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Friday, November 6, 2015

St. Raphael of Brooklyn

First Saturday of November

Rejoice, O Father Raphael, adornment of the holy Church! Thou art champion of the True Faith,
seeker of the lost, consolation of the oppressed, father to orphans and friend of the poor, peacemaker and good shepherd, joy of all the Orthodox, son of Antioch, boast of America. Intercede with Christ God for us and for all who honor thee.

St. Raphael (Hawaweeny), Bishop of Brooklyn

St. Tikhon, then Archbishop of north America, with his two vicar bishops, Innocent (Pustynskii) of Alaska and Raphael (Hawaweeny) of Brooklyn

Dr. Ibrahim Arbeely, a prominent Damascene physician, wrote to Raphael Hawaweeny a young Damascene clergyman serving as Professor of the Arabic Language at the Orthodox Theological Academy in Kazan, Russia, inviting him to come to New York to organize and pastor the first Arabic-speaking parish on the continent.

In 1895 Father Raphael Hawaweeny, was sent by the Moscow Patriarchate and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia to administer the local Orthodox Christian community and to serve Arabic- and Russian-speaking Orthodox Christians.

In 1904 he became the first Orthodox bishop to be consecrated in North America; the consecration was performed by Archbishop (Saint) Tikhon of Moscow and Bishop Innocent in New York City. He served as Bishop of Brooklyn until his repose. The Church recognizes him as St. Raphael of Brooklin.


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