Welcome to the Orthodox Church of St. Stephen the Protomartyr!
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.