The Royal Hours at Christmas

All 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 … [Read more…]

Apostle and Evangelist Matthew

Commemorated 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 … [Read more…]

Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople

Commemorated 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 … [Read more…]

Cookbook Recipes

Don’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)

19 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 … [Read more…]

Apostle and Evangelist Luke

Commemorated 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 … [Read more…]

Synaxis of All Saints of Alaska

Commemorated 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 … [Read more…]

The Beheading of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John

Commemorated 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 memory of the righteous is celebrated … [Read more…]

Greatmartyr and Healer Panteleimon

Commemorated 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 … [Read more…]

Martyrs Proclus and Hilary of Ancyra

Commemorated 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 received incorruptible crowns from … [Read more…]

“Our Lady of Sitka” Icon of the Mother of God

Commemorated 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 … [Read more…]

COVID-19 Update

Due 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.