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.
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.
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.
Sunday, November 10th at 12:30 at Sh. Belinda Short’s home). Mother Aemiliane is the Abbess at the Sacred Monastery of St. Nina in Union Bridge, MD founded in 2012. A BBQ lunch will be provided. ($10 per person) All women of the church (18 and older) and your guests are invited. Nursing infants only, please. Please RSVP to BelindaJShort@Gmail.com.