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Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple

The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple (or Presentation of the Lord in the Temple) is this coming Monday (Feb. 2) when secular world is celebrating Groundhog’s Day. Instead of groundhogs and weather predictions we will be commemorating when Christ’s presentation at the temple forty days following his birth with a Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM. You can learn more about the Meeting in the Temple and about the Elder Symeon and the prophetess Anna, here

Being 40 days after Christmas, the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple marks that Lent is near. So near that this coming week (Feb. 1- Feb. 7th) is the Week of the Publican and the Pharisee, a week where the normal Wednesday and Friday fasting (abstinence from animal products) is not practiced as a preparation for the fasting of Great Lent. 

This time before Lent been busy at St. Stephen’s with events like the Senior Outing at Bahama Breeze. But we still have even more events coming up.

 Saturday, Feb 14th - Youth Lock-in, fun and games.  For Middle and High School Age Youth.  This in an overnight pre-lent retreat Starting at Vespers at 5pm on Saturday and having the children picked up on Sunday after Liturgy.

Saturday, Feb. 21st - Russian Cheese Fair/ Shrovetide Party. It’s a Tradition to celebrate Масленица/ Cheesefare with music, dancing, games for kids and adults, and eating lots of blini/crepes!!! Please join us on February 21, 2014 after Slavonic Liturgy.

Saturday Feb 28th - Short film, the Butterfly Circus and Pretzel Making (for Movie Night) after Vespers at Fr. Daniel’s house.

Three Holy Hierachs

At the end of this month we will celebrate the feast of the Three Holy Hierachs. This is a feast that celebrates three great leaders in the Church, St. Basil, St. John Chrysostom and Gregory the Theologian. All three Heirachs have feasts toward the end of the year and this joint feast displayed the unity of these great theological figures in the Orthodox Church.

We will be celebrating with a Divine Liturgy at 9am on Friday Jan 30th.

Congratulations to the newly married Brian and Rania, may God Grant them Many Years.

There are a lot of events coming up here at Stephen:

  • This Saturday (Jan 17t) we will be hosting the Slavonic Divine Liturgy which we host every Third Saturday of the Month. 
  • Jan 25 - We will be having our Annual Parish Meeting 
  • Jan 31 Saturday – Movie Night, this should be a fun one we are planning to watch a Tolkien film over Fr. Hickman's after Vespers. 
  • Feb 1 - Mustard Seed Cafe, Sunday School Program and later a Super bowl Party at the Gidus' house.
  • Feb 8 - Volunteer Fair 
  • Feb 14th – Youth Lock-in, fun and games and positive place youth and teens , a Great Chance for the Adults to get away


The Russian Children at St. Stephen's put on a play and sang traditional Russian Carols, called Kolyadky. It is a traditional way to celebrate the Christmas holidays in Russia and all of Eastern Europe. 


St. Basil's Day and the New Year

January 1st is many things, it is the Feast of St. Basil, it is the Feast of the Circumcision of the Lord in the Temple and in the secular world it is New Years Day.   We will celebrate with a Divine Liturgy (9:30 AM) and special cake (really bread) to make the occasion. 

It has been a busy week with celebration on going from Christmas, including our patron Saint Stephen’s Day but celebrations are not all done at St. Stephen, the following is coming up:



  • Saint Basil’s Day (January 1st) – with a Divine Liturgy (9:30 AM) and a Vasilopedia to celebrate. 
  • Kolyadki- (Sat. Jan 3rd at Noon) Traditional Russian carols and tea, (please bring an appetizer or desert) 
  • The Mustard Seed Café (Sun. Jan. 4th after church in the education building) This Month is the Patient Pineapple. 
  • Theophany (sometimes called Epiphany)-  We will celebrate or Lord’s Baptism in the River Jordan and the beginning of his public ministry with Royal Hours on the Eve (Jan. 5 at 9AM) and a Vesperal Liturgy on the Eve at 7PM (Jan. 5th) followed by the Great Blessing of the Waters (there will be holy water available to take home) and a Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM on the Feast of Theophany (Jan. 6th).  

Christmas Season

As we prepare for Christmas there are a lot of things happening at St. Stephen’s.  On weekday mornings next week we will have a Morning prayers at 7 am at the church except on Wednesday December 17th when we be celebrating the Divine Liturgy for St. Daniel’s Day.  On Saturday we will be celebrating the Divine Liturgy in Slavonic with a Russian coffee hour.   On December 27th is St. Stephen day we will celebrate with a the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am followed by games, caroling and a potluck meal. 

St. Stephen’s Nativity Schedule

Eve of the Nativity

Dec. 24, Wednesday
Royal Hours 9:00 a.m.
Vesperal Liturgy 3:30 p.m.

Holy Supper follows the Liturgy

Nativity Vigil (Compline & Matins) 7:00 p.m.

Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Dec. 25, Thursday
Hours 9:10 a.m.
Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.

Synaxis of the Theotokos (2nd day of the Nativity Feast)

Dec. 26, Friday
Hours 9:10 a.m.
Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.
Vespers for St. Stephen 6:30 p.m.

Saint Stephen the Protomartyr (3rd day of the Nativity Feast)

Dec. 27, Saturday Hours 9:10 a.m.
Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.
Followed by a St. Stephen’s day Potluck Celebration
Vespers for Sun. after Nativity 6:30 p.m.

Sunday after the Nativity

Dec. 28, Sunday
Hours 9:10 a.m.
Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.


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Orthodox Church of St. Stephen the Protomartyr

1895 Lake Emma Road
Longwood, Florida 32750
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