Feast of the Annunciation
Mar
24
to Mar 25

Feast of the Annunciation

Monday, March 25, is the Feast of the Annunciation. On the day of the feast, we will offer Orthros at 5am and Divine Liturgy at 7am, but, this coming Sunday, March 24, we will offer Great Vespers no later than 1pm, after a brief Fellowship Hour.

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2nd Saturday of Souls 2019
Mar
23
7:00 AM07:00

2nd Saturday of Souls 2019

Saturday, March 23, is the second Saturday of Souls for the year. If you have not yet participated in one of those services, please remember that the departed need your prayers, and your friends and family need to learn how to pray for you after you have departed this life. So plan on joining us for Orthros at 7am and Divine Liturgy at 9am

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St. Patrick's Day Games and Festivities
Mar
17
12:00 PM12:00

St. Patrick's Day Games and Festivities

This year for St. Patrick's Day we will be hosting the Celtic Games at St. John's in Cedar Park directly after the Liturgy! So come with your kilt or a pair of jeans and t-shirt to change into an get ready to throw heavy objects for sport. The games will include a modified "Caber Toss" (half the size of a normal Caber), "Stone Throw" (a combo of golf and hammer throw), Snake Toss (obviously with rubber snakes) and this year we will also be playing a new game Joe has named "King of the Maze" which involves friendly pushing, shoving, and pulling to take over your opponents territory before he/she does.

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 Forgiveness Vespers
Mar
10
1:00 PM13:00

Forgiveness Vespers

Great Lent will begin in just a week, on Monday, March 11, and on this coming Sunday, March 10, we will offer Forgiveness Vespers no later than 1pm. Forgiveness Vespers is one of the most important services of the year, and it’s the very best way to begin the Forty Day Fast.

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Triodion
Feb
17
to Mar 10

Triodion

The Triodion, the three week period of preparation leading up to Great Lent, will begin on Sunday, February 17. That means it’s time to start thinking about how we are going to fast, when we will make our confession, how often we will participate in the weekday Lenten services (most weeks, there are services on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings), and which of the Saturdays of Souls we will be attending.

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Feb
10
12:00 PM12:00

2019 Annual Community Meal

Our 2019 Annual Community Meeting will be on Sunday, February 10, during Fellowship Hour. During that meeting, we will briefly review all the reports from the parish council, and we will elect two new members for the council. See the emailed The Happy Priest newsletter for all the reports which will be used at the meeting, and please read those ahead of time. If you have any questions, check with our parish council president, Chris Lewis. Remember, to vote in the council elections, you will need to have filled out a 2019 Commitment Card, so, if you overlooked that important item, check with Nick Crown, the head of our Finance Committee.

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Feast of the Presentation of our Lord and Master
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Feast of the Presentation of our Lord and Master

We will wrap up this lovely festal season with The Feast of the Presentation of our Lord and Master in the Temple at Jerusalem. The day before the feast, Friday, February 1, we will serve Great Vespers at 7pm, and, on Saturday, February 2, the morning of the feast, we will offer Orthros at 7am and Divine Liturgy at 9am. Plan on joining us as we finish up these forty days of feasting.

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2019 Rally for Life
Jan
26
12:30 PM12:30

2019 Rally for Life

It's time to start planning for the 2019 Rally for Life. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, January 26. We will meet at the south gate of the state capitol building at 12:30pm, and we will sing hymns until all the marchers make it on to the grounds of the capitol. Our goal is to pray while others are shouting and to sing while others yelling and to enjoy being together on what is usually a lovely afternoon. However, if that sort of thing is beyond your physical endurance, or if you just don’t like being out in the public, this year, our mother parish, St Elias, will be offering the Service for the Victims of Abortion at 7pm on Friday evening, January 25. So, when it comes to the #1 most important cultural issue of our times, there are now opportunities for all of us to get involved.

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Great Feast of Theophany
Jan
5
to Jan 6

Great Feast of Theophany

Remember, the Feast of Nativity kicks off an entire festal season, and that season includes our major celebrations.

The next celebration of the season will be just five days later when we will observe the Great Feast of Theophany. We will follow the regular weekend schedule on Saturday, January 5, and Sunday, January 6, but, on that Sunday, Bishop Basil will be joining us. His Grace will serve a Hierarchial Divine Liturgy along with the Great Blessing of the Waters and the Ordination to the Holy Diaconate of Michael Coleman.

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Feast of the Circumcision
Dec
31
to Jan 1

Feast of the Circumcision

Remember, the Feast of Nativity kicks off an entire festal season, and that season includes our major celebrations.

After Nativity, the second feast of the season will fall on January 1; that’s when we will celebrate the Feast of the Circumcision. We will offer Great Vespers for the feast on Monday, December 31, at 7pm, and, on Tuesday, January 1, we will serve Orthros at 7am and Divine Liturgy at 9am.

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Feast of Nativity
Dec
24
to Dec 25

Feast of Nativity

Here is the schedule of services for The Feast of Nativity: On Monday, December 24th, Orthros will be served at 5am; the Royal Hours will be offered at 9am, and the First Liturgy for Nativity, the Vesperal Liturgy of St Basil the Great, will be served at Noon.

On the day of the feast, Orthros will be served at 8am and The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom will be offered at 10am (however, on that day there will be no Fellowship Hour). Please plan on joining us as often as you can as we begin this glorious festal season.

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Feast of St Nicholas
Dec
5
to Dec 6

Feast of St Nicholas

On Thursday, December 6, we will celebrate the Feast of St Nicholas. We will serve Great Vespers at 7pm on Wednesday, December 5, and, the following morning, we will offer Orthros at 4am and Divine Liturgy at 6am. St Nicholas is the patron and protector of all children, so all of us who are parents and grandparents and godparents need to be present at some point during those services.

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Nativity Fast
Nov
15
to Dec 24

Nativity Fast

The Nativity Fast begins on Thursday, November 15. That may seem like a ways off, but it will be here before we know it, so we need to start planning now in order to take full advantage of all that the season will offer. This Fast is divided into two periods: The first is November 15th through December 19th when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine, and olive oil) is observed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with a blessing for wine and olive oil (some also permit fish) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for fish, wine, and olive oil on Saturdays and Sundays. The second is the period of the Forefeast, December 20th through 24th, when the traditional fasting discipline is observed Monday through Friday, with a blessing for wine and olive oil on Saturday and Sunday. If you need to modify the fast in any way, now is the time to make those arrangements with your spiritual father.

During the Nativity Fast, we will be offering the Nativity Paraclesis each Wednesday evening at 7pm. The service lasts about 45 minutes, so, by Orthodox standards, it’s really brief. Because of the way the Liturgical Calendar works out this year, we will only be offering the service four times during the fast, but there’s no reason why each of us cannot participate in at least one of those services before December 25. If we do, our celebration of Nativity and the Circumcision and the Presentation and Theophany will be that much more profound.

Our archdiocese expects that each of us will make our confession before December 25. That Holy Mystery is offered each Saturday evening following Great Vespers or by specific appointment at just about any other time. We don’t do ‘on-the-spot’ confessions, but we will do our very best to accommodate anyone who plans ahead.

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Feast of St Raphael of Brooklyn
Nov
3
7:00 AM07:00

Feast of St Raphael of Brooklyn

On Saturday, November 3, we will celebrate the Feast of St Raphael of Brooklyn. St Raphael is the first Orthodox bishop to be consecrated in North America. He is also the Good Shepherd of the Lost Sheep in America, so these services will be an excellent time to intercede on behalf of all those folks that we know who are not yet part of the Church or who have fallen away from the Church. We will offer Orthros at 7am and the Divine Liturgy at 9am

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Open House Weekend
Sep
29
to Sep 30

Open House Weekend

  • St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ever wondered about the origins of the Christian faith?

You are warmly invited to a weekend experience of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Take a tour of the ancient faith that still lives brightly today--around the globe, and right here in Cedar Park!

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Fall Theological Seminar
Sep
12
to Nov 7

Fall Theological Seminar

The Fall Theological Seminar begins on Wednesday, September 12. This year, we will be reading a wonderful novel by Marilynne Robinson called Gilead. You can easily pick up an inexpensive copy at Christ the Lightgiver Bookstore. This year, groups will also be meeting in Georgetown (at the home of Mike and Linda Brown) and in Killeen (at the offices of Randy Hardin). So, where ever you may be in Central Texas this fall, on Wednesday evenings, plan on joining us at 7pm as we discuss this lovely book.

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Sep
9
12:00 PM12:00

Creating Safe Environments for Children in Faith Communities: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention & Response

  • St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With the knowledge that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old, it is vital to learn the types of situations in which child sexual abuse could occur and simple, effective strategies for protecting children.

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Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God
Aug
15
12:00 AM00:00

Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

The Dormition Fast culminates with the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. We will offer Great Vespers with the Lamentations for the Theotokos on Tuesday, August 14, and then on Wednesday, August 15, we will serve Orthros at 7am and Divine Liturgy at 9am. Be sure and join us for this greatest feast of the Mother of God.

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Dormition Fast
Aug
1
to Aug 14

Dormition Fast

The Dormition Fast runs from Wednesday, August 1 through Tuesday, August 14. During this fast we observe the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, dairy, fish, wine, and olive oil) Monday through Friday, with katalysis (a blessing) for wine and olive oil on Saturdays and Sundays. There is also katalysis for fish, wine and olive oil on Monday, August 6, which is the great feast of the Transfiguration of our Savior Jesus Christ.

During the Dormition Fast, we offer The Paraclesis to the Mother of God each weeknight at 7:00 p.m. That means, this year, there will be nine opportunities to participate in this beautiful service. Please look at your calendars now and plan on joining us as often as you can.

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