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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 Chrismation (Confirmation)
immediately follows the Sacrament of Baptism. As
the ministry of Christ was enlivened by the Spirit, and the preaching
of the Apostles strengthened by the Spirit, so is the life of each
Orthodox Christian sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Chrismation, which is
often referred to as one's personal Pentecost, is the Sacrament which
imparts the Spirit in a special way.
In the Sacrament of Chrismation, the priest
anoints the various parts of the body of the newly-baptized with Holy
Oil saying: "The seal of the gifts of the Holy Spirit." The Holy Oil,
which is blessed by the bishop, is a sign of consecration and strength.
The Sacrament emphasizes the truths that not only is each person a
valuable member of the Church, but also each one is blessed by the
Spirit with certain gifts and talents. The anointing also reminds us
that our bodies are valuable and are involved in the process of
The Sacraments of initiation always are
concluded with the distribution of Holy Communion to the
newly-baptized. Ideally, this takes place within the celebration of the
Divine Liturgy. This practice reveals that Orthodoxy views children
from their infancy as important members of the Church. There is never
time when the young are not part of God's people.