Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It isn’t non-denominational, it’s pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost 2,000 years ago.
All are welcome to “come and see” and be part of the original and most ancient Christian Church, the Body of Jesus Christ.
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His Grace, Bishop Paul
of the Diocese of the Midwest
Fr. Joel Wilson
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The services of the Church year are foundational to our life as Christians. Being the Body of Christ, we work to find every opportunity to connect our daily lives to Him. You are invited to attend any of the services listed below. If your heart is open, you just may catch a glimpse of the genius of our God who has orchestrated and been present in nearly 2,000 years of these services, teaching us how to worship Him and enter more deeply into the relationship of salvation He has wrought for us. Welcome!
Sat: 5:30pm: Great Vespers
Sun: 10:00am: Divine Liturgy
Wed:* 5:30pm: Vespers
Thur:* 10:00am: Divine Liturgy
Evening Before: 5:30pm: Great Vespers
Morning Of: 10:00am: Divine Liturgy
*Note: When a feast falls on a day other than Thursday, our regular weekday Liturgy is transferred to that day of the week. So before visiting, we encourage visitors to call or see the calendar.
OVER THE COMING WEEK:
- May 25 @ 9:40 am - 12:00 pm
- May 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
- May 28 @ 5:20 pm - 6:30 pm
- May 29 @ 9:40 am - 12:00 pm
- June 1 @ 5:20 pm - 6:30 pm
PASCHA 2016: A “SECOND” EASTER
This year Orthodox Pascha (Easter) comes several weeks after Western Easter. Why is this?
Short answer: In the fourth century at the Ecumenical Council of Nicea, the Christian Church agreed on a simple set of calculations that would allow Pascha to be dated independently of the Jewish calendar, and to ensure that the basic chronological sequence of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection as recorded in the Gospels was followed every year. The Orthodox Church still follows these calculations.
In 1582, the Roman Catholic Pope Gregory XIII introduced a new calendar which conflicted with these calculations that were established by the Council of Nicea, which means that Western Easter can take place on different dates than originally determined. Hence, the occasional second date for Pascha.
In addition to the services of the Church, our life in Christ consists of time with Him in personal prayer and silence. To help our distracted minds focus on this task, Christians have always read the scriptures, particularly the four Gospel books, as often as possible. The Church also remembers various saints on each day of the year. By reading their lives and words we can find encouragement and inspiration to follow their example, living the life in Christ in the face of adversity.
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