The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple

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The Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple
Service Schedule –
Friday February 1st – Great Vespers with Litiya – 6PM
Saturday February 2nd – Divine Liturgy 9AM
Everyone is welcome! Come and join us in prayer!

Today (February 2nd) the Church commemorates an important event in the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 2:22-40). Forty days after His birth the God-Infant was taken to the Jerusalem Temple, the center of the nation’s religious life. According to the Law of Moses (Lev. 12:2-8), a woman who gave birth to a male child was forbidden to enter the Temple of God for forty days. At the end of this time the mother came to the Temple with the child, to offer a young lamb or pigeon to the Lord as a purification sacrifice. The Most Holy Virgin, the Mother of God, had no need of purification, since she had given birth to the Source of purity and sanctity without defilement. However, she humbly fulfilled the requirements of the Law.

At this time the righteous Elder Simeon (February 3) was living in Jerusalem. It had been revealed to him that he would not die until he should behold the promised Messiah. By inspiration from above, Saint Simeon went to the Temple at the very moment when the Most Holy Theotokos and Saint Joseph had brought the Infant Jesus to fulfill the Law.

The God-Receiver Simeon took the divine Child in his arms, and giving thanks to God, he spoke the words repeated by the Church each evening at Vespers: “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32). Saint Simeon said to the Most Holy Virgin: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against. Yea, a sword shall pierce through your own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35).

The Nativity of Our Lord

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Wishing you all a blessed feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ! Christ is Born! Glorify Him! Христос Рождається! Славімо Його! Καλά Χριστούγεννα! Merry Christmas!

DECEMBER 24 – Christmas Eve – Great Compline and Matins – 7 PM

DECEMBER 25 – The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ – Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom – 9 AM

Come and join us!

Christmas Ethnic Food Sale – 2018

The pickup date for orders of our Annual Christmas Ethnic Food Sale has been postponed to a later date to be announced as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but we assure all of our customers that their orders have been saved and will be filled as usual at the later pickup date. We THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation in this matter! Orders are still being taken and may still be submitted via the order form below. Take the time and order some of our delicious Ukrainian, Polish and Slovak foods!

Our Mission receives matching grant!

We are pleased to announce that St. Innocent of Alaska Orthodox Mission has obtained a matching grant from the O’Connor Foundation in Hobart, NY to aid our building fund! All donations to our building fund will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000! We are very grateful to God for this blessing! Please help our Mission’s building fund! Any donation you make will be matched! To make a donation, use the “Make a Donation” link on the homepage of our website, or contact Fr. Vasil Dubee at 607-644-6432

We have recently purchased ten acres of land on Cemetery Hill Road in Oneonta which will be the future site of our NEW PERMANENT HOME! By the grace of God, we are in the beginning stages of building a new Orthodox church, rectory and parish hall. Please keep us in your prayers through this large task ahead of us.

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Our future home site!

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Timbering process

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael Visits Our Parish

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael presided at Great Vespers on the evening of Saturday, August 26th at 5:00 PM.

Hierarchical Liturgy began at 9:30 AM on Sunday, August 27th.  The Rev. Vasil Dubee was awarded the Nabedrenyk, a vestment symbolizing a shield that is awarded to priests. Father Vasil was also installed as the Rector of our parish and our annual parish picnic followed the divine services. Glory to God for such a beautiful day!