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MARDI GRAS FEAST


On Sunday February 19th we will celebrate Mardi Gras, the start of the Meatfare (Carnival) week in Elgin Barrow Arena at 43 Church Street South, Richmond Hill (5 minutes' walk from the Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov.). Beginning at 2pm.
Of course, there will be pancakes and music
Tickets can be purchased in our church during a service (ask at the candle box):
- For adults - $ 25.
- For children from 7 to 12 years - $ 10.
- For children up to 7 years free of charge, but you still need to get a ticket.

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

Sunday January 1, 12:30 New Year prayer service (no liturgy)
Friday January 6, 18:30 Great Compline and Matins. CHRISTMAS EVE
Saturday January 7, 11:30 Liturgy. CHRISTMAS
Sunday January 8:
12:30 Liturgy
15:00 Christmas matinee for children (Tickets can be purchased until January 7)
Sunday January 15, 12:30 Liturgy
Wednesday January 18, 18:30 Great Compline and Matins. Great Blessing of Waters
Thursday January 19, 11:30 Liturgy. Great Blessing of the Waters - THE EPIPHANY

SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY


The Sunday of Orthodoxy (also known as the Triumph of Orthodoxy) is celebrated on the first Sunday of Great Lent (six Sundays before Pascha). The Feast is kept in memory of the final defeat of Iconoclasm and the restoration of the icons to the churches.
After the death of the last Iconoclast emperor, Theophilos, his widow the regent Theodora and Patriarch Methodios, summoned the Synod of Constantinople in 843 to restore the icons to the Church.
After Orthros, a procession is made with icons around the church.
Once the procession arrives at the place, the Synodicon (decree of the Synod of Constantinople) is read aloud by the deacon. This Synodicon begins with the memory of certain saints, confessors and heroes of the faith, to each of whose names the people cry out: "Eternal Memory!" three times. Then follows a long list of heretics of all kinds, to each of which the answer is: "Anathema" once or thrice. These heretics comprise all the major opponents of the Orthodox Faith, Arians, Nestorians, Monophysites, Monothelites, Iconoclasts, and so on. Then comes again "Eternal Memory" to certain pious emperors, from Constantine the Great on.
The troparion of the feast:
We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One,
and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God.
Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh
to deliver Your creatures from bondage to the enemy.
Therefore with thanksgiving we cry aloud to You:
You have filled all with joy, O our Savior,
by coming to save the world.

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL STARTS

Dear parents! The registration of children for our parish school for the 2015-2016 school year has started. Please fill out this form.
First day of school: Sunday, October 4, 2015. We will be glad to see you!
The classes start at noon. Please bring your children ten or fifteen minutes in advance before the first lesson.

18th All-American Council of the OCA

From 20 to 24 July 2015, XVIII American Council of the Orthodox Church in America took place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Such councils are held every three years, and both ministers and delegates of the laity, from all the parishes of the OCA (i.e. from the United States, Canada and Mexico) participate in them. Our parish also sent a delegate to the Council.
The Council adopted a new version of the Charter of the OCA, as well as the resolution on the financial system of the OCA, and a resolution on abuse of spiritual power.
The Council was attended by Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Onufry, Administrator of the Patriarchal parishes in the USA Ioann Bishop of Naro-Fominsk, and Vicar of the Diocese of Chernivtsi and Bukovina, Evseviy, Bishop of Khotyn.
The materials and the resolutions of the Council can be found at the OCA website: http://18aac.oca.org/

Photos from the Council:
At the plenary session. In the hall where the meetings and the Divine services took place, there was an iconostasis mounted and reliquaries with the relics of the saints placed, so the delegates could venerate them.

The delegates came to the Council from across the US, Canada and Mexico

Icon of All Saints in the America

Reliquary of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco

Antimension that Saint Innokenty of Alaska used for Divine Services

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