Metropolitan HERMAN presents degree to Archbishop Anastasios
- 2003.02.28 OCA:
His Beatitude Metropolitan HERMAN presents
degree of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa
to His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios
St Vladimir Seminary - February 27, 2003
CRESTWOOD, NY - His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America and President of St Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary presented the degree of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa to His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durres and All Albania on Thursday February 27, 2003. Archbishop Anastasios, a lifelong missiologist presented the keynote lecture: "Rediscovering our Apostolic Identity in the 21st Century" for the St Vladimir's Symposium on Orthodox Mission.
Prior to the lecture, Metropolitan Herman met with Archbishop Anastasios and discussed life in the two countries, specifically the ongoing work for the monumental task of rebuilding the Albanian Orthodox Church after the decades of destruction at the hands of the communists.
Click to see the pictures: http://www.oca.org/pages/events/2003/0227abpanastasios/index.html
Daily Vespers were celebrated by V. Rev. Paul Lazor, in the Three Hierarchs Chapel on the campus of St Vladimir's Seminary.
Hierarchs and faithful in attendance for Vespers.
His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durres and All Albania with
His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada.
Metropolitan Herman with Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
Among the hierarchs in attendance for the Symposium included (left to right) His Grace Bishop Nikon of Baltimore, Auxilary to His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman, His Eminence Archbishop Peter of New York and New Jersey, His Grace Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, General Secretary for SCOBA and His Excellency Metropolitan Paisios of Tyana. Other Hierarchs included His Grace Bishop Savas of Troas, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.
Metropolitan Herman, President of St Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary opens the Academic Session for the conferral of the Doctoral degree.
Dean John Erickson reads the Introduction of His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios, reflecting on the work and missionary efforts of the Hierarch. http://www.oca.org/pages/events/2003/0227abpanastasios/introduction.html
Dr Paul Meyendorff reads the citation for the degree of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa to be presented to Archbishop Anastasios. http://www.oca.org/pages/events/2003/0227abpanastasios/citation.html
His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman presents the Doctoral Cross to His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios.
The degree of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa is conferred.
Archbishop Anastasios presented his lecture, reflecting on the Apostolic nature of the Church, "The Church was founded by Christ, and given to the Apostles. The faith has been preserved unchanged through the Apostolic Tradition, and has been founded on the unbroken chain of Apostolic Succession.
"Christ did not found a static community withdrawn from the world. Instead, He charged the Apostles with going out and encountering those in the world. That same responsibility has been given to each of us, as recipients of the Apostolic Faith."
"Mission is a fixed part of the 'DNA' of the Church. The Church is constantly renewed by Mission and the Apostolic Charge. An awareness of this charge is necessary for the health of the Church. Each of us as part of the organic Church bear the Apostolic responsibility to witness and teach."
- Archbishop Anastasios
His Grace Bishop Nikon, Administrator of the Albanian Archdiocese of the Orthodox Church in America with His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of All Albania.
Many of the attendees of the St Vladimir's Symposium on Missions.
Archbishop Anastasios with Metropolitan Herman.
The Hierarchs who attended the lecture given by Archbishop Anastasios.