O Mother of the living God, accept from us our farewell praise, and cover us with thy light-giving divine grace, granting victory to the king and peace to thy Christ-loving people; and to us who sing to thee, forgiveness and the salvation of our souls.
— Ninth Ode of the Second Dormition Canon, Tone IV
As Orthodox Christians around the world remember the Dormition of the Theotokos, we joyously add our voices to the refrains of thanksgiving for her continual prayers and assistance. Not without reason do we conclude our board meetings with a hymn to the Theotokos, and as recent events demonstrate, never has she ceased to intercede and assist on our behalf!
By God's grace, the OCTS Board of Directors recently held an all-day retreat and strategic planning meeting at St. John Orthodox Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Being only the second in-person retreat since our inception, for many of us this was our first time to meet all our fellow laborers face to face. While this provided ample opportunity for laughter and fellowship, it also allowed us to dive deep into our brainstorming and strategy sessions as we deliberated the future of the organization.
The end result? A renewed excitement about what lies ahead, a crystallized vision about where we are going, and a strengthened resolve to develop the systems necessary to catalyze the growth of our current and future projects.
To learn more, check out our blog and Facebook page for future updates. Meanwhile, we greatly welcome your prayers as we embark on this new phase of our mission. And of course, your donation of any amount goes a long way in helping us achieve these goals.
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Source: Canon hymn compliments of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
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