Advent Approaches

There are only three more Sundays before the Advent fast begins. As we get closer to the season of expectation, consider making a concerted effort to attend all the services leading up to the Nativity of the Lord, as well as fasting as the Church prescribes for the season.

Our participation in the life of the Church is our real participation in the life of Christ.

This year, the first Sunday of the Advent fast will also be the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple; this very important feast day reminds us of the very beginning of our salvation, since the Incarnation of Christ which comes at Christmas could not have happened without the holy life of the Virgin Mary.

You can check out the calendar for other services that will be occurring throughout the season.advent01

Dormition of the Theotokos

We will be celebrating the Feast of the Dormition (“falling asleep”) of the Virgin Mary the Theotokos this weekend. This is a special and glorious feast of the Church, the last Great Feast of the liturgical year.

You are invited to come and worship with us!

Saturday, Vespers with Litya and blessing of the loaves, will be at 5:00 PM.
Sunday, Matins will begin at 9:00 AM, and Festal Divine Liturgy with the blessing of flowers and herbs will be at 10:30 AM.

There will be a fellowship meal to follow liturgy.

St John Cassian News

St John Cassian is happy to welcome our new priest, Fr Paul Andreasen. Fr Paul is a recently retired Army chaplain of over two decades. He will be serving the community at St John Cassian with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion.

We are incredibly thrilled to have Fr Paul and his family joining us! With the addition of Fr Paul, we will be having weekly Divine Liturgies beginning August 7, 2016.

This has necessitated a change in our Sunday service schedule; we will begin Matins at 9:00 AM on Sundays, with Divine Liturgy following directly, around 10:30 AM. Common meal will still be served after, and we will be going back to potluck style meals.

Please pray for Fr Paul and his family during this transition, and please come and worship with us!

First Divine Liturgy

St John Cassian Chapel will be having its first Divine Liturgy this weekend on Holy Pentecost.

Matins will begin at 9:00 AM and Divine Liturgy will follow immediately after (10:30 AM).

Please make plans to join us for the Feast of the Holy Trinity and celebrate this milestone in the life of the mission!


Blessed Pascha to everyone!
This mission group had a great weekend at the Monastery of the Glorious Ascension, where we celebrated a wonderful Pascha followed by a delicious feast. It is always a privilege to be able to be there!

We will resume our usual service schedule this week beginning on Saturday evening for Great Vespers at 5:00 PM. Please be there to celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Pascha.


Holy Week Schedule

We are now almost to the end of Great Lent and Holy Week is approaching.
Our service schedule is as follows:

4/23 – Lazarus Saturday – 8:30 AM – Matins and Typica; parish pancake breakfast and clean-up day to follow. 5:00 PM – Great Vespers for Palm Sunday

4/24 – Palm Sunday – 9:30 AM  – Matins, with procession with the palms; 10:30 AM  – Typica. Parish lunch at Fish Hook’s restaurant, following. 1:00 PM – Bridegroom Matins of Holy Monday.

4/25 – Holy Monday – 5:00 PM – Bridegroom Matins.

4/26 – Holy Tuesday – 5:00 PM – Bridegroom Matins.

4/27 – Holy Wednesday – 5:00 PM – Matins of Holy Thursday.

4/28 – Holy Thursday – 5:00 PM – Matins of Holy Friday (12 Passion Gospels Service).

4/29 – Great and Holy Friday – We will be departing to the Monastery of the Glorious Ascension early on Friday morning. We will participate in the services there on Holy Friday, Holy Saturday, and Holy Pascha.

Lenten Service Schedule

Please note that since Great Lent has begun, our Service Schedule will be altered to accommodate Lenten services as follows:

  • No Compline on Tuesday nights.
  • No Canon to St John Cassian on Thursday nights.
  • Wednesdays and Fridays we will have Lenten Vespers at 5:00 PM
  • Clean Week (3/14-3/17), we will have Compline with the Great Canon of St Andrew at 5:00 PM
  • Other services will be announced.

Please try to attend as many of these services as possible. The extra services during Great Lent of are inestimable spiritual benefit to us, and help us refocus our lives on the one thing needful.


Patronal Feast This Weekend and Other News

Everyone is invited to join us this weekend for services for our Patronal Feast.  This is a very important event in the life of the mission, and we are very excited to be celebrating St. John’s feast day on the last Sunday before the beginning of Great Lent.

Services will follow the normal schedule for the weekends:

  • Saturday (3/12) – Vespers @ 5:00 PM
  • Sunday (3/13) – Matins @ 9:30 AM; Typica @ 10:30 AM.

Festal lunch will follow services on Sunday.

In other news, our iconostasis icons are arriving soon from Bulgaria. They should be here for the Sunday of Orthodoxy next weekend (3/20). We will also be beginning inquirer’s classes on 3/20, after Sunday services and lunch. If you are interested in learning about the Orthodox faith, please plan to attend. We are also on track to have our first Divine Liturgy one of the Sundays of Great Lent.

On that note, we still need a number of things for the chapel so that a priest can come in and serve. The needs list can he found here. If you would like to be a benefactor to our chapel, please contact us to make a donation.

Thanks again to all those who are supporting this mission project with their time, effort, money, and most especially prayers. We greatly appreciate it, because without your support, this mission would not be possible!

Thank You

For all those who have contacted us concerning the tornado in our neighborhood last night, thanks be to God, we suffered no damage. However, many of our neighbors had damage to their homes or had homes destroyed. Please, keep the people in the Greenwood/McCalla area in your prayers.  Thank you again for all your concern.


The monastery visit scheduled for this weekend (27th-28th) has been postponed.

Services at the chapel will be held at their regular times as listed on the schedule and calendar.