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18th All-American Council of the OCA

From 20 to 24 July 2015, XVIII American Council of the Orthodox Church in America took place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Such councils are held every three years, and both ministers and delegates of the laity, from all the parishes of the OCA (i.e. from the United States, Canada and Mexico) participate in them. Our parish also sent a delegate to the Council.
The Council adopted a new version of the Charter of the OCA, as well as the resolution on the financial system of the OCA, and a resolution on abuse of spiritual power.
The Council was attended by Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Onufry, Administrator of the Patriarchal parishes in the USA Ioann Bishop of Naro-Fominsk, and Vicar of the Diocese of Chernivtsi and Bukovina, Evseviy, Bishop of Khotyn.
The materials and the resolutions of the Council can be found at the OCA website: http://18aac.oca.org/

Photos from the Council:
At the plenary session. In the hall where the meetings and the Divine services took place, there was an iconostasis mounted and reliquaries with the relics of the saints placed, so the delegates could venerate them.

The delegates came to the Council from across the US, Canada and Mexico

Icon of All Saints in the America

Reliquary of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco

Antimension that Saint Innokenty of Alaska used for Divine Services

Our patronal feast

Our feast day was held on Sunday, August 2nd.
For the time of the patronal feast our church housed relics of the Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna, renowned not only for her martyrdom, but for her righteous life given entirely to the sacrificial service to God and her neighbours.
Thanks everyone who came to pray together at the feast of St.Seraphim in the presence of the relics of the great saint who could fulfill the bidding of the holy elder: "Acquire the spirit of peace, and then thousands of souls will be saved around you!"



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PATRONAL FEAST, AUGUST 2

On Sunday, August 2, we will celebrate our feast day. This year, our ruling bishop, His Eminence Irenee, Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada, will not be able to come to us because at this time he will represent the Orthodox Church in America at the celebrations in Moscow. However, for the time of our patronal feast, Bishop Irinee sends to our church the relics of a great saint, Holy Martyr, the Grand Duchess Elizaveta Feodorovna, renowned not only for her martyrdom, but for her righteous life, given entirely to the sacrificial service to God and her neighbours.
You can read the life story of this amazing woman here.
The arrival of the relics of Saint Elizaveta to our parish of St. Seraphim of Sarov is particularly significant, given the importance that Seraphim had in Elizaveta's spiritual growth. She participated in the first recovery of Saint Seraphim's relics in 1903, and it made such a strong and lasting impression on her, that after that, in the most difficult periods of her life, she sought spiritual support from the relics of St.Seraphim. According to eyewitnesses, during the First World War, caring for the wounded, she anointed them with the holy oil from St.Seraphim.
We invite everyone to pray together at the feast of St. Seraphim in the presence of the relics of the great saint, who fulfilled the bidding of the holy elder: "Acquire the spirit of peace, and then thousands of souls will be saved around you!"

Congratulations to His Eminence Irenee

On March 20, 2015, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America decided to elevate the ruling bishop of our diocese, The Right Reverend Irenee, Bishop of Ottawa and Canada, to the rank of Archbishop. Congratulations to our beloved Vladyka. Axios!

Read the biography of the Archbishop here.

Holy Unction

On Thursday, March 19, the Holy Unction was served in our church by six priests from different Orthodox parishes of Greater Toronto. During that service the faithful also had an opportunity to venerate the icon with relics of Holy Hierarch, Confessor, and Healer St. Luke (Voino-Yasenetsky). From now on, this icon will be held in our parish permanently.

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