October 18, 2016
Atlanta, GA: First Day of Pastoral Conference Concludes
first day of the autumnal Pastoral Conference came to a close at
St. Mary of Egypt Church
in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, October 18. After the official conference
opening and lunch, the first lecture – entitled "A Christian Ending"
– was read by Deacon Mark Barna (cleric of Holy Ascension OCA Church
in Charleston, SC). His talk (as well as his book of the same name)
touched on the subject of lawful preparation of the body of the
reposed and burial in the ancient Christian tradition. A lively
discussion then commenced on the subject of the talk, and virtually
everyone in attendance posed questions to the speaker.
Along with his Matushka Elizabeth, Fr. Mark has been helping the OCA
hierarchy for over ten years in burying dozens of reposed faithful.
They consult with church groups nationwide. An audio recording of
the talk is available in its entirety below:
Christian Ending" - Deacon Mark Barna
For the next two hours, a roundtable discussion was held on various
topics of pastoral life.
That evening, a bountiful luncheon was prepared for all of the
conference participants, and the clergy, matushkas, and volunteers
were afforded an opportunity to interact with one another late into
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