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2018 Antiochian Clergy Symposium

Bishop Nicholas

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The Right Reverend Bishop Nicholas: Good evening, everyone.

Well, you’ve been listening to the priesthood described extensively for the past two, three days. Nothing is left for me to talk about. So I was given this topic to discuss. It’s a very heavy topic. I need your undivided and total attention. You drank your cup of coffee after lunch and took your vitamin C, so you can concentrate on this topic. It’s a very heavy topic.…

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2018 Antiochian Clergy Symposium

Bishop John

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The Right Reverend Bishop John: Priest as Minister of the Sacrament

I’m not a theologian, not a professor, not even a good student, but I speak to you today out of my obedience to our Metropolitan and the joy that I have experienced as a minister of the sacraments. It is our ministry of the sacraments that defines our community and gives Christian identity to ourselves and God’s people.

In the Dictionary of Greek Orthodoxy,…

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2018 Antiochian Clergy Symposium

Bishop Anthony

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The Right Reverend Bishop Anthony: Thank you everyone once again. My topic today is the apostolic succession. I will concentrate more on the theology of the apostolic succession; the practical application of it will be secondary, but it will be part of it. The apostolic succession, then, is the foundation of our priesthood, so I will talk about that.

I want to begin with answering a few questions that I had after I left yesterday to what questions…

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2018 Antiochian Clergy Symposium

Bishop Thomas

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The Right Reverend Bishop Thomas: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Your Eminence, Your Graces, brother clergy, Christ is in our midst! [He is and ever shall be.] Hear this prayer.

O Lord Jesus Christ, enkindle the hearts of all thy priests with the fire of zealous love for thee, that they may ever seek thy glory. Give them strength, that they may labor unceasingly in thine earthly vineyard…

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2018 Antiochian Clergy Symposium

Bishop Anthony (for Bishop Alexander)

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This morning, we learned that Bishop Alexander, who is in our prayers, is ill. Bishop Anthony will be giving his address on “The Integrity of the Priesthood.”

The Right Reverend Bishop Anthony: Your Eminence, Your Graces, and all of our beloved clergy, it’s my honor to be with you and to deliver this lecture that was originally planned by His Grace, Bishop Alexander. He called me with the perspective that he would like the…

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2018 Antiochian Clergy Symposium

Bishop Basil

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The Most Reverend Metropolitan Joseph: Look, the best thing for any priest in his area… One day we heard “I cannot go to this priest because he is this and he is that.” No. My advice to all of you: that you pick one of the local priests, whether he is Greek or Serbian or Russian or anything else, no matter whether he is younger than you at age or older—it doesn’t matter. A priest is a priest. So you choose one in your area,…

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2018 Antiochian Clergy Symposium

Metropolitan Joseph

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The Most Reverend Metropolitan Joseph: Before I begin my remarks on the priesthood today… As you know, the priesthood is our life. It is not a profession, it is not an employment: it is a calling. It is a calling, and as we hear in the Gospel that many are called but few are chosen. So let us take this moment seriously and do it with a prayer. If we talk about priesthood from now until the end of the time in beautiful words, but we don’t do…

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St. Ignatius Women’s Retreat - Living Prayer

Understanding the Mechanics of Sin, Necessary to Maintaining Peace in our Relationship with God

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Mother Magdalena: Okay, so the first part of the talk this afternoon was about the understandings that we need, or at least two examples of the understandings that we need, to be in right relationship with Christ. Of course, any of these talks can be a whole book. Now we’re going to turn to what we can actually do to foster this relationship. We talked earlier about prayer being the name of the conversation that we have with Christ, the relationship…

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St. Ignatius Women’s Retreat - Living Prayer

Godly Self-Care, Necessary to Maintaining Peace in our Relationship with God

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The first talk that we gave was about prayer as a way of life, which encompasses everything. Prayer is a means to make Christ the center of our lives at all times, no matter how insignificant whatever is happening or how all-encompassing whatever is happening, that he is the center of that. Prayer is knowing we’re never alone and inviting him to be present in the little day-to-day tasks as well as in the times of great happiness and grief.

I had this…

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Fr. Thomas Hopko Lectures

The Work of God’s People

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V. Rev. Fr. Thomas Hopko: It would certainly be the teaching of our Church tradition, from the Bible and the lives of the saints and the whole Church tradition, that every person is created in the image and likeness of God and every person is unique. No two people are the same, though we share exactly the same human nature, but every one is a unique person, and every person has a unique calling from God. Every person has a work to accomplish in his…

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