THE FEASTS OF AUGUST AT CHRIST THE SAVIOR
The Dormition Fast, August 1 – 15. Orthodox Christians should observe the Church’s fasting guidelines during this “Summer Lent.” Also, each of us should strive to pray more, give more, and to live more deeply in a spirit of repentance. Father Vladimir is available for confessions by appointment or at times scheduled. In Orthodox Tradition, we will have the Service, Paraclesis to the Theotokos, at 7:00 pm on Friday August 5th, as well as Wednesdays August 3rd and 10th.
August 7th: Celebration of Great Feast of Transfiguration
At 9:15 am on August 7th, there will be Matins and Liturgy followed by Blessing of fruit and produce. From the youngest to the oldest, come with something from the garden, from the farm stand, from the store or blackberries from the field. Come with a grateful heart giving thanks for the gift of life and being “guests upon His earth.”
August 14:th Eve of the Dormition of the Theotokos
At 9:30 am on Sunday August 14th there will be the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, followed by the Vigil of the Feast at 7:00pm. Vigil will include the procession of Epitaphion followed by blessing of flowers and herbs. Everyone is encouraged to bring some flowers to be blessed. Even Queen Ann’s Lacy and daisies are free for the picking.
August 15: The Feast Day of Dormition
On Monday August 15th at 9:00 am we will celebrate Liturgy for the Dorition, followed by a light breakfast.
August 16th: The Feast of Christ the Savior (Icon of Christ not made by human hands) This will be celebrated on the following Sunday, August 21st. Liturgy will be held at 9:30 am on the 21st, followed by a procession and the blessing of the grounds. We are blessed to have Fr. David Rucker visiting with us on that day.
Come One, Come All and join us for a wonderful fun-filled Church Picnic on August 28th, 2016! As always, it will be a time of fellowship and good food with some surprises in store for young and young at heart. A huge thank you to Ellie Ashley who has volunteered to coordinate it this year.
Snack Packs for Back Packs: Again, this year we will provide snack packs for the Woodbury Food Bank. The collection dates will be August 14-28. They are always very well received. We will be collecting individually-wrapped snacks such as crackers and peanut butter or cheese, fruit snacks of all varieties, granola bars, etc. Juice boxes are important items, also. They will be packed by our youth and delivered to the Food Bank.