Please join us as we conclude the Dormition Fast (August 1-14) with the celebration of the Vigil for the Feast of the Dormtion (August 15) on Wednesday, August 14, at 7PM. Learn more about the Dormition of the Theotokos here.
News and Events
Council of Bishops of the UOC of the USA Joins National Council of Churches in the Statement: “Gun Violence Must End Now”
The news that two massacres took place this past weekend, one in El Paso, TX and the other in Dayton, OH, in which 29 people lost their lives within a span of 13 hours leave us numb, horrified, and in grief. These, the latest of 251 mass shootings this year, are clearly acts of domestic terrorism. Once again, the National Council of Churches lifts its voice in prayer for those who have been directly affected by the shootings and, indeed, for the soul of our entire nation. Once again, we commit ourselves to supporting measures that will reduce and prevent gun violence. …
The full release from the Bishops of the UOC of the USA can be read here.
As we continue through the Dormition Fast, please join us as we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ (August 6) with the Vigil for the Feast on Monday, August 5, at 7PM. Learn more about the Transfiguration of Our Lord here.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
The Dormition Fast is nearly upon us! Occurring from August 1 – 14, and concluding with the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God on August 15, the Dormition Fast is one of the four main fasting seasons of the church. This season is a wonderful opportunity to draw near to the Lord and to turn away from ourselves. Far from being a means to judge others, to create a sense of self-righteousness, or an opportunity to merely “follow the rules”, fasting is an opportunity to be made in the image of Christ. It is a tool for holiness with the help of God. As St. Symeon the New Theologian (+1022) writes:
For fasting, and vigils, and sleeping on the floor, and prostrations, and praying, and every other suffering of evil is nothing without Divine grace.The First-Created Man (St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 1979)
On August 6th, during the middle of the Dormition Fast, is the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Please join us on Monday, August 5th, at 7PM as we celebrate the Vigil for the Feast.
Concluding the Dormition Fast on August 15 is the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Please join us on Wednesday, August 14, at 7PM as we celebrate the Vigil for the Feast of the Dormition.
As a reminder, there will be a brief parish meeting during coffee hour following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, August 4. The purpose, along with a few smaller “housekeeping” items, will be to select delegates for the upcoming archdiocesan Sobor scheduled to take place at the Metropolia Center of St. Andrew in South Bound Brook, NJ on October 16-19, 2019.
See here for more details regarding the Sobor.
Attention all gardeners, weed pullers, and mulchers! We will be having a yard cleanup day at the church on Saturday, July 6, 2019, starting at 9:00 am.
No skills are necessary but if possible, but any available tools (rakes, brooms , shovels, gloves, hedge trimmers, pruners, wheelbarrows, etc.) will be great appreciated!
The more people that show up, the easier the job, and the sooner we can end. Come and join in!