Sermon: Reception of New Antimins Fr. Antony presents the new Antimins to our congregration and speaks briefly about St. Raphael, whose relic is sewn into the Antimins, followed by a supplication service to St. Raphael.
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In June 2015, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph issued new Antimins to all of his parishes in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. On July 5, Fr. Antony presented the new Antimins to our congregration and spoke briefly about St. Raphael, whose relic is sewn into the Antimins. We then prayed a supplication service to St. Raphael to intercede on our behalf to God. Read more »
This statement intrigues me: 'they immediately left the boat and their father, and followed him.' Does that make any sense? They had families to provide for and, as we know, Middle Eastern families have very strong ties. But they left 'immediately' we are told. They just ... left! If it really happened exactly like this, there must have been something special about these men that allowed for such spontaneity. Read more »