ST. GEORGE CHAPEL: You are welcome to join us for Matins at 7 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at St. George Chapel. In addition, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. we meet for the service of Vespers. Times of services are subject to change, especially during Great Lent. Please see the calendar to the right for this week’s specific schedule.
The cycle of services in the Orthodox Church begins in the evening at the setting of the sun with the service of Vespers. The rich depth of the service is described by Fr. Thomas Hopko, “The service of Vespers takes us through creation, sin, and salvation in Christ. It leads us to the meditation of God’s word and the glorification of his love for men. It instructs us and allows us to praise God for the particular events or persons whose memory is celebrated and made present to us in the Church. It prepares us for the sleep of the night and the dawn of the new day to come. On the eves of the Divine Liturgy, it begins our movement into the most perfect communion with God in the sacramental mysteries.”
As the cycle continues, our Church awakens to the service of Matins at 7 a.m. in St. George Chapel. We gather together continuing our day that began the night before with Vespers. “The Matins service of the Church unites the elements of morning psalmody and prayer with meditation on the Biblical canticles, the Gospel reading, and the particular theme of the day in the given verses and hymns,” says Fr. Hopko. “The themes of God’s revelation and light are also always central to the morning service of the Church.”
On major feasts of the Church, and always on the Lord’s Day, we gather together to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in St. Michael Church. This beautiful, ancient liturgy is the culmination of the service cycle.
Come join us!