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

Christ-Centered Parish


I learn a lot of interesting things at committee meetings. At one meeting, when discussing the newsletter of our parish, The Myrrh-Bearer, someone frankly said, “Nobody reads that.” That person is either right or wrong depending on how much further you go into this message. At our most recent Parish Council meeting, a parish council member, politely, combined the conversation about healthy church finances with the status of our relationship with Christ.

It wasn’t me, I wasn’t preaching, it was one of YOUR ELECTED OFFICERS, that was sharing this thought. I was mesmerized by his conviction; I looked around at the other members and they were too! The Holy Spirit was present. His inspiration moved us to take the conversation about Parish financial health to a new level.

“Every year we consider ways to raise money. What fundraisers can we hold? How will we meet our obligation to the Metropolis and Archdiocese? How can we motivate better giving? Instead,” he went on, “How can we serve Christ? How can we instill a deep love for Jesus, in every member, young and old, so that our Parish becomes financially healthy and shows greater concern for how Christ-Centered we are as a group?”

It was refreshing to hear a leader of our community express these thoughts. I have offered them in the past, but it is cliché for the priest to say it, because I’m supposed to. A group begins to reexamine the metric for success when a respected member of the Parish Council looks intently at his peers and says, “Are you concerned for your salvation?” If we look at our challenges through the lens of salvation, that is, how what we do will enhance our relationship with Christ, a new perspective is born.

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