Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary http://hts.edu/ 60 Fr. Alexander Webster Confirmed as Dean of HTOS http://hts.edu/news_170516_1.html Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://hts.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Faculty-Pictures/FrAlexander_01.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=70&percent=100"><p>On May 3, 2017, at a regular session of the Synod of Bishops, V. Rev. Archpriest Alexander Webster was confirmed by the Synod as dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, having been nominated by the Board of Trustees of HTOS.&nbsp;</p> <p>A priest of 35 years, a retired US Army chaplain with the rank of Colonel, holding a doctorate in Theology, having taught for many years, and held the position of dean of an Orthodox Seminary, Fr. Alexander brings a wealth of academic and pastoral experience to HTOS. He is a specialist in Moral Theology.</p> <p>Fr. Alexander was ordained to the priesthood in 1982 in the Serbian Orthodox Church.&nbsp; He has been married to his wife Kathleen for 45 years. They have four children.</p></div> Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary http://hts.edu/news_170516_1.html UPDATED HTOS opens a search for a Director of Development http://hts.edu/news_170201_1.html Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p><strong>Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary</strong></p> <p><strong>Jordanville, NY <br /></strong></p> <p>Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary invites applications for the position of Director of Development for a full-time position beginning not later than September 1, 2017.&nbsp; The Director of Development is in charge of the overall fundraising plan and coordinates all aspects of fundraising and public relations efforts at HTOS.</p> <p>Founded in 1948, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary is a college-level professional school of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), committed to continuation of the theological and spiritual legacy of the Russian Orthodox Church and to the training of future pastors and lay leaders to serve the Russian Church Abroad.</p> Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary http://hts.edu/news_170201_1.html HTOS Faculty Work in Inter-Council Presence and Presentations http://hts.edu/news_170429_1.html Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://hts.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/news/2017/03-12-Inter-Council-Presence/IMG_8957.JPG&archive=0&final_h=69&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>On March 11, 2017 Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Russian Church History, Deacon Andrei Psarev concelebrated at the All-Night Vigil with Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, rector of the Church of the the Renewal of the Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Jerusalem &nbsp;(in the Briusov Pereulok) in Moscow, in the church&rsquo;s main side chapel, and at the Divine Liturgy on the following day.&nbsp; This was followed by a talk in the parish house on Pivotal Points in History of the Russian Church Outside Russia accompanied by infographics. &nbsp;Fr. Nikolai, formerly secretary of the Commission on the Restoration of Unity in the Russian Church, added to the talk with living recollections of the process of restoring relations, of which he was a direct participant.&nbsp; This was already the third appearance by Deacon Andrei before the hospitable parish family of the Voskresenie Slovushchego Church na Uspenskom vrazhke&nbsp;over the past year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary http://hts.edu/news_170429_1.html An Inspiring Week: Two Holy Trinity Seminary Professors in Moscow http://hts.edu/news_170213_1.html Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://hts.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/news/2017/01-20-Two-Professors-in-Russia/IMG_8763.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=67&percent=100"><p>In January 2017, two Holy Trinity Seminary Professors, Deacon Andrei Psarev and Dr. Elena Nelson, were in Moscow, giving presentations and engaging in professional development.&nbsp;</p></div> Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary http://hts.edu/news_170213_1.html Byzantine Heritage Tour III http://hts.edu/news_170127_1.html Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://hts.edu/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/20170104/IMG_8482.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>At Holy Trinity Seminary, we realize the necessity of travel beyond a classroom. Therefore, in the summer of 2015,students of Byzantine History <a href="http://hts.edu/news_150722_1.html">went to Istanbul</a> in the summer of 2015, and this spring, they joined students of Liturgical Theology to <a href="http://hts.edu/news_160405_1.html">explore Byzantine liturgical art</a> in the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To continue this "Byzantine Heritage Tour" with a new group of students,seven seminarians and three faculty drove down to New York City on the weekend of December 16-17, 2016 to visit the <a href="http://www.synod.com/synod/indexeng.htm">Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Outside</a> of Russia and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At the Synod, these pilgrims met with Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, who welcomed them into his office, gave them a personal tour of the premises, and finally, invited them into his cell for a warm conversation. During the tour, Vladyka emphasized the need to understand and appreciate ROCOR history to experience continuity with the past. Not only does this help to frame the present and direct the church into the future, but it also keeps us in living communion with the more recent saints in heaven. From this perspective, Vladyka reiterated the need to keep Mr.Serge Semenenko in our memories and prayers, as he donated New York City building that houses the Synod.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>During the tour, the students were taken to <a href="https://stsergius.net">St. Sergius of Radonezh English-Language Mission</a> and to the <a href="http://en.nycathedralofsign.org">Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign</a>, both of which are housed in the Synod. The Cathedral is the only Orthodox church in the greater New York City metropolitan area that offers a complete daily cycle of services, including the liturgy. Although the original Kursk-Root Icon was not present, a copy was available for veneration, along with relics from various saints, a rare icon of the spiritual history of Russia, and the miraculous icon of <a href="http://en.nycathedralofsign.org/icon_theotokos.html">Our Lady of All Who Sorrow from Harbin</a> (in St. Sergius Chapel). Also on display was the mantle worn by Tsar Nicholas on the day of his coronation. In this context, Vladyka wanted the students to remember that the Synod is a unique place, not only because it is sanctified by myriads of prayers but because of its spiritual history: "this is the place where St. John of San Francisco stood; this is the place where St. Xenia and the New Martyrs were glorified."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Finally, Vladyka gave the students very important advice for future priests. They must always be open to their parishioners, always have their doors open to welcome them, talk to them, and help them in any way possible. After all, the priest exists for the salvation of his people, and therefore, must be warm, loving, and inviting.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After an edifying time at the synod and a good nights' rest at a hotel in Newark International Airport, the students and faculty were up at 7:30am, ready to eat breakfast and start their day-long excursion in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They were blessed with a special tour of the <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/byza/hd_byza.htm">Byzantine collection</a> by Fr. Deacon Evan Freeman, an instructor of liturgical art at St Vladimir's Seminary and doctoral student in Byzantine Art at Yale.&nbsp;He walked students through the exhibit, engaging them in the material history of the Orthodox Church in the middle and late Byzantine periods. This included liturgical items (chalices and censors), devotional items (made of ivory and encaustic), and even a khachkar, a monumental Armenian cross-stone. Through the guidance of Fr. Evan, the students received an art-historical perspective that supplemented the dogmatic, liturgical, and historical perspectives learned in classes and in church. One of the most amazing features of this tour was the visual reinforcement of the Orthodox Church's true continuity with tradition for over 1,500 years!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After the tour, the group went to the international exhibit of "<a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2016/jerusalem">Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People under Heaven</a>," and then, dispersed for half an hour of self-directed exploration. Thereafter, the group went to the Metropolitan's "<a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/in-season">Cloisters</a>" branch, amedieval Catholic compound reconstructed in Manhattan from the stones of various French abbeys. With Gregorian chant and a medieval morality play in the background, this experience provided an important space for students to consider "comparative religion." Finally, the group passed through St. Vladimir Seminary on the way back home to Jordanville.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Thank God for a fun, informative, and edifying trip! Also, special thanks to two anonymous donors, the parishes of St. Nectarios in TN and St. Elizabeth in NJ, and Holy Trinity Seminary that made this trip possible.</p></div> Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary http://hts.edu/news_170127_1.html Public Lecture: “Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Overview of Life, Works and Influence.” http://hts.edu/news_161006_1.html Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://hts.edu/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn_1974crop-small.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=71&percent=100"><p>On Thursday, October 27th, 2016, Dr Alexis Klimoff, Emeritus Professor of Russian Studies, Vassar College, and one of the foremost experts on Alexander Solzhenitsyn, delivered an illustrated lecture titled "Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Overview of Life, Works and Influence." in the seminary hall.<br />Dr. Klimoff portrayed the life of Solzhenitsyn and his works in that context.&nbsp; Of particular mention was how his work "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," which gave a vivid illustration of life in Stalinist prison labor camps, was actually published in the Soviet Union with the express approval of Communist Party Secretary Nikita Krushchev.&nbsp; The lecture was recorded and is now available for viewing.&nbsp; </p></div> Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary http://hts.edu/news_161006_1.html 22nd Sunday after Pentecost (Gal. 6:11-18; Lk 8:5-15); St John of Kronstadt (1 Jn 4:7-11; Lk 6:31-36) http://hts.edu/news_151102_1.html Mon, 02 Nov 2015 09:08:31 -0500 <p>&ldquo;A sower went out to sow his seed,&rdquo; speaks the Lord today in his Gospel, in a parable addressed to his disciples, to whom it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God &ndash; that means, to us as well.&nbsp; The Lord explains that the seed is the word of God and thus the sower is the Lord, the Word of God himself, spreading, proclaiming the word of his own Gospel, the word of eternal truth, the word of life, that God has so loved the world that he sent his only Son as the expiation for our sins. This is the Gospel of our God who is love (<em>agape</em>).</p> Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary http://hts.edu/news_151102_1.html Sermon on 5th Sunday of Great Lent by Dr. Vitaly Permiakov http://hts.edu/news_140408_3.html Mon, 02 Nov 2015 09:05:17 -0500 <p>In today&rsquo;s Gospel, on the last Sunday before the end of Lent and before the beginning of the Great Week of Lord&rsquo;s Passion, we see the Lord going up to Jerusalem for Passover, his disciples following him, but &ndash; says the Gospel, in the previous verse &ndash; they were fearful. Indeed, he just told them that it is so difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom, and really, the salvation is impossible for men &ndash; but possible for God...</p> Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary http://hts.edu/news_140408_3.html