Saturday of the Great Martyr Theodore
Feb
24
6:45 AM06:45

Saturday of the Great Martyr Theodore

Matins for the Great Martyr: 6:45AM

Divine Liturgy: 7:45AM

From the OCA Website:

The Holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit (Tyro) was a soldier in the city of Alasium of the Pontine district (northeast province of Asia Minor, stretching along the coast of the Euxine, i.e. the Black Sea), under the command of a certain Brincus. They commanded him to offer sacrifice to idols. Saint Theodore firmly confessed his faith in Christ the Savior in a loud voice. The commander gave him several days to think it over, during which time Saint Theodore prayed.

They charged him with setting a pagan temple on fire, and threw him into prison to be starved to death. The Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him there, comforting and encouraging him. Brought to the governor, Saint Theodore boldly and fearlessly confessed his faith, for which he was subjected to new torments and condemned to burning. The martyr Theodore climbed onto the fire without hesitation, and with prayer and gave up his holy soul to God.

This occurred in about the year 306 under the Roman emperor Galerius (305-311). Unharmed by the fire, the body of Saint Theodore was buried in the city of Euchaita, not far from Amasium. His relics were afterwards transferred to Constantinople, to a church dedicated to him. His head is in Italy, in the city of Gaeto.

Later on, fifty years after the death of Saint Theodore, the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363), wanting to commit an outrage upon the Christians, commanded the city-commander of Constantinople during the first week of Great Lent to sprinkle all the food provisions in the marketplaces with the blood offered to idols. Saint Theodore appeared in a dream to Archbishop Eudoxius, ordering him to inform all the Christians that no one should buy anything at the marketplaces, but rather to eat cooked wheat with honey (kolyva).

In memory of this occurrence, the Orthodox Church annually celebrates the holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit on the first Saturday of Great Lent. On Friday evening, at the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts following the prayer at the ambo, the Canon to the holy Great Martyr Theodore, composed by Saint John of Damascus, is sung. After this, kolyva is blessed and distributed to the faithful. The celebration of the Great Martyr Theodore on the first Saturday of Great Lent was set by the Patriarch Nectarius of Constantinople (381-397).

The Troparion to Saint Theodore is quite similar to the Troparion for the Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths (December 17, Sunday Before Nativity). The Kontakion to Saint Theodore, who suffered martyrdom by fire, reminds us that he also had faith as his breastplate (see I Thessalonians 5:8).

We pray to Saint Theodore for the recovery of stolen articles.

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Sunday of Orthodoxy Pan Orthodox Vespers
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Sunday of Orthodoxy Pan Orthodox Vespers

Pan-Orthodox Vespers & Guest Speaker at 6:00 pm
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation

2500 Clairmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Followed by Lenten Refreshments in Carlos Hall.

GUEST SPEAKER: Rev. George Parsenios
Topic: The Orthodox Paradox: Reflections on Christian Faith and Life on the Sunday of Orthodoxy

Rev. George Parsenios (PhD, Yale University) is Associate Professor of New Testament at
Princeton Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in Greek, New Testament and
the interaction of early Christianity with the classical world. He is also Sessional Associate Professor at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. The author of several scholarly articles and three books on New Testament themes, he is currently writing an Introduction to the New Testament and a commentary on the Gospel of John, and serves as a priest at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He resides in Princeton, New Jersey along with Presbytera Maureen and their three children.

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Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise/Forgiveness Vespers
Feb
18
8:30 AM08:30

Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise/Forgiveness Vespers

Forgiveness Vespers will take place immediately after the Divine Liturgy commemorating the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise.

"As we begin the Great Fast, the Church reminds us of Adam’s expulsion from Paradise. God commanded Adam to fast (Gen. 2:16), but he did not obey. Because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden and lost the life of blessedness, knowledge of God, and communion with Him, for which they were created. Both they and their descendents became heirs of death and corruption.

Let us consider the benefits of fasting, the consequences of disobedience, and recall our fallen state. Today we are invited to cleanse ourselves of evil through fasting and obedience to God. Our fasting should not be a negative thing, a mere abstention from certain foods. It is an opportunity to free ourselves from the sinful desires and urges of our fallen nature, and to nourish our souls with prayer, repentance, to participate in church services, and partake of the life-giving Mysteries of Christ.

At Forgiveness Vespers we sing: “Let us begin the time of fasting in light, preparing ourselves for spiritual efforts. Let us purify our soul, let us purify our body. As we abstain from food, let us abstain from all passion and enjoy the virtues of the spirit....”

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Brotherhood of St Moses Meeting
Feb
17
9:00 AM09:00

Brotherhood of St Moses Meeting

The next meeting for St Moses will be THIS SATURDAY following the Divine Liturgy. Please take the opportunity to read our book for that meeting.
Theme: Race, Identity, and Reconciliation
Schedule: Canon to the Saints of Africa, Open Forum Discussion on Nun Katherine's book with a light brunch
How to prepare: Read Nun Katherine's short book, "Race, Identity, and Reconciliation" and be prepared to share what you've learned, insights you've gained, and questions you might have. You can pick up a copy of the book in the bookstore. Feel free to bring some fruit or some pastries to share.

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St Arnold's Society
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

St Arnold's Society

The meeting of the St Arnold's Society takes place monthly. It is an opportunity for parishioners who love good fellowship, and love good beer to bring the two together on a regular basis. All are welcome! For more information, please email Fr Seth at frseth@saintjohnwonderworker.org

We'll be having out next meeting on Friday, 2/16 from 7-10pm at LEAN DRAFT HOUSE on the Westside Trail of the Beltline!

LEAN DRAFT HOUSE
600 Hopkins St SW (3.13 mi)
Atlanta, Georgia 30310

https://www.facebook.com/leandrafthouse/

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Sunday of the Last Judgement
Feb
11
8:30 AM08:30

Sunday of the Last Judgement

As Father Alexander Schmemann reminds us in his book GREAT LENT (Ch. 1:4), sin is the absence of love, it is separation and isolation. When Christ comes to judge the world, His criterion for judgment will be love. Christian love entails seeing Christ in other people, our family, our friends, and everyone else we may encounter in our lives. We shall be judged on whether we have loved, or not loved, our neighbor. We show Christian love when we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit those who are sick or in prison. If we did such things for the least of Christ’s brethren, then we also did them for Christ (Mt.25:40). If we did not do such things for the least of the brethren, neither did we do them for Christ (Mt.25:45).

https://oca.org/saints/lives/2018/02/11/5-sunday-of-meatfare-of-the-last-judgment

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Memorial Saturday of Meatfare
Feb
10
6:30 AM06:30

Memorial Saturday of Meatfare

We will pray for the souls of our departed loved ones this Memorial Saturday of Meatfare

Matins- 6:45AM

Divine Liturgy- 7:45AM

On the day before Meatfare Sunday, on which we remember the Last Judgment, the Orthodox Church prays for those of its members who may have died unexpectedly because of wars, plagues, starvation, or any other sort of death while they were in a foreign country, or while they were traveling by sea, by land, or by air. The Church also prays for the poor, or for those who may not have received a proper burial, or who had no one to request Memorial Services to be offered for them.

We pray for the departed on this Saturday because the Orthodox Church has established Saturday as the proper day of the week for remembering the dead. On this day before we hear the Gospel about the Last Judgment, we should pause to recall our own inescapable death when we shall appear before Christ to give an account of our lives. May we have "an acceptable defense before His dread Judgment Seat."

https://oca.org/saints/lives/2018/02/10/4-memorial-saturday-of-meatfare

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St Nicholas Academy Open House
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

St Nicholas Academy Open House

Wednesday, 7 pm to 8:30 pm at St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy to meet our teachers and view our 2018-2019 program! We have small classes, careful instruction and GREAT enrichment opportunities! Openings for kindergarten, second grade, and sixth grade are available. Possible availability for other grades. Come by and also call 404.468.6212, Pamela Showalter to learn more.

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Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Feb
4
8:30 AM08:30

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

The Sunday after the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. This parable of God’s forgiveness calls us to “come to ourselves” as did the prodigal son, to see ourselves as being “in a far country” far from the Father’s house, and to make the journey of return to God. We are given every assurance by the Master that our heavenly Father will receive us with joy and gladness. We must only “arise and go,” confessing our self-inflicted and sinful separation from that “home” where we truly belong (Luke 15:11-24).

https://oca.org/saints/lives/2018/02/04/3-sunday-of-the-prodigal-son

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Meeting of the Lord in the Temple
Feb
1
to Feb 2

Meeting of the Lord in the Temple

We will celebrate the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple Feb 1-2 with Great Vespers, Matins, and Divine Liturgy.

Feb 1st: Great Vespers 6PM

Feb 2nd: Festal Matins 6:30AM

                Festal Liturgy 7:45AM

Today the Church commemorates an important event in the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 2:22-40). Forty days after His birth the God-Infant was taken to the Jerusalem Temple, the center of the nation’s religious life. According to the Law of Moses (Lev. 12:2-8), a woman who gave birth to a male child was forbidden to enter the Temple of God for forty days. At the end of this time the mother came to the Temple with the child, to offer a young lamb or pigeon to the Lord as a purification sacrifice. The Most Holy Virgin, the Mother of God, had no need of purification, since she had given birth to the Source of purity and sanctity without defilement. However, she humbly fulfilled the requirements of the Law.

https://oca.org/saints/lives/2018/02/02/100407-the-meeting-of-our-lord-and-savior-jesus-christ-in-the-temple

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St Arnold's Society
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

St Arnold's Society

The meeting of the St Arnold's Society takes place monthly. It is an opportunity for parishioners who love good fellowship, and love good beer to bring the two together on a regular basis. All are welcome! For more information, please email Fr Seth at frseth@saintjohnwonderworker.org

We'll be having out next meeting on Thursday, 1/25 from 7-10pm at Orpheus Brewing!

ORPHEUS BREWING
1440 Dutch Valley PL, NE
Suite 2001
Atlanta, GA 30324
404-347-1777

http://www.orpheusbrewing.com

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St Gregory the Theologian
Jan
25
7:30 AM07:30

St Gregory the Theologian

ST GREGORY the THEOLOGIAN
THURSDAY: Matins-5:45AM followed by Divine Liturgy for St Gregory

This week we will be celebrating the feast of St Gregory on THURSDAY instead of our usual Wednesday. Also we will celebrate it an hour later.
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Friday: Matins-6:30AM
Thursday: Divine Liturgy 7:30AM
Saturday: Matins-6:45AM followed by Divine Liturgy

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Brotherhood of St Moses the Black Meeting
Jan
13
9:00 AM09:00

Brotherhood of St Moses the Black Meeting

The next meeting for St Moses will take place this coming Saturday, January 13th!
Theme: Martin Luther King Jr Philosophy on Non-Violence and the Beloved Community.
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 9:30am
Schedule: Canon of Racial Reconciliation, Open Forum Discussion with a light brunch
How to prepare: Look over the material under "The King philosophy" tab by visiting www.thekingcenter.org; bring some fruit or some pastries.

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