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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Western Rite Ordination Scheduled June 26, 2013

From, where it was posted on June 24, 2013:

"Abbot James is pleased to announce the forthcoming ordination of Dom Joseph Del Giorno to the holy priesthood. To accommodate Bishop Jerome’s schedule, Fr. Joseph will be traveling on Wednesday 26 June to Beacon, New York. He will be returning for the weekend of Trinity Sunday, and will celebrate his first Mass in the cathedral on that feast at 8 AM. We ask your prayers for him for a safe journey and God’s blessing on his priestly life."

Congratulations and prayers for Dom Joseph as he approaches the sacred day of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood. May God bless him and protect him, granting him many blessed and successful years of service to Christ's Holy Church.

Axios! Or, as it used to say in the Roman rite ordination service anciently, Dignus est!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Interview with Bp. Jerome on the Western Rite

There is, on the ROCOR Studies page, an interview dated June 17 where Fr. Deacon Andrei Psarev discusses the ROCOR's Western Rite with Bishop Jerome of Manhattan (assistant to the Metropolitan for WR Affairs). It is found here in English:

There are also some interesting historical materials on the Russian Church and the Western Rite from the 1920s and later, found in Russian here:\

and in English here:\

I hope these resources will be helpful.

Friday, June 14, 2013

More on Christminster's Move

Forwarded by Angelos Stanway: 

By the grace of God, and with the help of many dear friends, the monks of Christminster [Western Rite Monastery of Christ the Saviour] moved out of their old premises over a two day period of 30/31 May, having been told they must leave the premises by the first of June. The move happened to coincide with an early tropical heat wave and torrential rains which added considerably to an already stressful situation. By the promised prayers of many well-wishers we survived the ordeal and are now located in St George’s rectory in Niagara Falls, New York. We owe this new monastic home to the kindness and good will of our dear friend and benefactor Archbishop Peter Goodrich of the Independent Anglican Church of Canada. He has also made available to us for our liturgical services the use of his cathedral next to the rectory. He and his clergy and staff have been most gracious and welcoming to us. 
In addition to the many who have supported us with their prayers we wish to thank heartily those who helped us with the actual move: Pavlos Pavlakis, Joanna Thomson, the twins, Greg Wiebe, Edward Akiwumi and Steve Camp (“the boys from Buffalo”) and anonymous helpers at the church.

While we are moved in, we are by no means settled in as there is still much unpacking to do. Fortunately we can unpack at our own pace, without a deadline hanging over us as it had been in Canada. Our stay here in New York is not likely to be a permanent one, but we have been assured by Archbishop Peter that we can stay here as long as we need. We do hope to return one day to Canada if we can find a suitable monastic site. In the mean time we are assured of a reasonable measure of peace, stability and quiet for the living out of our monastic life.

For the time being our Sunday Mass will be in the Cathedral at 8 o’clock AM. (The Anglican service on Sunday in the Cathedral, usually celebrated by the Archbishop is at 9:30 AM).

Already we have had some excitement (?) in our new quarters. There were some boxes that needed to be moved out our space and into the church. Among the helpers that were obtained there appears to have been a thief. An i-phone and a cash box were taken containing bookstore proceeds from Hamilton.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Christminster Gets a New Home

Fathers of Christminster with Metropolitan Hilarion;
Dom James, Abbot, is 2nd from left.
Christ the Saviour Orthodox Monastery (also known as "Christminster") has now moved from Ontario in Canada to new premises in Niagara Falls, New York. 
Their new address is 1910 Falls Street, Niagara Falls, New York, 14303. Please note that this is a temporary address, and the Monastery intends to return to Canada when God may allow. 
This is good news indeed for the Fathers of Christminster and for all who have been concerned and praying for them in a time of transition.
Glory and thanks be to God!  

Da pacem, Domine, in diebus nostris, quia non est qui pugnet pro nobis, nisi Tu, Deus noster!

hat tip: Angelos Stanway, June 6, 2013, 10:00 a.m. / Clarifications from Angelos at 7:03 p.m.