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Divine Services

 

Orthodox Divine Services are designed to help us enter into the holiness of God. They open a window into the eternal worship at the Throne of God.

“You shall be holy to me; for I the LORD am holy” (Lev. 20:26). God is calling us to become holy like He is Holy. Our Sanctuary is where we begin to receive God’s holiness. It is in the worship services, the holy sacraments and especially in the Divine Liturgy that we receive the Grace of God, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, sanctification and holiness. When we immerse ourselves in prayer we connect with the lifeline of Eternal Life, we participate in the Kingdom of God, even in the here and now. Let’s use this sacred time to make our lives holy.

Entering into the holiness of God takes time—more time than one may be used to offering in church. The Divine Liturgy itself is typically a little over one hour, but Holy Communion, memorials, other services, announcements, and a sermon may extend the time up to 12:00 noon. If you are interested in experiencing Orthodox Christian worship but Sunday morning sounds too long, please consider coming to our Saturday evening service (Great Vespers) at 5 pm, which is typically around 45 minutes in length.

We tend to dress more formally for worship than some Christian groups, but any clothing that is modest is appropriate.

Holy Communion is only for Orthodox Christians, but visitors are welcome to come forward to receive the blessed bread (antidoron) at the end of the service.

During the school year, youth are dismissed for catechism classes after they receive communion. Visiting youth are welcome to join the catechism class for their age group. Simply let one of the ushers know that your son or daughter is interested in attending a catechism class, and the ushers will direct you appropriately.


On Humility and Repentance

Humility should not be confused with weakness of mind. It is, rather, the desire to not be arrogant. Humility is exhibited when one lowers himself in order to help the other climb higher. It is the act of helping others improve themselves by accepting them where they are and lifting them up. Repentance is a process of transforming one’s heart and mind from sinfulness to righteousness. It is a change of path, a change of direction from evil to good. Repentance is an act of humility, where one recognizes his/her faults and vices and tries to correct one’s self. Christ is the prime example of humility; although He was God, He lowered Himself to become like us in all things, except sin. Hence, He needed no repentance for He is sinless.


Divine Services – November 2017

November 1, Wednesday. Sts. Cosmas & Damianos. Blessing of the water 9:00 am

November 4, Saturday,  Great Vespers  5:00 pm.

November 5, Sunday,  Fifth Sunday of Luke. (Daylight Savings Time Ends)

Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

November 7,  Tuesday, Great Vespers  6:00 pm. Feast of the Archangels.

November 8, Wednesday, Synaxis of the Holy Archangels Michael & Gabriel and all the Angels.

Orthros 9:00 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Wednesday Evening: Great Vespers  6:00 pm. Feast of St. Nektarios.

November 9,  Thursday, Feast of St. Nektarios of Aegina.

Orthros 9:00 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

November 11,  Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm.

November 12,  Sunday,  Eighth Sunday of Luke.

Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Sunday Evening: Great Vespers 5:00 pm. Feast of St. John Chrysostom.

November 13,  Monday,  Feast of St. John Chrysostom.

Orthros 9:00 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

November 15,  Wednesday, Beginning of the Fast of Christmas.

November 18,  Saturday, St. Plato the Great Martyr

Orthros 9:00 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Saturday Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm.

November 19,  Sunday, Ninth Sunday of Luke. (Stewardship Sunday)

Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

November 20, Monday Evening: Great Vespers 6:00 pm. Feast of the Presentation of the Theotokos.

November 21,  Tuesday, Feast of the Presentation of the Theotokos to the Temple.

Orthros 8:45 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

November 23,  Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.  Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25,  Saturday, Feast of St. Catherine the Great Martyr.

Orthros 9:00 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Saturday Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm

November 26,  Sunday, Thirteenth Sunday of Luke.

Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

November 29,  Wednesday, Great Vespers  6:00 pm. Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle.

November 30, Thursday, Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, the First Called. Feast of our Chapel.

Orthros 9:00 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

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Divine Services – December 2017

December 1, Friday.  Blessing of the water  11:00 am

December 2, Saturday Evening: Great Vespers 5:00 pm (Feast of St. Porphyrios-Transferred)

December 3, Sunday. 14th Sunday of Luke. Feast of St. Porphyrios – Transferred from Dec 2.

Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

December 5, Tuesday. Great Vespers for Feast of St. Nicholas 6:00 pm.

December 6, Wednesday. Feast of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra of Lycia.

Orthros 8:45 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

December 9, Saturday. Great Vespers 5:00 pm.

December 10, Sunday. Tenth Sunday of Luke

Orthros 8:45 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

December 11, Monday Evening: Great Vespers for Feast of St. Spyridon 6:00 pm

December 12, Tuesday. Feast of St. Spyridon of Trimythus.

Orthros 9:00 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

December 16, Saturday. Great Vespers 5:00 pm

December 17, Eleventh Sunday of Luke. Feast of St. Dionysios Archbishop of Aegina the Wonderworker. Feast of St. Modestos the healer of Animals.

Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.  Blessing of the Animals, 3:00 pm.

December 23, Saturday before Christmas. The Great Hours of Christmas, 9:30 am

Saturday Evening: Great Vespers 5:00 pm

December 24, Sunday before Christmas. Feast of all the Righteous people from Adam to Joseph, the betrothed to the Most Holy Theotokos.

Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

Christmas Eve-Sunday Evening: Christmas Celebration, The Nativity of Christ

Evening Christmas Liturgy  5:30 pm,  Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

A Christmas Reception will follow the Divine Services at the Parish Hall.

December 25, Monday, Christmas Day, The Nativity of Christ

The Birth of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

Orthros 8:45 am & Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great 10:00 am.

December 26, Tuesday. Great Vespers 6:00 pm

December 27, Wednesday. Feast of St. Stephanos the First Martyr.

Orthros 9:00 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

December 30, Saturday, Great Vespers 5:00 pm

December 31, Sunday before Epiphany

Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

Sunday Evening, Great Vespers 5:00 pm – Circumcision of Christ, St. Basil the Great.


Orthodox Divine Services OnLine

The Small Paraklesis to the Theotokos -Audio

Texts of Various Orthodox Services

AGES Project-Texts of Orthodox Liturgical Services in Greek and English

Go to the web-page of our Church Music Ministry for more on Divine Services