"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)
Each Wednesday during Great Lent, beginning at 6:30 pm
Great Lent is a season of repentance and renewal of our Baptism. We fast and pray to remind us that the needs of the soul are far more important than the needs of the body. Scripture tells us, Man shall not live by bread alone (Matthew 4:4). We need God, Who provides all for both body and soul. We have an opportunity to come together each Wednesday to seek God’s help and to be healed by more frequent reception of communion. Our Sunday Divine Liturgies have a festal character; however, Presanctified Liturgies celebrated each Wednesday during Great Lent are penitential in nature. This is fitting for the season of repentance, conversion, and intensified prayer and fasting. Father will be available for confessions from 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM.
Light a candle in memory of someone at every Service in Christ the Savior Church.
From the first vision of the design of Christ the Savior Church, there was the hope of having a Traditional Orthodox Choros, chandelier, hanging from the center dome. Although the Council of Steward Representatives and the Parish body approved of the project, it seemed that even by using some of the reserved Memorial money, it would never be in our life time. As I was about to file the design in the “hope drawer” of the file cabinet to await a wealthy donor some day, I looked at those forty eight candles and thought: “Each of those represent a memorial light as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.” Everyone could have an opportunity to dedicate a candle in memory of a loved one. Those names would be put in our Memorial Book and read at the five Memorial Saturdays each year for the life of this parish. If $250 were given for each memorial candle, this dream could be a reality. If money for half the candles was given by the middle of February, there is a good possibility we can have it up for our anniversary on June 11. This choros would be electrified, each “candle” would have a 7.5 watt miniature bulb that gives off a delicate golden light very similar to that of candles. We will then be able to eliminate the “brash” track lighting that now lights the dome. Talk to Fr. Vladimir and fill out a form with the name of the person to be remembered and a few sentences about them. Andrew Gould, who is among the finest designers of Byzantine churches comments: “The Byzantine choros were the crowning jewels of late-medieval Byzantine churches, where they hung from eight or twelve chains from the perimeter of the dome. This left the dome itself and its iconography unencumbered by chains, allowing a clear view up through the choros. This is a spatial effect of extraordinary beauty and majesty. There is no more cost-effective way to dramatically enhance the beauty of a church than to install a traditional choros.”
25th Anniversary of Christ the Savior Parish
Our Silver Jubilee will be on June 10th & 11th, 2016!
"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." Romans 15:7 In Judaism and Christianity, the concept of the Jubilee is a special year of remission of sins and universal pardon.
A group of parishioners have begun to plan for our 25th Anniversary. They need the help of everyone in the parish and support of all who have been part of our extended parish family during the past 25 years. We need your help to celebrate our 25th Jubilee year so that all can partake of the Feast that is a continuation of the Liturgy. A fund will be set up for two reasons: 1) To help with the cost of the celebration of this joyous occasion and 2) To help reduce, or rather eliminate our martgage. For 25 years people have been moved by The Holy Spirit to foster the work of Christ The Savior in this hungry, broken world which needs Christ, Who is our Jubilee. We believe, by your prayers and help, this will continue to happen for many years.
On Sunday June 11th we will celebrate with Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am. A brunch will follow for all who have made reservations. Our hope and prayer is that everyone who has been touched by Christ the Savior Community will celebrate with us. Please plan ahead and contact Fr. Vladimir for further details. An Anniversary Planning Meeting is scheduled for January 16th, at 3:30 pm. Everyone who can help or have ideas are most welcome.
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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At 9:00 am on Saturday April 2nd there will be a Memorial Liturgy. Following the Liturgy there will be a special Memorial for Deacon John Zarras.
Women's Saturday morning Retreat
The Presence of the Risen Lord will be the theme of the Women’s Retreat this month, on April 9th. This Epilogue will conclude our study of the Beatitudes. Come pray, discuss and enjoy lively fellowship, as we dwell upon our uniqueness as human beings, blessed by God with particular talents and abilities. Let us treasure how inherently valuable we are, because we belong to God. All women are welcome, even if you can only come this once and would like this to be a refreshing, peaceful time in your Lenten Journey.
The Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
Normally the Men's group meets on the second Thursday of the month. In April, that will be the Service of the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete. All men are invited to come together at 6:30 pm to see and discuss a short film then join the community at 7:00 pm for the Canon and Compline. The Canon of Saint Andrew and compline is the most beautiful service of compunction, repentance and Divine Love. All are welcome to join in this service. We will not have the opportunity to attend this service again until the first week of Lent 2017.
Lazarus Saturday is April 23rd
On the Eve of this Great Feast, Friday April 22nd, there will be Vespers at 7:00 pm. This marks the end of Great Lent as we enter into the intense Week of the Passion. (Holy and Great week.)
Monthly Bulletin Now Available to Download!
Our monthly bulletin, "The Lighthouse" is now available to download!
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