SESSION THREE – What is Salvation?

From the weekly “Inquirer’s Classes” given by Fr. Stephen Rogers on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

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“What is Salvation?” by The Very Reverend Father Stephen Rogers. Presented by St. Anna Orthodox Christian Church, Columbia, Tennessee. (Wednesday, September 16, 2020)

Please join us in person for the next session being presented on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7pm.

SESSION TWO – Church History: Covering 2,000 years in a Fast 55 Minutes!

From the weekly “Inquirer’s Classes” given by Fr. Stephen Rogers on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

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“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.

Blessed Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos – Tomorrow – September 8, 2020

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)


To learn more about the significance of beautiful feast in the life of the Church follow this link – https://www.antiochian.org/regulararticle/744

SESSION ONE – An Introduction to the Orthodox Christian Church

The weekly “Inquirer’s Classes” being given by Fr. Stephen Rogers kicked-off on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

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“The Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic”
by The Very Reverend Father Stephen Rogers
Presented by St. Anna Orthodox Christian Church, Columbia, Tennessee
(Wednesday, September 2, 2020)

Please join us in person for the next session being presented on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 7pm.

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

The Feast of St. Anna – July 25, 2020

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”.

Coronavirus changes at St. Anna – March 17, 2020

Dear Faithful of St. Anna:

Blessings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ as we continue our Lenten journey through these unusual times. I am sure you all continue to monitor the evolving Coronavirus situation and attempts to mitigate the pandemic facing us all.

In response to government guidance, our Archdiocese has issued new directives for the church in order to do our part to protect our congregations and our communities. Though some of the following instructions may seem drastic, they are prudent and necessary to get to the other side of the pandemic as soon as possible. With that goal in mind, the following directives are implemented until further notice:

1. All non-liturgical activities (church school, meetings, meals, coffee hour, etc.) are cancelled.
2. Services are limited to Orthros/Divine Liturgy (commencing March 22) and Akathist (commencing March 27). Services will be limited to CLERGY and CHANTERS ONLY  “on behalf of all and for all.”
3. Confession will be offered only in case of great, immediate spiritual need.
4. Baptisms are postponed until further notice.
5. In case of a funeral, only immediate family may attend (limited to 10 persons).
6. Service texts for home use will be available on the http://www.antiochian.org website under the Liturgics section.

If you are a chanter and show symptoms of any sickness or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test for you or a loved one, please stay at home. I will coordinate with John Meese which chanters will be present at each service.

I hope each of you will see this difficulty as an opportunity for a truly meaningful Lenten offering. What could be more of an acceptable Lenten offering that to give up our own will and desires in obedience to the service and welfare of our community?

We are exploring ways to enhance our journey through these times such as video homilies and other communications, as well as providing a list of churches providing streaming services as soon as possible.

Above let us pray for another and take the time to reach out to each other by phone or email. Obviously, I will keep you informed of any changes as soon as they are implemented.

Holy Saint Anna, pray for us!

Fr. Stephen