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!
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!
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!
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 .
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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,
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.
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!
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.
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,
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,
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,
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.
As this recording is in two portions, the links are both included here for ease of reference:
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.
Responses sung by Holy Transfiguration Church Choir.
Sung by Holy Transfiguration Choir.
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!