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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 – March 2019

March 1, Friday, Blessing of the Water 11:00 am

March 2, Saturday of the Souls, Memory of all the departed Orthodox Christians

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

Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm

March 3, Sunday,  Sunday of the Last Judgement – Meat-fare Sunday

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

March 8, Friday, Evening: Great Vespers  6:00 pm

March 9, Saturday of the Souls, Memory of all who have shone forth in ascesis. 

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

Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm

March 10, Sunday, Cheese-Fare Sunday.  Kuriakhv th'” Turinh'” (Turofavgou).

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

Evening: Vespers of Forgiveness, 5:00 pm

March 11, Clean Monday, Beginning of Great Lent. Great Compline, 6:00 pm

Kaqarav Deutevra. ?Archv M. Tessarakosth'”. Mevga ?Apovdeipno, 6Ú00 mm

The Great Compline will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 pm.

March 13, First Wednesday of Great Lent. Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 5:45 pm

   A Lenten Dinner will be offered at 7:00 pm followed by a Presentation and Discussion. 

March 14, Thursday, Great Compline  6:00 pm

March 15, Friday. First Salutation to the Theotokos 7:00 pm. Prw’toi Cairetismoiv, 7Ú00 mm  

March 16, Saturday. Divine Liturgy. Miracle of St. Theodore with the Kollyva

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

Saturday Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm

March 17, Sunday of Orthodoxy.  Kuriakhv th'” ?Orqodoxiva”.

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

At the end of the Divine Liturgy we will have the procession of the Holy Icons.

Evening: Pan-Orthodox Vespers at Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta, 6:00 pm

March 18, Monday, Great Compline  6:00 pm

March 20, Second Wednesday of Great Lent. Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 5:45 pm. 

    A Lenten Dinner will be offered at 7:00 pm followed by a Presentation and Discussion

March 21, Thursday, Great Compline  6:00 pm

March 22, Friday. Second Salutation to the Theotokos 7:00 pm. Deuvteroi Cairetismoiv, 7Ú00 mm

March 23, Saturday.  Great Vespers  5:00 pm

March 24, Second Sunday of Great Lent. St. Gregory Palamas. Forefeast of the Annunciation

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

Evening: Great Vespers of the Annunciation of the Theotokos  5:00 pm

March 25, Monday, Annunciation of the Theotokos.  Eujaggelismov” th'” Qeotovkou.

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

Today we eat fish.  Shvmera givnetai katavlusi” ijcquvo”.

Evening:   Great Vespers, Apodosis of the Feast of the Annunciation 6:00 pm

March 27, Third Wednesday of Great Lent. Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 5:45 pm

A Lenten Dinner will be offered at 7:00 pm followed by Parish Oratorical Festival.

March 28, Thursday. Great Compline  6:00 pm

March 29, Friday. Third Salutation to the Theotokos 7:00 pm.  Trivtoi Cairetismoiv  7Ú00 mm

March 30, Saturday. Great Vespers  5:00 pm

March 31, Third Sunday of Great Lent – Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross. 

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

At the end of the Divine Liturgy we will hold the procession of the original relic of the Holy Cross of Christ that our parish is blessed to have.


Divine Services – April 2019

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

Evening: Great Compline  6:00 pm

April 3, Fourth Wednesday of Great Lent. Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 5:45 pm

    A Lenten Dinner will be offered at 7:00 pm followed by a Presentation and Discussion.

April 4, Thursday. Great Compline  6:00 pm

April 5, Fourth Salutation to the Theotokos 7:00 pm.  Tevtartoi Cairetismoiv  7Ú00 mm.

April 6, Saturday. Great Vespers  5:00 pm

April 7, Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, St. John of Climacus.

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

April 8, Monday. Great Compline  6:00 pm

April 10, Fifth Wednesday of Great Lent. Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 5:45 pm

    A Lenten Dinner will be offered at 7:00 pm followed by a Presentation and Discussion

April 11, Thursday, Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete  6:00 pm

April 12, Friday, The Akathist Hymn  7:00 pm

April 13, Saturday. Great Vespers  5:00 pm

April 14, Sunday, Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. St. Mary of Egypt 

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

April 15, Monday. Great Compline  6:00 pm

April 17, Sixth Wednesday of Great Lent. Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 5:45 pm. 

  A Lenten Dinner will be offered at 7:00 pm followed by a Presentation and Discussion.

April 18, Thursday, Great Compline  6:00 pm

April 19, Friday, Great Vespers, Resurrection of St. Lazarus 6:00 pm

April 20, Saturday, The Resurrection of St. Lazarus

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

Making of the palm crosses and Confession for children follows the Divine Liturgy.

Evening: Great Vespers for Palm Sunday  5:00 pm

April 21, Palm Sunday. The Entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem 

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

For Services from Palm Sunday Evening to the Sunday of Pascha (April 28), please see the Holy Week Services Schedule provided in a special flyer.


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