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Great Lent Begins

His Grace celebrates the Canon of Saint Andrew in the St John the Baptist Chapel at St George Cathedral. Around the world, Orthodox faithful gather together the first days of Lent to read the Canon of Saint Andrew.


Bishop Nikodhim visits St John Chrysostom in Philadelphia February 24-25, 2024

On the weekend of February 24-25, 2024, His Grace Bishop Nikodhim visited the faithful of St John Chrysostom parish in Philadelphia. On Saturday evening, they prayed the Vespers service together, followed by a light repass. The next morning, His Grace celebrated the Divine Liturgy with Father Kai, rector of the community, and Father Dennis, Secretary of the Archdiocese. During the service, His Grace ordained David Brook to the minor order of Reader, and at the conclusion of the service, awarded the Archdiocesan medal of Herald of Constantine and Helen to both Susan and Vladimir Melnik.

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Bishop Nikodhim visits Saint Vladimir's Seminary January 30, 2024

On January 30, His Grace, Bishop Nikodhim joined His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and the newly ordained Bishop Benedict of Hartford and New England at Saint Vladimir's Seminary to celebrate the Feast of the Synaxis of the Three Holy Hierarchs, the seminary's chapel feastday.  In the evening of the same day, the Mid-Year Commencement and 41st Annual Fr Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture took place.
See the photo gallery and watch the lecture recording on the seminary's website.


Konizmat January 2024

In his recent pastoral letter to the faithful of the Archdiocese, His Grace asks each community to honor the Albanian tradition of Konizmat, or "Icon Sunday," in their parishes in remembrance of the ransoming of the churches and the icon auctions in the past.

The practice stems from a time when Albania and the Orthodox Church were under Ottoman (Turkish) suzerainty (1468-1912). Sometime in the period between the 17th and 19th century the local pasha came up with a particularly oppressive means to tax the local parish. When parishes could not (or would not) pay the yearly tax, the pasha, or his minions, took whatever items were in the church and held them for ransom from the faithful. Items ranged from the sacred vessels to the icons.

The practice was carried over into the United States as a means of challenging the faithful by the words of the Gospel: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” For more, please visit here.


Leavetaking of Theophany in Trumbull

On Sunday, January 14, His Grace joined the faithful of St George Church in Trumbull to celebrate the Divine Liturgy honoring the Leavetaking of the Theophany of our Lord.  At the conclusion of the service, long-time servant of God, Bill Kovachi, was awarded the Knight of Saint George for his many years of service to both the parish and the Archdiocese.


Christmas at the Cathedral

His Grace joins the faithful of St George Cathedral to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord.

May the Lord bless and keep you during this blessed season.

Krishti u lind! Christ is Born! 


ST NICHOLAS CELEBRATED AROUND THE DIOCESE

On Wednesday December 6, we honor St Nicholas of Myra in the Church.  His Grace Bishop Nikodhim is celebrating St Nicholas three times this.

In addition to the day itself at the Cathedral, he traveled to Long Island on Sunday December 3 to serve the faithful of St Nicholas Church in Jamaica Estates. See all of the photos on the parish's Facebook page.

Coming up on Sunday December 10, he will travel to Southbridge to serve with the faithful of St Nicholas Church there.


BISHOP NIKODHIM JOINS OCA SYNOD TO ORDAIN NEXT BISHOP OF HARTFORD

In addition to his very busy parish visitation schedule, His Grace Bishop Nikodhim participated in the ordination of the next Bishop of New England.  On Friday evening December 2 and Saturday morning December 3, he joined Metropolitan Tikhon and three other ruling bishops of the OCA (Archbishop Benjamin of the Diocese of the West, Archbishop Melchisedek of the Diocese of Western PA, and Archbishop Michael of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey) to ordain Archimandrite Benedict (Churchill) to the episcopacy and install him as the Bishop of Hartford and the Diocese of New England. The Holy Synod members were joined by Bishop John of Diocese of Worcester and New England of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, Bishop Irijej of the Eastern Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Bishop Andrei of Cleveland and Bishop Gerasim of Fort Worth. Additionally, Archpriest Mark Doku, Chancellor of the Archdiocese, concelebrated with Chancellors of the OCA, the Diocese of New England and the Diocese of the South.

Resuming his very busy schedule, His Grace left immediately following the Divine Liturgy to drive to St Nicholas Church on Long Island to celebrate St Nicholas Day with the Faithful there on Sunday.

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Bishop celebrates Flag Day at the Cathedral

His Grace Bishop Nikodhim joined the faithful of St. George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral in South Boston celebrating Flag Day. On Sunday November 26, St George hosted a luncheon and special program in the Auditorium in honor of Albanian Flag Day, celebrated annually around the world on November 28.

Watch the video of the day's celebration on the parish's Facebook page.


I perjetshem kujtimi! Prifteresha Elisabeth (Lisa) Bouteneff

St. George is extremely saddened to learn of the repose of Prifteresha Elisabeth (Lisa) Bouteneff, beloved wife of Fr. Sergei Bouteneff, on Saturday, November 25th.  Their ministry together faithfully served our parish of Saint George beginning in 1989 for 21 years, and most recently over the past 5 years in their retirement, filling in during our parish priest vacancy.

We extend our deepest condolences to the Bouteneff family. Click onto the following link to view an In MemoriamMay her memory be eternal! I përjetshëm kujtimi!


I PERJETSHEM KUJTIMI! PROTOPRESBYTER ARTHUR E. LIOLIN

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It is with sadness yet with hope in the Resurrection that we announce the falling asleep in the Lord of the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Arthur E. Liolin.  Fr. Arthur passed away peacefully on September 28 surrounded by his loving family, having received the sacraments of Holy Unction and Holy Communion the day prior.

Father was born on June 19, 1943 in New York City.  Ordained a priest in September of 1970, he served as pastor and rector of St. George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral for over fifty years, offering his skills, his diligence, and his love as chancellor of the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America for most of these five decades.  Through all the years of his service, he was a faithful pastor, priest, teacher, and preacher of Christ’s Holy Gospel to countless faithful, not only those of St. George Cathedral, but to the faithful of every community of this archdiocese, to those pining for freedom from within the borders of a captive Albania, and to a new generation of Albanian Christians in Shqipëria and as immigrants here in America.  For the many clergy who serve and have served the Albanian Archdiocese, he was a leader, a brother, a fellow faithful servant in the trenches of ministry; he remains an inspiration. 

We take confidence now even in our grief in the words of our Savior Christ, Who greets those who so multiply their talents in faith, saying “Well done good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your Lord!” (Matthew 25:23)

In your kindness, please remember Priftëresha Margaret and the whole Liolin family in your prayers at this time and offer petitions of thanksgiving and memory for our father, the ever-memorable Protopresbyter Arthur.

May his memory be eternal! I përjetshëm kujtimi!

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Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect NIKODHIM (Preston)

On Saturday September 16, 2023, in historic Saint George Cathedral, Metropolotian Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington and All America and Canada, along with six other ruling diocesan bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, ordained Archimandrite Nikodhim to the episcopacy with the words of the Holy Gospel and the Apostolic Succession of laying on of hands. Read more


Holy Synod elects Archimandrite Nikodhim as Bishop of Boston and the Albanian Archdiocese

On Tuesday, April 25, 2023, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, meeting under the presidency of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, canonically elected the Very Reverend Archimandrite Nikodhim the Bishop of Boston and the Albanian Archdiocese. May God grant Archimandrite Nikodhim many years.


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