Orthodox Lent begins with the service of Forgiveness Vespers, which we will hold at the Chapel this Sunday following lunch after our normal Sunday services (around 12:30 PM). This is an extremely moving service, that allows us to start fresh with everyone, having asked and been asked for forgiveness from everyone in the parish, as we begin the Great Fast. We will be having Compline with the Great Canon of St Andrew during the first week of Lent (2/19 – 2/22), and will begin Friday (2/23) with our Lenten midweek services (Lenten 9th Hour with the reading from the Ladder of Divine Ascent, Lenten Typica, and Lenten Vespers), which will be served on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the Great Fast. Other services will he held as listed on our Calendar.
We will be hosting the mission’s rector, Archimandrite Maximos of the Brotherhood of St Dionysios the Areopagite, on the third Sunday of Great Lent (3/11), the Sunday of the Holy Cross. Archimandrite Maximos is bringing with him the Brotherhood’s relic of the True Cross of the Lord for the faithful to venerate. He will also be with us the following Tuesday (3/13) for the mission’s patronal feast. We invite everyone to attend!
Remember that Great Lent is the most spiritually important season of the Church year. It is incumbent on us to attend as many of the services offered so that we can purify ourselves with prayer and fasting, so that we may more fully enter into the joy of the Lord on Holy Pascha.
St John Cassian will be hosting the other central Alabama ROCOR missions (St Lawrence, Alabaster; St Martin, Montgomery) in celebrating the Feast of the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos.
Friday, 10/13 – 6:00 PM, All Night Vigil
Saturday, 10/14 – 7:45 AM, Pre-Communion Prayers; 8:15 AM, Third and Sixth Hours; 8:30 AM, Divine Liturgy.
All are welcome to attend! Come and join us!
Although we had to cancel plans for celebrating Pascha at the Chapel, many of us were able to go over to the Monastery of the Glorious Ascension for the concluding services of Holy Week and the Great Feast. As always, we were welcomed warmly by Sister Christonymphi and Fr. Benedict, as well as the usual congregants there.
We are back to our usual service schedule, with the Canon to St John Cassian on Thursdays at 5:30 PM, Great Vespers on Saturday at 5 PM, and Matins and Typica on Sundays beginning at 9 AM.
There are some exciting plans in the works for this summer, so please check back often for announcements.
Our service schedule for Great Lent is as follows:
2/27-3/2 – 5:30 PM – Compline with the Great Canon of St Andrew
3/3 – 5:30 PM – Great Paraklesis to the Theotokos
Mondays – 5:30 PM – 9th Hour with reading from the Ladder of Divine Ascent
Wednesdays – 5:30 PM – Lenten Vespers
Fridays – 5:30 PM – Small Compline with the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos
Saturdays – 5:00 PM – Great Vespers
Sundays – 9:00 AM – Matins and Typica
Other services will be as announced or as listed on the Calendar.
There are only three more Sundays before the Advent fast begins. As we get closer to the season of expectation, consider making a concerted effort to attend all the services leading up to the Nativity of the Lord, as well as fasting as the Church prescribes for the season.
Our participation in the life of the Church is our real participation in the life of Christ.
This year, the first Sunday of the Advent fast will also be the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple; this very important feast day reminds us of the very beginning of our salvation, since the Incarnation of Christ which comes at Christmas could not have happened without the holy life of the Virgin Mary.
You can check out the calendar for other services that will be occurring throughout the season.
We will be celebrating the Feast of the Dormition (“falling asleep”) of the Virgin Mary the Theotokos this weekend. This is a special and glorious feast of the Church, the last Great Feast of the liturgical year.
You are invited to come and worship with us!
Saturday, Vespers with Litya and blessing of the loaves, will be at 5:00 PM.
Sunday, Matins will begin at 9:00 AM, and Festal Divine Liturgy with the blessing of flowers and herbs will be at 10:30 AM.
There will be a fellowship meal to follow liturgy.