There are 23 services during the eight days between Lazarus Saturday and the afternoon of Pascha, and each of those services is designed to bring us as close as possible to the Most Holy Trinity, and the best way to take advantage of those opportunities is to figure out ahead of time which services we will be attending during those eight holy days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, November 21, we will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple. On Tuesday, November 20, we will offer Great Vespers at 7pm; on the day of the feast, Orthros will be served at 4:30am and Divine Liturgy at 6am. Please join when you can for this lovely feast of the Theotokos.
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
On Friday, September 14, we will celebrate the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. We will offer Great Vespers at 7pm on Thursday, September 13, and then on Saturday, September 14, we will serve Orthros at 7am and Divine Liturgy at 9am.
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.