February 7, 2016

Meeting of the Special Commission for Bilateral Dialogue between the Coptic and Russian Orthodox Churches

During the historic visit of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, on October 29, 2014 in Moscow, the two beloved Primates agreed to enhance the relationship between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Orthodox Church through a special commission for bilateral dialogue. After a preliminary working group in February of 2015 in Cairo, – …

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September 9, 2015

St. Athanasius and St. Cyril Theological Library Orientation on September 12

The St. Athanasius and St. Cyril Theological Library cordially invites you to its Orientation on September 12 at the Claremont School of Theology, Seely G. Mudd Theater. Among the speakers are His Grace Bishop Serapion and the Very Reverend Professor Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg), who will speak about ecumenical issues among the Orthodox Church today. For more information, please visit this link.

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April 15, 2015

Bishop Serapion and Clergy Commemorate Armenian Genocide

On Tuesday, April 14, His Grace Bishop Serapion and several reverend fathers of the Diocese participated in an ecumenical prayer service at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels commemorating the Armenian genocide of the 20th century in which 1.5 million Armenian Christians were killed under Ottoman Turk rule.Several speeches were given by speakers such as the Roman Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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February 24, 2015

Ecumenical Prayer Service with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

His Grace Bishop Serapion and several members of the clergy will participate, God willing, in an Ecumenical Prayer Service organized by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange under the auspices of the Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange. The service will take place on Tuesday, March 3 from 7:30-8:30 pm at the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral (formerly Crystal Cathedral) located at 13280 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove. From the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange’s – …

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October 29, 2014

Pope Tawadros II and Delegation Received by Patriarch Kirill in Moscow

His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, accompanied by a papal delegation, was received by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the Russian Patriarchate on 29 October 2014. The visit, that included a formal meeting of delegations, followed by lunch, marks 26 years since the most recent visit of the last Pope of Alexandria, His Holiness, the late Pope Shenouda III. – …

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July 5, 2014

Bishop Serapion at the Reception of H.H. Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Karim in Los Angeles

On July 2, 2014, His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Karim arrived in Los Angeles for a pastoral visit and to attend the Syriac Orthodox Youth Convention from July 3-6. Our beloved father, His Grace Bishop Serapion, attended the reception of His Holiness along with some diocesan priests and welcomed His Holiness in a spirit of unity and love.

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July 4, 2014

Axios! +Joseph Elected Metropolitan of Antiochian Orthodox Church in North America

His Grace Bishop Serapion and the Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, and Hawaii extend heartfelt congratulations to the children of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in North America for the election of Archbishop Joseph as their new metropolitan. Axios! Axios! Axios! From the Archdiocese: His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a – …

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March 31, 2014

Axios! Election of New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch

The Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church, our Sister Church in the faith, met on March 31, 2014 under the leadership of Catholicos Abune Basalios Thomas I of India and Archbishop Mor Severios Hawathe of Baghdad and Basra, the locum tenens of the Patriarchal See, and elected Metropolitan Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim Elected as the 123rd Patriarch of Antioch and All East. Since January 1996, he has served as the Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar – …

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March 20, 2014

Condolences for the Departure of Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan Philip (Saliba)

With a strong hope in the Resurrection of our Savior, the Diocese offers condolences to our brothers and sisters in the Antiochian Orthodox Church for the departure of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip (Saliba), Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All America. Upon hearing the news, His Grace Bishop Serapion immediately offered condolences to Archbishop Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles and the West. The Antiochian Orthodox Church is one of two – …

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January 31, 2014

Christian Unity

Christian unity is an exalted goal that all faithful seek. We pray that God may grant His children to be united in faith. In order to achieve this unity, we must return to the Early Church, especially the Apostolic Era, to understand Christian unity. In the Book of Acts, we read, “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as – …

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August 27, 2013

2013 GYP Convention

Fellow Graduates and Young Professionals, Join us this October in the beautiful beach town of Oxnard, California for our 11th Annual Graduates and Young Professionals (GYP) Convention: Orthodoxy Uncensored: Defining Truth; refining tradition This year, we will be navigating the complexities of the often blurred lines between dogma and culture. Find where you stand (and where you should be standing) as we explore together our Church’s core beliefs and the effect and role of various, – …

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August 22, 2013

Christian Churches Together (CCT) Letter in Support of the Copts

The ecumenical Christian organization, Christian Churches Together (CCT), has issued a powerful statement in support of the Copts in wake of the recent unprecedented violence against them in Egypt. The statement reads as follows: Grace and peace be to you, in the name of our Lord and Savior! We write to you as leaders of Christian Churches Together in the USA. During the last three weeks of political unrest in Egypt, we have witnessed with – …

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