than the road to peace.

As we prepare to celebrate our Lord’s Nativity in the flesh, in the town of Bethlehem, just outside the holy city of Jerusalem, let us pray even more that God’s peace, the peace from above, will penetrate the hearts of all.

Statement Tegarding Embassy Move to Jerusalem 12.08.2017 (PDF)52.9 KB

Youth Worker Conference to Feature the Theme of Gratitude

The Very Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Purpura, chairman of SOYO and the Department of Youth, encourages all parish and Archdiocese-wide youth leaders to attend the pan-Orthodox Youth Worker Conference in early 2018. Themed "The Place of Gratitude in Youth Ministry," the Conference is slated for February 1–3, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. More information is available here.

The Orthodox Youth Worker & Camping Conference is sponsored by the Jurisdictional Youth Departments of the Assembly of Bishops. The Youth and Camping Departments of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese and Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA will host the 2018 conference.


Apply to CrossRoad 2018! Summer Program for High School Juniors and Seniors

Calling all Antiochian Youth! Are you an Orthodox Christian high school junior or senior interested in exploring your faith? Apply to the dynamic, life-changing program that is CrossRoad! The application deadline is February 1, 2018.

For more information, visit our website!

96 Youth

10 Days

2 Locations

1 Amazing Program


Download the 2018 CrossRoad Poster (PDF)4.23 MB

Antiochian Village Summer Camp Registration Opens Monday, December 11

The Antiochian Village Summer Camp Program serves young people ages 9–17 who come to attend one of four two-week sessions. A primary goal of the Village camp program is to present to young people a living experience of the Holy Orthodox Faith in their relationship with God and other campers in a natural environment.

Registrations are now open for the 2018 summer camp season. The sessions run June 17 through August 10; two special sessions are Byzantine Chant Camp held from June 17 – June 29, and Iconography Camp, which runs from July 15 – July 23.  Slots fill up very quickly for this incredibly popular program, so act now! Additionally, it's not too early to think about sending your child to your local diocesan camp; visit The Department of Camping for more information.


Young Adults Study

The subject of young Orthodox Church members was a major topic on the agenda of the recent Annual General Assembly Meeting. This report was prepared in order to help Assembly address our common concern about the engagement of youth and young adults in the lives of American Orthodox parishes.