- Venerable and God-bearing Father Anthony the GreatJanuary 17, 2021Commemorated on January 17 Saint Anthony the Great is known as the Father of monasticism, and the long ascetical sermon in The Life of Saint Anthony by Saint Athanasius (Sections 16-34), could be called the first monastic Rule. He was born in Egypt in the village of Coma, near the desert of the Thebaid, in the year 251. His parents were pious Christians of illustrious lineage. Anthony was a […]
- Veneration of the Precious Chains of the Holy and All-Glorious Apostle PeterJanuary 15, 2021Commemorated on January 16 The Veneration of the Honorable Chains of the Holy and All-Praised Apostle Peter: In about the year 42, on the orders of Herod Agrippa, the Apostle Peter was thrown into prison for preaching about Christ the Savior. In prison he was held secure by two iron chains. During the night before his trial, an angel of the Lord removed these chains from the Apostle Peter and led […]
- Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus ChristJanuary 2, 2021Commemorated on January 6 Theophany is the Feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). God the Father spoke from Heaven about the Son, the Son was baptized by Saint John the Forerunner, and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Son in the form of a dove. From ancient times this Feast was called the Day of […]
- Bulletin Insert: Christ is Born and the Wise Men WorshipDecember 13, 2020One of the ways we celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ is to sing the Troparion of the Feast. The words of the hymn describe Jesus Christ as the light of the world, the Sun of Righteousness and the Orient from on high. The hymn also refers to the wise men from the East who followed a star to find this newborn King. Depictions and descriptions of the wise men differ. They are sometimes […]
- The Royal Hours at ChristmasDecember 7, 2020All Divine Liturgies in the Orthodox Church are preceded by the chanting of the Hours services, consisting of psalms, hymns and prayers. But in the great cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, the Byzantine Emperor was present each year at the service beginning the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. Therefore, the Hours preceding the Vespers and Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great on […]
- Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in LyciaDecember 3, 2020Commemorated on December 6 Saint Nicholas, the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia is famed as a great saint pleasing unto God. He was born in the city of Patara in the region of Lycia (on the south coast of the Asia Minor peninsula), and was the only son of pious parents Theophanes and Nonna, who had vowed to dedicate him to God. To learn more, read: […]
- Apostle Andrew, the Holy and All-Praised First-CalledNovember 30, 2020Commemorated on November 30 The Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called was the first of the Apostles to follow Christ, and he later brought his own brother, the holy Apostle Peter, to Christ (John 1:35-42). The future apostle was from Bethsaida, and from his youth he turned with all his soul to God. He did not enter into marriage, and he worked with his brother as a fisherman. When the holy […]
- Apostle and Evangelist MatthewNovember 10, 2020Commemorated on November 16 The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew, was also named Levi (Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27); he was one of the Twelve Apostles (Mark 3:18; Luke 6:45; Acts 1:13), and was brother of the Apostle James Alphaeus (Mark 2:14). He was a publican, or tax-collector for Rome, in a time when the Jews were under the rule of the Roman Empire. He lived in the Galilean city of […]
- Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of ConstantinopleNovember 10, 2020Commemorated on November 13 Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, one of the Three Hierarchs [January 30], was born at Antioch in about the year 347 into the family of a military commander. His father, Secundus, died soon after the birth of his son. His mother, Anthusa, widowed at twenty years of age, did not seek to remarry but rather devoted all her efforts to the raising of […]
- Cookbook RecipesOctober 23, 2020Don’t forget to send your recipes to Lynn Lockyer. If you have been cooking during the quarantine like I have, you will have lots to share. Please email them to her and she can get started. Thanks! […]
- In Memoriam: Metropolitan Theodosius (Lazor)October 19, 202019 Oct 2020 • In Memoriam With faith in Christ and hope in the resurrection, we share news of the repose of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius (Lazor), primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) from 1977 until his retirement in 2002. His Beatitude fell asleep in the Lord October 19, 2020 in Canonsburg, PA following an extended illness. To read more: […]
- Apostle and Evangelist LukeOctober 15, 2020Commemorated on October 18 The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, was a native of Syrian Antioch, a companion of the holy Apostle Paul (Phil.1:24, 2 Tim. 4:10-11), and a physician enlightened in the Greek medical arts. Hearing about Christ, Luke arrived in Palestine and fervently accepted the preaching of salvation from the Lord Himself. As one of the Seventy Apostles, Saint Luke was sent by […]
- The Protection of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin MarySeptember 29, 2020Commemorated on October 1 The Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos: “Today the Virgin stands in the midst of the Church, and with choirs of Saints she invisibly prays to God for us. Angels and Bishops venerate Her, Apostles and prophets rejoice together, Since for our sake she prays to the Eternal God!” This miraculous appearance of the Mother of God occurred in the mid-tenth century in […]
- Synaxis of All Saints of AlaskaSeptember 22, 2020Commemorated on September 24 On the anniversary of the arrival of the Russian missionaries in Alaska (1794), we remember the New Martyrs Saint Peter the Aleut, Protomartyr of America, and Saint Juvenal. Troparion — Tone 4 Today Alaska rejoices and America celebrates, / for the new world has been sanctified by martyrdom / Kodiak echoes with songs of thanksgiving, / Iliamna and Kenai observe […]
- The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist JohnAugust 26, 2020Commemorated on August 29 The Beheading of the Prophet, Forerunner of the Lord, John the Baptist: The Evangelists Matthew (Mt.14:1-12) and Mark (Mark 6:14-29) provide accounts about the martyric end of John the Baptist in the year 32 after the Birth of Christ. https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2020/08/29/102419-the-beheading-of-the-holy-glorious-prophet-forerunner-and-baptis Troparion — Tone 2 The […]
- Greatmartyr and Healer PanteleimonJuly 27, 2020Commemorated on July 27 The Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon was born in the city of Nicomedia into the family of the illustrious pagan Eustorgius, and he was named Pantoleon. His mother Saint Euboula (March 30) was a Christian. She wanted to raise her son in the Christian Faith, but she diedwhen the future martyr was just a young child. His father sent Pantoleon to a pagan school, after which […]
- Martyrs Proclus and Hilary of AncyraJuly 8, 2020Commemorated on July 12 The Holy Martyrs Proclus and Hilarion were natives of the village of Kallippi, near Ancyra, and they suffered during the time of a persecution under the emperor Trajan (98-117). https://www.oca.org/saints/lives/2020/07/12/102008-martyrs-proclus-and-hilary-of-ancyra Troparion — Tone 4 Your holy martyrs Proclus and Hilary, O Lord, / through their sufferings have […]
- “Our Lady of Sitka” Icon of the Mother of GodJuly 5, 2020Commemorated on July 8 The Sitka Icon of the Mother of God Located at the Cathedral of Saint Michael the Archangel in Sitka, Alaska is one of the most revered Icons in North America: the Sitka Mother of God. This Icon has been attributed to a famous Iconographer, Vladimir Lukich Borovikovsky (1758-1826), a protégé of the Empress Catherine II who was instructed at the Academy of Arts in Saint […]
- COVID-19 UpdateMay 9, 2020Due to Covid-19, our services have changed. The Vesper Services have been cancelled until further notice from the Diocese. The Divine Liturgy Services are limited in participation. We hope to return to our full cycle of services when this pandemic is over. Until that time, we ask that you continue to pray. […]
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