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Schedule of Services
Sundays: Orthros (Matins): 8:45 AM | Divine Liturgy: 9:45 AM
Weekdays: Orthros (Matins): 9:00 AM | Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM
For information on our Lenten and Holy Week services please contact the Church office at (203) 795-1347 between the hours of 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
The Sacrament of Holy Unction is a sacrament of faith (James
5:14-15). It is meant for any sick person and is always celebrated in
the hope that it will bring healing. While this certainly is the desired
effect, it is not the indispensable condition of the Sacrament. The
essential purpose of the sacrament is to allow the person to share in
the victory of Christ and to raise him into the realm of God's Kingdom.
It communicates spiritual power so that the trials of sickness may be
borne with courage, hope and fortitude.
The solemn celebration of the Holy Unction on Great
Wednesday serves to remind us of Christ's power to forgive and liberate
the conscience of personal and collective sin. Thus, it helps emphasize
the glorious expectation of Pascha: the resurrection, redemption and
sanctification of all life. In addition, it helps us to realize how
fragile human life really is and how dependent we are on God; if our
life is to have any true meaning.
The Order of the Service
1. Introductory Prayers and Psalms 143 & 51
In these Psalms we confess our sinfulness before God and ask
Him to cleanse us and make a "new and right spirit within us." (Psalm
2. Canon. In this series of verses that are read or sung,
we ask God to show mercy upon us and cleanse our souls, to drive away
all evil powers, to grant salvation to those who are sick or suffering,
and to grant us the healing of our souls and bodies. At the end of
several sets of verses, we ask God to renew our lives so that we may
bless, thank and glorify Him forever.
3. Short Prayers or Troparia to the Saints. We pray to the
Saints especially those who have helped the sick and suffering, and to
those who have been martyred for the glory of God – and to the Mother of
God to intercede for us for the salvation of our souls.
- The Great Martyr Demetrios (A.D. 306, Thessalonica), whose
bones still emit chrism, is famous throughout the East as a healer of
the sick. Demetrios, who was in prison at the time, predicted that
through his prayers Nestor would conquer the Emperor's favorite
gladiator Lyaeus. The Emperor was so angered that Nestor won that he had
both Demetrios and Nestor killed.
- Saint Panteleimon
of Nicomedia was a Christian physician martyred for his faith in 304
A.D. He performed many miraculous cures in the name of Jesus Christ.
- "Unmerceneries," the title given to those physicians
who refused payment for their services, goes to two of the most famous
miracleworkers in the early Church – Cosmas and Damian.
4. Epistle and Gospel Lessons and Prayers. There are seven sets of Epistle and Gospel readings and prayers:
- I. James 5:10-17, Luke 10:25-37
- II. Romans 15: 1- 7, Luke 19: 1-10
- III. I Corinthians 12:27-31; 13:1-8, Matthew 10:1,5-8
- IV. 2 Corinthians 6:16-18, 7:1, Matthew 8:14-23
- V. 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, Matthew 25-1-13
- VI. Galatians 5:22-6:2, Matthew 15:21-28
- VII. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-23, Matthew 9:9-13
At the conclusion of the service the open Gospel book, which
contains the accounts of Jesus' many miracles, is laid with the printed
pages down upon the heads of those who are ill. By doing so it is hoped
that they will also receive physical and spiritual healing and that the
faith in the written word of our Lord will be strengthened in the minds
of those present. Just as Christ laid His hand upon the sick when He
performed His many miracles, the priest lays his hand upon the Gospel
which rests on the heads of the faithful.
Each of the seven prayers asks for the remission of our sins, for the healing of our souls and bodies and for life everlasting.
Parish Resource Guide:
Ministry Resource Guide 2013-2014: Part 1
Ministry Resource Guide 2013-2014: Part 2
Ministry Resource Guide 2013-2014: Part 3
The Winter 2014 Edition
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September 2, 2014 11 am
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September 3, 2014 7:30 pm
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September 6, 2014 9 am
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September 7, 2014
Κυριακή προ της Υψώσεως
September 7, 2014
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