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Leavetaking of Dormition in Calhan - 09/27/14

On the weekend of August 23-24, 2014, His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, along with Andrew Smith, our diocesan administrator, traveled to the Eastern plains of Colorado to celebrate the leavetaking of the Dormition at St. Mary’s Holy Dormition Orthodox Church in Calhan, Colorado.

Rocky Mountain Youth Camp Pics - 09/27/14

The Rocky Mountain Orthodox Youth Camp celebrated it's 30th anniversary with the annual gathering of youth from throughout the Rocky Mountain region August 5-8. Over 175 participants came from Albuquerque to Bozeman, MT and every place in between. The camp was founded by Archpriest Joseph Hirsch of blessed memory.

View pictures from the camp here.

Singing Seminar in Milwaukie, OR - 09/26/14

Pacific Northwest Pan-Orthodox Liturgical singing seminar titled "That You May Hear Us" will take place on October 11, 2014, at the Church of the Annunciation, Milwaukie OR. Chief presenter will be Mark Bailey. His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West will be with us also. Registration deadline is approaching fast-September 22, 2014.

Liturgical Arts Festival October 17th-19th - 09/19/14

A Liturgical Arts Festival will be held in Santa Barbara, CA on October 17th-19th of this year. The festival will include many lectures (including talks given by our own Archbishop BENJAMIN and Dr Vladimir Morosan) and will culminate in a liturgical music concert on Sunday ($5 admission for adults).

Please find an event flyer here and a more detailed announcement here.

Documents from Assembly of Bishops - 09/19/14

Dallas, TX

His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN attended the annual meeting of the Assembly of Bishops in Dallas this past week. At the meeting, the hierarchs drafted two documents.

1.) A message to the faithful from the Assembly.

2.) A statement on the current situation in the Middle East.

Both documents, and more information on the Assembly of Bishops, may be found on their website:

Dormition in Calistoga - 08/29/14

As the afternoon shadows lengthened on Thursday, August 14th, the bells of Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga, CA, rang out joyously, announcing the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, served the Vigil that evening, which was attended by 40-50 guests. Both Father Joakim Provatakis (St. Symeon, Calistoga, CA - ROCOR) and Father Lawrence Margitich (St. Seraphim, Santa Rosa, CA - OCA) assisted in the altar, while Father Nebojsa Pantic (Ss. Constantine and Helen, Vallejo, CA - GOA) brought many of his parishioners. The lampadas in our tiny church shone brightly and garlands of flowers adorned the epitaphion of the Theotokos as we sang the special hymns of the feast: "The angels, as they looked upon the dormition of the Virgin, were struck with wonder, seeing how the Virgin went up from earth to heaven."


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