Parishes of the Diocese of the Midwest celebrated the Holy Restoration of Icons, commonly referred to as the Triumph of Orthodoxy, with Great Vespers, a procession with icons and the reading of the Sunday of Orthodoxy Synodikon. The Synodikon of the Sunday of Orthodoxy is a declaration of the members of the Seventh Ecumenical Council in 787 AD affirming the truths of the Orthodox Faith, which sprung forth from the controversy concerning icons. This Synodikon was read before the Divine Liturgy that sealed the decision in 843 AD and has since been read on this day every year. The tradition is for the people to recite it together and at the end to hold up the icons to affirm their truthfulness and Orthodoxy.
Photos courtesy of St Mary's Cathedral and Subdeacon Joseph Olas
On Saturday March 1, Archbishop JOB ordained Subdeacon Benjamin Ronald Tucci to the Holy Diaconate at St Mary's Cathedral, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Deacon Benjamin is a son of St John the Baptist Church, Campbell, Ohio and a graduate of St Tikhon's Seminary. Deacon Benjamin presently serves as the youth director at St Mary's Cathedral.
Archbishop JOB also tonsured readers Steve Memorich, David Nelson, David Johnston and blessed Alexander Gulachek, Nicholas Manzoni and Alexei Memorich to wear the subdiaconate orarion.
On Thursday October 18 His Eminence, Archbishop JOB paid a visit to St Tikhon's Theological Seminary to meet with seminarians from the diocese. His Eminence visits diocesan seminarians at St Vladimir's and St Tikhon's twice each year.