February 19th – Guest Speaker

Sunday, February 19th, around noon
Hellenic Hall, 70 West Street, Keene
Guest Speaker, Seminarian Stephan Johansson
Open to the public!
Refreshments before the presentation

Following Sunday services, Stefan Johansson, a seminarian from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York, will be joining us to speak about the 7 distinct liturgical rites that exist within historic Christianity. These rites are: Byzantine, Armenian, Roman, Coptic, Ethiopian, West Syrian, and East Syrian. He will be explaining their geographic and cultural roots, in addition to how they came to be shaped as they are today.  He will also define which groups in the modern day pray in accordance with these particular rites.

Stefan is a graduate of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkeley, California, and pursued philosophy and religious studies as an undergraduate.  One of the reasons that he chose to continue his education at St Vladimir’s is because the Seminary is known for fostering dialogue between Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches.  His presentation will include rites from both Eastern and Oriental Churches, and is based on first-hand experience because Stefan has attended services at over 350 Orthodox parishes.

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