Cleveland Youth Retreat
- With the Blessings of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan
Laurus, and Bishop Peter of Cleveland, a young adult retreat has been scheduled for
November 24-26, 2006 at St. Sergius Cathedral in Cleveland (Parma), Ohio. The topic of
the retreat is "St. John Chrysostom: Preparing for the 1600th anniversary of his repose".
This retreat will focus on older youth (18 and older) and apply the teachings of St. John in
the modern world. There will be lectures and discussions on topics such as family life, the
priesthood, the Divine Liturgy, and heresies. An emphasis will be placed on the youth
participating in the services by singing and partaking of Holy Communion. There will also
be social events and other time for the young people to interact with one another.
The retreat is being jointly organized by the youth of St. Sergius Cathedral of Cleveland
(Parma), Ohio and St. Vladimir Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Please check this website often for updates and advance materials for the retreat.
When: Friday, November 24, 2006 - Sunday, November 26, 2006
Where: St. Sergius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Cleveland (Parma), Ohio
Who: Orthodox youth 18 years and older
Cost: $50 per person. This includes lodging (quad occupancy), meals, and transporation.
Deadline: November 14, 2006
Hotel: Quality Inn (formerly Holiday Inn) of Richfield, OH (approx. 15 min from Cathedral)
For registration information and forms click here>
For a flyer to distribute click here>
The schedule for the retreat is currently being planned and subject to change.
Friday, November 24
3-7 PM - Registration and check-in at hotel, getting to know everybody
7-8 PM - Opening remarks and brief overview of the retreat
8-10 PM - Dinner and social time in hotel's recreation area
Saturday, November 25
8-8:30 AM - Transport to St. Sergius Cathedral
8:30-9 AM - Morning prayers
9AM-12 - Breakfast, keynote address, small group discussions
12-2 PM - Lunch and panel discussion
2-4 PM - Informal discussions among youth and clergy, preperation for confession, and
4-5 PM - Confessions and the Canon and prayers in preperation for Holy Communion
5-6 PM - Light dinner
6-8 PM - All-Night Vigil
8-9 PM - Dessert and refreshments
Sunday, November 26
8:30 AM - Checkout and travel to Cathedral
9:30 AM - Divine Liturgy followed by lunch and closing of the retreat.
- --- In email@example.com, "Fr. John R. Shaw" <vrevjrs@...> wrote:
> The schedule for the retreat is currently being planned and subject to change.JRS: I would have hoped there would be a Divine Liturgy on that Saturday morning, rather
> Saturday, November 25
> 8-8:30 AM - Transport to St. Sergius Cathedral
> 8:30-9 AM - Morning prayers...
than "Morning Prayers".
The Liturgy does not have to take more than about an hour.
In 1963, most of the Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States held their annual youth
conventions together, in Pittsburgh. 10,000 people took part, and each day began with a
The daily Liturgies at the Nyack conference and the May Sobor in San Francisco this year
were wonderful, and they alone were worth the trip.
As for the "Morning Prayers", it should be pointed out that:
1) They were never intended to be used as a public church service, but were designed for
2) The Slavonic "Morning Prayers" now used in the Russian Church were only introduced
after Patriarch Nikon's reforms, and they do not exist in Greek.
3) It appears that various prayers named for this or that great Saint (e.g. St. Macarius the
Great) were later compositions, incorrectly ascribed to those Saints.
At some point, these "morning prayers" began to be recited aloud in the seminary. But
they were never meant to replace the authentic public services.
Fr. John R. Shaw