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)


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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Upcoming Events

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God

On Saturday February 13th at 9 am, there will be a "Women's Retreat" continuing the study of the Beatitudes. Even if you have never come you are most welcome, bring a friend! We will learn about the peace of Chris, acquiring the peace of Christ, what it meansto be a maker of peace and the blessings of being a child of God. Our discussions are frank and open and we laugh a lot. We hope you are able to join us!

 Scout Sunday

On Sunday February 14th, the Scouts of Christ the Savior Parish will be honored and will honor us with the hope for our future. We are blessed to have five Eagle Scouts, one Gold Award Girl Scout and a growing number of young scouts. All Scouts, including adults are encouraged to wear their uniforms on this Sunday. 2016 Scouting Sunday Patches will be presented to our younger Scouts.

Men's Retreat

On Thursday February 18th at 7:00 pm the men of the parish are invited to view the movie "The Island, Ostrov", the fifth in a series of films that the men of Christ the Savior have enjoyed. One common theme runs through all of the movies we have gatherred to watch- the power of prayer to change lives. All men are welcome to join in for this time of prayer and fellowship. 

 


Jesus the Light of the World

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.” 


The Lighthouse
Monthly Bulletin Now Available to Download!

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

Our February newsletter is here for you to download.

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Important Upcoming Dates

March 13 Forgiveness Sunday

Every man woman and child needs to be present to start the Lenten Journey together. What a powerful night it will be as we hear Chris is Risen and begin our journey clean and forgiven! 6:30 PM Forgiveness Vespers marks the start of Great Lent. At 5:00 PM on Forgiveness Sunday there will be a Pre-Lenten Meal (Maslenitza), which ends the use of dairy products until Pascha. All are welcome to join us for this time of food and fellowship.

 

March 14-18 The First Week of Holy and Great Lent

 

March 20th, the First Sunday of Great Lent- Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers  will be at 6:00 PM at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Waterbury, CT. A lenten reception will follow. 

 

March 27th, the Second Sunday of Great Lent  at 4:00 PM Lenten Vespers will be held at Christ the Savior Parish, Southbury, CT. Vespers will be followed by a light Lenten Supper.


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