We welcome a new year by commemorating the Baptism of Our Lord in the River Jordan. Our church and homes are traditionally blessed with this Holy Water.
Sunday of Orthodoxy
Sunday, March 13, 2022 was the first Sunday of Great & Holy Lent-the Sunday of Orthodoxy. This Sunday celebrates the return of icons to the church in the year 843 after they were banned by herectics. After Divine Liturgy, we have a procession with our special personal icons around the church.
St. Vladimir Day 2022
St. Vladimir is commemorated every July 15th (the day of his repose) and is the patron saint of our parish. Archbishop Michael visits annually on this special day. During his visit, he spoke of St. Vladimir as an inspiration for changing one's life for the better...by turning from sin and turning to Christ! St. Vladimir did this by example... from being a hedonistic pagan ruler who became a believer in Christ and a devout Orthodox Christian who brought Christianity to Russia.
Archbishop Michael celebrated Vespers with us on the eve of the Feast as well as Divine Liturgy on the Feast day. Following Vespers, everyone enjoyed a delicious Potluck Dinner! We also are thankful for the visiting clergy and altar servers who made the St. Vladimir Feast extra special. We are addtionally blessed to have Fr. Volodymyr & Matushka Oksana's families visiting from Ukraine.
All American Council
In mid-July 2022, Priests, Matushki, lay delegates, children and observers met in Baltimore, Maryland for the OCA's All American Council with the theme "Becoming Vessels of Grace." Metropolitan Tikhon presided along with the Holy Synod of Bishops over discussions, information sessions, voting, services and social events. The AAC occurs every three years. Please visit the OCA website to see more pictures, videos and articles in relation to this event.
Transfiguration of Our Lord
The Feast of the Transfiguration or Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated each year on August 6th. The feast commemorates the transfiguration or metamorphosis of Christ on Mount Tabor, when Our Lord appeared in His Divine Glory before the Apostles Peter, James and John.
Fruit is also traditionally blessed at this time.
Dormition of the Theotokos
The Feast of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on August 15th each year. The Feast commemorates the repose or "falling asleep" or the Mother of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. We also affirm through this feast that the Mother of God intercedes for us. Through Christ, she has become the Mother of all of the children of God, embracing us with divine love.
Flowers are also traditionally blessed at this time.