Bright Monday with Vladika Michael
Bright Monday with Vladika Michael
Bright Monday with Vladika Michael
Vladika's Visit 12/29/19
Vladika's Visit 12/29/19
Vladika's Visit 12/29/19
Pascha John 1:1 Languages of our Parish
Pascha John 1:1 Languages of our Parish
Pascha John 1:1 Languages of our Parish

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Our Church is open to parishioners, with social distancing, in accordance with civil requirements. Each attendee is required to 'sign-in' upon entry. Hand sanitizer is available at the door. A face mask is STILL required for entry.  As of Feb 5th, 2021, we are now able to accomodate 70 people, socially distanced. We are encouraging families, who have 'quarantined' together to return, and sit together. This will enable the entire congregation to remain safe, while still giving praise to our Lord and Saviour.


NOTE: March 6th marks the first Memorial (Soul)  Saturday of the year. The form to commemorate your departed family members and friends can be found in the back of the Feb. 14th bulletin. Pease print it for yourself, fill it out and either deliver it at a service, or mail it to the rectory.

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The season of Great Lent is the time of preparation for the feast of the Resurrection of Christ. It is the living symbol of man’s entire life which is to be fulfilled in his own resurrection from the dead with Christ. It is a time of renewed devotion: of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It is a time of repentance, a real renewal of our minds, hearts and deeds in conformity with Christ and his teachings. It is the time, most of all, of our return to the great commandments of loving God and our neighbors.

In the Orthodox Church, Great Lent is not a season of morbidity and gloominess. On the contrary, it is a time of joyfulness and purification. We are called to “anoint our faces” and to “cleanse our bodies as we cleanse our souls.” The very first hymns of the very first service of Great Lent set the proper tone of the season:

Let us begin the lenten time with delight . . . let us fast from passions as we fast from food, taking pleasure in the good words of the Spirit, that we may be granted to see the holy passion of Christ our God and his holy Pascha, spiritually rejoicing.

Thy grace has arisen upon us, O Lord, the illumination of our souls has shown forth; behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the time of repentance (Vespers Hymns).

It is our repentance that God desires, not our remorse. We sorrow for our sins, but we do so in the joy of God’s mercy. We mortify our flesh, but we do so in the joy of our resurrection into life everlasting. We make ready for the resurrection during Great Lent, both Christ’s Resurrection and our own.


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FOR YOUR INFO: A moving and inspirational video showing the beauty of Orthodoxy can be seen here.The Orthodox Church - A Visual Journey

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If you cannot make it to Church, we are still live-streaming! Our next services will be as follows:

(1) Fri. Mar. 5th @7:00PM   Matins for the Departed

(2) Sat. Mar. 6th @9:00AM  Memorial Saturday - Saturday of Meatfare

(3) Sat. Mar. 6th @7:00PM   Vespers

(4) Sun. Mar. 7th @9:00AM   Divine Liturgy - Meatfare Sunday

Simply click here: SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church , then select the event's title.

While at this time, many of us cannot make an offering in person to help support our Parish, please consider selecting the Donate button to make a one-time or recurring donation. Please also select "Cover Fees" and use your Bank account, in lieu of credit card. (Bank fees are less than card fees.) Your offering can make a real difference to the Parish during this challenging time. Thank you for your continued stewardship. 


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Confessions will be heard in Church by Fr. David  every Saturday from 6:00 - 6:30PM. (By appt. ONLY. ) Please contact Fr. David via email ( or by phone.

Friday, Mar.12th @8:00PM - Virtual Pre-Lenten Service will be hosted by the FOCA.  The Akathist Hymn of Repentance in Christ will be served by clergy across the United States at St. Nicholas Church in Ohio. Watch on their Youtube channel.

Upcoming Parish Live-Streamed Services:

(1) Fri. Mar. 5th @7:00PM Matins for the Departed

(2) Sat. Mar. 7th @9:00AM Divine Liturgy  Memorial Saturday

(3) Sat. Mar. 6th @7:00PM   Vespers

(4) Sun. Mar. 7th @9:00AM   Divine Liturgy - Meatfare Sunday


Daylight Savings Time Begins (Mar. 14)... Forgiveness Sunday (Mar. 14)...Great and Holy Lent Begins (Mar. 15)...Feast of the Annunciation (Mar. 25)

Memorial (Soul) Saturdays: Mar. 6 & 27, Apr. 3 & 10, Jun 19, and Oct. 23.

Friday, March 5th
7:00 Matins for the Departed
Saturday, March 6th
Memorial Saturday
9:00 - Divine Liturgy
6:00 Confessions (By Appt)
7:00 Vespers
Sunday, March 7th
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Saturday, March 13th
6:00 Confessions (By Appt)
7:00 Vespers
Sunday, March 14th
9:00 Divine Liturgy
Monday, March 15th
7:00 Great Compline Canon of St. Andrew
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