Faculty Footnotes

Meeting Jesus in the Temple

A homily delivered in the Three Hierarchs Chapel at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary on the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple and Zacchaeus Sunday (Sunday, February 2, 2014). 

Today, as we celebrate the meeting of Christ and the righteous Simeon and Anna, in the temple, we come to an end of a series of feasts that have taken us through the darkness of the long and cold winter nights: a series of feasts bringing out different aspects of God's search or outreach to us: the Word becoming flesh in the small dark cavern, in the depths of the earth, the manifestation of God to us, through the passage through the waters.

And now, in obedience to the Mosaic Law, forty days after his birth,...

Alumni News

New Building for Fr. Justin Patterson and Parish Community


Fr. Justin Patterson (SVOTS '05) on parish moving dayFr. Justin Patterson (SVOTS '05) on parish moving dayThe Website for the Orthodox Church in America, Oca.org,  published a story on July 29, 2014 about St. Athanasius Orthodox Church, with rector Fr. Justin Patterson (SVOTS '05).

On Sunday, July 27, 2014, the faithful of St. Athanasius Church here worshipped for the first time in their new church building.

Over 120 people were present at the final Liturgy in the parish's storefront, for the procession (by car) to the new church after the Liturgy, and for the opening of the doors of the church with a Service of Thanksgiving marking the long journey that led to this day. The move into the new church is but the most...

Seminarians Speak

"Delicately Perched": An Armenian Student's End-of-year Insights

Kathryn Ashbahian

As the end of the semester is swiftly approaching, my brain is in that all too familiar state of neuron-explosion as it tries to process the immense transformation that has taken place within me over my past year at school. You are well aware, reader, that the practice of self-analysis is simultaneously terrifying and rejuvenating. And for me as a student, it comes like clockwork: the cautious start to the fall semester, the excitement of pumpkin spice in everything, the slow motion descent into chill and snow, the long breath of winter break, the enthusiastic promise to not...

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