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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 – May 2019

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

May 4, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

May 5, Sunday,  Sunday of Thomas.

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

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

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

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

May 11, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

May 12, Sunday,  Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women.

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

May 17-19, Friday-Sunday, Greek Festival – Lectures and Tours of the Church.

May 19, Sunday, Sunday of the Paralytic.

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

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

May 20, Monday, Great Vespers for Sts. Constantine and Helen 6:00 pm

May 21, Tuesday, Feast of Sts. Constantine and Helen.

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

May 25, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm 

May 26, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.

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

May 27, Monday, Memorial Day.

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

Family Night: Presentation on the Fall of Constantinople 7:00 pm


Divine Services – June 2019

June 1, Saturday, Blessing of the Water 11:00 am.

Saturday Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm.

June 2, Sunday of the Blind Man

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

June 5, Wednesday. Great Vespers – Ascension of the Lord

June 6, Thursday. Ascension of the Lord

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

June 8, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm.

June 9, Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

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

June 14, Friday, Great Vespers for Saturday of the Souls  6:00 pm

June 15, 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.

Saturday Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm (at the church)

June 16, 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.

June 22, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

June 23, Sunday of All Saints

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

Sunday Evening: Great Vespers 5:00 pm – Nativity of St. John the Baptist

June 24, Monday, Nativity of St. John the Baptist 

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

June 28, Friday, Great Vespers for Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul 6:00 pm

June 29, Saturday, Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul 

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

Saturday Evening: Great Vespers for the Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles  5:00 pm

June 30, Sunday, Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles 

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


Divine Services – July 2019

July 1, Monday, Blessing of the Water 11:00 am..

July 6, Saturday,  Great Vespers  5:00 pm.

July 7, Sunday, Third Sunday of Matthew. 

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

July 11, Thursday, Feast of St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain, Great Vespers  6:00 pm

July 12, Friday, Feast of St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain

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

July 13, Saturday, Great Vespers 5:00 pm

July 14, Sunday of the 630 Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Synod of Chalcedon (451 AD)

Feast of St. Kyrikos & his mother Ioulita (moved from July 15)

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

July 16, Tuesday, Evening: Great Vespers 6:00 pm – Feast of St. Marina the Great Martyr

July 17, Wednesday, Feast of St. Marina the Great Martyr

Orthros 9:00 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00

July 19, Friday,  Great Vespers for Feast of Prophet Elias (Elijah)  6:00 pm

July 20, Saturday, Feast of St. Elias (Elijah) the Prophet

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

Saturday Evening: Great Vespers 5:00 pm

July 21, Sunday, Fifth Sunday of Matthew. Feast of St. Mary Magdalene (moved from July 22)

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

July 24, Tuesday, Great Vespers  6:00 pm – Dormition of St. Anna and St. Olympias

July 25, Wednesday, Dormition of St. Anna, mother of the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary and Feast of St. Olympias the Deaconess.

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

July 26, Friday, Evening: Feast of St. Panteleimon, Great Vespers  6:00 pm

July 27, Saturday, Feast of St. Panteleimon the Great Martyr

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

Saturday Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm

July 28, Sunday, Sixth Sunday of Matthew. 

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


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