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St.Vladimir Orthodox Church

3163 Purcell's Cove Road, Halifax, NS

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Words of Welcome

You may have heard that the Orthodox Church is strange, that it is foreign; you may think it caters to people who speak languages you donít and wonít understand.  You may even fear the Orthodox Church, after all it is Eastern. Youíve probably heard that itís for Russians or Greeks or Ukrainians or Arabs. Would you believe it if I told you that St. Vladimir Orthodox Church has more English language speaking parishioners than any other language; it was started as an English Mission? And that you would feel right at home in St. Vladimir Orthodox Church? Did you know that St. Vladimir, our Patron Saint, the Prince of Kiev was instrumental in the conversion of that part of the world to Orthodoxy, more than a thousand years ago? Did you know that the Orthodox Church has been teaching about Jesus Christ for more than 2,000 years, and that it has not altered those incredible teachings? Frequently we get asked, ďDo you believe in the Bible?Ē Our answer has to be, ďOf course we do, Orthodox Christians wrote the New Testament!Ē Orthodox Christians wrote the Gospels, the Epistles, the Acts of the Apostles and the great Revelation. The Orthodox Church (Orthodox meaning right believing) is the ancient and the modern Christian Church, which stretched and still stretches as far as St. Peter and St. Paul, and the other Disciples and Apostles, led by the Holy Spirit, travelled, and far beyond.

The Orthodox Church may be more than 2000 years old, but we live now, by holding on to Traditional Christian teachings. We live in and are part of the 21st Century. Glory to God!

It would be an adventure to visit St Vladimir Prince of Kiev church, and you would be welcome. We donít criticize, we donít judge and there are lots of children.

Saturday evening at 6pm we serve Vespers, which takes about an hour. Sunday 10am we serve Liturgy, which takes about two hours on a regular Sunday. The coffee time that follows lasts as long as people stay and chat, and eat, and drink tea and coffee. Our people love being in each othersí company so they donít hurry away.

How do we learn about the Church? By being part of the community, so we wait to welcome you.

In Christ,
Father David

Weekly News

July 5, 2024

Second Sunday after Pentecost
Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Saturday July 6 6 pm Vigil

Sunday July 7 10:00 am Divine Liturgy
Tone 1

Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

Thursday July 11 6 pm Vigil

Friday July 12 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

The Infant Saint John with the Lamb Bartolome Esteban Murillo

A beautiful picture painted by Murillo showing St. John the Baptist, obviously after his birth, holding a lamb. If you look closely, you will see that St. John's left hand is upon the lambs back and his finger it pointing towards heaven, towards God. You will also notice that the lamb has placed its front, right leg over John's right arm. You might also notice the look of sublime love on the faces of John and the lamb. Do I need to tell you who the Lamb is and why John is holding the Lamb and pointing to Heaven?

You may ask why it is that St. Peter and St. Paul are usually celebrated together. In the icon above we see St. Peter on the left and St. Paul on the right and they are jointly holding a model, a miniature representation of a church, in fact the church.

You will remember that Jesus commissioned St. Peter three times to care for His sheep - look in St. John's Gospel chapter 21 verse 15 and following 'Feed my sheep - Tend my sheep - Feed my sheep.'

You will further remember when Saul was on his way to Damascus, something happened to him and Jesus spoke to him (Acts 9:1-9). In Damascus, Jesus spoke to Ananias telling him what Paul's mission was to be (Acts chapter 9 verse 15) 'Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.'

That is why St. Peter and St. Paul are holding up the church - that was their direct commission from God and that is why they are celebrated together.

There is a plead from our parish treasurer Jarod (Michael): Please do not put foreign coins into the collection basket or other collection boxes. The bank will not take foreign coinage even if it looks somewhat like Canadian coins.

Please remember to use the outside toilets.

Note from Dan and Michelle that all is as could be expected. They expect to return for this Sunday and we will welcome and make a gentle fuss of them.

The Parish Council meeting was cancelled this Wednesday but will happen next Wednesday.

Cape Breton Mission Liturgy delayed until July 20.

May God bless each and every one of us,

Love in Christ,

-- Father David

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Service Times

Saturday: 6:00pm Vespers

Sunday: 9:30am Hours, 10:00am Divine Liturgy, followed by coffee hour

See special service times, feasts, and parish events in our online Calendar.

Our parish uses the Old Style Julian calendar.

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Capital Campaign

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Mission of St Seraphim of Sarov in Cape Breton


The Readers Service of the Hours and Typika will be held on Sunday, July 14th, at 10:30am at 11 Anderson Avenue, Sydney.

The Divine Liturgy will be held on Saturday, July 20th at 10330 Kempt Head Rd, Ross Ferry, NS B1X 1M4 at 10:30am.

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