News and Events
March 6, 2015
Fri Mar 6: Presanctified Gifts 6:00 pm. Please attend if you can. This liturgy is meant to strengthen us as we go through the fast.
Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas:
Sat Mar 7: Vespers 6:00 pm. NOTE: Clocks go forward one hour this evening
Sun Mar 8: Hours, Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:30 am
Don't forget that clocks go forward an hour Sat night, and Sunday services will begin at 10:30.
Important information regarding bus route 15, which services our neighbourhood: Some of you depend on this route to come to church. Halifax Transit is looking at changes to its service which may impact us. We encourage you all (even if you drive to church) to visit the site and view the proposed changes for the #15 route and give your feedback to ensure that we continue to have adequate access by bus.
Confessions: Confession is a very important part of preparing oneself for Pascha. Please contact Fr Vladimir to schedule a time before Sat Vespers (alternate arrangements may be possible for those living outside of Halifax). For those desiring confession this weekend, please contact Fr Vladimir by Thursday night, as he'll be travelling to Halifax during the day on Friday.
Fr. Matthew Baker: Giving to others in need should be a part of our fasting discipline. If we look around, we can easily see many in need. On the Orthodox Church of America website, news has been posted that Fr. Matthew Baker, a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in the US, was killed in a car accident returning home after celebrating Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers. He leaves behind Presvytera Katherine and 6 young children. A collection is set up to assist Fr. Matthew's family. Let us all pray for the repose of Fr. Matthew and pray for his family in their time of need. May Fr. Matthew's memory be eternal!
Great Lent schedule, in English and Russian (PDF)
Civic Calendar with Service Schedule
Hours, Liturgy 10:30am
Presanctified Liturgy 6:00pm
Hours, Liturgy 10:00am
Adoration of the Holy Cross
Hours, Liturgy 10:00am
St. John Climacus
Hours, Liturgy 10:00am
St. Mary of Egypt
Hours, Liturgy 10:00am
Sundays and major feasts are in red. Fast days are shaded.
February 27, 2015
1st Sunday of Lent - Sunday of Orthodoxy
Sat Feb 28: Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Mar 1: Hours, Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am
Confessions: A confession during Lent is required to be able to partake of communion at Pascha. Early confessions are encouraged. Please contact Fr Vladimir to schedule a time. Note that you should contact Fr Vladimir by Friday evening if you wish to schedule a confession before Sat Vespers, as he will be travelling to Halifax during the day on Sat and will not be checking messages.
February 21, 2015
Due to road conditions outside of Halifax, Fr Vladimir will not be travelling, therefore we will have readers services this weekend. (Note to bakers - no prosphora needed.)
Forgiveness Sunday (start of Lent)
Sat Feb 21: Readers Services 6:00 pm
Sun Feb 22: Hours, Typika, Forgiveness Sunday Vespers 10:00 am
Please come if you can, but check road conditions in your area before travelling Sunday morning to be safe.
Nightly Mon-Thurs (Feb 23-26) at 6:00 pm: Small Compline with the Canon of Repentance of St. Andrew of Crete. Please attend these important services if you can.
For other services in Lent, please refer to the Great Lent schedule.
Please note: Special service Sat Feb 21
7:30-8:30 pm: The Coptic Church of St. Mena (167 Willett Street, Halifax, NS B3M 3L6) is holding a memorial service for the Twenty-One Egyptian Christians killed in Libya last week (see http://www.bbc.com/news/world-31481797). Everyone is invited!
A note from Father Vladimir about this tragic event: The Coptic tradition is one of the oldest and most beautiful expressions of Christianity. The tradiiton holds that St. Mark was the evangelist to bring the Gospel to Egypt, and Egypt, at that time oppressed by the Roman yoke, joyfully welcomed the message of freedom and peace promised by the Gospel. The Gospel fell on very fertile soil in Egypt, for the Egyptians had behind them the rich mystical spiritual tradition of three millenia and in that soil Christian spirituality bloomed and blossomed. Some of the greatest Christian saints came out of the Coptic Church - St. Athanasius, St. Mary of Egypt, Thais of Alexandria, St. Anthony the great, and countless others.
But no matter how blessed and faithful a Christian community may be, it will not be free from persecution and trials. In II Timothy 3:12, the Apostle warns us that "all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution." Such words could have been spoken directly to our Coptic Christian brothers and sisters, for persecution has been a hallmark of the Coptic Church. Ever since the Muslim conquest of Egypt, Coptic Christians have been the target if torture and persecution. Even in the "civilized" and more enlightened world of the twenty-first century, bitter and savage persecution has not ceased in Egypt. The recent martyrdom of the twenty-one Coptic Christians in Libya is yet another example of the sufferings which have befallen the Coptic Church.
To make the martyrdom of these Copts even more bitter, the president of the United States has blatantly denied that these men died because of their faith. Barak Obama has referred to them merely as "citizens", purposely avoiding any reference to their Christian faith and thereby depriving them of the crown of martyrdom. Despite the anti-Christian attitudes of the world, we recognize these men as Christians who have been tortured and martyred because of their faith in Christ. At the same time, let us give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ who has given them the strength to bear their martyrdom, to triumph in their faith, and enter into the glory of the eternal Kingdom.
With all the saints and martyrs, may these twenty-one martyrs have Eternal Memory.
February 14, 2015
Winter strikes again. As the forecast tomorrow is calling for 20-40 cm of snow over the course of the morning, travel is expected to be difficult. Services are therefore cancelled for Sunday, February 15. Prosphora bakers: please take note.
Vespers is still on for Saturday at 6:00 pm We'll have readers Vespers followed by small Compline with the Canon for the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord. This will be around the same duration as a regular Vespers service. Please come if you can to celebrate this great feast.
February 7, 2015
As many roads outside of Halifax still are ice covered, Fr. Vladimir won't be coming this weekend.
Sat Feb 7: Readers Vespers 6:00pm
Sun Feb 8: Readers Services - Hours and Typika - at 10:00am. This service lasts approximately an hour. We're then have coffee hour.
January 31, 2015
Due to road conditions and the ongoing freezing rain warning in Lunenburg County, Fr Vladimir will not be travelling to Halifax this weekend.
Sat Jan 31: Vespers is cancelled
Sun Feb 1: Readers Services - Hours and Typika - at 10:00. This service lasts approximately an hour. We're then have coffee hour.
January 24, 2015
Bishop's visit: A big thank you to all who helped make last weekend run smoothly - those who cleaned and set things up both for services and meals, chauffering our visitors, and other tasks. Thank you!!
Sat Jan 24: Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Jan 25: Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am
Reminder - during winter, keep an eye on the weather and your emails in case of last-minute changes due to storms.
January 16, 2015
This weekend His Grace Bishop Ire'ne'e of Ottawa and All Canada is coming for an arch-pastoral visit to Halifax. We invite you to our services:
Sat, January 17, 2015
6:00 pm Great Vespers (served by the rector, Igumen Vladimir Tobin)
Bishop Ire'ne'e's arrival is expected around 7:30pm (subject to flight delays). Upon his arrival, we'll have a potluck dinner and conversation with the the Bishop. Those intending to come, please bring one dish or a drink.
Sunday, January 18, 2015, Eve of Theophany
10:00 am: Hours and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
12:30 pm: Blessing of Water (please bring clean containers to take holy water home)
After the service we'll have a potluck lunch. Eve of Theophany is a strict fast. We ask you to bring one *LENTEN* dish (no meat, fish, eggs, or dairy products) or a drink.
Monday, January 19, 2015, Feast of Theophany
The services will be held at the Hermitage of the Annunciation in New Germany (one hour and a half drive from Halifax - see driving directions here). Goose Chase Rd, where the monastery is located, is slippery. The lane to the monastery is sanded, but please use care and drive slowly.
7:00 am: Matins
9:00 am: Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
At the end of the liturgy: Blessing of Water at the pond of St. Silouan.
Then, a potluck meal to celebrate the Feast (please bring a dish - NO MEAT, please - or a drink).
Waiting for you!==================================
В эти выходные состоится визит преосвященнейшего Иренея, епиского Оттавского и всея Канады в Галифакс. Приглашаем вас на наши службы:
Суббота, 17 января 2015
18:00: Великая Вечерня (служит настоятель, игумен Владимир Тобин)
Прибытие Владыки Иренея ожидается в 19:30 (если не будет задержки рейса). По его прибытии состоится праздничный ужин и беседа с Владыкой. Тех, кто собирается прийти, просим принести с собой одно блюдо или напитки.
Воскресенье, 18 января 2015, сочельник Богоявления
10:00: Часы и архиерейская Божественная Литургия св. Иоанна Златоуста
12:30: Освящение воды
По окончании службы - праздничный обед. Сочельник Богоявления - строгий пост. Просим принести с собой одно *ПОСТНОЕ* блюдо (без мяса, рыбы, яиц и молочных продуктов) или напитки.
Понедельник, 19 января 2015, праздник Богоявления
Службы пройдут в Благовещенской Пустыни ("Hermitage of the Annunciation") в Нью Джермани (в полутора часах езды от Галифакса - см. адрес здесь: http://hermitage.halifaxorthodox.org/location.html).
9:00: Божественная Литургия св. Василия Великого
По окончании литургии: Освящение Воды в пруду прп. Силуана.
После службы - праздничная трапеза. Просим принести одно блюдо (*БЕЗ МЯСА*) или напитки.
January 10, 2015
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
The celebration of the feast of Nativity continues!
Sat Jan 10: Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Jan 11: Hours and Liturgy followed by parish potluck 10:00 am
Don't forget next week His Grace Bishop Ire'ne'e will be visiting us. Further details to come.
Reminder: During this lovely time of year known as winter in Canada, bad weather can happen at any time. Please check your email during weekends in case there are last-minute updates to the service schedule due to storms.
Parish calendars: The 2015 calendars are for sale now. We have English-only and English+Russian church calendars with service and contact information for our parish. Suggested price is $10. Please put the money in the envelopes marked with "calendar".
January 3, 2015
Sunday of the Holy Fathers
Sat Jan 3: Readers Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Jan 4: CANCELLED due to weather forecast.
For those who were scheduled for confession tonight, please come Monday evening, January 5. Father Vladimir will be at church by 6:00 pm. Please come as soon after 6:00 as possible, as Fr. Vladimir would like to end confessions by 7:30-8:00 pm.
The Sunday before the Nativity of the Lord is known as the Sunday of the Holy Fathers. On this day the Church commemorates all those who were well-pleasing to God from all ages, from Adam to St Joseph the Betrothed of the Most Holy Theotokos, those who are mentioned in the geneology of Luke 3:23-38. The holy prophets and prophetesses are also remembered today, especially the Prophet Daniel and the three holy youths (December 17).
Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ:
Tuesday Dec 6 9:00 pm - Vigil followed by pot-luck meal downstairs
Parish calendars: The 2015 parish calendars will be in church today. We have English-only and English+Russian church calendars with service and contact information for our parish. Suggested price is $10. Please put the money in the envelopes marked "calendar" or place in envelope and write "calendar" on it.
Upcoming episcopal visit: His Grace, Bishop Ire'ne'e, will be with us for the feast of Theophany. Further details to come.