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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.oca.org/News.asp?ID=1522&SID=19 Liturgical practicum for deacons and diaconal candidates in June Article posted: 4/11/2008 7:27 AM CRESTWOOD, NY
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      Liturgical practicum for deacons and diaconal candidates in June

      Article posted: 4/11/2008 7:27 AM

      CRESTWOOD, NY [SVS] – Intense liturgical training
      is the focus of a 4-day training program to be
      held June 3-6, 2008, on the campus of St Vladimir’s Seminary.

      Practical liturgical training will be supported
      by daily celebration of the Divine Liturgy and
      other divine services by participants with
      seminary clergy. In addition to practicums,
      focused presentations by faculty will augment the
      deacon’s understanding of his place in the
      liturgical life of the Church and the deacon’s
      broader vocation as a symbol to the faithful of
      the diakonia of Christ our Lord. Instruction in
      public speaking and vocal technique will also be offered.

      Participants are invited to arrive the afternoon
      of Tuesday, June 3, 2008. The program begins with
      the celebration of Vespers for the Leavetaking of
      Pascha. Sessions conclude in the late morning of
      Friday, June 6, following the celebration of the
      Divine Liturgy. Participants are invited to
      register for the St Sergius and St Alban
      Fellowship Conference that will take place in the
      later part of the week. The conference will
      feature noted speakers such as Metropolitan
      Kallistos (Ware), Metropolitan Philip (Saliba),
      and Bishop Hilarion (Alfeyev) among others.

      Fr John Behr, Dean of the Seminary, explains the
      purpose of this concentrated liturgical training
      for deacons and diaconal students: “Our former
      dean, Fr Alexander Schmemann, taught us that
      everything in worship concerns us as the Church
      of God, makes us the living body of Christ, and
      concerns me, as a living member of that body. The
      deacon’s prominent role in worship requires that
      he studies and learns the rubrics of the
      services. The training we provide offers just
      such an opportunity for learning.”

      Intensive workshops led by Protodeacon Kirill
      Sokolov, Lecturer in Liturgics at St Vladimir’s
      Seminary, will aim to provide participants with
      the skills needed to serve effectively in the
      Orthodox Church as an attentive server, deacon,
      or priest. Particular focus will be given to the
      typical celebration of the Divine Liturgy of St
      John Chrysostom by one priest and one deacon.
      Attention will be given to the liturgical
      patterns of movement that inform the entire rite
      of the Church. Participants will also receive
      guidance on concelebrations and hierarchical
      celebrations so that they can effectively prepare for such occasions.

      Fr Alexander Rentel, the seminary’s Coordinator
      of Liturgical Instruction, will offer
      presentations on the Liturgy of the Church and
      the place of the received Typikon and other liturgical guides in ministry.

      This practicum, which is being offered for the
      second consecutive summer, is held in conjunction
      with the Orthodox Church in America’s Diaconal
      Vocations Program and is highly recommended for
      participants in the Church’s program by the Holy Synod.

      Further information, including the program,
      online registration, and travel information, is
      available on the seminary web site at a special
      event home page: http://www.svots.edu/2008diaconal
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