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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 – January 2019

January 1, Tuesday,  Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord Jesus Christ, and St. Basil the Great.

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

January 2, Wednesday Evening: Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of St. Seraphim of Sarov 6:00 pm

January 5, Saturday, Forefeast of Theophany.

The Great Hours of Theophany 9:30 -11:00 am.

Today we hold the fast in preparation to receive the Holy Water of Theophany (strict fast).

Evening: Great Vespers of Theophany  5:00 pm.

January 6, Sunday, Holy Theophany. Feast of the Baptism of Christ (the Feast of Lights).

Orthros, 8:15, Divine Liturgy 9:30 am followed by the Great Ayiasmos (Blessing of the Waters). 

Sunday Evening: Great Vespers  5:00 pm – Synaxis of St. John the Forerunner.

January 7, Monday, Synaxis of St. John the Forerunner and Baptist.

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

January 8, Tuesday, Evening: Great Vespers 6:00 pm, Feast of St. Efstratios the Wonderworker.

January 9, Wednesday, Feast of St. Efstratios the Wonderworker.

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

January 12, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm.

January 13, Sunday, Sunday after the Feast of Theophany.

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

Vasilopita Sunday: Today we will celebrate the Vasilopita for the benefit of St. Basil’s Academy.

January 16, Wednesday, Great Vespers  6:00 pm. Feast of St. Anthony the Great

January 17, Thursday, Feast of St. Anthony the Great

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

Evening: Great Vespers  6:00 pm – Feast of Sts. Athanasios and Cyril.

January 18, Friday, Feast of Sts. Athanasios and Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria.

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

January 19, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm.

January 20, Sunday, 12th Sunday of Luke. 

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

January 24, Thursday, Evening: Great Vespers 6:00 pm, Feast of St. Gregory the Theologian

January 25, Friday, Feast of St. Gregory the Theologian

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

January 26, Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm.

January 27, Sunday, 15th Sunday of Luke.

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

Special Celebration of Greek Letters and the Three Hierarchs

January 29, Tuesday Evening: Great Vespers for the Feast of the Holy Three Hierarchs  6:00 pm.

January 30, Wednesday, Feast of the Holy Three Hierarchs, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. 

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


Divine Services – February 2019

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

Evening: Great Vespers, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord  6:00 pm

February 2, Saturday,  Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ to the Temple

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

Evening: Great Vespers, 5:00 pm

February 3, Sunday, 16th Sunday of Matthew – Sunday of the Parable of the Talents

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

February 5, Tuesday Evening, Great Vespers, Feast of St. Photios  6:00 pm

February 6, Wednesday. Feast of St. Photios Patriarch of Constantinople

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

February 9, Saturday Evening, Great Vespers 5:00 pm

February 10, Sunday, Sunday of the Canaanite Woman. Feast of St. Haralambos

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

February 11, Monday Evening, Great Vespers for St. Christos the Gardener the Neomartyr (+1748) 

February 12, Tuesday, Feast of St. Christos the Gardener the Neomartyr (+1748)

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

February 16, Saturday Evening, Great Vespers  5:00 pm. Beginning of the Triodion

February 17, Sunday, 16th Sunday of Luke – Publican and the Pharisee

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

This week, we do not fast on Wednesday and Friday on account of the hypocrisy of the Pharisee and acknowledging that fasting alone is not acceptable to God if it is not accompanied by humility and repentance.

February 23, Saturday Evening, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

February 24, Sunday, 17th Sunday of LukeSunday of the Prodigal Son

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


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