SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Events

January, 2021

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1, January
Circumcision of Christ - 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy - Moleben for the Beginning of Civil New Year
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2, January
5:00 PM - Great Vespers
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3, January
Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM
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5, January
STRICT FAST - 5:00 PM Great Compline with Litya
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6, January
THEOPHANY OF CHRIST - Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM - Followed by Great Blessing of Water
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7, January
Synaxis of St. John the Baptist
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8, January
Moleben to the Theotokos - 7:00 PM (These Services are live-streamed only.)
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9, January
5:00 PM - Great Vespers
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10, January
Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM
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12, January
Akathist to St. John the Baptist 7:00 PM (These Services are live-streamed only.)
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15, January
Moleben to the Theotokos - 7:00 PM
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16, January
5:00 PM - Great Vespers
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17, January
Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM - Ven. Anthony the Great
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19, January
Akathist to St. John the Baptist 7:00 PM
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22, January
Moleben to the Theotokos - 7:00 PM
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23, January
5:00 PM - Great Vespers
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24, January
Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM - Ven. Xenia of Rome
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25, January
St. Gregory the Theologian
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26, January
Akathist to St. John the Baptist 7:00 PM
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29, January
5:00 PM - Great Vespers with Litya
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30, January
Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM - Synaxis 3 Hierarchs: Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom
5:00 PM - Great Vespers
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31, January
Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM

Circumcision of Christ - 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy - Moleben for the Beginning of Civil New Year

Friday, January 1, 2021 - 09:30 AM
Lord Christ our God, King of the ages and Creator of all, I thank You for the blessings You have granted me and for the communion of Your pure and life-giving Mysteries. I pray You, therefore, gracious Lord and Lover of mankind, guard me under Your protection and within the shadow of Your wings; and grant me with a clear conscience till my last breath worthily to partake of Your sacred Gifts for forgiveness of sins and for life eternal. For You are the Bread of Life, the Source of Holiness, the Giver of all that is good, and to You we send up the glory , with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prayer of St. Basil the Great for after Communion)

5:00 PM - Great Vespers

Saturday, January 2, 2021 - 05:00 PM
Theophany - “Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the House of the Lord! God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!” (The Introit of the Little Entrance)

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM

Sunday, January 3, 2021 - 09:30 AM
After Easter and Pentecost, Theophany is considered the third greatest feast of the Orthodox church, more so even than Christmas. It commemorates the baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. The Holy Trinity was revealed to the world. The Father spoke saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” The Holy Spirit was seen in the form of a dove, hovering over the waters. And John the Baptist bore witness saying, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

STRICT FAST - 5:00 PM Great Compline with Litya

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 05:00 PM
One important truth revealed to us at Jesus’ baptism is the dogmatic truth of God in three divine Persons. The Father is revealed as the one (voice) who bore witness to Jesus’ Sonship; the Spirit is symbolized as a dove descending from heaven. Christ is identified as the Son by the Father’s voice: “You are my Beloved Son.”

THEOPHANY OF CHRIST - Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM - Followed by Great Blessing of Water

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 09:30 AM
The Troparion of the feast of the Epiphany explains the feast and its iconographic portrayal. “When You, O Lord were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest for the voice of the Father bore witness to You and called You His beloved Son. And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the truthfulness of His word.”

Synaxis of St. John the Baptist

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 01:00 AM
I will praise You, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders, I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praises to Your name, O Most High. (Psalm 9:1-2)

Moleben to the Theotokos - 7:00 PM (These Services are live-streamed only.)

Friday, January 8, 2021 - 07:00 PM
My soul praises the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed. (Luke 1-46-55)

5:00 PM - Great Vespers

Saturday, January 9, 2021 - 05:00 PM
The psalmist often refers to his delight in the house of God—the place of public worship; his love to be there united with the people of God in the solemn services of religion.

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM

Sunday, January 10, 2021 - 09:30 AM
It is always an evidence of piety, for there can be no true religion where the soul does NOT find pleasure in the worship of God. A person who does NOT delight in such a service here, is not prepared for heaven, where God eternally dwells.

Akathist to St. John the Baptist 7:00 PM (These Services are live-streamed only.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 07:00 PM
Jesus said, “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions (Luke 12:15).

Moleben to the Theotokos - 7:00 PM

Friday, January 15, 2021 - 07:00 PM
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin, Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your Name forever. Amen.

5:00 PM - Great Vespers

Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 05:00 PM
O Lord, You sent down Your Most Holy Spirit upon Your apostles at the Third Hour. Take Him not from us, O gracious One, but renew us as we pray to You.

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM - Ven. Anthony the Great

Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 09:30 AM
When you lie down on your bed to sleep, remember with thanksgiving the blessings and the providence of God. - Anthony the Great

Akathist to St. John the Baptist 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 07:00 PM
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 45:10)

Moleben to the Theotokos - 7:00 PM

Friday, January 22, 2021 - 07:00 PM
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. (Hebrews 13:8-9)

5:00 PM - Great Vespers

Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 05:00 PM
Prayer is remembering to call home because you are a child of God.

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM - Ven. Xenia of Rome

Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 09:30 AM
Saint Xenia of Rome lived in fifth century Rome to wealthy and noble parents. She secretly left home and dedicated her life to God. A spiritual father, Paul, an abbot, from Mylasa compelled her and her two maid servants who accompanied her to move close to his monastery and provided them with a hermitage. Xenia built a church there to Stephen the first martyr, and the hermitage later became a convent for many. She never strayed from her prayer rule that was always accompanied by tears. She gathered the sisterhood on the day of her death and asked for them to pray for her. When she died, a lovely fragrance pervaded the place. The sick who touched her relics with faith were always healed.

St. Gregory the Theologian

Monday, January 25, 2021 - 01:00 AM
“Grace is given not to them who speak [their faith] but to those who live their faith.” ― St. Gregory the Theologian

Akathist to St. John the Baptist 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 07:00 PM
Prayer uplifts and unites human beings with God (St. Gregory Palamas).

5:00 PM - Great Vespers with Litya

Friday, January 29, 2021 - 05:00 PM
“Let us then be trustful and in all things which befall us let us rejoice and give thanks to the merciful God, that we may pass through this present life with serenity, And obtain the blessings to come, by the grace and loving kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ,” - Saint John Chrysostom

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM - Synaxis 3 Hierarchs: Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom

Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 09:30 AM
This common feast of these three teachers was instituted a little before the year 1100 because of a dispute and strife that arose among the notable and virtuous men of that time. Some of them preferred Basil, while others preferred Gregory, and yet others preferred John Chrysostom, quarreling among themselves over which of the three was the greatest. The three saints appeared to a monk, John Mauropus, who became Bishop of Euchaita, a city of Asia Minor and revealed to him that the glory they have at the throne of God is equal. They told the Bishop to compose a common service for both of them which he did.

5:00 PM - Great Vespers

Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 05:00 PM
This common feast of these three teachers was instituted a little before the year 1100 because of a dispute and strife that arose among the notable and virtuous men of that time. Some of them preferred Basil, while others preferred Gregory, and yet others preferred John Chrysostom, quarreling among themselves over which of the three was the greatest. The three saints appeared to a monk, John Mauropus, who became Bishop of Euchaita, a city of Asia Minor and revealed to him that the glory they have at the throne of God is equal. They told the Bishop to compose a common service for both of them which he did.

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM

Sunday, January 31, 2021 - 09:30 AM
Prayer is holding all people in our hearts through love (St. John of Krondstadt).

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5:00 PM - Great Vespers with Litya

“Let us then be trustful and in all things which befall us let us rejoice and give thanks to the merciful God, that we may pass through this present life with serenity, And obtain the blessings to come, by the grace and loving kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ,” - Saint John...