Minot Flooding And The Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church in America has a parish in Minot, St. Peter the Aleut Orthodox Church.  As many readers may already know, it has been flooded.  Here is a recent email, sent earlier today by Fr. Anastassy to his parishioners: “Esteemed Parishoners, this Sunday, July 3rd, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated again at St.…
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Blessing Vehicles On Pentecost

Pentecost is a feast that reminds us that the Gospel reverses the Tower of Babel.  The tongues of fire give the apostles the ability to speak other (known and existing) languages and brings people together for the purpose of worshiping and knowing God rather than arguing and fighting over a manner of living that ultimately…
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Senator Tim Mathern Visits About A Recent North Dakota State Resolution

This past Sunday (May 22nd), state Senator Tim Mathern visited our humble parish.  During his visit, he read from a letter from Tina Kaidanow, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of State to ND Secretary of State Al Jaeger.  The resolution passed by North Dakota’s legislature may be found here: 4014 Senator Mathern worked…
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A Short Primer On The Blessing Of Graves

In the Orthodox Church, we bless graves during the Paschal (“Easter”) season, normally on Thomas Sunday.  Thomas Sunday is the first Sunday after Pascha (aka “Easter”).  This week, we will be blessing a couple of graves in separate cemeteries in Fargo-Moorhead.  So, I thought I’d share a very brief explanation of why we do this.…
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Lay Services In The Orthodox Church

For those who visit an Orthodox service for the first time, one of the things that may strike them is the prominent role of the clergy.  Sometimes, non-Orthodox may even wonder whether we are so top heavy, that we lack the flexibility to evangelize and perform mission work.  That is, can anything be done liturgically…
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