Please join us this evening, June 9, at 6:00pm as we celebrate the wondrous Feast of the Ascension of our Lord with the service of Vespers.
Please note that our Archpastor, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, will be visiting Four Evangelists this coming Sunday, June 13th. We will be greeting Vladyka at 9am, with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy to follow. During the Service, His Eminence will be tonsuring 3 of our parishioners to the rank of Reader: Dr. David Mukai, Jacob Cockerham, and Matthew Czumak. We will also be saying farewell to the Seeley family, who, as you may know, are moving to North Carolina.
We hope you can join us!
Glory to Jesus Christ! As we continue through Passion Week, please join us for the following services:
+ Wednesday, April 28 ▪ Great & Holy Wednesday ▪ 7 PM Service of Holy Unction
+ Thursday, April 29 ▪ Great & Holy Thursday ▪ 7 PM Passion Gospels Service
+ Friday, April 30 ▪ Great & Holy Friday ▪ 2 PM Vespers of the Cross; 7 PM Jerusalem Matins w/ Procession
+ Saturday, May 01 ▪ Great & Holy Saturday ▪ 10 AM Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great; 11:30 PM Midnight Office
+ Sunday, May 02 ▪ Great & Holy Pascha ▪ 12 AM Paschal Matins, Paschal Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Baskets, Agape Feast
Apolytikion of Holy Wednesday
This coming Sunday, March 28, is the second Sunday of Great Lent and the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas.
The readings from Holy Scripture are: Hebrews 1:10-2:3 (Epistle), and Mark 2:1-12 (Gospel).
As each Sunday of Lent has its own spiritual theme and historical context, we know that the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas is of a later origin. Of this day we are told:
This Sunday was originally dedicated to Saint Polycarp of Smyrna (February 23). After his glorification in 1368, a second commemoration of Saint Gregory Palamas (November 14) was appointed for the Second Sunday of Great Lent as a second “Triumph of Orthodoxy.”
2nd Sunday of Great Lent: St Gregory Palamas
To learn more about this day, including what it means for our spiritual lives, see the podcast episode on the Second Sunday of Lent by Fr. Thomas Hopko and the article A Man Fully Alive by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick.
Today, March 25, we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.
Today is the beginning of our salvation, / the revelation of the eternal mystery! / The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin / as Gabriel announces the coming of Grace. / Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos: / Hail, O Full of Grace, / the Lord is with You!Troparion for the Feast of the Annunciation
This Great Feast of the Church commemorates the announcement by Gabriel the Archangel to the Virgin Mary that the Son of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, would become flesh of her flesh and enter into the world through her womb for the salvation of the world. (Luke 1:28-36., cf. John 1:4)
This day is one of the oldest feasts celebrated by the Church. It also serves as notice that Christmas is 9 months away!
Today, March 21st, the faithful of Four Evangelists Orthodox Church concluded the 1st Sunday of Great Lent with a procession around the church, each carrying an icon. This day, known as the Triumph of Orthodoxy, commemorates the restoration of the holy icons to the churches in the 9th century after several periods of iconoclasm. Far from being a mere historical marker, this day celebrates the fact that Our Lord truly became incarnate, taking on our flesh, four our salvation.
In addition, Fr. Gregory was presented with a icon gift on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his ordination to the holy priesthood. Many years!