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Voices from St Vladimir's Seminary

The 33rd Annual Schmemann Lecture

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The 33rd Annual Schmemann Lecture at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary featured a talk by Archdeacon John Chryssavgis titled "Toward the Great and Holy Council: Retrieving a Culture of Conciliarity and Communion." The seminary also granted two honorary doctorates at the convocation. Archdeacon John received the degree Doctor of Divinity and Charles Ajalat received the degree Doctor of Canon Law.

Choir: Let us who love their words come together with hymns and honor the three great torch-bearers of the triune Godhead: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom. These men have enlightened the world with the rays of their divine doctrines. They are flowing rivers of wisdom, and have filled all creation with springs of heavenly knowledge. They ceaselessly intercede for us before the Holy Trinity! [Troparion of the Synaxis of…

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Deaconesses

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Archpriest Chad Hatfield, the chancellor of St. Vladimir's Seminary, interviews Fr. Lawrence Farley, author of the new St. Vladimir's Seminary Press book Feminism and Tradition: Quiet Reflections on Ordination and Communion, about deaconesses and the true extent of their role in Orthodox Church history. Enter discount code FT20 during checkout to receive a 20% discount on Fr. Farley's book.

Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield: I want to welcome all of you to Voices From St. Vladimir’s. We from time to time have the privilege of interviewing one of our authors, a contributor to SVS Press, and today we have with us Fr. Lawrence Farley, a well-known author of many books, and he’s coming to us from St. Herman’s Church in Langley, British Columbia. Father, I am particularly interested in talking about the book that was…

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Primacy in Preparation for the 2016 Great and Holy Council

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Well-known theologian, composer, and author Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, Chairman of the Department of External Relations for the Moscow Patriarchate, delivered an academic address at St. Vlad's on November 8, 2014, on the topic of primacy in preparation for the 2016 Great and Holy Council. He was also given an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.

[Choir sings the Troparion of the Cross: O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance. Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries; and by virtue of thy Cross, preserve thy habitation.

[Choir sings: O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who art everywhere and fillest all things, Treasury of blessings and the Giver of life, come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity and save our souls, O Good One.


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Force Your Mind to Descend into the Heart

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Bishop Alexander of the Bulgarian Diocese of the OCA gave the Second Annual Meyendorff Lecture at SVOTS on September 14, 2014. The title of his lecture was "Force Your Mind to Descend into the Heart: Some Resemblances between Byzantine Hesychasm and Merkavah Mysticism."

Fr. John Behr: Your Beatitude, your Grace, reverend Fathers, brothers and sisters: It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to St. Vladimir’s Seminary this evening. For several decades, we have marked the beginning of our spring semester and our patronal feast of the Three Hierarchs with the Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture. And now for the second time at the beginning of the fall semester and with the feast of the Exaltation…

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Cosmic Liturgy and the Problems of Human Priesthood

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One of the most important theologians working in the Orthodox Church today, Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff recently lectured at St. Vladimir's Seminary on theological images describing human personhood and our role in creation.

Megan Martha Carlisle: Hello. I’ll try and keep the welcomes as brief as possible so we can get to the main event. My name is Megan Martha Carlisle, and I am the former president—because we haven’t elected a new one yet—of the St. Herman’s Society for Orthodox Ecology, and I am very pleased that Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff has agreed to come and speak with us. This is the second time we’ve done this, and we’re…

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Mayan Orthodoxy in Guatemala

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Jesse Brandow, a longterm missionary with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, talks about the Orthodox mission efforts in Guatemala.

Dn. Alessandro Margheritino: Good evening. Christ is risen! [Indeed he is risen!] Welcome, welcome, all who are here tonight, and a special welcome goes to the listeners of Ancient Faith Radio. I’m Dn. Alessandro Margheritino; I’m the student council president of St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Tonight’s lecture on Mayan Orthodoxy, which is sponsored by the student council, will inform us on the incredible missionary work that has…

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Preaching the Word of the Lord

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Professor Herman Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., a professor of ethics at Rice and emeritus professor of medicine at Baylor University, delivers the St. Ambrose Society lecture on "Preaching the Word of the Lord: Being an Orthodox Christian in a Post-Christian Public Square.” The outline for Dr. Engelhardt's speech is attached here as a PDF.

Fr. Chad Hatfield: We are being recorded for Ancient Faith Radio, so we welcome our listeners to the podcast. I’m Fr. Chad Hatfield, one of the chancellors and CEO here at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Today’s lecture with Professor Engelhardt is actually part of a student initiative here. At the seminary we have various student interest groups, and the St. Ambrose Society has organized and sponsored this particular event. You’ll…

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Archimandrite Zacharias Speaks about “Domestic Theology”

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In a presentation centering on Christian identity, Archimandrite Zacharias, a monk of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Tolleshunt Knights by Maldon, Essex, England, inspired an audience of more than 100 people with what he termed "domestic theology," that is, "simple things, in Church life that bear profound consequences. Father Zacharias, a disciple of Father Sophrony (of blessed memory) who was a disciple of St. Silouan of Mount Athos, emphasized the importance of each Christian becoming a living temple of God, but in particular, priests.

Very Rev. Fr. John Behr: Welcome, everybody, this evening. We have the wonderful opportunity this evening to hear from Archimandrite [Zacharias] who was a disciple of Elder Sophrony, Archimandrite Sophrony of blessed memory, who himself was a disciple of St. Silouan of Mount Athos. Fr. Zacharias is a monk in the monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex, England, the monastery founded by Elder Sophrony. It’s a stavropegial monastery under the…

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On the Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church

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Fr. John McGuckin, professor of church history at Union Seminary, delivers the 2014 Fr. Alexander Schmemann Lecture.

Vladika, Fathers, sisters and brothers present here tonight on the occasion of this convocation, let me begin by expressing my thanks to the Trustees and Faculty of this renowned, and much loved Orthodox school, who have tonight honored me with the degree of Doctor Divinitatis. It is another nailed plank in my ‘house of theology’ which I shall have to present before the Lord of Glory one day. I cherish the hope that reviewing my labors the Lord too may…

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Ecclesiology and Nationalism in the Postmodern Era

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Bobby Maddex interviews Dr. Paul Meyendorff, the Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology and the editor of the St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly journal, about a 2012 conference on Orthodox ecclesiology and nationalism that took place at the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, the papers from which have just been published in St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly.

Mr. Bobby Maddex: Welcome to Voices from St. Vladimir’s Seminary. I’m Bobby Maddex, Operations Manager of Ancient Faith Radio, and today I will be your host. Joining me is Dr. Paul Meyendorff, the Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology and the editor of the St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly journal. The most recent edition of St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly features papers presented…

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