Posted by: rbbadger | August 6, 2010

The late Archbishop JOB of Chicago and the Midwest

The Orthodox Churches have a much longer history in America that many realize.  In 1794, Russian Orthodox missionaries settled in Alaska, settting up a community which remains today.  In 1767, a community of Greeks settled in Florida.  By the 19th century, many Eastern Orthodox immigrants, Russians, Greeks, and Arabs, made their homes in the new world, bringing their distinctive faith, customs, ansd liturgies with them.

Before the 11th century, both the Roman Catholic Church and what is known today as the Eastern Orthodox Churches (Greek, Russian, Antiochian, etc.) were in communion with one another.  Unfortunately and lamentably, that communion would be severed.  The late Pope John Paul II and the current Pope Benesdict XVI have worked hard to heal the rift.  However, such schisms are difficult, if not impossible to heal. 

In the Orthodox Church of America, descendant of the Russian Orthodox mission, there was a unique archbishop by the religious name of Job.  Born Richard John Osacky, he later became a priest and subsequently a monk, taking upon him the name of Job.  He attracted attention for his talents at working with youth as well as for his musical talents.  The Holy Synod of Bishops chose him to serve as Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest, later conferring on him the rank of archbishop.   He died this past year suddenly and unexpectedly.  Here is Archbishop Job of Chicago and the Midwest chanting the 15th antiphon for the Matins of Good Friday.  Do take a moment to enjoy the hauntingly beautiful chant.


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