We will be conducting a car raffle selling less than 1000 tickets at $100 each for a beautiful BMW X1 – please help us sell these tickets to offset the operating costs of our beautiful Church. See here for more information.
We continue to welcome anyone willing to give their time, talent, or treasure in support of this important fundraising event for our Parish. If you are willing and able to contribute please sign up online or reach to the Church office or any Parish Council member.
Our Sunday morning obligation does not involve simply “going to Church.” It means that we “attend the Divine Liturgy.” It is not merely a matter of being present at another Church service.
The Divine Liturgy is not just the Sunday service. It is more than a prayer service. It is a sacramental participation in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we are present at the Liturgy we are offered the blessings and gifts of God’s Love that flow from Christ’s sacrifice of Calvary. We find ourselves at the Holy Communion service at which the gifts of bread and wine are consecrated upon the altar and offered up, as the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, for the remission of our sins and for everlasting life. It is the Lord’s Supper at which we are invited to participate and to receive of the living Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
(The service isVespers and DivineLiturgy of Saturday evening sungby anticipation, on Saturday morning.)
Psalms are read and Resurrection hymns are sung which tell of Christ’s descent into Hades. “Today Hades cried out groaning” is the hymn’s description of the resurrection of Adam and the conquering of death. Thus this day’s celebration is called “First Resurrection.” Most of the readings of this day are from the Old Testament on the prophecies and promise of the conquering of death. On this day, the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil is officiated. Apostle Paul exhorts the faithful: “We were buried, therefore, with him by baptism unto death, so we, too, might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)
After the reading of the Epistle, the priest follows the custom of tossing of laurel, saying: “Arise, O God, and judge Thou the earth: for Thou shall take all heathen to Thine inheritance.” The Cherubic hymn of this day is: “Let all mortal flesh keep silence and stand with fear and trembling…”, a thoughtful hymn of adoration and exaltation. The Divine Liturgy ends with the Communion Hymn: “So the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and He is risen to save us.”
The readings are from Romans 6:3-11 and Matthew 28:1-20.
We are starting a new program this year where businesses and families can show their support for our Parish by purchasing various size banners. These banners will be displayed prominently throughout the festival this year. For more information please see the attached flyer.