Which Service

Which Service?

You are welcome to come to any service. Our services are in English. On a typical Friday night we have Great Vespers on at 7:30 p.m. (check the parish calendar); and on Sunday, Orthros at 9:00 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. In Orthodox tradition the liturgical day begins at sunset. Thus, our celebration of the Resurrection begins on Saturday evening, continues Sunday morning and culminates in the celebration of the Eucharist during Divine Liturgy.

Great Vespers is about 45-60 minutes long. Vespers consists of reading and chanting psalms, chanting hymns about Christ’s Resurrection and the saints commemorated on that day, praying for ourselves and the whole world, and a beautiful 2nd century hymn lauding Christ as the Light of the world.

Orthros is the Greek word for “matins” or morning service. Like Vespers, there are psalms, hymns and prayers, plus a reading from the Gospel. A lot of theology is beautifully expressed in the hymns of Orthros. If you come for Orthros, we encourage you to stay for Liturgy since one service naturally flows into the other.

Divine Liturgy starts at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. Liturgy means “work of the people.” Almost all the Liturgy hymns are the same each week, so you will notice that the congregation participates in singing most of the service. There is a bulletin available each week for the parts of the service that change, including Scripture readings. The Divine Liturgy includes a sermon. This is the Eucharistic service, when Orthodox Christians take Holy Communion. Everyone, including visitors, are invited to receive the blessed bread at the end of the service.

There are service books available for Vespers, Divine Liturgy and many of the other services in the narthex. Also in the narthex, you will have the opportunity to light a candle, ask questions about the service and sign our guest book.