Archive for January, 2010

Preparation for the Great Fast with Metropolitan Kallistos

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia (Timothy Ware) will be visiting the US East Coast for a series of free lectures open to the public during the week of February 9-17, 2010. The schedule is listed below:

  • Tuesday, February 9
    “An Insider’s View: Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Today”
    Caldwell Auditorium, The Catholic University of America
    400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC
    4:30 pm – Prayer Service
    5:30 pm – Reception
    6:30 pm – Lecture
  • Wednesday, Feb 10
    Athens and Jerusalem: Hellenic Paideia and the Greek Fathers”
    Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
    30 Malvern Avenue, Richmond, VA
    6:30 pm – Refreshments
    7:00 pm – Lecture
  • Thursday, Feb 11
    “Lent: Our Personal Journey”
    Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church
    3410 Woodburn Road, Annandale, VA
    6:30 pm – Reception
    7:30 pm – Lecture
  • Friday, Feb 12
    “Salvation in Christ: the Meaning of the Cross”
    St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church
    3149 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA
    6:00 pm – Reception
    7:00 pm – Lecture
  • Saturday, Feb 13
    “Our Transfiguration in Christ: The Message of the Philokalia”
    St. Mark’s Orthodox
    7124 River Road, Bethesda, MD
    12:30 pm – Lecture 1
    1:30 pm – Lecture 2
    2:30 pm – Lecture 3
    5:30 pm – Great Vespers
  • Sunday, Feb 14
    Divine Liturgy and Homily
    St. Mark’s Orthodox
    7124 River Road, Bethesda, MD
    9:30 am – Divine Liturgy
  • Monday, Feb 15
    “Lent: Our Personal Journey”
    St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
    2200 Church Road, Toms River, NJ
    6:00 pm – Great Compline
    7:30 pm – Refreshments and Lecture
  • Wednesday, Feb 17
    “The Trinity: Heart of Our Life”
    St. George’s Greek, 7701 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD
    6:00 pm – Presanctified Liturgy
    7:00 pm – Refreshments
    8:00 pm – Lecture

Call 703-691-8862 for more information. Books and CD/DVD recordings will be available at all the lectures.

Media Discounts Extended

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

OLTV is pleased to announce that the CD and DVD discounts offered for the Christmas season are being extended for a limited time and to all media products.  The following prices will be in effect from the Online Catalog:

  • Individual CDs — $8.00 each
  • Individual DVDs — $15.00 each
  • Six Pack CDs — $30.00 per package
  • Six Pack DVDs — $60.00 per package
  • Seven & Eight Pack CDs — $40.00 per package
  • Seven & Eight Pack DVDs — $80.00 per package
  • Ten Pack CDs — $50.00 per package
  • Ten Pack DVDs — $100.00 per package

This represents a 25% to 50% discount from normal pricing.  Hurry and get your orders placed to take advantage of these great prices for personal or parish use.

You can view samples and full OLTV programs at:  www.oltv.tv

You can buy CD and DVD copies of OLTV programs at:  www.olconference.com using the Online Catalogue button.

Speakers for OL XIV in NJ and DC

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

We are pleased to announce our almost final list of plenary speakers for the upcoming Orientale Lumen Conferences this coming June. The theme of two OL conferences planned will be “The Councils of the Church” and the speakers will be:

Orientale Lumen XIV North
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
June 7-10, 2010

  • Archbishop Cyril Vasil’, SJ, Secretary of the Congregation for Eastern Churches in the Vatican, and former rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome
  • Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun, Director of Religious Education for the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate
  • Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ, Professor Emeritus of Liturgy of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, and prolific author and theologian of the Byzantine Liturgy
  • Father John Behr, Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY

Orientale Lumen XIV East
Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, DC
June 21-24, 2010

  • Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Washington, DC
  • Archbishop Donald Wuerl, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, DC
  • Archbishop Cyril Vasil’, SJ, Secretary of the Congregation for Eastern Churches in the Vatican, and former rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome
  • Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ, Professor Emeritus of Liturgy of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, and prolific author and theologian of the Byzantine Liturgy
  • Father Thomas FitzGerald, Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, Boston, MA

More speakers will be scheduled and further agenda details will be posted on the conference website under Future Conferences at www.olconference.com. Online registration can also done on the website.

Previous conference photos and quotes can be found there, with streaming video clips from plenaries and liturgies at www.oltv.tv.

Visit of Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

I was honored to host Archimandrite Robert Taft and Sister Vassa Larin for a week during the New Year’s holidays for a period of relaxation, touring and video recording.

Our typical day started with private morning prayer – Father Taft rises very early and prays the Daily Office from his Slavonic Chasoslov. I then cooked breakfast for us all about 9 am and Father Taft then recorded a chapter of his book Liturgy: Model of Prayer – Icon of Life for a series of DVDs and CDs for OLTV.

After a relaxing lunch and rest period, Father Taft made a second recording in the afternoon and further conversation continued into the early evening. We then prepared dinner – Father Taft made “pasta carbonara” one evening, and I made a pork stragonoff. Of course, one evening we had “steaks ala Vsevolod”, specially grilled ribeye steaks marinated in soy sauce according to the instructions of Vladyka Vsevolod of blessed memory.

During their visit, we also had Msgr. George Dobe, Father John Zeyack and Seminarian Gregory Lozinskiy. My new staff assistants, Philip Rolfes and Lewis Rabayda, also joined us for many discussions and meals.

Father Taft came to concelebrate with Father John Basarab at my home parish of Epiphany Church in Annandale, VA on the feast of the Circumcision and St. Basil on January 1. On the following Sunday, we attended the baptism of Evgenia Maria Hayes at Holy Transfiguration Melkite Church in Falls Church, VA. Father Taft and Father Joseph Fracavilla are old friends, and Andrew Hayes, father of the newly enlightened, lived at my home during his three years of graduate study at CUA before he married last Christmas.

It was a great visit and always and honor and privilege to host Father Taft and Sister Vassa. Watch this space for more exciting future book and video projects in collaboration with them both!