Procession with icons and children's sermon on the significance of icons.
As the Prophets beheld, as the Apostles taught, as the Church received, as the Teachers dogmatized, as the Universe agreed, as Grace illumined, as the Truth revealed, as falsehood passed away, as Wisdom presented, as Christ awarded, thus we declare, thus we affirm, thus we proclaim Christ our true God and honor His saints, in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in holy icons.
On the one hand, worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord. And on the other hand, honoring and venerating His saints as true servants of the same Lord.
This is the Faith of the Apostles. This is the Faith of the Fathers. This is the Faith of the Orthodox. This is the Faith, which has established the Universe.
On Sunday, December 15, we were happy to host the Halsell family from Saint Vladimir's Seminary, whom our parish sponsored for Saint Nicholas Wish List Project organized by FOCA (R Club). Katrina Fett organized and ran the project for our parish.
After the Liturgy, the kids presented a Yolka performance on the life of Saint Nicholas. After that, Saint Nicholas himself visited us with presents!
Glory to Jesus Christ!
This year, the Great Feast of Pentecost, when the Church celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit, also coincided with Father's Day. After the Festal Liturgy and Vespers with kneeling prayers, we sang "Many Years!" to all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, and uncles. Sunday School bought presents for all the men of our parish - barbecue sauce! (This will be one of the greatest grilling seasons ever.)
Also, Maryann celebrated her birthday and two of our Sunday School students, who missed end of school year celebration last week, received their presents.
Glory to God for all things!
Blessed and joyful Pentecost season to all!
Christ is risen!
On Sunday, May 12, we celebrated the Feast of Holy Myrrh-bearing Women, Mother's Day, and birthdays of Nadezhda and Slavica. Sunday School children made a wonderful present for all the ladies of the parish - begonia plants!
Father Aleksey spoke with children about the courage, faith, and love of the holy myrrh-bearers and how our mothers share the same qualities.
At the end of the Liturgy we took a group photo of our women.
In short, we had another wonderfully busy day here.
Glory to God for all things!
Paschal Divine Liturgy
Proclaiming the Gospel to all the nations in different languages
Egg hunt on Pascha
Bright Monday (2nd day of Pascha) procession after the Divine Liturgy
On Saturday our kids gathered to learn about 40 martyrs of Sebaste and make traditional skylarks in their honor.
You can learn more about the holy martyrs and the tradition of making skylarks here.
On Sunday, March 17, the First Sunday of Great Lent, we celebrated the Triumph of Orthodoxy - restoration of the veneration of the icons. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, our children, carrying icons, processed around the church in imitation of the procession the faithful did back in 787 in Constantinople, when proper teaching and understanding of the icons was restored. After the procession, Father Aleksey spoke with the kids about the significance of today's feast.
Blessed Sunday to all!