He is a prolific writer and popular speaker, especially on the Holy Scriptures and issues of Christianity and culture. He brings quite a varied experience, having studied at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; St. Anselm’s College in Rome; The Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome; and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. He also spent some years as a Trappist monk at Gethsemane Abbey in Kentucky, where his spiritual father was Thomas Merton.
His books include: Christ in His Saints, The Trial of Job, and Chronicles of History and Worship.
Fr. Patrick will speak at Holy Resurrection Tuesday through Thursday, November 4-6 at 7 p.m. Here he will speak especially on Christ in the Old Testament. Many people who love the Scriptures miss a lot of their meaning by not being aware of how the Church Fathers saw the Old Testament as pointing to Christ.
Read more about Fr. Patrick and hear him speak here:
We will serve a Panikhida Wednesday, August 27, 2014 after Vespers and Sunday, August 31, 2014, after Liturgy for Archbishop Dmitri, the founder of our Diocese and founding Bishop of Holy Resurrection Church
Archbishop Dmitri fell asleep in the Lord early Sunday morning, August 28, 2011, at the age of 87.
We are re-posting this page on the third anniversary of his repose.
May his memory be eternal!
- Slide Show of His Life
- Funeral Services Schedule
- Interview with Metropolitan Jonah (audio recording)
- Interview with Fr. Stephen Freeman (audio recording)
- Archpastoral Letter of Archbishop Dmitri: The Commandment of Love (2007)
- Archbishop Dmitri’s Last Week
- Fr. Stephen Freeman Article
- Pictures of the Funeral
- Videos of the funeral
A new mural has just been installed in our Temple. It is twelve feet wide and eight feet high and depicts two scenes from St. John’s Gospel, The Samaritan Woman at the Well and the Healing of the Blind Man. It is on the left wall at the front, directly behind our choir. We thank an anonymous donor for this beautiful gift; may the Lord reward him. The icon was painted by Fr. Andrew Tregubov of Claremont, NH. Fr. Andrew painted on canvas in New Hampshire and local wall covering craftsman Gary Atchley installed it.
Icons (images) in Orthodox churches are not considered “art” as the term is used today, because they are not intended to express the painter’s personal creativity. They proclaim what the Church teaches about the persons or events depicted. Each must be painted according to traditions handed down for many centuries, as the icons are one of the ways the Faith is taught. When we stand in Church to worship, we are surrounded by icons of the “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12:1) of Christians who have gone before us, and the saving works of God in history, in which we now participate.
These icons are part of a long-range plan by which the whole interior of the Temple will be painted. Already there is a large icon on the ceiling of Christ Pantocrator (ruler of all things), and other large icons of his Mother, of the Raising of Lazarus, the Crucifixion, the Descent of Christ into Hades, the Appearance of Christ at the Sea of Tiberias (John 21:1), the Ascension and Pentecost, and St. John the Baptist, as well as many portrait-size icons of the saints.
We invite you to visit the Church and see these beautiful murals.
Friday, August 15, 6:30 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
Vigil (Vespers and Matins) Tuesday, August 5, 6 p.m.
Divine Liturgy Wednesday, August 6, 6:30 a.m.
Note that Fr. Paul will be away Sunday, July 13. Our readers will read Matins and the Typika Service. There will be a preacher of some reputation: St. John Chrysostom.
In the Acts of the Apostles we read an amusing incident. When St. Paul was at Ephesus, certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth… And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded (Acts 19:13-16).
These “name droppers” were impostors, since they knew neither Paul nor Jesus. But they were right to identify the Lord as “Jesus whom Paul preacheth.” The Jesus we believe in is the one whom Paul, and Peter, and Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and all the apostles and the saints proclaim.
Many people today want Jesus without Paul, that is, without a relationship to the apostles and the Church. It fits our spirit of independence – I don’t need the saints, nor a bishop, a church, or a liturgy – just the Bible, which I can interpret for myself. (It means whatever I want it to mean.) Or some drop the Bible, too, thinking to find the “real Jesus” in some speculation from archaeology or some obscure ancient writings.
Photos by Ashley Prewitt
On Sunday, June 22, Father Paul will begin series of classes for adults and older youth, seekers or members. These will begin after Coffee Hour (about 12:15 p.m.) in our new meeting room in the Archbishop Dmitri Parish Hall. Each class will last no more than a half hour, then those who wish may stay for questions.
The first series will be on the main Sunday service, the Divine Liturgy, not a line-by-line commentary but an exploration of some of the major themes or aspects of the Liturgy, such as Gathering, Proclamation, Intercession, Offering, Remembrance, Sacrifice, Transformation, and Communion.
All are invited to attend these.
More pictures will be posted as we receive them.