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)
Will be held Each Wednesday during Great Lent, beginning @ 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 are celebrated each Wednesday during Great Lent as fitting the season of repentance, conversion, and intensified prayer and fasting.
Come, bring someone, and mark your calendar now and whatever comes up you will be able to say with confidence: “I am sorry, but my family has a very important appointment that night.”
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.
Dear Family and Friends, March 11, 2015
The Aleandros are going on their sixth mission trip. We responded to the call on March 4 to return to Kenya, East Africa, May 28 – June 13.
Can you believe that some of you have been part of our journeys for eight years? Yes, in 2007 we led the first OCMC mission team to the Turkana tribe to build the Church of St. John the Baptist in Lodwar. During our months stay we traveled into the bush. After two attempts, we made it to the village in Loupwala . There we celebrated with them, their first Orthodox Liturgy and first Orthodox marriage. The young man married that day is now their priest, Fr. Zachariah. Shortly after this, with your help, OCMC dug a well in Loupwala . Our connections continued in 2010 and 2011, by being part of a team that catechized the Turkana of this village; in 2012 we helped build the church of St. Peter there and traveled with Archbishop Makarios in 2014 to consecrate this Church.
So we have, by your prayers and assistance, come full circle with Fr. Zachariah and our Turkana family in Loupwala. Our eight year involvement with this parish community has endeared them to our hearts. Now we will help them build a two room school. Education is of prime importance for these people to move forward. This school will be for girls and boys of all ages. It is the only school for many kilometers. In addition to basic studies, they will also learn about living their Christian life. On Sunday June 7, we will travel to the village of Lockichar to take part in the Consecration of St. Nicholas church which we built last year.
Once again we ask your prayers as we prepare, travel, work and return home. Your prayers sustain us throughout this endeavor to spread the news of the Lord, Jesus to our Turkana brothers and sisters.
We must cover the cost for both of us this year. Because we answered the call on March 4, we are short on time to collect the needed funds. We are setting April 5, Palm Sunday as our goal. Donations should be made out to OCMC, with Kenya: Fr. Vladimir and Suzanne in the memo (this is very important). You may send them to us, or to OCMC, the addresses are below.
We thank you for your love and support. You are an important part of the Mission.
In God’s tender mercies,
Father Vladimir and Matushka Suzanne
“Papa Emoru” and “Mama Apua”
The Aleandros: 145 Maple Tree Hill Rd. Oxford CT 06478
OCMC: 220 Manatee Way St Augustine FL 32086-9908
re: Turkana Team ocmc.org/teams Click current teams
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito” African Proverb
“Today, Tuesday January 13, 2015, the Holy Synod has gathered for a session presided over by Patriarch Bartholomew. The subject of the session was a report by the Commission for the canonization of saints, in which it was suggested that Elder Paisios be included among the saints.”
After careful study of the reported facts, the Synod unanimously included Schemamonk Paisios the Hagiorite among the ranks of the saints. (Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod, January 13, 2015)
“In our times, one of the greatest illnesses is the vain thoughts of worldly people… They are tormented simply through not facing up to things in a spiritual manner. When we accept whatever happens to us with a good and positive thought, we are helped; while on the contrary, we are tormented and come apart at the seams when negative and evil thoughts prevail.” -Elder Paisios in Spiritual Struggle
“The person should experience his sinfulness and have trust and hope in the mercy of God, because that way he’ll be saved. That way the mind is recollected and experiences the prayer as a need. That way he begins to say: “Lord Jesus Christ, come…,” and the heart gains rest.” -Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain
Through the prayers of our Holy Father,
Elder Paisios, Lord Jesus Christ our God,
have mercy on us and save us! Amen!