August 1, 2020 – Why a Fast for Dormition?

The icon of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos – August 15

Please read this article as today marks the beginning of one of the 4 great fasts of the church year – the Dormition Fast. “It would be a gross understatement to say that much has been written about the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. Yet very little has been written about the fast that precedes it.  Every Orthodox Christian is aware and generally knows the reason behind the fasts for Pascha and Christmas. But while they may know of the Dormition Fast, few follow it, and more than a few question why it is there, neither knowing its purpose.” The remainder of this insightful article can be found here.

May God help us all realize “the one thing needful” during these next two weeks.

May God bless you, Father Stephen

Bishop NICHOLAS’ First Visit to St. Anna

On the occasion of our very first Episcopal visit at St Anna Orthodox Christian Church, His Grace Bishop NICHOLAS prayed Great Vespers with us on Sunday, August 18, 2019. Truly an historic event for the first known Orthodox Christian Bishop to ever visit and pray in Columbia, TN! We were encouraged to remain faithful to God, pray for those in our community and invite them to join us.

Dormition of The Theotokos Liturgy

Just a reminder that we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy for the Dormition of the Theotokos on Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30pm.  Please join us if you are able.

“Verily, the God-mantled Apostles were caught up on all sides, ascending the clouds by a divine sign. And they came up to thy most pure, life-originating resting-place to kiss it reverently. As for the most sublime heavenly powers, they came with their own chief. To escort, enwrapped in awe, thine all-honored, God-receiving body, they went before in a super-earthly manner, shouting invisibly to the heavenly ranks: Behold the Queen of all, the divine Maiden, has come. Lift up the gates and receive super-earthly-wise the Mother of everlasting Light. For through her hath salvation come to the whole human race. And she is the one on whom it is impossible to gaze, and whom we never can honor sufficiently. For the honor through which she became sublime transcendeth all understanding. Wherefore, O undefiled Theotokos, everlasting with thy life-bearing Son, intercede with Him unceasingly that He may preserve and save thy new people from every hostile assault; for we have taken thee unto us as our helper. Therefore, do we magnify thee with voices of joy unto all ages.”
 – DOXASTICON FOR THE DORMITION, from Great Vespers for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

Great Vespers begins THIS Saturday

Great Vespers begins THIS Saturday – July 20, 5:00pm.  We will begin praying Great Vespers each Saturday beginning THIS WEEK.  This is a very special service marking the beginning of the liturgical week and is a brief and solemn service of prayer and preparation for the Sunday Liturgy.  Please join us on Saturday evening.

“New” Chalice and Paten Gifts to St. Anna

“New” chalice, paten, star, altar cloths and icon stand donated to St. Anna from St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church in Nashville! We are so grateful for the generosity of St. Petka and St. Ignatius for many donations of items they are no longer using. ☦️