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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.
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Through The Eyes of Our Guests
dictionary defines “odyssey” as “an epic journey” and also as “an intellectual
or spiritual wandering or quest”. The Saint Barbara parish 2012 Odyssey
festival truly fits both of those definitions and goes far beyond them. For
those of us who participate in the Odyssey as workers of one sort or another,
the event is a time of planning, work, fellowship, and service. But for the
many hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors to our church home, it is a different
experience. As I wandered among the crowds, I tried to observe the festival
through the eyes of these visitors and to learn what it was like for them.
Peter said in a pre-festival radio interview, our festival provides a chance
for visitors to experience Greece without having to get on an airplane.
Arriving guests are greeted by parishioners who welcome them and help them park
their cars. I heard more than one of the “parking specialists” tell newly
arriving guests, “Welcome. We are glad you are here. Enjoy!” Many visitors used
the festival program as their tour map to guide their wanderings or to assist
them in getting to the food items or events they had come for. While many of
our guests are of Greek heritage, many more are not. The music of the bouzouki
was exotic to their ears and the smell of moussaka and pastitsio were
unfamiliar and alluring. I saw several festival workers in their aprons giving
directions to guests, always with a smile and a welcoming word of greeting.
interesting to hear people in the crowd talking about their anticipation of
watching the dancing or finding bargains in the “Junque ‘n Treasures” area. So
many of these people were returning to our festival after enjoying it in years
past. These folks were easily spotted as they made a “bee-line” to the baklava
sundaes or the Greek grocery store. They did not want to miss a chance to
experience again the sensations they had enjoyed before. More than one visitor
was guided by the PA system announcements to the Snack Bar, Meze Grill or the
Restaurant for the treats that were unique to those locations. And each of
those venues had its own charm and character.
VIPs, among them elected officials and candidates, commented on the size and
character of the festival. Not lost on them was the uniqueness of this event as
compared to the many agricultural or civic fairs that fill the calendar at this
time of year. There is something special about Odyssey, each remarked. It must
be a treat for a politician to come to a non-partisan event where music and
laughter drown out the din of debate.
special of all, perhaps, was the effect that walking into our Sanctuary had on
those who had never been inside before. Jaws literally dropped as visitors
beheld the “earthly heaven” that is so familiar to members of our church
family. Just as the ancient wonders of Greece must become commonplace to the
people who live among them, the ornate, unique, and beautiful iconography of
our church is something we have grown accustomed to seeing each Sunday. It is a
reminder of how blessed we are to see our guests craning their necks to see all
of the gorgeous depictions of the saints and of the life of Our Lord which
cover the walls and ceiling. Father Joel provided insight and commentary that
gave meaning to these sights beyond mere artworks. Many guests lingered to chat
further with him and to soak up the beauty and majesty of our church home after
his presentations had concluded.
wonderful it was to see old friends meeting again under the dining tents,
sharing delicious treats and enjoying the beautiful weather and the
ever-present music. Parents fed their young children, took them on exciting
rides, and taught them to enjoy the color and motion of the dancers who
gracefully circled before them. The hillside overlooking the dance area was
filled with people sitting on the grass, nibbling on pastries and being
transported to distant villages and islands of Greece through the sights and
reluctantly left the festival, I heard our “parking specialists” thank them for
coming. I saw people who had not just eaten and shopped and heard music, but
who had experienced an epic journey of the mind and spirit, who had taken the
time to wander through a culture and a community of faith and had been touched
by the experience. This is how Odyssey 2012 affected the people who came to it.
They are already looking forward to their next Odyssey.
Upcoming Events and Services
Basiliscus the Martyr, Bishop of Comana
May 22, 2013
Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synnada
May 23, 2013
Greek School - Last Day/End of the year party
May 23, 2013 4:30 pm
Symeon the Stylite of the Mountain
May 24, 2013
Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist
May 25, 2013
Sunday of the Paralytic
May 26, 2013
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2013 Stewardship Packet
Summer Camp 2013
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Half Day Summer Camp 2013
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