On Holy Saturday five of our catechumens were received into our parish through holy baptism. Here they are with their sponsors.
One of Saint Elizabeth Church's parishioners, Stan Arshan, is helping to collect money for the needy at the Silverdale Walgreens. Stop by to say hello! If you make a donation, he'll even let you ring the bell!
A group of parishioners from Saint Elizabeth Orthodox Church participated in a building project recently in Port Orchard.
Our parish's annual booth at the Kitsap Fair is up and running. Some very impressive people have stopped by. Come be one of them!
This evening following Vespers at 6:30 we begin a new series on our parish Orthodox Studies Inquirer Course. It is entitled "With All the Saints: Human Sanctity in the Orthodox Tradition" and explores who the saints are, why we commemorate them, and how we are called to enter their ranks.
We at Saint Elizabeth Church greet all of our friends with the radiant celebration of Christ's Resurrection. To hear a sample of the hymns sung during Passion Week, go to the Liturgical Chant page of our website and choose the link there to a recording of the Canon for Holy Saturday.
This evening we celebrate the first Presanctified Divine Liturgy of Lent. Join us at 6:30 for this solemn and majestic service. A lenten potluck meal will follow, so bring something to share with others if you can.
Join us at Saint Elizabeth every evening at 6:30 this week as we enter the Holy Fast. Great Compline with the Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete will be served Monday through Thursday, and the Presanctified Divine Liturgy will be served Friday.
Throughout the world today Orthodox Christians mark the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, known for the Gospel account in Luke 18 read at the divine liturgy that juxtaposes the self-righteousness of the Pharisee with the deep humility and repentance of the Publican.
On this Sunday we also begin singing hymns in preparation for the Great Fast, which itself begins on Monday, February 27. These hymns are taken from the ancient book of lenten hymnography called the Triodion. One is Open to Me the Doors of Repentance, sung in English beautifully below.
A joyous feast of Holy Theophany to all!