Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Glory be to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!
We have been live streaming and uploading youtube versions of daily services (scroll down on this page) celebrated by Fr. Steven and Matushka Cindy, and/or parish faitfhful through zoom, at their home for some months now. Holy Transfiguration parish has celebrated daily services for many years, and this is in keeping with that practice. It has been quite heartening to receive photos of faithful placing i-pads in their icon corners to pray together with us; we have also heard feedback from as far as Alaska and Florida that many are joining us for these services during such challenging times. As we are beginning to open the church at the present time, these services are augmenting those celebrated in church.
Please note that since these services are live-streamed and uploaded as youtube videos daily, it now takes a good deal of time for this page to load for viewing. Consequently, services from March through May are now on a separate page, here. Below are services beginning June 1 through the present.
To see the service schedule, please click here to view weekly bulletins. This is shared with all our faithful each week, with the schedule of services celebrated at our home so all can join us. Links found there include access to our facebook page that you can also reference here. Each day on the live stream and recorded version of services, Fr. Steven verbally shares the service schedule for the coming days also. If you "like" our facebook page, you will actually receive notifications when we "go live" with services.
Please join us in prayer as we continue to celebrate the liturgical services as fully as possible from home during our continued coronavirus pandemic.
With prayers and love in Christ,
Services for the 5th Sunday of Great Lent include the commemoration of St. Mary of Egypt. We will celebrate Vespers virtually on Saturday at 5:00pm, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find texts here. You can read her life here. Both the texts and life are from our OCA website. Please join us in prayer.
On the fourth Sunday of Great Lent we commemorate St. John Climacus. We will celebrate Vespers virtually at 5:00pm, and Divine Liturgy at church on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find texts here. Please join us in prayer!
On Monday April 5th we will celebrate Vespers commemorating the repose of St. Tikhon, Confessor Patriarch of Moscow, and Enlightener of North America, at 5:30pm. This feast is transferred from April 7th to April 6th this year. You can find texts here. Please join us in remembering one of our American Saints! Click here to see scenes of St. Tikhon's life on the panels of the icon shown here.
Click here to view tonight's Vespers.
On this 3rd Sunday of Great Lent we are given the opportunity to venerate the Precious Cross of our Lord. (The photo is from the Exaltation Feast in the fall.) We will celebrate Great Vespers (virtually) on Saturday at 5:00pm, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find texts here. Please join us in prayer for this meaningful mid-point of the Great Lenten journey!
On Wednesday evening, March 31st, we will celebrate the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, commemorating the Repose of St. Innocent, Enlightener of the Aleuts and Apostle to America at 6:00pm. You can find texts here. Please join us in commemorating the lives of our American Saints!
We will be celebrating the Annunciation Feast on March 25th, the only great feast occurring during Great Lent. Due to this reality, the actual celebration of the feast is one of the latest liturgies in the year. Typically we celebrate Vespers on the eve, and Liturgy on the morning of the feast. For Annunciation we celebrate Liturgy in the evening of the day of the feast, along with the synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel. The celebration of the feast also varies depending on where this feast falls during the week. The Archangel Gabriel is the one who came to the Theotokos to bring her glad tidings that she will bear a son through being overshadowed by the Grace of the Holy Spirit. Her response reflects her being the quintessential example of our human nature to aspire to: "Let it be to me according to Your will." May we seek this posture with respect to our present Great Lenten effort.
This year, the eve of the Feast is Wednesday, and the feast on Thursday. We will celebrate the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Wednesday evening, and a Vesperal Divine Liturgy on the evening of Thursday, March 25th. Please click on the link for each day's service texts.
On the first Sunday of Great Lent we commemoroate the restoration of the Holy Icons in the Church in 843. The Image of Christ "not made with hands" is the first reflection of the face of Christ, sent to Abgar the Prince of Odessa, bringing healing to him. The icons are not themselves objects of worship, as argued by the iconoclasts, against the second commandment, but instead draw us into the reality of the feast or person depicted, as windows.
We also on this day remember a more recent event. It was on the Sunday of Orthodoxy in 1891 that word reached St. Alexis that the Pokrov (St. Mary's) Cathedral community in Minneapolis had been received from the Unia into the Russian Orthodox Church. He had waited a year while serving the parish and working in a bakery to learn that their journey home was fruitful.
We will celebrate Great Vespers virtually on Saturday at 5:00pm, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find texts here.
Please come and worship with us!
On Wednesday evening we will celebrate our first Presanctified Liturgy, including the commemoration of St. Nikolai of Zhicha, one of our American Saints. You can find texts here. You can also read his life here, from our OCA website. St. Nikolai is the author of the Prologue from Ochrid, and served as Rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary. Holy Saint Nikolai pray unto God for us!
During the first week of Great Lent we will celebrate Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew each evening at 6:00pm. The text of this canon is filled with Scriptural references to aid us in taking up a sincere and heartfelt posture of repentance as we seek to return to God. Through the course of the week we will post the service recordings here.
Services for the Sunday of the Expulsion of Adam from Paradise (Cheesefare Sunday) will include Vespers at 5:00pm, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning. You can find texts here. Following Divine Liturgy we will proceed with the celebration of Vespers with the Rite of Forgiveness. You can find texts here for Vespers. Please join us in prayer as we prepare to enter into Great Lent!
On Monday evening we will celebrate Vespers commemorating the Holy 40 Martyrs of Sebaste, at 5:30pm. It is a rare occasion to celebrate this feast outside of Great Lent. You can find texts here and read the account of their martyrdom here, both from the OCA website. Please join us in commemorating these heroic martyrs.
You can access the video recording of tonight's Vespers here.
Services for the Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare Sunday) will include Vespers on Saturday at 5:00pm, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find texts for the weekend here. Please plan to join us in prayer.
Friday afternoon's Vespers is on the eve of a Memorial Saturday. We will celebrate Vespers at 5:30pm that includes prayers for the departed. You can find texts for tonight here. We will be praying for and remembering: newly departed, anniversary remembrances from early March, and all the departed faithful of our parish at the service today. Please join us in prayer.
You can access the youtube version of the service here.
Services for the 38th Sunday after Pentecost will include Vespers (virtual) on Saturday at 5:00pm, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find texts here. This is already the 3rd preparatory Sunday before the beginning of Great Lent. Please join us in prayer.
On Friday evening we will be celebrating Vespers commemorating the Repose of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn, at 5:30pm. You can find texts here. To read the life of this American Saint, click here to view on oca.org. Please join us for Vespers in remembering the Saints who have shown forth in the North American lands.
We will be celebrating a more festal Vespers on Tuesday, February 23rd, at 5:30pm. You can find the texts here. This feast commemorates the first and second finding of the head of John the Baptist. Please join us!
We begin to draw services texts from the Lenten Triodion for the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. We will celebrate Vespers (virtual) on Saturday at 5:00pm, and the Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find texts here. Please join us in prayer.
Services for the 36th Sunday after Pentecost will include virtual Vespers at 5:00pm, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday, 9:00am. You can find texts here. We will be commemorating Zacchaeus, as another announcement of the coming of Great Lent. Please join us in prayer.
Joyous Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple! Services for the 35th Sunday after Pentecost will include Vespers (virtual) on Saturday evening at 5:00pm, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning at 9:00am. You can find texts here. Please join us in prayer.
Services for the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple will include Vespers (virtual) on Monday evening, Feb. 1st, at 5:30pm, and Obednitsa, (virtual) on Tuesday, at 9:00am. You can find service texts here, and here for Obednitsa order and festal antiphons. Please join us to celebrate this feast!
Services for the 34th Sunday after Pentecost will include Vespers (virtual) on Saturday at 5:00pm, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9:00am. In addition to the focus on the Resurrection of our Lord, we will be commemorating the Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenaries Cyrus and John. You can find the texts here. Please join us in prayer.
Services for the Synaxis of the Three Great Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, will include Vespers on Friday afternoon (virtual) at 5:30pm, and Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Three Saints Church in Ansonia on Saturday at 9:00am. You can find texts here. If you would like to attend Liturgy at Three Saints, please be in touch with them ahead of time to be sure there is room for you to attend.
Services for the 33rd Sunday after Pentecost will include a Memorial Service on Saturday at 4:30pm, followed by Vespers at 5:00pm, both virtual. On Sunday morning we will plan to celebrate Divine Liturgy at 9:00am. On this day we will commemorate the New Martyrs of Russia, and the Sanctity of Life Sunday. Click on the links above to see either the texts or the prayers for this special Sunday. Please join us in prayer!
Services for the 32nd Sunday after Pentecost will include Vespers (virtual) on Saturday at 5:00pm, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find texts here. In addition to the Resurrection we will be comemorating St. Anthony the Great.
Services for the Sunday after the Theophany Feast will inlcude Vespers (virtual) on Saturday at 5:00pm, and the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning at 9:00am. There will still be an opportunity on Sunday to fill holy water containers to take home with you even though we are postponing houseblessings for the present time. You can find texts here, from our OCA website.
Please join us in prayer.
Services for the Feast of Theophany will include Vespers with OT readings on Tuesday evening, January 5th, at 5:30pm. Divine Liturgy and blessing of water will be celebrated on January 6th, beginning at 9:00am. You can find texts for Vespers here, and Liturgy here. We will bless water after the Liturgy, so please bring a container to be filled to take some home.
Please join us in prayer!
Services for the Sunday Before/Forefeast of the Theophany Feast will include Vespers (virtual), January 2nd, at 5:00pm, and Divine Liturgy (church) on Sunday morning at 9:00am. You can find service texts here. As a reminder to faithful of Holy Transfiguration Church, please plan to bring a containter with your name on it for Holy Water.
Please join us in prayer.
The Holy Transfiguration Church Community actively prepared for the Pentecost Feast on multiple levels. These levels included the church itself through iconography underway and preparations for the feast, and the parish pastor and faithful through a very meaningful retreat! Please see the gallery of photos to reflect this preparation.
Archpriest Theodore Jurewicz, and his son John Jurewicz, arrived at Holy Transfiguration Church on Monday, June 3rd and will be with us through most of this month. John has become an accomplished icongrapher in working with his father. They have been working to complete iconography in the church that has been underway now for literally decades! It is nothing short of incredible to see their work take more definitive shape each day!
On Saturday, June 15th, Fr. Steven and parish faithful welcomed Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer), Abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery. He led a retreat entitled, "Acquiring the Mind of Christ". Fr. Sergius shared that any effort to ascend spiritual heights is accompanied by descent into spiritual struggle. Referencing corporate worship (daily services) Fr. Sergius indicated this being half the effort of transformation, with the other half reflected in personal prayer of each of the faithful. Of the latter, Fr. Sergius spoke of relationship with Christ as even more important than the rule of prayer, inviting retreat partipants to enter into the inner movement of their heart in calling out to God. He quoted many fathers, including St. John Climacus in sharing that "prayer is converse and union with God". Later in the retreat Fr. Sergius shared a sample rule of prayer that includes actions, prayer, reading, to involve all aspects of our being in prayer.
Following the retreat, those gathered celebrated the Vigil for Pentecost. Archimandrite Sergius stayed to join in the celebration of the Litya during Vespers. With all of these active preparations, the celebration of the Festal services was even more full! Thanks be to God for Fr. Sergius being with us, and may this retreat day bear fruit through the Grace of the Holy Spirit!
(Photos by John Kruchok)