Blessings

  • Agiasmos: Blessing of the Waters

    Each January, Fr. Gary visits homes in the parish to offer prayers for the family and to bless their home with the Holy Water of Epiphany. This is a very personal way of inviting God into our lives and our homes. A priest should also be invited any time during the year to bless your new home or your new business. Please contact the Church Office to set up a time.
  • Blessings on the Birth of a Child

    The birth of a child is more than a joyful occasion or the fruit of conjugal love. It is an expression of God’s love for mankind. From the moment of conception, God’s spirit is evident, for without Him there can be no life. The Church, established by Jesus Christ to continue His redemptory work on earth is, therefore, concerned about life from the moment of conception and birth.
  • Blessing of the First Day

    This beautiful service is traditionally performed by the priest either in the hospital or the home on the day in which a child is born. It includes prayers for the recovery of the mother and the protection of the child.

    If you would like a priest to pray these prayers of blessing, you should speak to the church office approximately two weeks in advance of your “due date;” then, on the day of the birth, you may either call the church office during business hours, or else contact the priest.,/p>

  • Forty Day Blessing

    Forty days after birth and in accordance with the Old Testament tradition observed by the Virgin Mary (Luke 2:22-24), the mother brings her child for its first visit to the Church.

    Having first notified the church office as to the day and time, the mother and child will be met by the priest in the Narthex of the Church where the appropriate prayers are offered. The child is then carried by the priest into the nave and to the Royal Gates followed by the mother. The mother proceeds to the iconostasis to venerate the Icon of the Virgin Mary. Please note, on the day of the 40 day Blessing, you and your child are to be in the Narthex of the Church no later than 11:00 A.M. Because the blessing will be offered toward the end of the Divine Liturgy, we cannot accommodate a late arrival.

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

God’s Holy Word


A great benefit of spending time at summer camp is the opportunity to disconnect from technology. Not having a phone or internet connection gets you excited to receive mail. A great joy is receiving a (good old fashioned) letter from home. The delight in holding an envelope with the familiar handwriting of a loved one is a highlight for all the staff, counselors and campers. Everyone gets electrified when they get mail (real, handwritten, stamped envelope mail).

One afternoon at St. Sophia Camp, the Director handed me a small envelope sent to me from Christie. I took it, looked at it and put it in my pocket. “You gonna read it?” He asked. I nodded, smiled and walked to the chapel to prepare for evening vespers. I placed it on the altar and put my vestments on for the service.

Vespers ended and the kids were excited to go up the hill to mail call, anticipating their own letters and packages. Prior to their leaving the chapel I shared with them the unopened envelope from my wife. I asked, “What if I just set this letter from my wife on my night stand and never opened or read it?” The responses were touching and hilarious.

One little guy said, “I think you should read it, it will make you happy!” Another jokingly said, “You might end up sleeping on the couch if you don’t.” An older teen girl said, “That’s just coldhearted, what if...

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