SOFIA

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S.O.F.I.A. stands for Seeing Our Father in All. It is a weekly, self-paced, at-home catechism program prepared by Fr. Ninos Oshaana and designed for our parishioners, both individuals and families with children. It's free and conveniently accessed on our website. A dedicated page every week will focus on the forthcoming Sunday's epistle and gospel reading, the saints or feasts of the season, as well as practical and inspiring guidance on a variety of spiritual topics that can aid your understanding and practice of the Orthodox Faith and enrich your Sunday worship experience through better preparation and participation in the Divine Liturgy. 

How it works

It's easy! Sign-up for our parish newsletter and you will be notified by email when a new lesson page is available (usually by Wednesday of every week). Simply click the link in the email to access the week's lesson. Check your spam or junk folder in case you don't receive the emails. 

Your Commitment

You must commit to setting aside at least one hour (before Sunday morning!) to read the lesson which includes time for prayer, reflection, hymns, discussion and activities. This can happen at whatever time you may choose. Perhaps around the dinner table on a weeknight? Perhaps after Saturday morning breakfast or before your evening prayer time? Whatever day and time that you choose, the important thing is to commit to a day and time before Sunday's liturgy.

Click here to view the latest SOFIA lesson page.

Click the button below to sign-up for access to S.O.F.I.A.

Our busy lives. Where does the time go?

A reflection by Fr. Ninos

 

Many people are very committed to doing all sorts of things during the week, without fail, like going to the gym, playing a sport, following a diet, watching a TV show and so on. We're all constantly committed to learning something, listening to something, reading something, watching something. Children are committed to doing their homework, getting to class on time every morning, and all other kinds of activities. Adults are committed to developing their careers and balancing their work, family life and keeping up with social media. While these things may be considered necessary for our earthly lives and while fun, leisure and entertainment may offer some needed relief at times, these things can nonetheless take over our schedules, leaving us very little time to care for our souls. It's tragic but true that keeping us busy with only worldly pursuits and keeping our minds constantly distracted and away from God and thereby from caring for our souls is how the Devil leads people into Hell.

Every person, every parent, every family must break free from this unhealthy and demonic cycle that leads to spiritual blindness and eventually spiritual death. The way to do this is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and integrate our Orthodox Faith into our daily lives at home, school and work. That is the goal behind S.O.F.I.A. To "see Our Father in all" and in everything we do.

The good fight

Just as we commit ourselves to our duties and jobs and are expected to take them seriously, to be a true and real Orthodox Christian also requires our daily commitment to our spiritual life. This is what St. Paul calls the good fight.

"I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7)

Yet what motivates our commitment is not praise or a reward that we hope to attain. What motivates our struggle is love for Christ. In his great love for us, our Lord Jesus wants to be a part of our lives during the week as well. We dishonor him greatly and we jeopardize our salvation when we exclude him from our minds, our hearts and our lives during the week. Because it shows us to be prideful and also ungrateful for the life and the blessings he has given us! Instead, when we remember how much we need him and then invite him into our lives, when we humble ourselves and keep our relationship and communication active with him as we do with our closest friends and family members, when we integrate our Orthodox practice of prayer, fasting and good works every week, then Christ and his angels and saints will bless us, strengthen us and help us continue in peace, hope, faith and love through both the good and the challenging circumstances of our lives. But more importantly, it will lead to the healing, cleansing and sanctification of our souls. 

If we pray and call out to God as "Our Father," then let us be people who He can call his children.  

 

 

The Teachings of the Church

What does our Holy Orthodox Church teach about the purpose of life? What does she teach about the soul and what happens when we die? What about things like anger, depression, anxiety and fear?  What does the Church teach about money, technology, art and entertainment; or about sexuality, gender, love and marriage? What does the Church teach about being a man, or being a woman or raising children? 

I invite you to join me for a weekly, in-person discussion group on Wednesday evenings to learn the Church’s profound and life-changing answers to these questions and many others. We will dedicate an entire month on a specific topic, by exploring the teachings of the Church, through her divine and Spirit-filled voice as heard in the Holy Scriptures, in the writings of the Holy Fathers, and in the wisdom of contemporary saints that lived in our modern day world and understood our struggles. As every month’s topic will vary, you’re welcome to join us for any meetings that interest you the most. 

Schedule:

5:00pm – Paraklesis to the Theotokos (in the church)
6:00pm – Teachings of the Church discussion group (in the hall)

I hope you can join us as we learn, discuss and work to apply the wisdom of the Church to our daily lives. 

With love in Christ,
Fr. Ninos

Calendar

Fasting Guidelines

*Strict Fast: Refrain from eating meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, wine and oil. (Vegan).

*Wine & Oil : Wine and oil are allowed. Refrain from meat, dairy and eggs.

*Fish: Fish, wine, oil are allowed. Refrain from meat, dairy and eggs.

*Cheesefare: Dairy products and eggs are allowed. Refrain from meat and fish.

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
Nahum the Prophet
Nahum the Prophet
Dec 1 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/01/2022 Saints and Feasts: Nahum the Prophet; Philaret the Merciful of Amnia; Ananias the Persian; Holy Father Theocletus the Wonderworker,[...]
2
*Strict Fast
*Strict Fast
Dec 2 all-day
Jesus said, ‘and when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites,  for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.[...]
Habakkuk the Prophet
Habakkuk the Prophet
Dec 2 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/02/2022 Saints and Feasts: Habakkuk the Prophet; Our Righteous Father Cyril of Phileus; Myrope the Martyr of Chios; Porphyrios of[...]
3
The Holy Prophet Sophonias (Zephaniah)
The Holy Prophet Sophonias (Zephaniah)
Dec 3 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/03/2022 Saints and Feasts: The Holy Prophet Sophonias (Zephaniah); Our Righteous Father John, Bishop and Hesychast; Holy Martyrs Agapius and[...]
Great Vespers 5:00 pm
Great Vespers
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
In the Orthodox Church the liturgical day begins in the evening with the setting of the sun. This practice follows the Biblical account of creation:[...]
4
10th Sunday of Luke
10th Sunday of Luke
Dec 4 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/04/2022 Saints and Feasts: 10th Sunday of Luke; Barbara the Great Martyr; John the Righteous of Damascus; New Hieromartyr Seraphim,[...]
Matins 8:30 am
Matins
Dec 4 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
The morning service of the Church is called Matins or Orthros. It opens with the reading of six morning psalms and the intoning of the[...]
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
“We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
5
Sabbas the Sanctified
Sabbas the Sanctified
Dec 5 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/05/2022 Saints and Feasts: Sabbas the Sanctified; Holy Martyr Diogenes; Philotheos the Righteous of Mount Athos; Nektarios the Bulgarian Fast[...]
6
Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra
Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra
Dec 6 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/06/2022 Saints and Feasts: Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra; Nicholas the New Martyr of Asia Minor Fast Day (Fish[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 6 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
7
*Strict Fast
*Strict Fast
Dec 7 all-day
Jesus said, ‘and when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites,  for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.[...]
Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
Dec 7 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/07/2022 Saints and Feasts: Ambrose, Bishop of Milan; Athenodoros the Martyr of Mesopotamia; Righteous Father Gerasimus, Ascetic of Euboia Strict[...]
Paraklesis or Akathist 5:00 pm
Paraklesis or Akathist
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Teachings of the Church 6:00 pm
Teachings of the Church
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
What does our Holy Orthodox Church teach about the purpose of life? What does she teach about the soul and what happens when we die?[...]
8
Forefeast of the Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos
Forefeast of the Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos
Dec 8 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/08/2022 Saints and Feasts: Forefeast of the Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos; Patapius the Righteous of[...]
9
*Wine and Oil
*Wine and Oil
Dec 9 all-day
 
The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos
The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos
Dec 9 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/09/2022 Saints and Feasts: The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos; Hannah the Righteous, mother of Samuel[...]
10
Menas, Hermogenes, & Eugraphos, Martyrs of Alexandria
Menas, Hermogenes, & Eugraphos, Martyrs of Alexandria
Dec 10 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/10/2022 Saints and Feasts: Menas, Hermogenes, & Eugraphos, Martyrs of Alexandria; Thomas the Righteous of Bithynia Fast Day (Fish Allowed)[...]
Great Vespers 5:00 pm
Great Vespers
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
In the Orthodox Church the liturgical day begins in the evening with the setting of the sun. This practice follows the Biblical account of creation:[...]
11
11th Sunday of Luke
11th Sunday of Luke
Dec 11 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/11/2022 Saints and Feasts: 11th Sunday of Luke; Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople; Luke the New Stylite of Chalcedon; Martyrs[...]
Matins 8:30 am
Matins
Dec 11 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
The morning service of the Church is called Matins or Orthros. It opens with the reading of six morning psalms and the intoning of the[...]
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
“We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
12
*Wine and Oil
*Wine and Oil
Dec 12 all-day
 
Spyridon the Wonderworker of Trymithous
Spyridon the Wonderworker of Trymithous
Dec 12 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/12/2022 Saints and Feasts: Spyridon the Wonderworker of Trymithous; Holy New Martyr Peter the Aleut; John (or Joachim), Bishop of[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 12 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 12 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
13
*Strict Fast
*Strict Fast
Dec 13 all-day
Jesus said, ‘and when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites,  for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.[...]
Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes of Greater Armenia
Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes of Greater Armenia
Dec 13 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/13/2022 Saints and Feasts: Martyrs Eustratius, Auxentius, Eugene, Mardarius, and Orestes of Greater Armenia; Lucia the Virgin-martyr; Herman the Wonderworker[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 13 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
14
*Strict Fast
*Strict Fast
Dec 14 all-day
Jesus said, ‘and when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites,  for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.[...]
Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucius, and Callinicus of Asia Minor, and Philemon, Apollonius, and Arian of Alexandria
Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucius, and Callinicus of Asia Minor, and Philemon, Apollonius, and Arian of Alexandria
Dec 14 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/14/2022 Saints and Feasts: Martyrs Thyrsus, Leucius, and Callinicus of Asia Minor, and Philemon, Apollonius, and Arian of Alexandria Strict[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 14 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
Paraklesis or Akathist 5:00 pm
Paraklesis or Akathist
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Teachings of the Church 6:00 pm
Teachings of the Church
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
What does our Holy Orthodox Church teach about the purpose of life? What does she teach about the soul and what happens when we die?[...]
15
*Wine and Oil
*Wine and Oil
Dec 15 all-day
 
Eleutherios the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Illyricum, and his mother Anthia
Eleutherios the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Illyricum, and his mother Anthia
Dec 15 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/15/2022 Saints and Feasts: Eleutherios the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Illyricum, and his mother Anthia; The Martyr Susannah the Deaconess Fast[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 15 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
16
*Strict Fast
*Strict Fast
Dec 16 all-day
Jesus said, ‘and when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites,  for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.[...]
The Holy Prophet Aggaeus (Haggai)
The Holy Prophet Aggaeus (Haggai)
Dec 16 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/16/2022 Saints and Feasts: The Holy Prophet Aggaeus (Haggai); Modestos, Archbishop of Jerusalem; Our Righeous Mother Blessed Empress Theophania; Nicholas[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 16 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
17
*Wine and Oil
*Wine and Oil
Dec 17 all-day
 
Daniel the Prophet & Ananias, Azarias, & Misail, the Three Holy Youths
Daniel the Prophet & Ananias, Azarias, & Misail, the Three Holy Youths
Dec 17 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/17/2022 Saints and Feasts: Daniel the Prophet & Ananias, Azarias, & Misail, the Three Holy Youths; Dionysius of Zakynthos Fast[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 17 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
Great Vespers 5:00 pm
Great Vespers
Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
In the Orthodox Church the liturgical day begins in the evening with the setting of the sun. This practice follows the Biblical account of creation:[...]
18
*Wine and Oil
*Wine and Oil
Dec 18 all-day
 
Sunday before Nativity
Sunday before Nativity
Dec 18 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/18/2022 Saints and Feasts: Sunday before Nativity; Sebastian the Martyr & his Companions; Our Righteous Father Michael Syngellon the Confessor[...]
Matins 8:30 am
Matins
Dec 18 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
The morning service of the Church is called Matins or Orthros. It opens with the reading of six morning psalms and the intoning of the[...]
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
“We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
19
*Strict Fast
*Strict Fast
Dec 19 all-day
Jesus said, ‘and when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites,  for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.[...]
Martyrs Boniface, Probus, Ares, Timothy, Polyeuktos, Eutychios and Thessaloniki
Martyrs Boniface, Probus, Ares, Timothy, Polyeuktos, Eutychios and Thessaloniki
Dec 19 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/19/2022 Saints and Feasts: Martyrs Boniface, Probus, Ares, Timothy, Polyeuktos, Eutychios and Thessaloniki; Our Righteous Father Gregentius, Bishop of Ethiopia;[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 19 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
20
*Wine and Oil
*Wine and Oil
Dec 20 all-day
 
Ignatius the God-Bearer, Bishop of Antioch
Ignatius the God-Bearer, Bishop of Antioch
Dec 20 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/20/2022 Saints and Feasts: Ignatius the God-Bearer, Bishop of Antioch; Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 20 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
21
*Strict Fast
*Strict Fast
Dec 21 all-day
Jesus said, ‘and when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites,  for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.[...]
Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Dec 21 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/21/2022 Saints and Feasts: Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; Juliana of Nicomedia & her[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 21 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
Paraklesis or Akathist 5:00 pm
Paraklesis or Akathist
Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Teachings of the Church 6:00 pm
Teachings of the Church
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
What does our Holy Orthodox Church teach about the purpose of life? What does she teach about the soul and what happens when we die?[...]
22
*Strict Fast
*Strict Fast
Dec 22 all-day
Jesus said, ‘and when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites,  for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.[...]
Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Dec 22 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/22/2022 Saints and Feasts: Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; Anastasia the Great Martyr; Chrysogonos,[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 22 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
23
*Strict Fast
*Strict Fast
Dec 23 all-day
Jesus said, ‘and when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites,  for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.[...]
Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Dec 23 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/23/2022 Saints and Feasts: Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; Ten Martyrs of Crete; Paul,[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 23 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 23 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
24
*Wine and Oil
*Wine and Oil
Dec 24 all-day
 
Eve of the Nativity of Christ
Eve of the Nativity of Christ
Dec 24 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/24/2022 Saints and Feasts: Eve of the Nativity of Christ; Eugenia the Righteous Nun-martyr of Rome and those with her[...]
1st & 3rd Hours 8:30 am
1st & 3rd Hours
Dec 24 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
 
Divine Liturgy 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
Great Vespers 5:00 pm
Great Vespers
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
In the Orthodox Church the liturgical day begins in the evening with the setting of the sun. This practice follows the Biblical account of creation:[...]
25
The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Dec 25 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/25/2022 Saints and Feasts: The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; The Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Gaspar,[...]
Matins 8:30 am
Matins
Dec 25 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
The morning service of the Church is called Matins or Orthros. It opens with the reading of six morning psalms and the intoning of the[...]
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
Divine Liturgy
Dec 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
“We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot[...]
26
Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos
Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos
Dec 26 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/26/2022 Saints and Feasts: Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos; Afterfeast of the Nativity; Euthemios the Confessor, Bishop of Sardis; Holy[...]
27
Stephen, Archdeacon & First Martyr
Stephen, Archdeacon & First Martyr
Dec 27 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/27/2022 Saints and Feasts: Stephen, Archdeacon & First Martyr; Afterfeast of the Nativity; Theodore the Confessor, brother of Saint Theophanes[...]
28
20,000 Martyrs burned in Nicomedia
20,000 Martyrs burned in Nicomedia
Dec 28 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/28/2022 Saints and Feasts: 20,000 Martyrs burned in Nicomedia; Holy Martyr Glycerus; Simon the Myrrhbearer, Founder of Simonopetra, Monastery of[...]
Paraklesis or Akathist 5:00 pm
Paraklesis or Akathist
Dec 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Teachings of the Church 6:00 pm
Teachings of the Church
Dec 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
What does our Holy Orthodox Church teach about the purpose of life? What does she teach about the soul and what happens when we die?[...]
29
14,000 infants (Holy Innocents) slain by Herod in Bethlehem
14,000 infants (Holy Innocents) slain by Herod in Bethlehem
Dec 29 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/29/2022 Saints and Feasts: 14,000 infants (Holy Innocents) slain by Herod in Bethlehem; Our Righteous Father Marcellus, Abbot of the[...]
30
Anysia the Virgin-martyr of Thessaloniki
Anysia the Virgin-martyr of Thessaloniki
Dec 30 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/30/2022 Saints and Feasts: Anysia the Virgin-martyr of Thessaloniki; Gideon the New Martyr of Mount Athos; Holy Martyr Philetaerus; Righteous[...]
31
Apodosis of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Apodosis of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Dec 31 all-day
Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 12/31/2022 Saints and Feasts: Apodosis of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; Melania the Younger, Nun of[...]
Great Vespers 5:00 pm
Great Vespers
Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
In the Orthodox Church the liturgical day begins in the evening with the setting of the sun. This practice follows the Biblical account of creation:[...]