Archpastoral Letter For The Nativity Fast 2015

Source: Armerican Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A.

Glory Be To Jesus Christ!

My beloved Faithful Clergy and Laity of our God-Protected Diocese:

It is hard to believe that this month marks the third anniversary of my Consecration and Enthronement as your Bishop. I have enjoyed travelling throughout the Diocese and visiting your parishes and getting to know you. I have been encouraged that while the majority of our Diocesan parishes are small in size, the clergy and faithful who labor in the Vineyard of the Lord are doing much to further the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

As you have heard me preach, I am deeply concerned about the state of affairs in the world. There is strife and conflict in every corner of the globe, including our own country, our local communities and even our families. I am also deeply saddened and troubled by the moral decline in society that is causing chaos and confusion for our youth and young adults. This lack of peace brings unrest to our hearts, and instability in the world. It is, as I have shared with you, the direct result of an increase of selfishness and hatred and the decrease of humility and love. It has become a vicious cycle that can only be broken by a radical metanoia or change of mind and heart on the part of all of the inhabitants of the earth.

As we enter into the Season of the Nativity Fast, I ask you, the good faithful and clergy of the Diocese, to join me on a journey of peace and repentance which will begin in our hearts and end at the manger in Bethlehem. During this time, let us increase our efforts in church attendance, in prayer, in fasting, in scriptural reading, in almsgiving, in repentance and confession, and in receiving the Holy Eucharist.

This year, to further focus our journey of peace and love this Nativity season, I am offering a challenge to all of the clergy and faithful and especially the youth and young adults of the Diocese. Let us not just talk about making the world a more peaceful place, but let us actually do something about it. And the challenge is:

To offer a special prayer for peace during evening prayers. During the Litany of Fervent Supplication at each Divine Liturgy a special petition is also to be included. The text of these prayers will be provided to the clergy for distribution. Each household should have sufficient copies so that each young person that can read has one by their bed to use nightly and those who are too young to read may say this prayer together with their parents before they go to bed. Of course all adults should join the challenge as well so that all together our prayers will reach our Lord’s ears.

To assist with this challenge, a special web page has been created on the Diocesan Website, Praying For Peace, which contains downloadable texts of the special prayers. Other postings will be made on various social media outlets to encourage maximal exposure and participation.

With all of us united in prayer and laboring for peace this Nativity Fasting Season, I am convinced that we will help, even if only in a small way, to make our lives and that of the world more peaceful.   

Praying that this Nativity Fasting Season is a spiritually uplifting experience for all of us, I remain,

Working in His Vineyard with much love,


Perry Townsend12/3/2019 3:09 am
Please remove this article. Gary and Timothy have articled well and precisely why this article should be removed. Two priests from his diocese left and went to ROCOR due to the schism created by Bartholomew. Would that this Bishop follow his former priests example and lead his entire diocese out of schism. Unless he does so, it would be best to remove this article and not give him or any other schismatic clergy a voice on an non-Phanariot Orthodox site. As a lay person, I also left his diocese. It pains me to see him given a voice on your site given the present circumstances in Orthodoxy.
Gary Cox12/24/2018 4:23 am
If someone reads am article that seems sound, it gives the impression that other things they write are also sound. The current situation with Bartholomew shows that we live in a time where it's easy to be misled. I feel like articles from someone who is currently suspect should be avoided. Perhaps I am wrong. Please forgive me.
Editor12/23/2018 10:03 am
Please note that this letter is from 2015. Was he doing such things then?
Gary Cox12/23/2018 7:41 am
I wholeheartedly agree with Timothy. We surely don't need anything to encourage others to put their faith into listening to so called Bishops who will then teach things that are contrary to the canonical Church.This is a disappointing thing.
Timothy Connelly12/22/2018 12:44 pm
Please remove this article. This bishop is a willing puppet of Istanbul in the persecution of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. He works to promote Russophobia among his Carpatho-Russian flock and continues to uphold an anti-historical "Rusyn Separatism" as promulgated by the U.S. State Dept since the 1970s. His words are unworthy of any non-Phanariot Orthodox site. He is a disappointment to the elderly founders of this Russian Diocese.
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