THE BIRTH OF OUR CHURCH 33AD...
THE BIRTH OF OUR PARISH 2004AD
Orthodox Christianity...is the oldest of the churches that call themselves Christian.
In the 20th c. alone, an estimated 40 million Orthodox Christians gave their lives for their faith! So high is the commitment of many Orthodox Christians to Christ and His Church, She has often been called “the Church of the Martyrs.” She is the Church of all the great Christian theologians, scholars, and writers of antiquity like Athanasius, Ambrose, Basil, and Chrysostom, but also of such modern writers as Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Even celebrities like Tom Hanks, and Jennifer Aniston. Atheletes like Novak Djokovic, Troy Polamalu, Maria Sharapova!
The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church, the Church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament. Her history can be traced in unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and His Twelve Apostles. For over twenty centuries she has continued in her undiminished and unaltered faith and practice. Today her apostolic doctrine, worship, and structure remain intact. The Orthodox Church maintains that the Church is the living Body of Jesus Christ.
Throughout the world the Orthodox Christian church is organized into various dioceses and jurisdictions. However, the Orthodox Church is One Church – one faith and communion. This Church is based in the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who has come in to the world as a man for the sake of our salvation. This is the foundational belief of every true Christian. “Orthodox” means right teaching or right worship, and we understand our Orthodox Christian faith to be the full and right revelation of God’s desire for us to believe in Him, know Him, abide in Him and receive eternal life from Him.
Our Lord said "I AM the WAY." Come join us!
WELCOME TO OUR CHRISTIAN FAMILY!
Our Parish Community embraces the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is dedicated to the worship of the Holy Trinity, the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are named in honor of the Holy Spirit, who is co-equal with the Father and the Son and who is the Life of the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. The fruits of the Spirit include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These fruits represent the goals and aspirations of our faithful members in the Body of Christ. These goals demonstrate our awareness of the seriousness of the Christian life and our commitment to witness to a life in Communion with God and through Him with each other!
From the Church Fathers!
"The empty years of our desires separates us from our heavenly homeland, and our love for these desires, and our habits, clothe us in ugliness, what the Apostle calls "the old adam." But, we who are wanderers in the journey of this life call out to God for help! We must divest ourselves of this repulsiveness, and clothe ourselves with new desires, and form new habits, and foster a love for the Coming Age. Through this, we will learn whether the Kingdom of God will be heaven or hell."
St. Herman of Alaska
Mark the Apostle and Evangelist; The Holy Martyrs Timothy and Maura; Peter the Wonderworker; Xenia of Kalamata the Great Martyr; Father Theodosius, Abbot of Kiev Caves Lavra; Ahmet the Calligrapher & Martyr; Theophan, Bishop of Peritheorios
The Next Class Begins
in May, "The Acts of the Apostles, by St Luke"
Orthodox Catechism Class
Form a small group of friends, or
study by yourself, Contact
Fr. Alexander and set up
House of God
The visitor to an Orthodox Church is usually impressed by the unique features and the external differences between this place of worship and those of the various traditions of Western Christianity. Learn more»
Holy Tuesday, April 26th
9:30am Presanctified Litugry
7:00pm Bridegroom Service
Holy Wednesday, April 27th
7:00 am Presanctified Liturgy
7:00pm Holy Unction
Holy Thursday, April 28th
9:30am Liturgy of St. Basil
7:00pm Passion Gospels
Holy Friday, April 29th
10:00am Royal Hours
3:00pm Burial Vespers
Holy Saturday, April 30th
10:00am Liturgy of St. Basil
11:30pm Easter Vigil
followed by Resurrection Dinner
Great and Holy Pascha
Great and Holy Saturday is the day on which Christ reposed in the tomb. The Church calls this day the Blessed Sabbath. By using this title the Church links Holy Saturday with the creative act of God. In the initial account of creation as found in the Book of Genesis, God made man in His own image and likeness. To be truly himself, man was to live in constant communion with the source and dynamic power of that image: God. Man fell from God. Now Christ, the Son of God through whom all things were created, has come to restore man to communion with God. He thereby completes creation. All things are again as they should be. His mission is consummated. On the Blessed Sabbath He rests from all His works.
Sunday May, 1st
4:00pm Agape Service
followed by Easter Family Picnic
If you have questions about times and
services, call the Office at 402-934-3688