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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 – September 2018

September 1,  Saturday,  Beginning of Ecclesiastical Year 

Morning: Blessing of the Water 11:00 am.

Evening: Great Vespers 5:00 pm

September 2,  Sunday, Fourteenth Sunday of Matthew

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

September 7,  Friday Evening, Great Vespers for the Nativity of the Theotokos 6:00 pm

September 8,  Saturday, The Nativity of the Theotokos

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

Saturday Evening, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

September 9,  Sunday,  Sunday Before the Elevation of the Holy Cross

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

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

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

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

September 15,  Saturday Evening,  Great Vespers  5:00 pm

September 16,  Sunday,  Sunday after the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross

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

September 22,  Saturday, Great Vespers  5:00 pm

September 23,  Sunday, First Sunday of Luke

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

Evening: Great Vespers 5:00 pm

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

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

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

September 29, Saturday, NO Vespers today

September 30,  Sunday, Second Sunday of Luke – St. Gregory the Illuminator of Georgia

Orthros 8:30 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