Bishop John Abdalah, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Western Rite Vicariate within the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America (that is, our bishop) will be visiting us this Saturday and Sunday.
He will be baptizing the tiniest member of our congregation, little Lilly, at 3:30 PM on Saturday, followed by sung Evensong.
On Sunday, he will tonsure Stephen Brannen a Lector and Beau Bruce a Subdeacon following Morning Prayer, and will be present for Mass immediately following.
Please feel welcome to join us.
Most Saints are commemorated only on the day of their death (or rather, their entrance into the presence of Christ). But the Church also marks the birth of three figures: our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ himself, his cousin St. John the Baptist, and his mother the Blessed Virgin Mary. John and Mary have unique roles in the earthly life and ministry of Jesus, and thus in the plan of salvation God has worked for us. Join us Thursday, Sept 7 at 7 PM to learn about the birth of Mary, and how her entire life was set aside and sanctified for the glorious role she would play in the Incarnation of God.
Palm Sunday (April 9)
10am Matins with Liturgy of the Palms to follow
7pm Mass followed by the blessing of oils
7pm Mass with foot washing and stripping of the Altar
Vigil to follow
6:30pm Statsions of the Cross
7pm Solemn Liturgy, Adoration of the Cross, and Pre-Sanctified communion
**10pm Pascha Vigil begins**
On Sunday March 5 at 6 PM there will be a pan-Orthodox Vespers for the 'Sunday of Orthodoxy'. This is a wonderful time each year to gather with fellow Orthodox Christians from across metro Atlanta for worship, teaching, and fellowship. Following Vespers there will be a reception in the Carlos Hall attached to the Cathedral.
The season of Epiphany concludes and the pre-Lenten season begins on Sunday, February 12 with Septuagesima Sunday. "Septuagesima", coming from the Latin for "seventy", is the Sunday closest to seventy days out from Easter. The three Sundays of the pre-Lenten season are all named for their proximity to the seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth days out from Easter, culminating in Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the forty days of Lent.
On January 1, eight days after Christmas, we celebrate the circumcision of our Lord according to the Law, and the giving of his holy name, Jesus.
On Sunday, October 16 at 10:30am, Fr. Michael will celebrate the Divine Liturgy, commemorating the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to a holy woman in Walsingham, England. Mary's Sainthood, her appearance at this site, and its veneration will be explored by Fr. Michael. There will also be a blessing with water from the holy well at Walsingham.
This Vespers service commemorates the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, acknowledging her role in God's plan of salvation - for her and for us.