Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
Welcome to Our Parish!

Fr. Vladimir Aleandro
Fr. Vladimir Aleandro
Message from Father Vladimir
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matt. 11:28)

We greet you, dear visitor to our website, with the same greeting that appears over the front door entrance to our church. It is an invitation to everyone from our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ Himself to come to His Holy Church.
Mission Statement of our Parish
The mission of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church is to proclaim and live out the gospel of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ as it has been handed down to us since apostolic times. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, we:
  • Worship in the fullness of joy and truth.
  • Unite ourselves with Christ through sacramental life.
  • Reach out and care for others in love.
By being faithful to this life, we are transformed into the Body of Christ, bringing the Kingdom of God to all.
Introduction to Our Website
Our website is designed to provide both a glimpse of our parish family life, as well as to serve as a source of information for parish visitors seeking directions to find the church. Perhaps you have arrived at the website from another Internet location? We encourage everyone to explore our site; to learn further about us and about Orthodox Christianity. Our photo gallery is periodically updated, catching important events in the life of our parish. If you would like to learn more about Orthodox Christianity in general, or about us in particular, we encourage you to contact us. We would love to speak with you.

Saint Nectarios of Aegina, our parish patron Saint, in the process of building a monastery, used the image of a lighthouse saying:

"I am building a lighthouse for you, and God will put a light in it that will shine unto the breadth and length of the whole world. Many will see the light and will come here."

It is our prayer that all who visit this website will be attracted to that same Light, our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ and will come join us in worshiping Him.

"I AM the Light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8: 12-14)


Monthly Bulletin

Our monthly bulletin, "The Lighthouse" is now available to download! 

Our November newsletter is here for you to download.

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The Children's Choir sing the Troparion for Lazarus Saturday!

Liturgy in Turkana

Please take a moment to check out this video! It shows the first morning of this summer's mission when we took part in the Consecration of St. Peter in Loupwala. Father Vladimir was the team leader in 2012 when the church was built. It is also the community where Father celebrated their first Liturgy in 2007, after the community had been baptized for one year.


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Saint Nektarios
The Feast of Saint Nectarios

The celebration of the Feast of Saint Nekatrios will be on Sunday, November 6th at 4:00 pm. We are most blessed this year to have Archbishop NIKON presiding at that Vespers.

For the past twenty-three years, the fall season at Christ the Savior brings memories and anticipation of the Feast of St. Nectarios of Aegina. "Miracles happen on St. Nectarios night" and they do. We will gather for Great Vespers on the eve of St. Nectarios' commemoration, Sunday November 6th at 4:00 pm. There will be a procession with his relics, prayers for the sick and annointing. A light buffet will follow. Please invite friends and relatives to come with you to this powerful evening of faith! On the feast, Wednesday November 9, there will be a Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am.



Upcoming Events
November at Christ the Savior

Women's Monthly Retreat: On Saturday November 12th, beginning at 9 am  the Women's Monthly Retreat will start with the: Akafist, “Glory to God For All Things” followed by a short meditation, a few minutes of quite reflection, food, fellowship and discussion. This month we will reflect upon the question: “How present and attentive are we with the people in our lives?” The group will be led by Kathy Johnson. The reading is from Being Bread, pp 39-43, “2:39 AM Gloria.” Please join us! All are welcome!

Harumbai! What in the world is this “Men’s Retreat every month?”:All men of every age are invited to come and see this month on Thursday, November 17th when Dan Brockett will lead us in discussion of chapter one of the book Being Bread by Deacon Stephen Muse. For more information please email Father Vladimir.

Gifted Hands: The Gifted Hands group will meet on Friday November 18th at 6:30 pm. Renate Sica is hosting this month. All crafters are welcome.

The Southbury/Woodbury Interfaith Thanksgiving Service:will be held at B’nai Israel, 444 Main St. Southbury, Tuesday November 22nd at 7:00 pm. The service will feature clergy from both Southbury and Woodbury and is always a most touching service. Please join us for this special time of giving thanks!

“I was hungry and you gave me food” ~ November is the month assigned to Christ the Savior parish to assist at The Woodbury Food Bank. Please see the sign-up sheet at church to help on the Fridays of this wonderful month of Thanks. It is a most rewarding experience.

The Christmas Lent = the Nativity Fast = St. Philip Fast = Advent: By whatever we call these forty days which begin on November 15th, they are a time of preparation for the birth and baptism of our Savior. For Orthodox Christians it is:
 A time to quiet and simplify our lives and reflect on our priorities.
 A time of fasting, along with the whole church we should at least fast from meat and rich food during this period. At church functions the fast from meat and dairy will be observed.
 One of the reasons for fasting is so that the money we save can be used for those who are hungry. It is a time for helping others with our time and money.
An essential part of this preparation is a sincere personal confession. Please plan early. We all know how quickly this time goes.
There will be a General Confession before Christmas for all those who have gone to confession during these Forty Days.


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