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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 2018

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

November 3, Saturday,  Great Vespers  5:00 pm.

November 4, Sunday,  Fifth Sunday of Luke. (Daylight Savings Time Ends)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 10,  Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm. 

November 11,  Sunday,  Eighth Sunday of Luke.

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

November 12, Monday, Evening: Great Vespers 6:00 pm. Feast of St. John Chrysostom.

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

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

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

November 17,  Saturday, Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm.

November 18,  Sunday, Ninth Sunday of Luke.

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

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

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

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

November 22,  Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.  Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24,  Saturday, Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm – Feast of St. Catherine the Great Martyr.

November 25,  Sunday, Thirteenth Sunday of Luke. Feast of St. Catherine the Great Martyr.

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

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

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

Orthros 9:00 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