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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Holy Week Services 2016

Saturday April 23 – Saturday of Lazarus: Orthros 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM Sunday April 24 – Palm Sunday Orthros 8:30 AM Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM Bridegroom Service 7PM Monday April 25 – Holy Monday Presanctified Liturgy 6M Bridegroom Service 7PM Tuesday April 26 – Holy Tuesday Presanctified Liturgy 6AM Bridegroom Service 7PM Wednesday April 27 – Holy Wednesday Presanctified […]

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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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