Schedule of Divine Services

Alter Area St. Demetrios


O Come, let us Worship and bow down before our King and God.
O Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ, our King and God.
O Come, let us worship and bow down to Christ Himself, our King and God.

This invitation marks the beginning of each day for the Orthodox Church. It comes from the office of Vespers, and it expresses the attitude which is at the heart of Orthodoxy. The Worship of God - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, - is fundamental to the life and spirit of the Orthodox Church. 

 

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SUNDAY WORSHIP
 
9:00 am Orthros
10:00 am Divine Liturgy
 

NATIVITY FAST FRIDAY PARAKLESIS 

Friday evenings December 2nd, 9th and 16th we will sing the beautiful hymns to the Theotokos of the Supplication Service at 6:00 p.m. (except the Friday after Thanksgiving and the Friday before Christmas).

If you would like names for health included in the paraklesis, please submit the baptismal name in writing to Fr. Gianulis at the beginning of the service.

CONFESSIONS will be heard following the service.

WE ARE OPEN FOR IN PERSON WORSHIP

Please join us Sunday. We all should feel comfortable and safe attending worship services if you are among those who have received your vaccination for the Coronavirus. If you do not feel quite secure or if you have not been vaccinated, you are welcome to wear a mask. Masks will still be available in the narthex.

HOLY COMMUNION 

The Orthodox believe in the actual presence of the Body and Blood of Christ. In the Divine Liturgy, we believe that the bread and wine are consecrated and are truly changed into the Body and Blood of Christ.  A communicant must prepare to receive through prayer and fasting. Only baptized and confirmed Orthodox Christians should receive Holy Communion, and only when properly prepared.

Currently, at St. Demetrios, Holy Communion is distributed using separate spoons, one per person. What is critical is not the means of receiving Christ's gift, but that we receive His Body and Blood. This is not only consistent with the wisdom of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, but it underscores what His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros has affirmed since the beginning of the crisis: "It is not the way we receive; it is the Communion itself that saves us and gives us eternal life.”