The Great and Small Supplication (Paraklesis) Services to the Theotokos

There are two forms of the Paraklesis Canon to the Theotokos: the Small Paraklesis which was composed by Theosteriktos the Monk in the 9th century (or some say Theophanes), and the Great Paraklesis. During the majority of the year, only the Small Paraklesis to the Theotokos is chanted. However, during the Dormition Fast (August 1—14), the Typikon prescribes that the […]

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The Origins and Traditions of the Dormition Fast

The Dormition fast was established as preceding the great feasts of the Transfiguration of the Lord and of the Dormition of the Mother of God. It lasts two weeks—from August 1–August 14.  The Dormition fast comes down to us from the early days of Christianity. We find a clear reference to the Dormition fast in a conversation of Leo the […]

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Holy Week and Pascha Services 2017

Saturday April 8 – Saturday of Lazarus: Orthros 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM Sunday April 9 – Palm Sunday Orthros and Blessing of Palms 8:30 AM Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM Bridegroom Service 7PM Monday April 10 – Holy Monday Presanctified Liturgy 6M Bridegroom Service 7PM Tuesday April 11 – Holy Tuesday Presanctified Liturgy 6AM Bridegroom Service 7PM Wednesday April 12 – Holy Wednesday Presanctified Liturgy […]

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And They Will Fast- by Metr. Isaiah of Denver

As we enter into the holiest period of the year in preparation for the glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ‚ we ask ourselves‚ “Why should we follow the discipline of fasting‚ which in essence is abstinence?” What is the purpose of it? Obviously the purpose is that we May be ready to meet our Lord and to […]

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Philoptochos Scholarship 2017

St. Irene Philoptochos is pleased to announce the 2017 Scholarship Program. The program is reserved for high school graduates attending St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Euless Tx. Click on the links below to for more information and for the application forms. 2017 INSTRUCTIONS and FORMS 2017 SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA Please send all completed application forms and other documents to […]

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Inquirers and Orthodox Faith Enrichment Program 2016-2107

Our program for Inquirers in the Orthodox Faith and Faith Enrichment starts again on September 25th. Join us Sundays after Divine Liturgy to find out all you wanted to know about the Orthodox Faith. This year we’ll have a lot of new things like online learning, practical faith applications, guest-speakers, monastery visits and so much more. If you are not […]

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Narthex Iconography Dedications Campaign

Dear St. John’s Family, As we have agreed in our Spring General Assembly, we have moved ahead with finalizing the design and the cost for the Narthex Iconography Project. At this point we are ready to kick off our Icons Dedications Campaign. Please see below the project information. You will also find here a trifold brochure containing the Iconography Design and here the […]

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The Narthex as a Dynamic Place of Transformation

The icon of the Fest of Transfiguration, which we celebrate on August 6th, is a beautiful metaphor for the union and the reconciliation that Christ brings between the Old and the New Testament. In this icon we see Christ in the Uncreated Light, flanked on each side by Moses and Elijah, prophetic figures of the Old Testament while, prostrated in […]

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The Dormition Fast Has Started

The Dormition fast was established as preceding the great feasts of the Transfiguration of the Lord and of the Dormition of the Mother of God. It lasts two weeks—from August 1–August 14. History The Dormition fast comes down to us from the early days of Christianity. St. Symeon of Thessalonica writes: “The fast in August [Dormition fast] was established in honor […]

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