Feast and Saints
Sunday, May 27 - Holy Pentecost
In the Church’s annual liturgical cycle, Pentecost is “the last and great day.” It is the celebration by the Church of the coming of the Holy Spirit as the end—the achievement and fulfillment—of the entire history of salvation. For the same reason, however, it is also the celebration of the beginning: it is the “birthday” of the Church as the presence among us of the Holy Spirit, of the new life in Christ, of grace, knowledge, adoption to God and holiness.
This double meaning and double joy is revealed to us, first of all, in the very name of the feast. Pentecost in Greek means fifty, and in the sacred biblical symbolism of numbers, the number fifty symbolizes both the fulness of time and that which is beyond time: the Kingdom of God itself. It symbolizes the fulness of time by its first component: 49, which is the fulness of seven (7 x 7): the number of time. And, it symbolizes that which is beyond time by its second component: 49 + 1, this one being the new day, the “day without evening” of God’s eternal Kingdom. With the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s disciples, the time of salvation, the Divine work of redemption has been completed, the fulness revealed, all gifts bestowed: it belongs to us now to “appropriate” these gifts, to be that which we have become in Christ: participants and citizens of His Kingdom.
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We welcome all visitors and invite you to join us in worship and fellowship. Please sign our guest book in the narthex of the church. We hope the Lord blesses you through your visit to Saint Anthony the Great Orthodox Church.
We respectfully remind all visitors that Holy Communion is given only to Orthodox Christians in good standing with the Church who have prepared themselves through prayer, fasting, and confession.
Following Divine Liturgy, coffee and light refreshments are served in the attached Fellowship Hall.
Wednesday Daily Vespers, 7:00 pm
Saturday Great Vespers, 6:00 pm Confession following
3rd & 6th Hours, 9:30 am
Divine Liturgy, 10:00 am
Church School, 11:15 am September - May
On the Eve of Great Feasts (weekdays) Great Vespers, 7:00 pm
On the Morning of Great Feasts (weekdays) Divine Liturgy, 6:30 am
On the Morning of Great Feasts (Saturdays) Divine Liturgy, 9:00 am
Wednesday Evenings during Great Lent Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 6:30 pm
Services are in English