Start of the Ecclesiastical Year

Celebration of the Start of the Ecclesiastical Year

and Summer Happenings!


The Vespers service for the feast of the Indiction is especially beautiful, with excerpts below, and can be read in its entirety here Ecclesiastical New Year Vespers.

“O Thou Creator of the whole universe, Who didst appoint times by Thine own power, bless the crown of the year with Thy goodness, O Lord. Preserve in safety Thy rulers and Thy city, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, and save us.” Apolytikion for the Indiction

“O Christ our God, Who hast created all things in wisdom, and hast brought them into being out of nothing, bless the crown of the year and preserve our city from siege. Gladden our faithful hierarchs with Thy power, giving them victory over heresy, and granting the world Great Mercy through the Theotokos.” Aposticha for the Indicition

“O Thou Who art united with the Holy Spirit, O Word and Son which art without beginning, joint Fashioner and Creator with Him of all things visible and invisible: Bless the crown of the year, and preserve in peace the multitudes of the Orthodox, through the intercessions of the Theotokos and of all Thy Saints.” Theotokion of the Indiction

Our Savior first taught in the Temple on this day as depicted in this beautiful fresco from the church of Hagia Sophia.

in temple

Gospel of Saint Luke:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

A sweet tradition to follow at home with children from Orthodox Mom

Summer Happenings!

Many Years

We joyously celebrated our parish feast day of the Dormition of Saint Anna once again this year on August 7th with a hierarchical liturgy and delicious and festive feast day meal.

Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone

O Godly-minded Anna, thou didst give birth unto God’s pure Mother who conceived Him Who is our Life. Wherefore, thou hast now passed with joy to thy heavenly rest, wherein is the abode of them that rejoice in glory; and thou askest forgiveness of sins for them that honour thee with love, O ever-blessed one.

Reading: According to tradition, Anna, the ancestor of God, lived for sixty-nine years, and her spouse Joachim, for eighty; according to one account, Saint Joachim died two years before Saint Anna. The Theotokos had been orphaned of both her parents already when she was eleven years of age, when she was living in the Temple. Saint Anna is invoked for conceiving children, and for help in difficult childbirth. Copyright, Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Our Holy Transfiguration Monastery celebrated their feast day on August 19th in an altar bursting at the seams with clergy from all over the Orthodox world. The relics were once again out for veneration by the faithful and the most perfect summer day accompanied the annual procession about the grounds. An overflowing trapeza and feast day meal made for the perfect end to a wonderful day. Click to read a beautiful and edifying homily on the Feast of Our Lord’s Transfiguration by Saint Philaret of New York.

Transfiguration 2014 1

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May Our Savior grant us all to once again meet for our special summer feast days again next year!

On August 17th, we celebrated our first liturgy back in Saint Mark’s Cathedral since beginning Phase 1 of renovations and updates to the building back in June.

Making the day that much more special and joy filled, a hierarchical concelebration was served and led by His Grace Concelebration 2014 1Archbishop Macarios of All Greece. Concelebrating on this blessed day were Bishops Makarios of Peristera and Iakovos of Christoupolis (Greece) with our own Metropolitan Ephraim and Bishop Gregory.

Clergy further included Father Isaac and Father Panteleimon from HTM, Father Peter Farnsworth from Three Pillars in Pennsylvania, Father Martinian from Russia/Ukraine, Father Gelasi from Georgia, Fathers Dimitry and Yiannis from Boston and our deacons Father John and Father Savas.

And joining us also that day were the many campers and counselors gathered from all over the US to spend the week at Saint Peter the Aleut Orthodox Camp.

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Camp was a resounding success for the second year in a row and the product of an exceptional amount of hard work from dedicated staff/counselors. Staff kept campers and parents updated through Facebook with pictures of every day’s activities and adventures. Be sure to LIKE the camp’s page (below) to get notifications of next year’s camp dates and registration deadlines!

Included below are small sample of the hundreds of great pics that are available to view at 

Coffee Hour Schedule for Sept/Oct/Nov here!

Please DO NOT use the meat slicer in the kitchen unless you have been trained to do so. It is very dangerous to use!

Weekly schedule of services for parish, convent and monastery here!

MUST READ!!  A brief and exciting round-up of recent months’ events in this  from Metropolitan Ephraim Clergy Update

Worth a listen – NEW a short recording of Father Panteleimon speaking at the funeral of Father Alexander, the former Constantine, from Japan.  This simple talk reminds us that even the most ordinary among us can lead an exemplary Christian life in the world. A man who certainly had his share of burdens, Father Alexander (Constantine)’s life shows us what true faith and love can help us to overcome.

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