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Western Orthodox Christian Church
"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must be Eastern..."
~St. John Maximovitch
Abp. Boniface (+2016) and Bishop Gabriel.
Bishop Fucci, Bishop of Chaplaincy Services for the WOCC, celebrating the Divine Liturgy at a military chapel in California.
Bishop Fucci as chaplain, counseling our Armed Forces Service men and women.
Our own CH (COL) Raymond Copp (right) welcoming Maryland's newest Army chaplain, CH (MAJ) Earl Blackwell (left), on 22 DEC 14. Earl will be supporting the 70th Regt & RSP @ Edgewood, MD. Father Copp serves under the omophorion of Bishop Fucci, Military Ordinariate. Father Copp is one of our finest priests and we are proud of the ministry he carries out on behalf of our service men and women.
Chaplain Copp, second from right, is one of our priests serving the Maryland State Guard.
Our own Father Sam Rake, Pastor of St. Augustine's Orthodox Church celebrates Pascha according to the Eastern usage. As Western Orthodox we will accommodate those communities that want to be in Eucharistic communion with us and continue to use the Eastern usage of Liturgy.
The Servant of God received the Precious and Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of his sins and eternal life. Amen
Bishop Fucci, Military Ordinary preaching during Holy Mass. Bishop Fucci serves the chaplaincy needs of military personnel.
Msgr. Copp is a Chaplain serving with the Maryland State Guard.
The catechumen receiving the Holy Mystery of Baptism.
Metropolitan Joseph and Bishop Fucci with Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, ChC, U.S. Navy.
Panel Discussion with the Armed Forces Chiefs of Chaplains.
Metropolitan Joseph with Bishop R. Mackey of The Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches during the AFCB (DOD) meeting with ecclesiastical endorsers.
Chaplain (Major General) Dondi E. Costin, U.S. Air Force addressing the various ecclesiastical endorsers at the annual Armed Forces Chaplains Board Endorser Conference.
Chaplain Costin addresses the ecclesiastical endorsers.
Metropolitan Joseph and Bishop Fucci with Chaplain (Major General) Paul K. Hurley, U.S. Army during the annual Armed Forces Chaplains Board meeting with ecclesiastical endorsers.
L to R: Bishop Fucci, Diocese of the Western United States/Chaplaincy Services, Chaplain (Major General) Dondi E. Costin, U.S. Air Force and Metropolitan Joseph.
L to R: Rt. Rev. Jeff Anderson, PhD (Episcopal Missionary Church) Metropolitan Joseph and Rt. Rev. Donald Lerow (Anglican Catholic Church).
Bishop Lerow and Metropolitan Joseph
Archbishop Boniface (+2016) consecrates the crown of Bishop Fucci with Sacred Chrism. From left to right looking on is Msgr. Joseph Thomas and Bishop Benedict Gregory
"Grant O Lord that what we have taken with our mouths we may receive in purity of heart. And let this temporal gift avail for our healing unto life eternal. Amen."
Requiem Liturgy according to the Western Orthodox Church
Holy Communion: "The servant/handmaid of God receives the precious and holy body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of his/her sins and life everlasting. Amen."
Bishop Thomas leads the invocation at the annual Christmas dinner for the PA Association of Realtors.
Sancta Maria Magdalena Parish, Pittsburgh, PA celebrated the festival of San Rocco August 14 - 16, 2015. Prayer before the Eucharistic Christ was central.
As Western Orthodox Christians we retain our culture and heritage received from the West and foster it in our Orthodox Christian lives.
Behold the Lamb of God! The Holy Eucharist is central to our Orthodox Christian lives.
The Introit is the entrance antiphon
This point in the Divine Liturgy separates the Liturgy of the Catechumens (those preparing to become Orthodox Christians) from the second part of the Divine Liturgy known as the Liturgy of the Faithful (those who have embraced the fullness of the Divine Faith).
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
Bishop Joseph prays asking the Holy Trinity to accept the holy Sacrifice offered before the final blessing.
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
The sanctuary at St. Mary Magdalene parish in Pittsburgh, PA in preparation for the Blessing of the Palms.
January 1, 2015 - The Feast of the Circumcision of the Lord.
The sanctuary of St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Pittsburgh, PA.
Preparing for Christmas midnight Liturgy.
Sanctuary of Sancta Maria Magdalena Parish in Pittsburgh, PA.
Archbishop Walzer consecrates Bishop Victor Cianca, SSMM, to the Holy Episcopate.
The altar in preparation of the Episcopal Consecration of Bishop Victor Cianca, SSMM.
Bishop Victor blessing the congregation
During the Litany of the Saints the one to be consecrated prostrates before God invoking the assistance of the all the Saints in Heaven to help him in his ministry as a Bishop.
Bishop Victor being interviewed by KDKA channel 2 news in Pittsburgh, PA
Mrs. Joy Sato of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Msgr. Thomas.
On Holy Thursday during the Holy Mass, the priest removes the chasuble and begins the Washing of the Feet in imitation of our Divine Lord during the Last Supper when Christ washed the feet of the Holy Apostles. Twelve men are chosen to represent the Holy Apostles.
"El Senor sea con vosotros" (The Lord be with you). This is the liturgical greeting rendered unto the assembly during Holy Mass before any prayer, calling the assembly to be attentive to the prayer to be offered and collecting their prayers to be offered to our Father in Heaven. The assembly returns the liturgical greeting to the priest by saying: "Y con tu espiritu" (And with your spirit). Msgr. Thomas celebrates our Divine Liturgy in Spanish for the community he serves.
Father Thomas during the Incensation of the altar and the gifts of bread and wine offered during the Divine Liturgy on Holy Thursday 2014. The altar server to the left removes the Missal from the altar during the incensation and stands at reverent attention.
Father Joseph Thomas celebrating the Divine Liturgy at his ministry.
The altar of the faith community of Sancta Maria Magdalena Church.
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