Welcome to the Orthodox Church of St. Stephen the Protomartyr!
This week is Cheesefair week as we continue to prepare for Great and Holy Lent by abstaining from meat products. On Saturday (Feb 21st) we will be celebrating the Divine Liturgy in Slavonic with Fr. Arkady at 10 am and following we will be having Масленица/ Cheesefare with Russian food and outfits. Bring a dish to share (please no meat) and we celebrate together and finish up at 3pm with Vespers in English.
The next day, Sunday (Feb 22nd) is Forgiveness Sunday and the last day before Great Lent. It is the Sunday when we commemorate the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden and become more aware of our need for forgiveness. It is a tradition in the Orthodox Church to ask people for forgiveness before we begin Great Lent . In keeping with that tradition We will be having vespers following the service and will ask each other for forgiveness.
Clean Monday (Feb 23rd) we will begin our journey through Great Lent with the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete. One part of this penitential service will be chanted each night from Clean Monday through Clean Thursday at 7pm. One of the most beloved services of the Orthodox Church the Great Cannon is a conversation between St. Andrew and his soul, where using examples from the Bible he encourages himself (and us) to wake up and turn back to Christ.
Friday (Feb 27th) will be our first Pre-Sanctified Liturgy of Great Lent at 6:30 pm. We normally each bring a small Lenten dish to share after the service of the Pre-Sanctified gifts.
Then on Saturday (Feb. 28th) , we will have a Pretzel Night for Movie Night with a very short film, Pretzel making and Lenten discussion for Middle School aged children following Vespers at 5pm.