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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 – July 2017

July 1, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm.

July 2, Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Matthew. Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

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

July 9, Sunday, Fifth Sunday of Matthew. Orthros 8:30 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

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

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

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

July 14, Friday, Great Vespers for Feast of St. Kyrikos & his mother Ioulita  6:00 pm

July 15, Saturday, Feast of St. Kyrikos & his mother Ioulita the martyrs.

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

Evening: Great Vespers 5:00 pm

July 16, Sunday of the 630 Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Synod of Chalcedon (451 AD)

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

Evening: Great Vespers 5:00 pm

July 17, Monday, Feast of St. Marina the Great Martyr – Orthros 9:00 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00

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

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

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

July 21, Friday, Great Vespers, Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

July 22, Saturday,  Feast of St. Mary Magdalene – Orthros 9:00 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm

July 23, Sunday, Seventh Sunday of Matthew.

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

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

July 25, Tuesday, 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.

Evening: Great Vespers for Feast of St. Paraskevi  6:00 pm

July 26, Wednesday, Feast of St. Paraskevi

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

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

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

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

July 29, Saturday, NO Great Vespers today.

July 30, Sunday, Eighth Sunday of Matthew.

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


Divine Services – August 2017

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

Beginning of the Fast of August. Oil and wine is allowed only on Saturdays and Sundays. Fish is allowed on August 6 for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Savior. 

Tuesday Evening: Service of Supplication to the Theotokos 6:00 pm

August 2, 3, 4, Wednesday-Friday, Evening: Service of Supplication to the Theotokos 6:00 pm

August 5, Saturday Evening: Great Vespers – the Transfiguration of the Savior

Great Vespers begins at 6:00 pm  — Feast-Day of our Parish begins.

Reception to follow the Great Vespers in our Parish Hall.

August 6, Sunday. The Transfiguration of the Savior. Parish Feast-Day.

Orthros 8:30 am Divine Liturgy 10:00 am, followed by coffee and social time in our church hall – Today we eat fish.

Sunday Evening: Service of Supplication to the Theotokos 5:00 pm

August 7-11, Monday-Friday. Evening: Service of Supplication to the Theotokos 6:00 pm

August 12, Saturday.  Great Vespers 5:00 pm

August 13, Sunday. Tenth Sunday of Matthew. Forefeast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

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

Sunday Evening: Service of Supplication to the Theotokos 5:00 pm

August 14, Monday. Evening: Great Vespers, Dormition of the Theotokos 6:00 pm

August 15, Tuesday. Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.

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

August 19, Saturday Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm

August 20, Sunday. Eleventh Sunday of Matthew.

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

August 26, Saturday Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm

August 27, Sunday. Twelfth Sunday of Matthew. Feast of St. Phanourios.

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

August 28, Monday. Evening: Great Vespers 6:00 pm. Beheading of St. John the Fore-Runner

August 29, Tuesday. Remembrance of the Beheading of St. John the Fore-Runner (the Baptist)

Orthros 9:00 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am. This is a day of strict fasting.


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