Calendar of ServiceS & Events
Why have such different services?
Christians are liturgical beings, that is, we were created to worship God, as St. Paul teaches, without ceasing! The Church assists us to this end by providing the faithful numerous opportunities to gather in prayer.
The Divine Liturgy, which is celebrated on Sunday mornings and on prescribed feasts of the Church in accordance with the Typicon (order) of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, remains the focal point of our Orthodox Christian community. The evening service of Great Vespers is prayed on Saturdays, while the morning service of Orthros is prayed immediately prior to the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.
On Wednesday evenings, members of our Parish family gather to pray an Akathist Service. An Akathist (Greek, akathistos), which literally means “not sitting” is a hymn dedicated to a saint, a holy event, or one of the persons of the Trinity. Each week, one of the following services is prayed:
- Akathist to the Mother of God Inexhaustible Cup
- Akathist to the Mother of God Healer of Cancer
- Akathist to the Guardian Angel
- Akathist to Jesus “Conqueror of Death”
- Akathist to Almighty God for Help in Trouble
- Akathist to the Mother of God Nurturer of Children
On the first of every month, the Service of Supplication to Saints Joachim and Anna is prayed. A petition has been added to this service in which we pray for those who wish to conceive. Names of couples from around the United States are included in our prayers and are also included in the prayers of the Theophileon Brotherhood at the Skete of Saint Anna, Mount Athos. The Holy Relics are brought out during this Service.
The services of Compline, Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, Salutations to the Theotokos, the Small and Great Paraclesis, etc. are also prayed at the appropriate times of the liturgical year.