The 11th Annual Diaconal Liturgical Practicum of the Orthodox Church in America will be held June 25–28, 2017 on the campus of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. The four–day program will offer intense practical liturgical training for deacons and lay diaconal candidates. Sessions begin late evening on Sunday, June 25, and end after the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, June 28.
During the program, practical liturgical training will be centered on the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and other services. Intensive workshops will provide each participant with skills needed to serve effectively as an attentive server, deacon, or priest. In addition, focused presentations will augment the deacon’s understanding of his place in the liturgical life of the Church and his broader vocation as a symbol to the faithful of the diakonia (ministry) of Jesus Christ.
“This practicum is highly recommended by the Holy Synod of Bishops for participants in the Church’s Diaconal Vocations Program and other programs of diaconal formation,” said Archdeacon (now Archpriest - updated 4/29/2017) Kirill Sokolov, OCA Director of Diaconal and Late Vocations and leader of the practicum’s liturgical workshops. “In addition to liturgical practice, sessions will also cover chanting and vocal technique and address teaching about our faith.”