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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 – August 2019

August 1, Thursday, 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. 

Thursday Evening: Service of Supplication to the Theotokos (Paraklesis) 6:00 pm

August 2, Friday, Evening: Service of Supplication to the Theotokos 6:00 pm

August 3, Saturday Evening: Great Vespers 5:00 pm

August 4, Sunday. Seventh Sunday of Matthew. Fore-feast of the Transfiguration.

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

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

August 5, Monday, Great Vespers begins at 6:30 pm – the Transfiguration of the Savior

Reception to follow the Great Vespers in our Parish Hall. Parish Feast-Day.

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

Orthros 8:45 am Divine Liturgy 10:00 am, followed by coffee and social time in our church hall – Today we eat fish.

August 6-9, Tuesday-Friday. Evening: Service of Supplication to the Theotokos 6:00 pm

August 10, Saturday.  Great Vespers 5:00 pm

August 11, Sunday. Eighth Sunday of Matthew. Fore-feast of 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 12, Monday, Evening: Service of Supplication to the Theotokos 6:00 pm

August 13, Tuesday, Evening: Service of Supplication to the Theotokos 6:00 pm

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

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

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

August 17, Saturday Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm

August 18, Sunday. Ninth Sunday of Matthew.

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

August 24, Saturday Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm

August 25, Sunday. Thirteenth Sunday of Matthew. Feast of St. Phanourios.

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

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

August 29, Thursday. Remembrance of 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.

August 31, Saturday.  Great Vespers 5:00 pm


Divine Services – September 2019

September 1,  Sunday,  Beginning of Ecclesiastical Year 

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

September 7,  Saturday Evening, Great Vespers for the Nativity of the Theotokos 5:00 pm

September 8,  Sunday, The Nativity of the Theotokos

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

September 13, Friday Evening, Great Vespers for Elevation of Holy Cross  6:00 pm

September 14,  Saturday, The Universal Elevation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross

Orthros 8:45 am & Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.Today we hold a Strict Fast

Saturday Evening,  Great Vespers  5:00 pm

September 15,  Sunday,  Sunday after the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross

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

September 16, Monday, Great Vespers, Sophia the Martyr and her daughters  6:00 pm

September 17, Tuesday, Sophia the Martyr and her daughters Faith, Hope and Love

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

September 21,  Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

September 22,  Sunday, First Sunday of Luke

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

September 25,  Wednesday Evening: Great Vespers for St. John the Evangelist  6:00 pm

September 26,  Thursday, The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian

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

September 28, Saturday, Evening: Great Vespers 5:00 pm

September 29,  Sunday, Second Sunday of Luke – St. Gregory the Illuminator of Georgia

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


Divine Services – October 2019

October 1, Tuesday, Blessing of the Water 11:00 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