St Vladimir Seminary to hold annual Lenten Retreat on April 12, featuring Fr Thomas Hopko

On Saturday, April 12, 2003, Orthodox Christians are invited to gather together on the campus of St Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, New York, for a time of reflection and fellowship at the seminary’s annual Lenten Retreat. Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St Vladimir’s Seminary, will be teaching on Mary’s Song: A Meditation on the Magnificat. The evangelical hymn of Christ’s mother Mary, the Holy Theotokos, is regularly sung at Matins in the Orthodox Church.

“Mary’s song proclaims God’s gospel in her Son Jesus, recapitulates biblical theology, and summarizes Christian doctrine,” says Fr Thomas. “It provides a perfect vision for Christian living in this world until Christ returns in glory to establish God’s reign in the universe.”

The schedule for the 2003 Lenten Retreat is as follows:

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy
10:30 AM Brunch and Registration
11:30 AM First Presentation
12:30 PM Sixth Hour, followed by snack
1:30 PM Second Presentation
3:00 PM Closing Prayer

The St Vladimir’s Seminary Press bookstore will be open at specific times throughout the day. Retreat participants are also welcome to attend Vigil at 6:30 p.m. Since classes are in session and the seminary’s refectory facilities are limited, SVS will be unable to provide dinner for retreat participants. The 2003 Lenten Retreat is free and open to the public, though registration is required. There will be an opportunity for a free-will offering. For more information, call the Seminary at 914-961-8313 ext. 342, or e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary is a graduate school of theology, whose primary purpose is the preparation of leaders - both clergy and lay - for service to the Orthodox Church and the world at large. The seminary offers a Master of Divinity; a Master of Arts in Christian Education, Liturgical Music, and General Theology; a Master of Theology; and a Doctor of Ministry degree.

The seminary is located at 575 Scarsdale Rd in Crestwood, New York, between Central Park Avenue and the Bronx River Parkway. For directions to the campus, or for more information, visit our web site: