From the weekly “Inquirer’s Classes” given by Fr. Stephen Rogers on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
“Church History: Covering 2,000 years in a Fast 55 Minutes!” by The Very Reverend Father Stephen Rogers. Presented by St. Anna Orthodox Christian Church, Columbia, Tennessee (Wednesday, September 9, 2020)
Please join us in person for the next session being presented on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7pm.
Just a reminder – We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September, 8, 2020. Please join us for this Great Feast of the Church when we celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mother of Christ. All are welcome to join us for this glorious celebration.
“Thy nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole universe; for from thee did shine forth the Sun of justice, Christ our God, annulling the curse, and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.” (- APOLYTIKION OF THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS IN TONE FOUR)
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.
A Blessed Feast of St. Anna to you all! We beseech the Righteous Ancestor of God for “help with faith, that we may all be saved from all manner of tribulation” and asking her to intercede for “forgiveness of sins for them that honor [her] with love”.
Below is the list of the services we will celebrate during Holy Week and leading up to the Saturday evening Pascha service. You may join the clergy and chanters in praying and celebrating ALL of these services by going to the St. Anna Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/StAnnaOrthodoxColumbiaTN/
If you miss the appointed time for the service you may view and pray along with the clergy and chanters after the service is completed by clicking on the link to that service. Father Stephen will be praying some of these services from his home. The text of these services can be found in your Holy Week Service Book.
Sunday, April 12th: Palm Sunday-Orthros and Divine Liturgy: 9 am
Sunday, April 12th: Bridegroom Matins 6 pm
Monday, April 13th: Bridegroom Matins: 6:30 pm
Tuesday, April 14th: Bridegroom Matins: 6:30 pm
Wednesday, April 15th: Orthros: 6:30 pm
Thursday, April 16th: Service of 12 Passion Gospels: 6:30 pm
Friday, April 17th: Great Vespers 3 pm
Friday, April 17th: Lamentations 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 18th: Pascha 10 pm
We understand that joining these services by viewing them on you your phone, tablet, computer screen or TV may not be like you are used to joining in on Holy Week services. However, under these circumstances, complying with the directives sent to us by the Metropolitan and doing all we can to not put any of you at a health risk during these uncertain days, we believe these online services will be a great way to supplement your personal and family prayers and Holy Week and Pascha traditions at your home. We know that you are doing your best to make these days special with your families and we urge you to make these limited daily services a part of your upcoming days as we journey together to Jerusalem, the upper room, the garden, the cross and the empty tomb. May God have mercy on us all.
During this unusual time when we cannot attend services at church or go to Sunday school, there are some resources available online to help your children and teens continue to be reminded of this season of Lent and our journey to Pascha. For those who have children in the atrium, they have all been given a presentation on the Annunciation to the Theotokos which we will be celebrating tomorrow. You could read Luke 1:26-38 and ask a few questions, like: What did the angel say? What names were given for this baby? Imagine how Mary felt. What did Mary say to the angel?
There are no right or wrong answers at this age. There may be no answers verbally. It’s just a good way to help them remember what they have heard before and ponder it some more.
Here are some resources sent out from the Antiochian Archdiocese that may be of help to your family. I’ve just copied and pasted from some emails I’ve gotten.
Also, virtual Sunday School begins THIS Sunday! Tending the Garden of Our Hearts has announced the following: Welcome to Tending the Garden of our Hearts: Weekly Meditations for Orthodox Families!
During this time of social distancing and quarantine, Tending the Garden of Our Hearts will expand on our podcast offering with our Virtual Sunday School! In addition to the weekly podcast, you’ll find videos, activities and printables to get your family talking and learning together. Classes begin on Sunday, March 22, 2020! Make sure that your Sundays still feel like Sunday. Attend a liturgy online, and then drop in here for Sunday School: https://tending-the-garden.com/virtualsundayschool/
Here are additional options: The Children’s Word from Orthodox Christian Network Each issue includes a message on the Sunday Gospel lesson and on one of the saints for the week. You’ll also find a coloring page and other activities. http://myocn.net/orthodox-christian-childrens-newsletter/
Please forgive this late notice. We’ve made a change of plans. Regrettably, we’ve encountered some logistical limitations which will keep us from Livestreaming our services tomorrow morning so Fr. Stephen has asked that we participate in the streaming of the services being offered at St. Ignatius tonight and tomorrow. Please go to the St. Ignatius Facebook page to join their services – You can find the live-stream of the St. Ignatius services in 3 different places:
Each of these links should also work on your mobile device. If you would like to have a copy of the hymns and prayers being offered during these services you can find them at the Antiochian Archdiocese website – https://www.antiochian.org/liturgicday/2308