Orthodox Brotherhood

The Orthodox Brotherhood is a fraternal organization for the support of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. Its patrons are the Three Holy Hierarchs, Sts. Basil, Gregory and John.\n\nThere are no local chapters of the Orthodox Brotherhood. The members are held together by the national organization, which holds an annual conference each fall. We are blessed to have many members of the Brotherhood among our parish family!

Directions

We”re easy to find — and our parking lot is huge!

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Interstate Highway Directions:

From the North – Take I-77 South to Ridgewood Road (Exit #133). Turn right on Ridgewood Rd. The church is 1.3 miles down the road on the right hand side.

From the South – Take I-77 North to Ridgewood Road (Exit #133). Turn left on Ridgewood Road. The church is 1.3 miles down the road on the right hand side.

From the East – Take I-76 West to I-77 North. Exit at Ridgewood Road (Exit #133). Turn left on Ridgewood Rd. The church is 1.3 miles down the road on the right hand side.

Our National Church

The Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

“Presentation” is a parish of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, which in turn is a diocese of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA.

The OCA is governed by the Holy Synod of Bishops, of which our hierarchs are members.

The OCA originated as the Metropolia of the Russian Orthodox Church, which severed its ties with the Russian Church after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. In 1970 the OCA received a Tomos of Autocephaly from the Russian Patriarchate, and has functioned as an autocephalous, American church since then.

Visit the website of the Orthodox Church in America HERE.

Bishop Irineu

His Grace, Bishop IRINEU, was born on April 19, 1962, in Alba Iulia, Transylvania, Romania to John and Aurelia Duvlea, an Orthodox Christian family. His theological education includes the Theological Seminary in Cluj Napoca (1981-1987), Theological Institute “Andrei Saguna” in Sibiu (1987-1991), having as a thesis: “Rules of organization and function of monasteries in the Romanian Orthodox Church.” Moved to enter the monastic life, in 1980 he entered the Brancoveanu Monastery at Sâmbătă de Sus, Braşov County, continuing through all the steps of obedience. On May 24, 1983, he was tonsured into monasticism by His Grace, Bishop LUCIAN of Fagaraş.

During his monastic life, His Grace was ordained into the various ranks of Holy Orders. On May 3, 1983, he was ordained Hierodeacon by His Eminence, Archbishop JOHN of Helsinki, Metropolitan of Finland, on behalf of His Eminence ANTONIE, Metropolitan of Transylvania, and, on November 17, 1984, ordained Hieromonk in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Sibiu by His Eminence ANTONIE.

He was blessed with the opportunity to make two pilgrimages to Mount Athos and, in 1998, a pilgrimage to the monasteries of Bulgaria and Greece and to the tomb of Saint Nicholas in Bari, Italy

As evidence of his dedication and service, on August 15, 1988, he was blessed as Protosinghel by His Eminence ANTONIE; on January 1, 1993, named Hegumen of the Brancoveanu Monastery; in 1993 named Exarch of Monasteries in the Metropolia; on August 15, 1993, blessed as Archimandrite and Abbot of the monastery by His Eminence ANTONIE on the occasion of the consecration of the monastery by His Holiness, BARTHOLOMEW I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and His Beatitude TEOCTIST, Patriarch of Romania, also at that time receiving the honor of the “Patriarchal Cross of Constantinople”; and on September 24, 2000, the Holy Synod of Romania bestowed upon him the rank of Mitred Archimandrite, a rare distinction in the Church of Romania.

During his time as Abbot of the Brancoveanu Monastery, he performed his duties as Exarch of Monasteries in the Metropolia (encompassing most of Transylvania), which included the regular supervision and regulation of 15 monasteries and 10 sketes, and was delegated by His Eminence ANTONIE to bless several monasteries and numerous monuments

Following an exchange of letters between His Eminence ANTONIE and His Eminence NATHANIEL, Archbishop of Detroit and The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, Archimandrite Irineu and a group of monks were given canonical release to come to America and establish The Ascension of the Lord Monastery under the omofor of Archbishop NATHANIEL, with Archimandrite Irineu as Abbot, at the Saint Andrew House in Detroit, Michigan. Since their arrival on February 23, 2001, they worked to offer hospitality, comfort and spiritual care to not only the Romanian community but to the entire Orthodox population of Metropolitan Detroit and the Midwestern United States region

Having been elected by the Congress of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (ROEA) in Special Session on June 28, 2002, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America, under the presidency of His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, confirmed the election of the Very Reverend Archimandrite Irineu to the episcopacy during its special session as part of the All-American Council on July 24, 2002.

Bishop IRINEU was consecrated to the episcopacy on Saturday, November 2, 2002, at Saint George the Great-Martyr Romanian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield/Detroit, Michigan. Presiding at the event was His Beatitude HERMAN, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada, along with His Eminence NATHANIEL; Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER (Serbian Patriarchate); Archbishops KYRILL (OCA) and NICOLAE (Romanian Patriarchate); Bishops SERAPHIM (OCA), DEMETRI (Antiochian Patriarchate) and NIKON (OCA).

Since his consecration, His Grace has overseen activities as requested of him by Archbishop NATHANIEL, traveling extensively throughout the country, especially visiting the numerous mission communities.

Many Years, O Master! Intru Mulţi Ani, Stăpâne!

Archbishop Nathaniel

Archbishop Nathaniel fully embraced the Orthodox Faith in the Chapel of “The Nativity of the Birthgiver of God,” Vatra Românească, Grass Lake MI, in the presence of Archbishop VALERIAN on February 15, 1968. For several years, he resided in a small monastic community on the Vatra property until he was appointed rector of Holy Cross Church in Hermitage PA.

At the request of Archbishop VALERIAN for assistance in the administration of the expansive diocese, he was called to the Hierarchy by a Special Congress of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate on September 20, 1980. He was named an Auxiliary Bishop for The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America.

He assisted the Archbishop in this capacity until 1984, when the latter retired and relocated to Portugal. On Sunday, November 17, 1984, Bishop NATHANIEL was enthroned at Saint George Cathedral as ruling Hierarch of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. Since then, he has overseen the tremendous growth and expansion of the diocese (39 new missions/parishes, a monastic community for women and a monastic community for men), carefully maintaining the Romanian tradition and integrating the many “newcomers” into American society, while at the same time recognizing the importance of a united Orthodox witness in this land. He has remained at the forefront of the movement toward a united Autocephalous American Church.

His Eminence is the Episcopal Moderator for the Pastoral Life Ministries Unit of The Orthodox Church in America, Chairman of the V D Trifa Romanian American Heritage Center in Grass Lake MI, organizer of the “Help for Romania Fund” and co-founder of “Help the Children of Romania” in 1990, Chairman of the Congress of Romanian American (CORA) since 1991, President of the Board of The Center for Orthodox Christian Studies in Detroit, and Spiritual Advisor for the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL).

In May 2003, His Eminence traveled to Romania where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oradea in recognition of his leadership of the Romanian Orthodox community in North America and of humanitarian efforts in post-communist Romania. Under his direction, the ROEA came to the aid of their brothers and sisters in Romania immediately after the fall of communism, and continue until this day to petition for their rights. The ROEA Department of Christian Assistance facilitated the delivery of nearly 80 million USD in goods, services and cash to the needy of Romanian in the years immediately following the fall of communism. These are also times when the ROEA resumed a relationship with the Church of Romania, with His Eminence working for a greater understanding between the two groups.

He has been an active member of the Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox Church in America since his Consecration, and has represented the OCA in numerous events both in North America and Europe. On Wednesday, October 20, 1999, in its Fall Session, the Holy Synod bestowed upon His Grace the elevation to Archbishop.

His Eminence is also a painter of “icons on glass” (icoane pe sticla) in the Romanian peasant style and a collector of historical art and artifacts.

May our Lord and Savior continue to bless His Eminence, Archbishop NATHANIEL with good health, love and concern for his flock, and the vision of a greater Orthodox witness in North America.

Many Years, O Master! Intru Mulţi Ani, Stăpâne!

Read Archbishop Nathaniel”s full biography HERE.

Community Charity Pancake Breakfast

Each year Presentation offers a Charity Pancake Breakfast to the Copley-Fairlawn and Summit County community. Every cent that we raise, we give back to one of two charities: the Copley-Fairlawn Share-a-Christmas program and the Summit County Stand-Down for homeless veterans.

There is no charge for the breakfast. Each guest donates from the heart, according to his or her own conscience. We have found that our guests are very generous in their support of these two important charities.

The Charity Pancake Breakfast is usually held on a Saturday morning in early September. When you receive our promotional flyers and notices, be sure to save the date and bring a friend!

Confession and Holy Communion

Holy Communion is the culmination of our spiritual effort in this life. Practicing Orthodox Christians, who have prepared for Holy Communion according to the instructions of their own spiritual fathers, are welcome to approach the Chalice at any Divine Liturgy.

Confessions may be heard immediately following Great Vespers on Saturday evening, or by appointment throughout the week. Confessions are not heard on Sunday, on Feastdays, during Holy Week or during the week preceding Christmas, except in case of absolute necessity.

PRIMAVARA!

PRIMAVARA! is SPRINGTIME!

That”s how we say it in Romanian. Our PRIMAVARA! Festival truly is a celebration of springtime, one of the first festivals of the season. There’s something for everyone — food, fun, music, dance, kids” activities and, of course tours of our church.

In 2013, PRIMAVARA! will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Don”t miss it!

Proceeds from PRIMAVARA! are used to support the work of Presentation, as well as selected charities. In the past we’ve contributed to:

Copley Share a Christmas

Dogaru Children’s Medical Appeal

Good Samaritans Food Distribution

Haven of Rest

Head Start

Help the Children of Romania

Helping Hands Food Distribution

Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage

Holy Dormition Monastery

Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service

Hurricane Katrina Victims

International Orthodox Christian Charities

Matthew 25 House

Orthodox Christian Mission Center

Project Mexico

The Red Cross

Safe Landing

St. Gregory Palamas Monastery

St. Innocent Orphanage

St. Mary of Egypt Food Program (Cleveland)

Summit County Stand-Down for Homeless Veterans

Tsunami Relief Appeal

Click here to see what others have said about PRIMAVARA!

Click here to visit the PRIMAVARA! Festival website.

Sts. Simeon and Anna

Sts. Simeon and Anna are known to us as the elderly man and woman who were present in the Temple when Our Savior was brought there on the fortieth day after His Nativity, in accordance with Jewish law. Because of their great age, and because they are associated with the Patronal Feastday (HRAM) of the Presentation of Our Lord, Sts. Simeon and Anna are also the patron saints of our senior citizens fellowship group.

St. Simeon the Righteous

Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver was, according to the testimony of the holy Evangelist Luke, a just and devout man waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him (Luke 2:25). God promised him that he would not die until the promised Messiah, Christ the Lord, came into the world.

When the parents of Our Lord brought Him to the Temple on the fortieth day after His Nativity, Simeon was there. He blessed the All-Pure Virgin and St Joseph, and turning to the Mother of God he said, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against. Yea, a sword shall pierce through your own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35).

For more about the Life of Saint Simeon, click here.

St. Anna the Prophetess

According to St Luke”s Gospel, Anna was a widow, about 84 years old. She, too, recognized the Savior when He was brought to the Temple.

Read more about Saint Anna.

Read Father Lawrence Farley”s article, “A cameo appearance: Anna the Prophetess”

Three Hierarchs

The patrons of the Orthodox Brotherhood are the three great hierarchs and teachers of the world: Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom.

On January 30 each year, Orthodox Christians observe the Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom: During the eleventh century, disputes raged in Constantinople about which of the three hierarchs was the greatest. Some preferred St Basil (January 1), others honored St Gregory the Theologian (January 25), while a third group exalted St John Chrysostom (November 13).

Dissension among Christians increased. Some called themselves Basilians, others referred to themselves as Gregorians, and others as Johnites.

By the will of God, the three hierarchs appeared to St John the Bishop of Euchaita (June 14) in the year 1084, and said that they were equal before God. “There are no divisions among us, and no opposition to one another.”

They ordered that the disputes should stop, and that their common commemoration should be celebrated on a single day. Bishop John chose January 30 for their joint Feast, thus ending the controversy and restoring peace.