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,
We are blessed to be returning to church for Sunday Liturgy for the first time since March 15th! Services for the weekend will include virtual Vespers on Saturday, 5:00pm, and LIturgy in church on Sunday. You can find texts here. Thanks be to God for this blessing.
Services for the Feast of the Exaltation/Elevation of the Most Precious Cross will include Vespers on Sunday following our Obednitsa, and Liturgy at 9:00am in church on Monday, Sept. 14th. You can find texts for these services here.
Services for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost will include Vespers on Saturday at 5:00pm, and Obednitsa on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find texts for these services here. Please note, as the Elevation Feast occurs on Monday, we will follow the Obednitsa with Vespers.
Services for the Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos will include Vespers with Litya at church at 5:30pm on Monday night, and Obednitsa on Tuesday morning at 9:00am. You can find texts for services here from our OCA website. Please join us in prayer.
Services for the 12th Sunday of Pentecost will include Vespers on Saturday, at 5:00pm, and Obednitsa on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find texts for the weekend here. The Beheading of John the Baptist afterfeast will be part of our commemoration. Please join us in prayer.
Services for the Beheading of the Holy Glorious, Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John will include live-stream Vespers on Friday night at 5:30pm, and Divine Liturgy in church (with request to attend in advance) on Saturday morning at 9:00am. You can find service texts here.
Please be reminded this is a strict fast day, and join us in prayer.
This coming weekend, the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, we will celebrate the leavetaking of the Dormition Feast. You can find texts for the weekend here. Services will include Vespers on Saturday at 5:00pm, and Obednitsa on Sunday, 9:00am.
Please join us in prayer!
Services for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, also commemorating the Image of Christ not made by Hands, will include Home Vespers on Saturday at 5:00pm, and Obednitsa on Sunday, at 9:00am. You can find service texts here from our OCA website.
Please join us in prayer!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
This weekend we continue the celebration of our patronal feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, and the 50th anniversary of the Glorificadtion of St. Herman of Alaska. We will celebrate Vespers at 5:00pm EDT, and the Obednitsa on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find service texts here.
We celebrated in April the 50th anniversary of the granting of our autocephaly. Only months later, in August, we now celebratethe 50th anniversary of the glorification of St. Herman! These are most significant foundational moments for our Orthodox Church in America. May we learn well the lessons offered through these anniversary markers, and continue our best efforts to carry forward the precious gift of Orthodoxy here in North America, through the prayers of all the saints, known and unknown, who have shown forth in this land!
A brief video presentation was shared during virtual coffee hour this morning of Fr. Steven's pilgrimage to Kokiak and Spruce Island in 1986. You can view it here. As a member of the immigrant community coming to North America, he was indeed blessed to encounter the missionary roots of Orthodoxy in North America, through the Alaskan faithful descended from those encountering the early missionaries like St. Herman and St. Innocent!
This afternoon we celebrated a Panikhida remembering the following 1 year anniversaries of repose:
- Archpriest Steven Belonick
- Mat. Eva Kopcha
- Natalya, sister of our parishioner Daria
and newly departed, including those who lost their lives in the recent explosion on Beirut, Lebanon.
We plan to celebrate our Patronal Feast of Transfiguration with Vespers on Wednesday at 5:30pm and Obednitsa onThursday at 9:00am. You can find texts for services here. Please plan to join us in prayer! We currently do not have power in the local area, and were unable to live-stream Vespers. A youtube audio recording of the Obednitsa is available below.
This weekend, as we have entered into the Dormition Fast, we will celebrate Vespers on Saturday at 5:00pm, and Obednitsa on Sunday, 9:00am, EDT. You can find service texts here. The celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord will include the commemoration of the Translation of the Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen. Please join us in prayer.
On Friday, as we enter into the Dormition Fast (August 1-15, the Dormition of the Theotokos Feast) we will celebrate the third feast of the Most Precious Cross of the Lord: Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Lifegiving Cross of the Lord. We will celebrate a more festal Vespers on Friday at 5:30pm, EDT. You can find texts for Vespers here. Please join us in prayer!
Services for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost, including the commemoration of St. Jacob Netsvetov, will include Vespers on Saturday, July 25th, 5:00pm, EDT, and Obednitsa, 9:00am. You can find service texts here, from our OCA website.
Services for the 6th Week of Pentecost will include Vespers at 5pm on Saturday, July 18, 2020, EDT, and Obednitsa on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find texts for both days here. Please remember that readings can be downloaded from the OCA website.
Thank you for joining us in prayer!
Services being offered this 4th weekend after Pentecost will include:
Saturday Vespers, 5:00pm, EDT
Sunday Obednitsa, 9:00am
You can find texts for this weekend's services here.
Please join us in prayer!
For the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the pillars of the apostolic community, we plan to celebrate Vespers immediately following Sunday's Obednitsa. Then on Monday we will celebrate Obednitsa for the feast. You can find texts for the feast here. Please join us in prayer!
You can find texts for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost here. We plan to celebrate Vespers at 5:00pm on Saturday, and Obednitsa on Sunday morning at 9:00am. Please join us in prayer.
Immediately following Obednitsa, we plan to celebrate Vespers for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Please see the posting for the feast for texts.
Services for the Sunday of All Saints of North America will include Saturday Vespers at 5:00pm EDT, and Obednitsa on Sunday at 9:00am. You can find texts for these services here. Obednitsa order can be downloaded here. Please be patient with us if you are following on facebook, as we are making some necessary changes in order to continue offering quality live-stream services while our church remains closed.
Happy Father's Day to all our fathers! Memory eternal to those who have reposed in the Lord. May God grant many years to our fathers who remain with us!
The first Sunday after Pentecost is the Sunday of All Saints, as all the saints reveal the light of Christ through their words and deeds! You can find the texts for Saturday (Vespers, 5pm EDT) and Sunday (Obednitsa, 9am) here. You can also find the order of Obednitsa for the Sundays after Pentecost here. Please join us for live stream services over the weekend!
Just a reminder that we will not be celebrating daily Vespers tomorrow, Wednesday, but will return to celebrate Vespers on Thursday evening, at 5:30pm, EDT.
Greetings in the Lord!
As we prepare for the Feast of Pentecost, here is a photo of our church, now adorned in green altar covers. For those attending Dn. Mark's presentation tonight, see also the presentation of the Feast of Ascension above the high place, with the Pentecost Icon in the center of the church, revealing continuity between these feasts as we discussed.
Please take a moment to prepare by downloading the service texts incldued here so you can follow along with us at home! Service texts for Vespers tonight (5pm EDT) are here. On Sunday, we will celebrate the Obednitsa specially blessed for the Feast of Pentecost here. Immediately following the Obednitsa will be Kneeling Vespers. You can find the Vespers texts here. All the Vespers texts are just slightly revised for our use from those available on the OCA website, where you can also find, follow and/or download the Scripture readings.
Holy Transfiguration Church members are invited to join virtual coffee hour that will begin after the conclusion of services. Please see separate e-mail with the link.
We look forward to your joining us in prayer! May God richly bless us with the procession of the Holy Spirit on the Feast!
Stremsky Family Benefit ConcertThe Stremsky family returned for the second consecutive year to perform a benefit concert at Holy Transfiguration. Father Nicholas and Matushka Galina are parents of largest family in Russia.
Feast of TransfigurationIn celebration of their parish feast, the faithful of Holy Transfiguration went on procession and held a benefit breakfast for the Mosher family following the Divine Liturgy.
Parish Life, Spring '04Spring was a busy time at Holy Transfiguration including a meeting of the OCA Humanitarian Aid Committee, students being recognized for their participation in the lenten read-a-thon, a molieben service, and the close of church school.
Bridegroom MatinsThe clergy and faithful of the Connecticut Deanery joined to celebrate the Bridegroom Matins of Holy Monday on April 4, 2004 at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in New Haven.
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)
Russian Children's ChoirWith fifty-three children, Father Nicholas and Matushka Galina Stremsky are parents of the largest family in Russia. The family lives in the city of Saraktash on the edge of the Urals, in central Russia. On November 3, 2003, Father Nicholas and eleven children from their family choir visited New Haven, sang for our parish and many visitors, and charmed everyone.