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On 4-5 April 2014 the diocese held its annual Lenten Youth Retreat at Holy Resurrection Church in Wayne NJ drawing teens from New Jersey and New York. The theme of the overnight event was "Miracles in Our Midst" and was led by Father Jason Vansuch (Chairperson, Department of Youth Ministry). “It is so important for our diocesan youth to come together as often as possible to strengthen their faith and have fun,” said Danielle Geeza (retreat facilitator) of the host parish.  A 5-minute video of the event may be viewed HERE!

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CONFERENCE ON EVANGELISM: 3 MAY 2014 in Elmira Heights NY - 04/22/14

“Sharing Orthodoxy: Conversations on Faith with Family and Friends” ~ a Conference on Evangelism ~ will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Elmira Heights NY on Saturday, 3 May 2014. Sponsored by the Commission on Mission and Evangelism, the conference will show and teach an approach to sharing Orthodoxy with others of various, or no, religious backgrounds by “speaking the truth in love.” This is an all-day event beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding with Vespers at 5:00 p.m. There is no fee to attend!

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PASCHA: The Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ - 04/20/14

This is the day of resurrection! Let us be illumined by the feast! Let us embrace each other! Let us call “brothers” even those that hate us, and forgive all by the resurrection, and so let us cry: “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!” (Paschal Canon)

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Great and Holy Saturday - 04/19/14

The great Moses mystically foreshadowed this day when he said: “God blessed the seventh day.” This is the blessed Sabbath; this is the day of rest, on which the only-begotten Son of God rested from all His works. By suffering death to fulfill the plan of salvation, He kept the Sabbath in the flesh; by returning again to what He was, He has granted us eternal life through His Resurrection, for He alone is good and the Lover of man.  (Vespers of Holy Saturday)

Great and Holy Friday - 04/18/14

Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the tree of the cross.  The King of the Angels is adorned with a crown of thorns.  He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in a purple robe of mockery.  He who is the new Adam, manifested at His baptism in the Jordan, is slapped on the face.  The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the cross with nails.  The Son of the Virgin is crucified and pierced by a spear.  We worship Your passion, O Christ!  We worship Your passion, O Christ!  We worship Your passion, O Christ!  Show us also Your glorious resurrection!  (Antiphon Fifteen)

Great and Holy Thursday - 04/17/14

When Your glorious disciples were enlightened at the washing of their feet before the supper, then the impious Judas was darkened by the disease of avarice, and to the lawless judges he betrayed You, the Righteous Judge. Behold, O lover of money, this man Judas who because of avarice hanged himself. Flee from the insatiable desire which dared such things against the Master! O Lord who deals righteously with all, glory to You! (Troparion of Holy Thursday).

- 04/14/14

As the Savior went to his passion, he said to his friends: “Everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another. Be at peace with one another and with every one. Be of humble mind, and you will be exalted. Acknowledge me as Lord! Praise and extol me to all ages." (Matins of Holy Monday)

PALM SUNDAY: Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem - 04/13/14

You have entered the Holy City, O Lord, riding on the colt of an ass; hastening to Your Passion that the Law and the Prophets might be fulfilled. The Hebrew children greeted You with palms and branches heralding Your victorious Resurrection. Blessed are You, O Savior!  Have mercy on us!  (Vespers of Palm Sunday)

On the Diocesan Calendar


May 3, 2014

Conference on


"Sharing Orthodoxy" 

Elmira Heights NY

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June 21, 2014  

"Welcome to

College Ministry" 

sponsored by the

Dept. of College Ministry

Lansing NY

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August 2, 2014

Church School


NJ Deanery 

Randolph NJ


August 9, 2014

Church School


NY State Deanery

Watervliet NY


August 16, 2014

Church School


NY City Deanery

East Meadow NY


September 3-4, 2014

Clergy Conference

Clifton NJ


November 11-12, 2014



Diocesan News
- 04/14/14

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