News and Events

July 26, 2014

Father Vladimir is now back home and is recovering well. Please continue to pray for him.

This weekend we will celebrate our patronal feast, please join us on this festive weekend:

Sat July 26 - Readers Vespers and Akathist to St. Vladimir 6:00 pm
Sun July 27 - Hours and Liturgy, Molieben to St. Vladimir and parish potluck 10:00

Parish Potluck: If weather permits, we'll have a potluck picnic outside, either at the chuirch grounds or at York Redoubt on Ferguson's Cove Road (we'll check with everyone after Liturgy to see what the consensus is). We have a barbeque, and hotdogs will be provided. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, there are some conflicting forecasts, but be prepared to be out in sunny weather. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, hats, etc.

Please bring a food contribution to the potluck. Drinks and hotdogs will be provided. Cash contributions towards the cost of the hotdogs would be appreciated. We hope to see many people this weekend as we celebrate the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us through the prayers of our heavenly patron, St. Vladimir.

Civic Calendar with Service Schedule

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Sundays and major feasts are in red. Fast days are shaded.

July 14, 2014

Sat July 19: Readers Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun July 20: Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

July 10, 2014

Synaxis of the 12 Apostles

Sat July 12: Readers Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun July 13: Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

We will have a blessing of water Sunday after Liturgy. If you wish to take holy water home with you, please bring a very clean container, preferably one that has been soaked in hot and soapy water.

Update on Fr Vladimir: Father is now out of the hospital and staying with a family until he's able to fend for himself. Please continue to pray for his recovery.

July 4, 2014

Saturday June 5, 6:00 pm: Vespers
Sunday June 6, 10:00 am: Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour and work bee. Note that Fr Cassian will be at church for 9:00 to hear confessions. Liturgy will start at 10:00 am.

Work bee: After coffee hour, we will be working around the church, cleaning, mowing lawns, yard work etc. Please stay if you can to assist in this.

Note: These plans are dependant on the weather, as a tropical storm is forecast. Please check for updates before leaving for church in case it is necessary to cancel. You can follow the forecasts at weather.gc.ca. Be prepared and stock up necessary supplies in case you lose power. Sunday should be fine, but Sat Vespers might be impacted by the storm. Even if the grass should be too wet to mow, we'l still have a work bee after Liturgy, as there are still a lot of indoor tasks to do.

Fr. Vladimir's surgery went well. Please continue to pray for him as he does face several weeks of recovery.

June 26, 2014

Saturday June 28, 6:00 pm: Vespers
Sunday June 29, 10:00 am: Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour

Work bee: After coffee hour July 6, there will be a work bee to get some chores done at church. More details to come. Please stay and help if you can.

As we get into summer holiday season, pray for all those who are travelling, that they return to us safely.

June 16, 2014

All Saints of North America

Saturday June 21, 6:00 pm: Vespers
Sunday June 22, 10:00 am: Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour

June 9, 2014

Day of the Holy Spirit

Commemorated on June 9

This whole week is fast-free, and the Leave-taking of Pentecost occurs on Saturday.

All Saints

Saturday June 14, 6:00 pm: Vespers
Sunday June 15, 10:00 am: Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour

Thank you: A big thank you to Larissa for her help with the flowers at Pentecost. I don't think there are any flowers left in her garden! The sale of the bouquets raised over 80 dollars for the Capital Campaign. Every bit helps! Also thanks to Maria and all those who helped to reorganize the kitchen.

Fundraisers:

There are beeswax candles for sale in the entrance for home use. We continue to collect recyclables for refunds.

June 3, 2014

Pentecost - The Descent of the Holy Spirit

Saturday June 7, 6:00 pm: Vespers
Sunday June 8, 10:00 am: Hours and Liturgy, Vespers with Kneeling Prayers followed by potluck (please bring a contribution)

At Pentecost, the tradition is to decorate the church with branches and greenery. A few of us will be at church starting at 4:00 pm on Saturday. If you'd like to bring some flowers or branches and help decorate, you're welcome to join us. For those who'd like to have some personal flowers to celebrate the feast, there will be some corsages/posies available Sunday for a small donation towards the Capital Campaign.

About the feast:

Fifty days after the Resurrection, on the Jewish feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles in the form of cloven tongues of fire, with the sound of a mighty rushing wind, and they began to speak in languages that they did not know. There were many visitors from the Jewish diaspora to Jerusalem at that time for the Jewish observance of the feast, and they were astonished to hear these untaught fisherman speaking praises to God in many different tongues. The number fifty, as in the fiftieth day after Pascha, stands for eternal and heavenly fulfillment, seven times seven, plus one.

The Orthodox Church sees Pentecost as the final fulfillment of the mission of Christ and the beginning of the messianic age of the Kingdom of God, mystically present in his Church. It is traditionally called the beginning of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Besides celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit, the feast also celebrates the full revelation of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Hymns of the Church, celebrate the sign of the final act of God's self-revelation to His creation. To Orthodox Christians, the feast of Pentecost is not just a celebration of an event in history. It is also a celebration their membership in the Church, as they have received "the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit" in the sacrament of Chrismation.

For the feast of Pentecost the icon of the Holy Trinity, the three angelic figures who appeared to Abraham, should be placed in the center of the church for veneration. This icon is used with the traditional Pentecost icon. The Kneeling Vespers are observed after the Pentecost Liturgy. This is a Vespers service to which are added three sets of long poetical prayers, the composition of Saint Basil the Great.

May 26, 2014

Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе!

Father Vladimir's surgery got postponed.

Wednesday May 28, 6pm: Ascension of the Lord (Vespers and Divine Liturgy)

Saturday May 31, 6pm: Vespers
Sunday June 1, 10am: Hours and Divine Liturgy

Операция О. Владимира отложена.

Среда, 28 мая, 18:00: Вознесение Господне (Вечерня и Божественная Литургия)

Суббота, 31 мая, 18:00: Вечерня
Воскресенье, 1 июня, 10:00: Часы и Божественная Литургия
(Исповедь: 9:00-10:00)

Please pray for:

  • Peace in Ukraine
  • The release of the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

Fundraisers:

  • We are continuing to collect recyclables. You can either return recyclables yourself and bring the proceeds to church, or bring them to church (please remove caps and rinse them out), and Nancy and Therese will return them for refund.
  • You might have noticed in the entrance some votive and tealight candles for sale:

    These candles are made in small batches by a parishioner of St Vladimir's Orthodox Church using recycled, blessed beeswax. The beeswax comes from candle stubs leftover after services. The candle stubs are collected, cleaned, and melted down to liquid form. The melted wax is then re-formed with new wicks into a useable candle again.

    Please buy these candles for your home worship or other candle needs. The wax is blessed so please dispose of any leftover wax respectfully (not in regular trash) or return the wax to Juliana who will use it again.!

    ALL money collected from the sale of these candles goes to the Capital Campaign!
    Tea lights: $1.50 Votives: $2.50

    Please note: As with all votive candles, to ensure they burn properly (and not quickly melt into a puddle) please burn them in a proper votive holder.

  • We have authentic Ukrainian hand-painted wooden eggs ("Pisanki") for sale, many colors and patterns to choose from, $5 each. They will be available for purchase until mid June. Please contact Alina or Ksenia. All proceeds will go to the Capital Campaign.

May 20, 2014

Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе!

Sunday of the Blind Man:

Sat May 24 - Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun May 25 - Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

Note that this Saturday will be the last opportunity for confessions for a few weeks, as Father Vladimir will undergo knee surgery.

May 13, 2014

Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе!

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman:

Sat May 17 - Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun May 18 - Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

For those coming from/through Dartmouth - Sun morning, the MacDonald Bridge and surrounding streets on both sides of the harbour will be closed due to the Bluenose Marathon. Plan your route accordingly.

Confessions - this weekend and next will be the last chance for confessions for a few weeks. Father Vladimir will undergo knee surgery the week of May 26, and he'll be off for a few weeks. Please pray that all goes well and that he has a speedy recovery.

May 7, 2014

Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе!

Sat May 10 - Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun May 11 - Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

May 4, 2014

Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе!

Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women

Sat May 3 - Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun May 4 - Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

Please pray for:

  • The people of Ukraine - that peace and charity will prevail
  • Metropolitan Boulos Yazigi, and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim, both of Aleppo, Syria - last week marked the one-year anniversary of their abduction. Pray for their safe return.

April 20, 2014

Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе!

We hope you've all had a joyous Paschal celebration thus far. Don't forget that this is just the beginning, the feast continues for several weeks.

Paschal Newsletter

Wed Apr 23 - vespers CANCELLED

Thomas Sunday

Sat Apr 26 - Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Apr 27 - Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

A lot of work goes into getting everything ready for Holy Week and Pascha. Thanks to Fr. Vladimir, Fr. Deacon Alexander and the choir for all their work to ensure the services are celebrated. Thanks to all who cleaned the church and basement, set up the tomb and flowers, set up the kitchen and brought food for the celebration.

Have a joyous bright week!

April 7, 2014

Fri Apr 11 - Readers Vespers for Lazarus Saturday 6:00 pm
Sat Apr 12 - Typika 10:30 am; Vespers for Palm Sunday 6:00 pm
Sunday Apr 13 - Hours, Divine Liturgy for Palm Sunday 10:00 am; Bridegroom Matins 7:00 pm
Mon Apt 14 - Bridegroom Matins 7:00 pm
Tues Apr 15 - Bridegroom Matins 7:00 pm
Wed Apr 16 - Service of Anointing 7:00 pm
Thurs Apr 17 - Hours and Liturgy for Last Supper 10:30 am; Passion Gospels 7:00 pm
Fri Apr 18 - Vespers of Great and Holy Friday 2:00 pm; Lamentations 7:00 pm
Sat Apr 19 - Vigil of Pascha 11:00 pm

If you wish to contribute towards flowers for Holy Week to decorate the church, please see Nancy.

Confessions - there is not much time left to schedule confessions with Father Vladimir, please contact him as soon as possible. Note that no confessions will be heard past the afternoon of Sat Apr 19 (Holy Saturday). Confessions are mandatory to be able to receive communion at Pascha.

April 4, 2014

Wed Apr 2: Canon of St Andrew of Crete 6:00 pm
Fri Apr 4: Akathist Service (full akathist, readers service) 6:00 pm

St. Mary of Egypt

Sat Apr 5: Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Apr 6: Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 pm

Annunciation

Sun Apr 6: Great Vespers 6:00 pm
Mon Apr 7: Divine Liturgy in the Hermitage of the Annunciation (New Germany), at 10am. Everyone is welcome.

Other news: The newest member of the Iremadze family, Maryam, will be baptized this weekend. Her patron saint is St. Mary of Egypt. May God grant little Maryam many, many years!

March 24, 2014

Fri Mar 28 - Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 6:00 pm

Sunday of St. John Climacus

Sat Mar 29 - Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Mar 30 - Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

March 22, 2014

Wed Mar 19 - Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 6:00 pm
Fri Mar 21 - Akathist Hymn 6:00 pm

Sunday of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

Sat Mar 22 - Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Mar 23 - Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

March 11, 2014

Wed Mar 12: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 6:00 pm (note due to the weather forecast, please check your emails for updates before leaving for church)

Fri Mar 14: Akathist Hymn 6:00 pm

St Gregory Palamas

Sat Mar 15: Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Mar 16: Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

March 7, 2014

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sat Mar 8: Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Mar 9: Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:30 am

Wed Mar 12: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 6:00 pm
Fri Mar 14: Akathist Hymn 6:00 pm

Invitation to join service at St. Antonios

Father Maximos and the Antiochian Orthodox parish of St. Antonios (2455 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS B3K 5B9) are inviting all of us to join the celebration of the Vespers of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, this coming Sunday, March 9, at 5:00 pm.

The Sunday of Orthodoxy is a wonderful occasion to celebrate the fullness of our unity as Orthodox Christians. It is very important for St. Vladimir's to participate in the celebration of this unity, so if you are available this Sunday evening, please come.

February 27, 2014

Cheesefare (Forgiveness) Sunday and the beginning of Lent:

Sat Mar 1: Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Mar 2: Hours and Liturgy followed by Forgiveness Sunday Vespers and coffee hour 10:00 pm; Great Compline with the Penitential Canon of St. Andrew 6:00 pm

Mon Mar 3: Little Compline with Penitential Canon of St. Andrew 6:00 pm
Tues Mar 4: Little Compline with Penitential Canon of St. Andrew 6:00 pm
Wed Mar 5: Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 6:00 pm
Thurs Mar 6: Little Compline with Penitential Canon of St. Andrew 6:00 pm
Fri Mar 7: Akathist Hymn 6:00 pm

February 21, 2014

Sat Feb 22 - Vespers 6:00 pm, followed by Panikhida
Sun Feb 23 - Hours and Liturgy, followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

Panikhida for victims of violence in Ukraine

You've probably heard on the news how the unrest in Ukraine is growing, and there have been many deaths. There will be a panikhida after Vespers this Saturday for those who have lost their lives, as well as additional prayers during services. Please pray for the restoration of peace. Вечная память! Memory eternal!

February 12, 2014

Wed Feb 12 - Readers Vespers CANCELLED

Please note that Wed vespers will be cancelled for the next few weeks. During Lent we'll have the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts on Wednesdays. After Pascha, we'll revisit the schedule of mid-week services.

Feast of the Meeting of the Lord / Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Sat Feb 15 - Vespers 6:00 pm, followed by Panikhia for Alexander Strijak
Sun Feb 16 - due to the flash freeze warning, the services are CANCELLED.

January 27, 2014

Wed Jan 29 - Readers Vespers CANCELLED

Sat Feb 1 - Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Feb 2 - Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

Please pray for:

  • the people of Ukraine in this time of unrest - that peace will prevail
  • for Christians under persecution around the world
  • our new deacon and his family as he takes on new responsibilities in our parish

Reminders:

Bottle drive - we continue to collect recyclables as a fund raiser for our capital fund. You can either bring your bottles to church (please rinse them and remove caps), or drop them off at a recycling depot and bring the proceeds to church (please mark bottle drive on the offering envelope so we can track it).

2014 Church calendars are for sale in the church entrance

January 21, 2014

Wed Jan 22 - Readers Vespers CANCELLED due to forecasted blizzard

Sat Jan 25 - Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Jan 26 - Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

Many years to the newly ordained Fr. Cassian and our Fr. Dn. Alexander! Thank you to all who helped with the set-up and food over the weekend. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

We received some news from our dear friends the Iremadze family:

"Our baby girl - Maryam Iremadze, was born January 20th at 6:36 am, healthy 3.6 kg. Maia, although exhausted, is doing well."

Please, pray for Maia and Maryam as they continue to rest and recover their energies.

New 2014 liturgical calendars are for sale in the church now. We have English only and English/Russian versions, with the same colorful backer showing our new beautiful church on Purcells Cove Rd. Suggested price is $10. To pay for a calendar, please put your money in an envelope and place it in the donation basket. Please write on the envelope for how many calendars your payment is so that we could track them separately from regular donations.

January 17, 2014

Feast of the Theophany and Visit of His Grace, Bishop Irénée:

Sat Jan 18 - Hours and Liturgy, with ordination of Fr. Cassian to the diaconate, immediately followed by Theophany Vespers and Blessing of the Waters, and potluck lunch (fasting foods) 10:00 am

If you wish to take holy water home after the blessing of the water, please bring a very clean container, preferably that's been soaked very hot, soapy water.

Sunday Jan 19 - Hours and Divine Liturgy, with ordinations of Sasha Treiger to the diaconate and Fr. Cassian to the priesthood, followed by potluck meal at Purcells Cove Social Club 505 Purcells Cove Rd.

Please keep Fr. Cassian and Sasha in your prayers as they prepare for their ordinations.

January 8, 2014

Wed Jan 8 - Vespers CANCELLED

Sat Jan 11 - Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Jan 12 - Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am (Fr.Roman)

Right after the Liturgy on Sunday, there will be a Panikhia service in memory of Alexander Strijak who died in Vancouver on Jan 7. Also, there will be a special donation backet for his family.

Collection for ordination gifts: There is a basket for a collection towards gifts for Fr Cassian and Sasha for the occassion of their ordinations. Please make a contribution if you can.

January 1, 2014

Wed Jan 1 - Vespers CANCELLED

Sat Jan 4 - Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Jan 5 - Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am

Monday, Jan 6: Baptism of Alexey Treiger 3:00 pm;
Vigil for the Nativity of our Lord 9:00 pm, followed by potluck

There are sign up sheets and the bulletin board for the Nativity meal, and for potlucks during the visit of His Grace Bishop Irénée for the feast of Theophany. Please sign up to make a contribution.

Confession: Confession during the Nativity Fast is required to be able to partake of the Eucharist at the feast. If you have not already done so, please contact Fr. Vladimir as soon as possible to schedule a confession. Saturday and Sunday will be the last opportunities. For those from outside of Halifax might be able to make alternate arrangements, please speak with Fr Vladimir to discuss your particular situation.

Parking: As you know, our parking lot is very small. For Nativity, we encourage car pooling where possible. We also ask that you park your vehicle in such a way as to allow for the most efficient use of the space. If there are no snow clearing operations, street parking is available on Fergusons Cove Rd. You can sign up for notifications from the city to know when the overnight parking ban will be enforced. Visit www.halifax.ca/snow/HRMsOvernightWinterParkingBan.php. If someone could volunteer to oversee the parking at the Nativity Vigil, that would be appreciated, please contact Nancy.

Collection for ordination gifts: There is a basket for a collection towards gifts for Fr Cassian and Sasha for the occassion of their ordinations. Please make a contribution if you can.

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