Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church
New Haven, Connecticut
Orthodox Church in America
7th Sunday of Pascha - Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

We will be celebrating services for the 7th Sunday of Pascha, including:  Saturday Vespers at 5:00pm, and Obednitsa at 9:00am on Sunday.  You can find service texts here, and again the order of the Obednitsa for the Ascension Feast here.  We will also be celebrating a Molieben for the end of the church school year.  Please join us in prayer!

Obednitsa, 7th Sunday of Pascha - Commemoration of Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council
Saturday Vespers, 7th Sunday of Pascha
Daily Vespers, May 29, 2020
Vespers, Day of Ascension May 28, 2020
Feast of Ascension Services

Services for the Feast of Ascension will include Vespers on Wednesday evening, 5:30pm EDT, and Obednitsa on Thursday morning, 9:00am.  You can find texts for these services here. We will also use an order for the Obednitsa, blessed by our Metropolitan Tikhon, that you can find here.

Please join us in celebrating the Feast of Ascension!

Obenitsa, Feast of Ascension of our Lord, May 28, 2020
Ascension Feast Vespers May 27, 2020
Vespers - Leavetaking of Pascha, May 26, 2020

Christ is Risen!

We will not have Vespers on Monday, Memorial Day. On Tuesday we will celebrate the Leavetaking of Pascha, with Vespers (5:30pm EDT) as on the day of Pascha itself.  You can find texts here for Vespers.  Please join us!

Vespers - Leavetaking of Pascha, May 26, 2020
Vespers and Obednitsa, 6th Sunday of Pascha - Blind Man

We will celebrate Vespers on Saturday at 5:00pm EDT, and Obednitsa on Sunday morning at 9:00am.  You can find texts for these services here.  Please join us in prayer.

Vespers and Obednitsa, 6th Sunday of Pascha - Blind Man
Saturday Vespers 6th Week of Pascha - Blind Man
Daily Vespers may 22, 2020
Daily Vespers May 21, 2020
Daily Vespers May 20, 2020, Commemorating the Equal to the Apostles Constantine and Helen
Daily Vespers - leavetaking of Midfeast - May 19, 2020
Daily Vespers May 18, 2020
Memorial Service for Mitred Archpriest Nicholas Timpko and newly departed clergy and faithful, May 18, 2020

Today we celebrated a Memorial Service for the Mitred Archpriest Nicholas Timpko, along with newly departed clergy and faithful, at 5:00pm.  If you would like to share a link to this video with others, here it is:   https://youtu.be/g_5oaihHuSw  .

5th Sunday of Pascha

We are preparing to celebrate Saturday Vespers (5pm EDT on May 16th), and Sunday Obednitsa (9am).  You can find texts for both services here.  Please join us in prayer!

Obenitsa, 5th Sunday of Pascha commemorating the Samaritan Woman - May 17, 2020
Saturday Vespers, May 16, 2020
Daily Vespers, May 15, 2020, with prayers for Mitred Archpriest Nicholas Timpko
Daily Vespers May 14, 2020

Today we celebrate Daily Vespers on the second day of the Midfeast.  May 14th is also the 55th anniversary of the repose of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Leonty, so he was remembered among the departed.

Metropolitan Leonty was the Metropolitan of the Metropolia from 1950-1965 when he reposed in the Lord.  He led an incredible life, ministering at the seminary in Minneapolis in 1905-1906, led the first Sobor of the Metropolia in 1907, in Mayfield PA that St. Tikhon also attended before returning to Russia.  He was a member of the delegation of the Metropolia at the Russian Sobor in 1917 where St. Tikhon was elevated as Patriarch, occurring as the Bolshevik Revolution was unfolding.  We are blessed by his life-long dedication that included authoring the iniital statutes that guided the Orthodox Church in America in receiving autocephaly from the Russian Orthodox Church.  Memory eternal! 

Vespers - Midfeast of Pentecost 05-12-20

On Tuesday, May 12th, we will celebrate Vespers commemorating the Midfeast of Pentecost, at 5:30pm.  You can find texts for today's service here.

Please join us in prayer!

Please be reminded that we will not be live streaming services tomorrow (Wednesday), as Matushka Cindy and I will be participating in funeral services for Archpriest Paul Lazor in Stroudsburg, PA. 

Daily Vespers 05-11-2020
Vespers and Obednitsa, 4th Sunday of Pascha - Paralytic

Christ is Risen!

We have already reached the fourth week of Pascha!  You can find texts for Vespers and Obednitsa here.  Please join us at 5pm on Saturday for Vespers, and 9am for Obednitsa on Sunday morning. HTOC members also please plan to join us for virtual coffee hour at 10:00am!

Obednitsa, 4th Sunday of Pascha - Paralytic, Mother's Day!
Saturday Vespers, 4th Sunday of Pascha - Paralytic
Daily Vespers May 08, 2020, Prophet Isaiah
Vespers, May 7, 2020 - St John the Theologian

This afternoon we will celebrate the Feast of St. John the Theologian.  You can find the texts for the service here

This is also the anniversary day of St. Alexis Church Consecration in 2004.  Many blessed years to them!

St. Alexis Feast Vespers 05-06-20
Photo of St. Alexis
Photo of St. Alexis
Photo of St. Alexis
Icon of St. Alexis 2009
Icon of St. Alexis 2009
Icon of St. Alexis 2009

We are celebrating today the Patronal Feast Day of St. Alexis, with Vespers at 5:30pm.  You can find the texts for tonight, here.

St. Alexis was canonized in 1994, and the Clinton Mission Station was named after St. Alexis in the spring of 1995, having the opportunity from that May forward to celebrate every patronal feast day for St. Alexis, this being the 25th!  The photo of the icon on the iconostas was taken on the patronal feast day in 2009, commemorating the 100th anniversary of his repose!

Let us take a moment to celebrate again with our sister parish on this 25th anniversary patronal feast day!  The church was consecrated in 2004 in a wonderful celebration that lasted three days!  We celebrated St. Alexis Feast on May 7, the consecration on May 8, and then Metropolitan Theodosius remained to celebrate Sunday Liturgy the next day! 

May God grant Fr. Steven and St. Alexis Parish many blessed years on this 25th patronal feast day celebration!

Daily Vespers 05-05-20
Daily Vespers 05-04-20
Obednitsa, 3rd Sunday of Pascha May 3, 2020

This is already the 3rd Sunday of Pascha, commemorating again the role of the Myrrhbearing Women.  Please join us for Obednitsa, beginning at 9:00am.  Faithful of our parish are invited also to a Virtual Coffee Hour, beginning at 10:00am.   This is a photo of our icons at church.

Saturday Vespers, May 2 Myrrhbearing Women

Saturday afternoon at 5:00pm we will be celebrating Vespers for the 3rd Sunday of Pascha, the Myrrhbearing Women.  This weekend returns to many of the hymns sung on the paschal feast!  You can find the texts here for both Saturday Vespers and Sunday Obednitsa. 

Daily Vespers, May 1, St. Athanasius
Daily Vespers 04-30-20 Holy Prophet Jeremiah
Daily Vespers 04-29-20

This Wednesday afternoon we will celebrate daily vespers, commemorating the Holy Apostle James, the brother of St. John the Theologian.  You can find the text here.  Please join us in prayer!

Daily Vespers 04-28-20
Daily Vespers 04-27-20

Here are texts for Vespers for Monday evening Vespers, to be celebrated at 5:30pm.

Services for St. Thomas Sunday April 25, 2020

Christ is Risen!

We will be celebrating home Vespers at 5pm Saturday afternoon, and Obednitsa at 9:00am Sunday morning for St. Thomas Sunday.  You can find the texts for these services here, and the order for Obednitsa after Bright Week here.  Please join us in prayer!

The Obednitsa Service includes photos taken in Kerala, India, reflecting the ministry and witness of the Apostle Thomas!

Indeed He is Risen!

Fr. Steven

Obednitsa, 2nd Sunday of Pascha 04-26-20
Saturday Vespers, 2nd Sunday of Pascha 04-25-20
Paschal Vespers of Bright Saturday 04-24-20

Today we celebrate Paschal Vespers of Bright Saturday, the last of the Paschal Vespers of this week, today reflecting Tone 8 Resurrectional Stikhera.  You can find the texts here for Vespers that also commemorates the Holy Apostles and Evangelist, Mark. 

Paschal Vespers of Bright Friday 04-23-20

This evening we celebrate Paschal Vespers of Bright Friday commemorating the Most Holy Theotokos of the Life-Giving Fountain.  The texts can be found here.  We also will say farewell to our OCF students, recognizing those who are graduating.

Please note that the Aposticha verses for the Theotokos, of the Life-Giving Fountain were set today to the "Let God arise" setting used in our churches during Bright Week.

Additionally, the version of "Pomp and Circumstance" used in celebrating George's graduation from Yale, is from a website that states their recordings can be freely used. 

With prayers and love in Christ,

Fr. Steven

Paschal Vespers of Bright Thursday 04-22-20

This evening we will celebrate Paschal Vespers of Bright Thursday at 5:30pm, together with the remembrance of the Greatmartyr George.  You can find the texts here for our Vespers. 

 

Vespers of Bright Wednesday 04-21-20

We will plan to celebrate Vespers of Bright Wednesday at 5:30pm Tuesday.  You can find texts here.  Today all the extra portions such as the Paschal beginning, and the Paschal Verses are included, from the OCA website, for your use. 

Vespers of Bright Tuesday April 20, 2020

This Bright Monday evening we will celebrate Paschal Vespers of Bright Tuesday, at 5:30pm.   You can obtain the texts for the service here.  Schedule for later this week includes:  Paschal Vespers Tuesday and Wednesday, 5:30pm, Thursday, 5:00pm where we will include our OCF members who will be entering finals week, and Friday again at 5:30pm.  Please join us in prayer!

Obednitsa of Bright Monday

Christ is Risen!  Indeed He is Risen!

We will celebrate Paschal Hours and Obednitsa beginning at 9:00am on Monday morning. You can access the outline we will use here.

We hope you are able to join us in keeping the Feast!  This evening we will celebrate Vespers of Bright Monday at 5:30pm.

Virtual Tour of Holy Transfiguration Church on Pascha

Christ is Risen!

Here is a brief, one minute tour of our church prepared for the Paschal Feast, including the ringing of the church bells!  This is offered to encourage us as we await our opportunity to return to church to worship together!

Indeed He is Risen!

With prayers and love in the Risen Lord,

Fr. Steven

Paschal Vespers 04-19-20

Christ is Risen!  Indeed He is Risen!  We greet you with joy and love in the Lord on Great and Holy Pascha!

At the beginning of our you-tube version of today's service is a panoramic tour of our church, prepared for Pascha.  May we anticipate gathering together during the Paschal east once again!

Tomorrow we will celebrate Paschal Hours and Obednitsa, beginning at 9:00am.  Please join us and pray together with us!

In the Risen Lord,

Fr. Steven

Audio Recordings of Holy Friday afternoon through Pascha
The following are audio recordings of Holy Friday afternoon through Paschal services at Holy Transfiguration Church in 2019. They are presented together for ease of access.
 
May God bless us in being separated from one another during the Corona Virus. We are not, however, separated from our God, who dies for us, and is raised from the dead!
 
Vespers of Holy Friday
from Holy Friday sung by the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church Choir. April 26, 2019
 
Matins Of Holy Saturday Part 1
from Holy Friday sung by the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church Choir. April 26, 2019
 
Matins Of Holy Saturday Part 2
from Holy Friday sung by the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church Choir. April 26, 2019
 
Saturday Vesperal Liturgy Part 1
from Holy Saturday sung by the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church Choir. April 27, 2019
 
Saturday Vesperal Liturgy Part 2
from Holy Saturday sung by the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church Choir. April 27, 2019
 
Nocturn/Pascha Divine Liturgy Part 1
CHRIST IS RISEN - PASCHA Service sung by the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church Choir. April 27/28, 2019
 
Nocturn/Pascha Divine Liturgy Part 2
CHRIST IS RISEN - PASCHA Service sung by the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church Choir. April 27/28, 2019
Royal Hours of Holy Friday, April 17, 2020

Royal Hours of Holy Friday, celebrated at 9:00am.  This service focuses on Jesus on the Cross, after we heard the 12 Gospels the previous evening reflecting Jesus' steps from the Passover meal where he institutes the Eucharist, to the garden where he is betrayed, and through His being brought before Pilate, the Sandhedrin, and finally crucified.

This is the last service to be live-streamed from our home, as we will join all praying with those celebrating the Vespers of Holy Friday, Matins of Holy Saturday, the Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Saturday, and finally Nocturne, Procession, and Paschal Matins and Liturgy.

Please join us again for Paschal Vespers at noon on Sunday, April 19, 2020.  In the meanwhile, please take time to listen to our choir singing the responses to these beautiful services last year in church.

With prayers for a blessed Pascha,

Fr. Steven

Matins of Holy Friday with Reading of 12 Gospels, April 16, 2020

On Thursday, April 16, 2020 we will celebrate the Matins of Holy Friday with the reading of 12 Gospels.  As we are at home, we have sought to arrange the fullest extent of this celebration possible with the two of us. Please download the outline for this service here.

For each of the portion of the service page numbers have been included:  the first page number is for the DRE book with purple cover some of you may have, and the second page number is from the SVS Holy Week II book (see photo).   This way if you have either resource, you can follow along easily. 

 

 

 

 

Audio Recording of Matins of Holy Friday with 12 Gospels

As this recording is in two portions, the links are both included here for ease of reference:

Matins Of Holy Friday - Part 1
Part one of the 12 Passion gospels from Holy Thursday sung by the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church Choir. April 25, 2019
 
Matins Of Holy Friday Part 2
Part two of the 12 Passion gospels from Holy Thursday sung by the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church Choir. April 25, 2019
Audio Recording of Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Thursday: Institution of the Eucharist, April 28, 2016
Bridegroom Matins for Holy Thursday, April 15, 2020

On this Holy Wednesday we will celebrate Matins of Holy Thursday, at 6:00pm.  You can download texts to follow, here.

Also, please watch for the order of service to be posted for Matins of Holy Friday with the reading of 12 Gospels.  As we are at home, we have sought to arrange the fullest extent of this celebration possible with the two of us.  For each of the portions of the service I have included page numbers:  the first page number is for the DRE book with purple cover some of you may have, and the second with page numbers from the SVS Holy Week II.   This way if you have either resource, you can follow along easily. 

In Christ,

Fr. Steven

Audio Recording of Bridegroom Matins of Holy Thursday, April 24, 2019

Responses sung by Holy Transfiguration Church Choir.

Bridegroom Matins for Holy Wednesday, April 14, 2020

This Holy Tuesday evening we will be celebrating home Bridegroom Matins for Holy Wednesday at 6:00pm.  You can find the texts here to follow during the serivce. 

Bridegroom Matins for Holy Tuesday

We will be celebrating Bridegroom Matins for Holy Tuesdsay, April 13, 2020, at 6:00pm.  You can find texts here from our OCA website.

Audio Recording of Bridegroom Matins, Holy Tuesday, April 25, 20016

Sung by Holy Transfiguration Choir.

Bridegroom Matins for Holy Monday, Sunday, April 12, 2020

Following the festal services of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday, we enter into services of Holy Week.  Bridegroom Matins is a service celebrated from Sunday through Wednesday evenings.  We will celebrate them each day at 6:00pm.  Use your Bridegroom Matins book with the purple cover, from the OCA's Department of Religious Education, if you have one to follow along.  The propers for Bridegroom Matins for Holy Monday can be located here.  Please join us for these beautiful serivces!