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)

Recent Events

Monthly Bulletin

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

Our December 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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A Night that will be Remembered!

A night that began with the flying of Holy Water in the air by the hand of Archbishop Nikon blessing our Choros and ending, as we were sent out into the world shining, with oil from the anointing by the hand of the Archbishop. This was St. Nektarios Vespers November 6, 2016. At the end of the Service, Seminarian Simon Menya from Uganda spoke to the assembled faithful of over one hundred twenty. He related two incidents in his life that brought him close to St. Nektarios. He then spoke of the Feast of St. Nektarios in Uganda and his village. Preparation for the feast begins four weeks before November 9th. People spend this time helping the needy, visiting hospitals, the sick and prisons. He said there are four times a year that the people have meat: Pascha, Christmas, Election Day and St. Nektarios Feast. The faith and love that filled our church that night was powerful. May we cultivate it and bring it to a hungry and thirsty world. Plan now for Sunday November 5, 2017 to come on pilgrimage to the relics of St. Nektarios.



Upcoming Events
January at Christ the Savior

The Great Blessing of Water and Liturgy for the Theophany, The Baptism of the Lord, will be on Thursday, January 5 at 6:30 P.M. followed by a festive supper.

Peace Light - January 5th

In December of 2016 nine year old Talen Ihab Miseh fetched the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in two blast proof miners lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv Israel to Vienna  Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to World Scout delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries. Austrian Airlines then flies the miners lamps containing the Peace Light from Bethlehem to New York City. This is the 30th year that the Peace Light is brought to Vienna, the 15th year it is brought to the US and the second year it is coming to Christ the Savior, Southbury for The Feast of Light, The Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ.   We are so grateful to Russell De Pace of the Boy Scouts of America who will bring the Light on January 5th at 6:30 pm for the Vesperal Liturgy and Blessing of water. Plan to invite relatives and friends.   All scouts are asked to wear their uniform. Like Pascha night, the lights and candles will be lit part way through the service with the Peace Light. There will also be opportunity to carry light home.                                                                                                                                   

More information can be read at PeaceLight .org The goal of this web site is help the light spread like the branches of a huge tree rooted in New York and spreading across the continent. 

 

Calling All Women. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of a morning of worship, meditation, food, fellowship and discussion on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at 9 AM.

Constantly, each day, each hour, God is sending us people,circumstances,tasks ,which should mark the beginning of our renewal, yet we pay them no attention and thus continually we resist God’s will for us. Indeed, how can God help us? Only by sending us in our daily life certain people, and certain coincidences of circumstance. If we accept every hour of God’s will for us, as the decisive, most important , unique hour of our life – what source of joy, love, strength, as yet hidden from us, would spring from the depths of our soul!” Alexander Elchaninov, The Diary of a Russian Priest

Sandra DeResta will lead the discussion from Being Bread, “Antique Prayer”, pp 51 – 59. Won’t you join us?

 

Men’s Group will meet, beginning with the Akathist service, on Thursday evening, January 19th, at 7:00 pm.

Anthony Sica will lead us with the second chapter of “Being Bread” by Dr. Steven Muse. All men of every age are welcome.

 

After January 6th there will not be Wednesday night Vespers for the rest of the month.  This will allow extra time for evening House Blessings.

 

Looking ahead to the “Souper” Bowl of Caring, Sunday, February 5th. Please bring items for the Woodbury Food Bank and monetary contributions for IOCC. More information to follow in the weekly bulletin.

 

Live Wires and Teen Group to resume classes on January 8th


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