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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.
Sunday, April 5th
Saturday, April 11th
                  Liturgy Variables
                Memorial Prayers for the Departed
Sunday, April 12th
Monday, April 13th
Tuesday, April 14th
Wednesday, April 15th
Thursday, April 16th
Friday, April 17th
10:00am - Royal Hours
Saturday, April 18th
Paschal Sermon of St John Chrysostom (English) (Arabic)
Sunday, April 19th
1:30pm - Agape Vespers
Wednesday, April 22nd
Thursday, April 23rd
Saturday, April 25th
6:00pm - Great Vespers
Sunday, April 26th - New Sunday (Thomas Sunday)
8:30am - Orthros
10:00am - Divine Liturgy
Thursday,  April 30th
Saturday, May 2nd
6:00pm - Great Vespers
Sunday, May 3rd - Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women, Pious Joseph of Arimathaea & Righteous Nicodemus
8:30am   - Orthros
10:00am - Divine Liturgy
                  Liturgy Variables
                  Phimi of Metropolitan JOSEPH
Thursday, May 7th
Saturday, May 9th
6:00pm - Great Vespers
              - Trisagion Prayers for the Departed    
Sunday, May 10th - Sunday of the Paralytic
8:30am   - Orthros
10:00am - Divine Liturgy
                  Liturgy Variables
Wednesday, May 13th - Feast of Mid-Pentecost
9:00am   - Orthros
10:00am - Divine Liturgy
                  Liturgy Variables
Thursday, May 14th
7:00pm   - Akathist of Thanksgiving: Glory to God for All things!
Friday, May 15th
                  40 Day Memorial: Habeis Sweis
Saturday, May 16th
6:00pm - Great Vespers 
Sunday, May 17th - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
8:30am   - Orthros
10:00am - Divine Liturgy
                  Liturgy Variables
                  40 Day Memorial: Aser Sweis
                  3 Year Memorial: Jalileh Facuse
                  3 Year Memorial: Afife Sweis
Wednesday, May 20th - Feast of Sts. Constantine & Helen
6:00pm   - 
Great Vespers

Thursday, May 21st - Feast of Sts. Constantine & Helen
8:45am   - 

10:00am - Divine Liturgy
                    Liturgy Variables

                    Arabic Variables for all services
Thursday, May 21st
Saturday, May 23rd
6:00pm - Great Vespers
              - Trisagion Prayers for the Departed
                3rd & 9th Day Memorial: Fr. Elias Bitar
                9 Year Memorial: Issa Janinah
Sunday, May 24th - Sunday of the Blind Man
8:30am   - Orthros
10:00am - Divine Liturgy
                  Liturgy Variables
                  12 Year Memorial: Sabrina Rihani
Tuesday, May 26th
12:00pm - Joint Prayer Service: St. Mary's Palos Heights & St. George Cicero
Tuesday, May 26th
7:00pm - Great Vespers for the Leave-Taking of Pascha
Wednesday, May 27th
9:00am   - Orthros for the Leave-Taking of Pascha
10:00am - Divine Liturgy for the Leave-Taking of Pascha
                  Liturgy Variables
Wednesday, May 27th
7:00pm - Great Vespers for the Feast of the Ascension
Thursday, May 28th
9:00am   - Orthros for the Feast of the Ascension
10:00am - Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension
                  Liturgy Variables
Texts for Antiochian Women's "Coffee with Abouna"
ENGLISH - Epistle of James
ARABIC - Epstle of James
Rule of Prayer
Teen Rule of Prayer Booklet (which inlcudes a Student's Prayer before school)

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."

Adult Bible Study

All adults are welcome to attend our weekly Adult Bible Study. The class will be given in Arabic by Fr. Danial Doss.



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