Saturday, October 2, 2021 Noon – 7pm
Sunday, October 3, 2021 Noon – 5pm
On Sunday, September 12, prayers were offered for teachers and students on the start of the new academic year. May God grant His wisdom and understanding to all and a year of learning and growing!
This is a great feast not only because of its revelation of Christ's divinity, but because it reveals human nature as it was meant to be transformed by sharing in God's glory. On this day we bless fruit, the "first fruits" of the earth serving as a sign of all creation being renewed and tranfigured by God's grace. Several parishioners brought fruit, which was blessed at the end of the Divine Liturgy.
First Week of Great Lent
- Wednesday, March 17th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM
- Friday, March 19th Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM
- Saturday, March 20th Vespers 6PM
- Sunday, March 21st Sunday of Triumph of Orthodoxy 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior
Second Week of Great Lent
- Wednesday, March 24th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM
- Friday, March 26th Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM
- Saturday, March 27th Soul Saturday10 AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior, AND Vespers 6PM
- Sunday, March 28th St. Gregory of Palamas 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior
Third Week of Great Lent
- Wednesday, March 31st Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30PM
- Friday, April 2nd Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30PM
- Saturday, April 3rd Vespers 6PM
- Sunday, April 4th Adoration of Holy Cross 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior
Fourth Week of Great Lent
- Tuesday, April 6th Vespers at 6PM
- Wednesday, April 7th Holy Great Feast of Annunciation 10AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior
Note, this is a Feast Day so there is no Presanctified Liturgy in the evening
- Friday, April 9th Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30 PM
- Saturday, April 10th Vespers at 6PM
- Sunday, April 11th St. John of Climacus (The Ladder) 10 AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior
Fifth Week of Great Lent
- Wednesday, April 14th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30 PM
- Friday, April 16th Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30 PM
- Saturday, April 17th Soul Saturday 10 AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior AND Vespers at 6 PM
- Sunday, April 18th St. Mary of Egypt 10 AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours prior, Panikhida follows
Sixth Week of Great Lent
- Wednesday, April 21st Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6:30 PM
- Friday, April 23rd Great Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30 PM
- Saturday, April 24th Lazarus Saturday Liturgy at 10 AM, Reading of Hours prior AND Vespers at 6 PM
- Sunday, April 25th Entry of Our Lord Into Jerusalem Divine LIturgy at 10 AM, Reading of Hours prior
- Wednesday, April 28th Holy Unction Service 6:30 PM
- Thursday, April 29th Holy Thursday Vesperal Liturgy 10 AM, Reading of Hours prior; Matins of Holy Friday (Twelve Gospels) 6:30 PM
- Friday, April 30th, Holy Friday Vespers 5 PM; Matins of Holy Saturday & Burial 7 PM
- Saturday, May 1st, Holy Saturday, Reading of the Acts of the Apostles 8:30 AM; Vesperal Liturgy 10 AM, Hours prior & Blessing of Baskets; Nocturn 11:20 PM; Procession at 11:45 PM
- Sunday, May 2nd, Pascha Sunday, Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy 12 Midnight; Blessing of Baskets to follow
Holy Week April 26th to May 1st. Pascha is May 2nd. Bright Week May 3rd to 8th.
Note: Services celebrated upstairs in church proper. Chapel downstairs remains in place. Measures and guidelines remain the same throughout the building. The city officials have announced an ease of certain restrictions, citing there is a decrease in community transmission. As we prioritize the health and safety of our parish and community, the church of St. Michael the Archangel is open for Divine Liturgy and other services by the schedule, to parishioners under certain measures, out of regard to local government guidelines and Hierarchal directives. Attendance, registration/reservations are called for until further notice. Please contact the church office.
Today is the crown of our salvation,/ and the revelation of the mystery which is from before the ages!/ The Son of God becometh the Son of the Virgin,/ and Gabriel announceth the glad tidings of grace./ Wherefore, with him let us cry out to the Theotokos:/ Rejoice, O thou who art full of grace!// The Lord is with thee!
PATRIARCH KIRILL REFLECTS ON 45 YEARS OF EPISCOPAL MINISTRY
(to read in full, click link)
- Wednesday, January 6th Eve of Nativity of Christ , Vigil (Great Compline followed by Matins) 7 PM
- Thursday, January 7th Great Feast of Nativity of Christ, 10 AM Divine Liturgy, Reading of Hours, prior
by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
to the Archpastors, Pastors, Deacons, Monastics
and All the Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church
Blessing of Graves 2020
On Saturday, July 18th, blessing of graves in Oakland Cemetery took place. A Panikhida was served at the gravesite of Fr. Vincent of blessed memory, at 11 AM. Following the service, Fr. Luka walked throughout the cemetery blessing graves of departed parish family and friends. Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!
Thank you to everyone in attendance and those who helped by lending their time and talents.
Pentecost Message from Fr. Luka
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On this Holy day, Orthodox Church is remembering fulfillment of the promise which our Lord Jesus Christ has given to His Apostles and followers while He was living with them and proclaiming the Holy Gospel. At that time, they couldn't fully understand the teaching revealing the existence of Kingdom of God, eternal life and spirit of Salvation of mankind from death. In Old Testament Apostles learned about Great God, with coming of Jesus Christ into this world they learned about Son of God and with sending Holy Spirit on Apostles they learned about third face of the Holy Trinity. Read more in our Bulletin:
Palm Sunday Greeting from Fr. Luka
Spraznikom! I greet you with great joy upon this Feast! For today, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, enters Jerusalem greeted by the faithful, of which the children are first. Let us begin Holy Week with a pure heart, without fear, as they did when they greeted our Lord and Savior waving palm branches and singing, "Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna, in the Highest!" To read Fr. Luka's Palm Sunday message, go to update page .
Statements regarding Coronavirus
Bishop Matthew of Sourozh https://mospatusa.com/news_200312_3
Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe https://orthodox-europe.org/2020/03/05/coronavirus-message/
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