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Fall in our Parish

While September does not feel like fall this year (too hot!) fall is nonethless here. In our parish, September and October are generally months of refocusing, especially in regard to picking up the work...

Blessing the Crown of the New Church Year

As we feel the heat of summertime abate every late August, Orthodox Christians look forward to September 1, when we mark the new ecclesiastical year. In 2019, this new church year falls on a...

Dormition Fast & August

The first half of August in the Orthodox Church (Aug. 1-14) is set aside as a special season of fasting and reflection. The two-week Dormition Fast precedes the Great Feast of the Dormition of the...

Summertime in the Parish

As in most Orthodox parishes, summertime at St. Athanasius offers a more relaxed pace of church life, especially compared to the springtime (Lent and Pascha,) early fall (various feasts and “back to school,”) and...

Looking Ahead to Summer in the Parish

Christ is Risen! Our St. Athanasius parish family is still celebrating the Pascha of our Lord (i.e., the Resurrection in light of Easter) up until the Ascension on June 6. You can explore beautiful...

Holy Week & Pascha 2019

Having welcomed our Archbishop Alexander here for Lazarus Saturday & Palm Sunday–and celebrated the Baptisms and Chrismations of our catechumens–our parish community is now marking the awesome days of Holy Week that lead us from...

Taste & See that the Lord is Good!

Our Journey to Pascha 2019 We are now deep into Great Lent, the ancient 40-day season specially appointed for renewed spiritual focus in anticipation of Holy Week and Pascha (Easter.) During the Lenten season...

Our Lenten Journey

The Lenten Spring is upon us. In the Orthodox Church, Great Lent begins on Clean Monday (March 11 in 2019) and is immediately preceded by Forgiveness Sunday (March 10.) In ancient times, Great Lent...

Feasts & Preparation for Lent

With the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord, the complex of services preceding Christmas & following Epiphany draw to a close. Notable in the season that has past is the Nativity Fast, Christmas,...

Houseblessing Season 2019

In the month of January, the Orthodox Church observes the Great Feast of Theophany, or Epiphany. One of the special features of Epiphany is the blessing of homes. Because our parishioners in America are often...