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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 – April – May 2018

April 9, Renewal Monday, Orthros 8:45 am and Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

April 14, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

April 15, Sunday, Sunday of Thomas.

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

April 21, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

April 22, Sunday,  Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women

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

April 23, Monday, Feast of St. George the Great Martyr and Trophy Bearer

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

April 28, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

April 29,  Sunday,  Sunday of the Paralytic

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

May 1, Tuesday, Blessing of the Water 11:00 am.

May 5, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

May 6, Sunday,  Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

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

May 7, Monday, Great Vespers for St. John the Evangelist 6:00 pm

May 8, Tuesday, St. John the Evangelist and Theologian

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

May 12, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

May 13, Sunday,  Sunday of the Blind Man.

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

May 16, Wednesday, Great Vespers – Feast of Ascension  6:00 pm

May 17. Thursday, Ascension of the Lord.

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

May 18-20, Friday-Sunday, Greek Festival – Lectures and Tours of the Church

May 20, Sunday, Sunday of the 318 Holy Fathers of First Ecumenical Council

Orthros 8:15 am and Divine Liturgy 9:30 am.

Note: Festival Sunday – The Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:30 am

May 21, Monday, Feast of Sts Constantine & Helen

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

May 26, Saturday, Saturday of the Souls.

Orthros 9:30 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am. 

This service will be held at the Green Lawn Cemetery where we have been given space for an Orthodox Cemetery. A memorial has been built in the center, which we use as a chapel.

Afternoon: Great Vespers  5:00 pm (at the church)

May 27, Sunday of Holy Pentecost.

Orthros 8:30 am and Divine Liturgy 9:45 am. The Great Vespers of the Holy Spirit will follow the Divine Liturgy.

During this week (including Wednesday and Friday) we may eat all things – NO FASTING.

May 28, Monday, Memorial Day

May 29, Tuesday. Remembrance of the Fall of Constantinople – May 29, 1453 AD


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


Follow the Holy Week Services Online

You can use your smartphone or tablet to follow the Holy Week Services Online by clicking on the Links below. You can also download the pdf of the Services using these links:

Palm Sunday Evening 7:00 pm

Holy Monday Evening 7:00 pm

Holy Tuesday Evening 7:00 pm

Holy Wednesday Evening 7:00 pm

Holy Thursday Morning Liturgy 9:00 am

Holy Thursday Evening-The Passion 7:00 pm

Holy Friday Morning – The Great Hours 9:00 am

Holy Friday Afternoon – The Lowering of the Body of Christ from the Cross 3:00 pm

Holy Friday Evening – The Lamentations at the Tomb of Christ 7:00 pm

Holy Saturday Morning – The “First Resurrection” Divine Liturgy 9:30 am

Holy Saturday Pre-Resurrection Canon – 11:00 pm

Service of the Resurrection and Paschal Orthros – 12:00 midnight

Resurrection Divine Liturgy – follows after the Paschal Orthros

Vespers of Love – Pascha Sunday at noon 12:00 pm