Σάββατο, 28 Απριλίου 2018

The realities of slavery, hopes and dreams for the African-American community for a Black Orthodox Priest in America (video)


St. Tikhon’s Seminary welcomes Archpriest Moses Berry

St. Simon of Cyrene Orthodox Mission

Archpriest Moses Berry, Priest of Theotokos “Unexpected Joy” Orthodox Church in Ash Grove, Missouri, visited St. Tikhon’s Seminary after having participated in the ordination of Dn. Samuel Davis to the Holy Priesthood on Saturday, April 21st.  He gave a talk to members of the seminary and monastery communities on Monday evening, April 23rd.
He is an inspiring presenter to listen to, both in recounting the realities of slavery that he and family members encountered and lived with, and sharing his hopes and dreams for the African-American community within the Orthodox Church.  He celebrated the newly ordained Fr. Samuel Davis as one of the next generation of African-American clergy, seminary trained, to lead his faithful forward!  He shared that currently excavations are occurring on his homestead property that once included a safe-house for slaves, and how those traveling through the area would know whether the way was clear for them to dwell there.
Archpriest Steven Voytovich thanked Fr. Moses for his presentation, and intoned many years for Archpriest Moses, his family and his flock, as well as the newly ordained Fr. Samuel, his family, and his flock.  Many who attended his talk remained to talk further with Fr. Moses, and Seminarian Ephraim Tauck, who knows Fr. Moses, assisted in getting him to seminary from New Jersey, and again back to the airport for his return trip.

You can see the video here!

St. Tikhon's Celebrates Holy Week and Pascha (here)

Photo from here

Christ is Risen!
St. Tikhon's Seminary and Monastery communities came together to celebrate Holy Week and Pascha. This is not only the high point of the liturgical year for Orthodox Christians, it is the high point for the academic year!  
Please take a few minutes to look at the two photo galleries, the first representing excerpts from Holy Week, and the second from Paschal Services, with gratitude to Seminarian Robert West who faithfully took photos in the course of all the services.  Archimandrite Philip Mugadizi, Deputy Dean of the Patriarchal Seminary in Nairobi Kenya, was present for the whole of the Great Lenten journey, and is among those captured in the photo from the Paschal Procession.
Indeed He is Risen!

Fr Moses Berry with fr Samuel Davis, from here

See also
  
Father Moses Berry: From Hippie Bad-Boy Cool-Cat to Humble… 
Fr. Moses Berry, a descendant of African slaves, Orthodox priest and teacher in USA 
About st Moses the Ethiopian 
The Kingdom of Heaven, where racial discrimination has no place
Grace and “the Inverted Pyramid”
Weak, Sick, Poor, Tired: A Story for Losers
LIVE, BEYOND THE LIMITS!

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