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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 – April 2017

April 1, Saturday. 

Blessing of the Water today at 9:00 am. District Oratorical Festival 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm

April 2, Sunday, Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. St. Mary of Egypt 

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

April 3, Monday. Great Compline  6:00 pm

April 5, 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 6, Thursday, Great Compline  6:00 pm

April 7, Friday, Great Vespers, Resurrection of St. Lazarus 6:00 pm

April 8, 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 9, 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 16), please see the Holy Week Services Schedule provided in a special flyer. Click here to download the flyer.

April 16, The Holy and Great Sunday of Pascha (the Bright Day). 

Noon: Great Vespers of Love 12:00 pm. During this Service the Gospel is read in various languages. A Paschal Picnic follows!

April 17, Renewal Monday, Orthros 8:45 am and Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

April 22, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

April 23, Sunday of Thomas, Feast of St. George the Great Martyr and Trophy Bearer

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

April 29, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

April 30, Sunday,  Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women

Orthros 8:30 am and 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