Appeal for help

Dear Parishioners, Glory to the Lord:

In recent years we have witnessed and participated in major events in our community in Calgary; The purchase of the new land, construction of our Church and the completion of the landscape surrounding the Church. We believe that each of you is proud of what has been accomplished. Continue reading

Holy and Great Friday

It was the sight we now commemorate in the present Church service, and behold in the sacred Image before our eyes. The sight was the Son of God, Who came down from the heavens, became man for the salvation of the human race, and was mocked and scourged by men.

What feeling, if not that of horror, should wholly envelope the heart at this sight? What state, if not a state of absolute bewilderment, should be our state of mind? What word could be pronounced at this sight? Does not every human word die upon the lips, before it can even proceed from the lips?

All those who came to this sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

Service schedule

Dear parishioners,

Below is the schedule of Services in our Church for the period from April 24 to May 2.

1. Saturday, April 24. (Lazarus’ Saturday) Holy Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.

2. Sunday, April 25, (Palm Sunday) Holy Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.

3. Wednesday, April 28. Akathist to St. John of Shanghai at 6:00 p.m.

4. Thursday, April 29. (Great Thursday) Holy Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.

5. Thursday, April 29. (Great Thursday) Service with the reading of the 12 Gospels at 6:00 p.m.

5. Friday, April 30. (Good Friday) Evening Service at 6:00 pm (online registration required).

6. Friday, April 30 (Good Friday) Evening Service at 7:30 pm (online registration required).

7. Saturday, May 1. (Great Saturday) Holy Liturgy at 10:00 am.

8. Sunday, May 2 (Easter) Holy Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. (online registration required).

After the Holy Liturgy there will be the consecration of Easter eggs at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30 and as long as there is a need. A separate message will be sent with registration instructions for Good Friday and Easter. Registration is not required for other days because we do not expect more than 70 parishioners, which is the maximum number of attendees allowed.

Never has there been such an age of false teachers…

“Never has there been such an age of false teachers as this pitiful twentieth century, so rich in material gadgets and so poor in mind and soul. Every conceivable opinion, even the most absurd, even those hitherto rejected by the universal consent of all civilized peoples — now has its platform and its own ‘teacher.’ A few of these teachers come with demonstration or promise of ‘spiritual power’ and false miracles, as do some occultists and ‘charismatics’; but most of the contemporary teachers offer no more than a weak concoction of undigested ideas which they receive ‘out of the air,’ as it were, or from some modern self-appointed ‘wise man’ (or woman) who knows more than all the ancients merely by living in our ‘enlightened’ modern times. As a result, philosophy has a thousand schools, and ‘Christianity’ – a thousand sects. Where is the truth to be found in all this, if indeed it is to found at all in our most misguided times?

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What does it mean to walk in truth

Venerable Simeon, the Myrrhgusher and Prince of Serbia and Archbishop Seraphim (Sobolev)

What does it mean to walk in truth (III John 1:4)? It means accepting truth in your heart, abiding in such thoughts and feelings as the truth requires. Thus, it is the truth that God is everywhere and sees everything.

He who accepts this truth with his heart and begins to keep himself both inwardly and outwardly as if God Himself were before him and were seeing everything within him, is walking in this truth. It is the truth that God contains all, and that without Him we cannot do anything successfully.

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To receive this high dignity, only one thing is required of us

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit! Dear brothers and sisters, today we celebrate the glorious and joyous feast of the Meeting of the Lord. This feast is so named because the righteous elder Symeon, living in Jerusalem, met in the Jerusalem Temple the forty-day-old Youth our Lord Jesus Christ with His Most Pure Mother. This sacred event is described by the Evangelist Luke (See Lk. 2:22-40). This is a wondrous narration, brothers and sisters.

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