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!
Join us at Saint Elizabeth Friday at 10:00 am to celebrate the majestic service of the Royal Hours of Christmas!
Prepare, O Bethlehem,
For Eden has been opened to all.
Adorn yourself, O Ephratha,
For the Tree of Life blossoms forth from the Virgin in the cave.
Her womb is a spiritual paradise planted with the fruit divine;
If we eat of it, we shall live forever and not die like Adam.
Christ is coming to restore the image which He made in the beginning.
--Hymn of the Prefeast of Christmas
Join us this evening for the vigil celebrating the Great Feast of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple. We begin at 6:00. And tomorrow, join us at the divine liturgy at 10:00 am.
This Wednesday in our parish Orthodox Studies course we will turn to the place of Christianity in the political life of Byzantium, looking at various cases of Christian statecraft as well as cases of deviation from it. The class begins after vespers at 6:30.
This evening after vespers at 6:30 we will continue our exploration of the Gospel of Saint Luke. Visitors are welcome!