SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Events

September, 2017

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Church New Year
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Great Vespers - 6:00 p.m.
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Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.
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Great Vespers with Litya - 6:00 p.m.
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Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.
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Great Vespers - 6:00 p.m.
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Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.
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Great Vespers with Litya - 6:00 p.m.
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Elevation of the Precious Cross - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.
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Great Vespers - 6:00 p.m.
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Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.
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Church New Year

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 01:00 AM
Church New Year - The First Ecumenical Council decreed that the Church’s year should begin on September 1st.  The month of September was, for the Jews, the beginning of the civil year, the month of the gathering of fruits and the bringing to God of sacrifices of thanksgiving.  For a long time, the civil year in the Christian world was reckoned in the same way as the Church’s year, from September 1st but it was later changed to January 1st,  first in western Europe and then also in Russia in the time of Peter the Great.

Great Vespers - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 06:00 PM
Great Vespers for Sunday Divine Liturgy - "O Lord Jesus Christ, help us to purify ourselves by Thy Blood and Thy Spirit, that we may be made worthy of Thy royal gifts.  To Thee   be glory and praise for ever.  Amen." 

Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 09:00 AM
Sunday Divine Liturgy - "When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Thy Resurrection; they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles:  Death is overthrown!  Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy."  (Troparion - Tone 4)

Great Vespers with Litya - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 06:00 PM
Great Vespers with Litya - "Your Nativity, O Virgin, has proclaimed joy to the whole  universe!  The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, has shown from you, O Theotokos!  By annulling the curse, He bestowed a blessing.  By destroying death, He has granted us eternal life."  (Troparon - Tone 4)

Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 09:00 AM
Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos - Divine Liturgy - "By your Nativity, O most pure Virgin, Joachim and Anna are freed from barrenness;  Adam and Eve, from the corruption of death.  And we, thy people, freed from the guilt of sin, celebrate and sing to you:  The barren woman gives birth to the Theotokos, the Nourisher of our Life."  (Kontakion - Tone 4) 

Great Vespers - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 06:00 PM
Great Vespers for Sunday Divine Liturgy - "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."   (Mat 6:33-34)

Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 09:00 AM
Afterfeast of the Natrivity of the Mother of God - Divine Liturgy - "My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior!  For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed." 

Great Vespers with Litya - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 06:00 PM
Great Vespers with Litya - “Before Thy Cross, we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy Holy Resurrection, we glorify.”

Elevation of the Precious Cross - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 09:00 AM
Elevation of the Precious Cross - Divine Liturgy - Ardently desiring to find the Cross on which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, Saint Constantine sent his mother, the pious Empress Helen to Jerusalem, providing her with a letter to Saint Macarius, Patriarch of Jerusalem.  After a long search, the miraculous discovery of the Cross was made by Empress Helen and Saint Macarius.  Soon christians came in a huge  throng to venerate the Holy Cross, beseeching Saint Macarius to elevate the Cross, so that even those far off might reverently contemplate it.  Then the Patriarch and other spiritual leaders raised up the Holy Cross, and the people, saying "Lord have mercy," reverently prostrated before the Venerable Wood.  This solemn event occurred in the year 326.   

Great Vespers - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 06:00 PM
Great Vespers for Sunday Divine Liturgy - "O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.  To Thee, O Lord, will I call.   O my God, be not silent to me."  (Prokeimenon Psalm 28)

Divine Liturgy - 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 09:00 AM
Sunday Divine Liturgy - "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the heavenly God.  He will say to the Lord:  My Protector and my Refuge; my God, in whom I trust."    (Alleluia Verses Psalm 91) 

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Great Vespers - 6:00 p.m.

Great Vespers for Sunday Divine Liturgy - "When Thou didst descend to death, O Life Immortal, Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead!  And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out:  O Giver of Life!  Christ our...