St Mary's Holy Assumption
Russian Orthodox Church
141 Den Rd, Stamford, CT 06903
Lenten and Easter Church Services 2021

Regular Services: Saturdays 6 PM Vespers, Sundays 10 AM Divine Liturgy

 

Holy Week Services

Thurs., Apr. 29                                    6:00 PM Holy Thursday... Reading of the 12 Passions

Fri., Apr. 30                                        5:00 PM Holy Friday... Vespers and Burial Services

Sat., May 1                                         9:00 AM Holy Saturday...Liturgy of St. Basil

     Blessing of Easter food baskets 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM. Please make sure to wear face covering and observe social distancing

Easter Services

Sat., May 1                                       11:30 PM Nocturns followed by Blessing of Easter food baskets 

Sun., May 2                                      10.00 AM PASCHA: Divine Liturgy Blessing of Easter food baskets after Services.

Bright Monday, May 3                     10:00 AM Vesperal Liturgy followed by potluck lunch

 

Church Pre-Order Lenten Food Sale

Do you want to treat your family with a special Sunday Lenten meal? We know that cooking Lenten meal can be challenging and will be happy to make our signature food for you. Please tell us what items you would like to order. You can pick up your order on Saturday or Sunday after service. You can order either by contacting us at the desk or on the website or   https://stmaryofstamford.org/contact.

Thank you for supporting our church.

Вы хотите побаловать своих близких особенным воскресным постным обедом? Мы знаем, как нелегко готовить постный стол, и будем рады приготовить для вас наши фирменные этнические блюда. Сообщите нам, что Вы хотите заказать. Вы можете забрать свой заказ в субботу или воскресенье после службы. Вы можете сделать заказ, оставив заказ на свечном ящике, или через наш сайт https://stmaryofstamford.org/contact. Благодарим за поддержку нашей церкви.

Story Time at St. Mary’s
Announcement:
We have been blessed with a group of artistic individuals within our church community who are actively developing new outreach programs. One such program has been named Story Time at St. Mary’s and seeks to engage not only the children of our church in learning about the lives of Orthodox Christian saints, but anyone who has access to the internet.  Episodes of this program are filmed at St. Mary’s and entail parishioners reading childhood stories and excerpts from the lives of saints.  If you would like to watch our very first episode please click on the link below.  New videos will be released the first Saturday of every month beginning March 6, 2021.  All donations collected from the project will be directly sent to St. Mary’s through PayPal. This will be an ongoing digital fundraiser for our church. Please join us as we set out on our new adventure in 2021! 
 
Blessing of the homes

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is a well known custom for faithful to invite priest to bless their houses after the feast of Holy Theophany.  This year, the Dean of the New England Diocese has issued a notice that due to Covid-19, the priests of the Diocese will not be blessing homes. However, in such extraordinary situation, lay people can bless their homes. We all can pray for wel-beeing of our families and bless our homes with Holy Water that is available in the church.

While there is no established prayers for blessing of the home by laymen, our Dean recommends the following:

Trisagion Prayers, followed by Psalm 126 (127), followed by the Prayer of the Hours, and then followed by the singing or chanting of the Theophany Troparion and Kontakion, as Holy Water is sprinkled throughout the house

The prayers  full text of thre prayers is attached

 

Church Reopening

 

Dear Parishioners of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church,

Our church is open!  We sent a letter to His Grace, Metropolitan Tikhon stating all the efforts we intended to do in order to make the Church safe for our parishioners.  These efforts include thorough cleaning after every service with recommended cleaners, having hand wipes, hand sanitizers, masks, plastic gloves and digital thermometers located at the entrance of the Church, accurately measuring and marking where to sit inside of the church to maintain appropriate social distancing , and posting the CDC guidelines both outside and inside of the Church to alert people of what is required to enter the Church.   As a result, His Grace Tikhon granted us permission to open the Church.

Since February, monetary donations have declined to the point where the total of offerings are not nearly enough to cover monthly expenditures.   We are now experiencing a Financial Crisis. Understandably, attendance has been down, however, the expenses to keep the Church open remain the same. 

The Church Council is meeting to see what can be done to reduce our expenses. However, big ticket items such as Insurance on the Church and Rectory, the Pastor’s Salary, yearly Fuel for Church and Rectory and Electricity for Church and Rectory are necessary to remain open.  In addition to all these costs, we have general maintenance expenses.

I realize it is difficult for all of us now.  Some people are out of work or are experiencing other problems. I encourage you to come to the Church.  It is safe.  All CDC rules and regulations are enforced to create a safe environment.

If you are not able to come to Church, please consider sending your offerings. Every donation will help to keep our Church functioning during this difficult time. 

God Bless You!

Yours in Christ,

Barbara Driscoll, Church Council President

The following safety precautions will be observed

1) Sign-in Sheet – the date and type of service and a list of persons attending (including children over the age of 5) will kept on file in the parish office for each time the church is opened for services. Each household shall provide a telephone number to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.

2) Those coming to church should take their temperature at home that day. Those with a temperature of 100.4 or above should not enter. We have a no contact infrared thermometer available at church to use before entering for those who did not have a thermometer at home.

3) Choir – we have a designated area for the choir which can accommodate 5 stands keeping social distance rules.

4) Collection plate – a box for offerings was placed by the doors of the church.

5) Candles shall not be handled by worshippers. Instead, we have an appointed person that lights candles for those present in the church to prevent contamination.

6) Those who are symptomatic or ill will not be allowed to attend.

7) If it is discovered someone who is ill with the coronavirus has been in church, services may not be held in the church for at least two weeks.

8) Those who are compromised with regard to their health or elderly will be encouraged to stay home.

9) The church is cleaned and disinfected before and after each service by designated cleaning people. We are using hospital grade Cavicide and 70% alcohol based disinfectants. We have hand sanitizers, Clorox Wipes, gloves and masks available for anyone who needs. They are visibly displayed at the entrance of the church, by the candle desk and on a table in the middle of the church.

10) A sign with all the rules and disclosures, as well as release of all claims, was posted on the Church doors and visibly through the church entrance hallway. Only those persons who have the permission of the rector to be present may enter.

Pashal Message from Our Metropolitan Tikhon

To the Venerable Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America,
Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!
Today we celebrate the feast of feasts, the radiant joyful feast of the Lord’s Resurrection. He became a man likeus,andwascrucified,suffered,andwasburiedforus.Andtoday,afterthreedaysinthetomb,He rises from the dead, offering us all the promise of Resurrection unto eternal life.
Our life in the Resurrection begins even now. Although we still live in the flesh, we should not live according to the flesh, onlythinkingofourownbodilyneedsanddesires.JesusChrist’sResurrectioncalls us, regardless of our situation in life, to live spiritually mature lives even now. The essence of such a spiritual life is to lay down one’s life for others, inimitationofChristwhodiedforthebenefitofall.This is the callingofthenewlifethatChrist’sResurrectiongivesus:“sothatasChristwasraisedfromthedead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).”

To the Venerable Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America,
Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!
Today we celebrate the feast of feasts, the radiant joyful feast of the Lord’s Resurrection. He became a man likeus,andwascrucified,suffered,andwasburiedforus.Andtoday,afterthreedaysinthetomb,He rises from the dead, offering us all the promise of Resurrection unto eternal life.
Our life in the Resurrection begins even now. Although we still live in the flesh, we should not live according to the flesh, onlythinkingofourownbodilyneedsanddesires.JesusChrist’sResurrectioncalls us, regardless of our situation in life, to live spiritually mature lives even now. The essence of such a spiritual life is to lay down one’s life for others, inimitationofChristwhodiedforthebenefitofall.This is the callingofthenewlifethatChrist’sResurrectiongivesus:“sothatasChristwasraisedfromthedead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).”

Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!
+Tikhon Archbishop of Washington Metropolitan of All America and Canada

Helpful resources

It's very important for us to keep praying in this difficult times. In fact, we should use this opportunity to pray more than we usually do as we have more time home. Please find live streams of services. Due to fast changing situation, some churches may be closing. We hope that at least some will still work.

 

http://www.orthodoxmonasteryellwoodcity.org/chapel

https://www.youtube.com/user/StJohnDC

https://www.stjohnsmayfield.org/announcements/

https://www.acrod.org/organizations/cathedral/live/liveviewer

https://myocn.net/holy-virgin-protection-cathedral/

https://www.stnicholasstratford.org/

 

Radio

https://www.pravoslavnoeradio.com/

 

Gospel readings of the day with commentaries in Russian

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B3%D0%B5%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%B5+%D0%B4%D0%BD%D1%8F

 

OCA Church School offers online classes for the following sections: grades 3-5; grades 6-8; grades 9-12. Classes start on March 25 at 12:30pm Pacific Time, click on this link to be taken to the on-line Zoom classroom. Registration is not necessary. https://zoom.us/j/3596453184

 

 

PRAYER IN TIME OF DEVASTATING EPIDEMIC AND DEATHBEARING PESTILENCE

0 Lord, our God, look down from Thy Holy Heaven on the supplication ofus, Thy sinful and unworthy servants, who have angered Thy graciousness by our transgressions, and have provoked Thy deep compas-sion, and enter not into judgment with Thy servants. But do Thou turn aside Thy fearsome anger that justly has seized us, appease the destructive threatening, avert Thy terrible sword that, although invisible, is cutting us grievously, and spare Thy poor and needy servants. Enclose not with death the souls of us who have fallen down in repentance with broken hearts and tears before Thee, our kindhearted, condescending and accommodating God.
114 For Thine it is to show mercy and to save, 0 our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages

МОЛИТВА ВО ВРЕМЯ ГУБИТЕЛЬНОГО ПОВЕТРИЯ И СМЕРТОНОСНОЙ ЗАРАЗЫ

Господи Боже наш, призри с высоты святыя Твоея на молитву нас грешных и недостойных рабов Твоих, беззаконьми нашими Твою благость прогневавших, и милосердие Твое раздраживших, и не вниди в суд с рабами Твоими, но отврати страшный гнев Твой праведно на нас движимый, утоли губительное прещение, устави грозный Твой меч, невидимо безвременно секущий нас, и пощади нищих и убогих рабов Твоих, и не затвори в смерти души наша, в покаянии сокрушенным сердцем и со слезами к Тебе, Милосердому, Благоуветливому, и Благопременительному Богу нашему припадающих. Твое бо есть еже миловати и спасати ны, Боже наш, и Тебе славу возсылаем, Отцу и Сыну и Святому Духу, ныне, и присно, и во веки веков. Аминь.

 

 

Schedule of services this week

Tues., Dec. 31 Vespers at 5PM New Years Eve

Wed., Jan. 1 Cicumcision of The Lord  Divine Liturgy at 10 AM….New Years Day

Sat., Jan. 4  Vespers  6PM followed by General Confession

Sun., Jan. 5, Divine Liturgy at 10 AM

Sun., Jan., 5 Great Vespers 5PM Theophany; The Blessing of Water

Mon. Jan., 6 Theophany; Divine Liturgy at 10AM. The Blessing of Water

Please remember to bring a container for the Holy Water.

 

Holy Theophany

On January 6th, Orthodox Christians gather together for the Feast of Theophany. This feast is the third most important feast day in the Orthodox Church (after Pascha and Pentecost). Yes, it’s even more important than Christmas! On this day, we commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by St. John the Forerunner.  Another name for the feast is Theophany, for it is shown—it is revealed at Jesus Christ’s baptism—that He is the Son of God.  Indeed, the Holy Trinity is revealed at His baptism, for the Father says, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” and the Holy Spirit descends upon Him in the form of a dove. 

The meaning of the Feast of Christmas is fulfilled at Theophany, for now it is made clear that the One born in Bethlehem is truly God, come to restore our fallen nature and to renew the entire creation by uniting humanity with divinity in Himself.  And even as the Son of God entered our world at His birth, He now enters the flowing water of a river in order to make it holy, in order to bring His blessing and fulfillment upon the world that He created. 
Nativity Of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Let's joyously celebrate coming of our Lord together

Dec. 24 at 5 PM Christmas Eve, Nativity Eve Vigil Services followed by the Holy Supper. Traditional Lenten food will be served. Stay with us, join our family in Christ.

Tue., Dec. 25, 10 AM Divine Liturgy, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ followed by special brunch and Christmas concert.

 

Sing along with our church choir. Program includes traditional Christmas hymns, spirituals, and carols from all over the world along with modern festive songs.

Bring families and friends, everybody is welcomer! 

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey dinner will be hosted on Sunday, Nov. 10, after divine Liturgy. Tickets will be available at the door. Adults $15 and children 10 years and over $10.

Join us to celebrate end of the fall season, share the meal with us or take out home-made delicious food.

Our famous freshly baked nut rolls will be on sale.

Raffle drawing will be held after the dinner. Raffle tickets are still available.

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