St. Mary's Response to Covid-19
For the safety and well being of our parishioners and local community, the church will be closed and all activities are cancelled until further notice. However, in an effort to maintain a balanced spiritual life we are doing our best to offer online resources. Please see below for updates.
Services will be streamed during their normally scheduled times through Facebook live:
Please see below for the text for the upcoming services.
Virtual Candles, Prayers & Donation:
The Virtual Candles, Prayers & Donation form is a way for us to pray, light our candles, and make our weekly donation remotely. When you submit your candle and prayer request, someone in the church will light the candles for you, pray for the names you listed, and the clergy will also remember the names in the altar.
Texts for Upcoming Services
If you would like to follow along with the text for the upcoming services that will be streamed please click on that service to download the PDF.
Thursday, March 26th
Friday, March 27th
Thursday, April 2nd
Friday, April 3rd
Saturday, April 4th
Sunday, April 5th
Friday, April 10th
Saturday, April 11th
9:00am - Orthros for Lazarus Saturday
10:00am - Divine Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday
5:00pm - Great Vespers for Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 12th
8:45am - Orthros for Palm Sunday
10:00am - Divine Liturgy for Palm Sunday
7:00pm - First Bridegroom Orthros
Monday, April 13th
7:00pm - Second Bridegroom Orthros
Tuesday, April 14th
7:00pm - Third Bridegroom Orthros
Wednesday, April 15th
7:00pm - Orthros for Great and Holy Thursday
Thursday, April 16th
7:00pm - Twelve Passion Gospels Service
Friday, April 17th
10:00am - Royal Hours
7:00pm - Lamentations at the Tomb of Christ
Saturday, April 18th
10:00am - Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil
10:00pm - Paschal Services
Sunday, April 19th
1:30pm - Agape Vespers
Wednesday, April 22nd
6:00pm - Great Vespers for St. George
Thursday, April 23rd
8:30am - Orthros for St. George
10:00am - Divine Liturgy for St. George
Saturday, April 25th
Sunday, April 26th - New Sunday (Thomas Sunday)
Thursday, April 30th
Thursday, May 7th
7:00pm - Evening Prayers
Sunday, May 10th - Sunday of the Paralytic
Wednesday, May 13th - Feast of Mid-Pentecost
9:00am - Orthros
Thursday, May 14th
7:00pm - Akathist of Thanksgiving: Glory to God for All things!
Friday, May 15th
6:00pm - Trisagion Prayers for the Departed
40 Day Memorial: Habeis Sweis
Saturday, May 16th
Sunday, May 17th - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
2:00pm - Trisagion Prayers for the Departed
40 Day Memorial: Aser Sweis
3 Year Memorial: Jalileh Facuse
3 Year Memorial: Afife Sweis
Thursday, May 21st
Saturday, May 23rd
3rd & 9th Day Memorial: Fr. Elias Bitar
9 Year Memorial: Issa Janinah
Sunday, May 24th - Sunday of the Blind Man
12 Year Memorial: Sabrina Rihani
Tuesday, May 26th
12:00pm - Joint Prayer Service: St. Mary's Palos Heights & St. George Cicero
LEAVE-TAKING (APODOSIS) OF PASCHA
Tuesday, May 26th
7:00pm - Great Vespers for the Leave-Taking of Pascha
Wednesday, May 27th
Texts for Antiochian Women's "Coffee with Abouna"
Helpful tips for attending Divine Liturgy from your home from Fr. Michael Sakran:
"It is really hard, and unreal, to participate in the Divine Liturgy by watching it on a device in your home. It’s easy to get distracted, to get up and get something, or to do several things at once. I urge you to resist these temptations as you watch.
Here are practical tips to get the most out of the live-streamed services:
• Before 10:00 a.m., place your device (phone, television, computer, tablet) on or near your icon corner; OR, surround your device with one or more icons.
• Turn off all possible distractions (phone, notifications, oven, alarms, etc.)
• Like you do before church, take care of all personal needs beforehand.
• Dress like you would for a regular Sunday Liturgy. (Casual clothes may encourage a casual, non-prayerful attitude.)
• Follow your regular pattern for maintaining the Eucharistic: fast, refrain from food, coffee, etc. until after the Liturgy.
• Sing/speak along with us, in whatever way you normally would do during the Liturgy.
• As you are able, stand, sit, and kneel as you normally would do during the Liturgy.
• Finally, resist the urge to offer any comments online until after the service is over.
In short, I encourage you to make these few hours a time of sincere devotion and worship."