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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:
https://form.jotform.com/200803598190961
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. 
 
COVID-19 Response Committee Protocol and Guidelines Manual:
In order to ensure our safe return to the church, a manual was developed by St. Mary's COVID Response Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Randy Sweis, for our staff, ushers, and volunteers. Please click on the following link to view the manual:
 
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   - 
Orthros

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
 
LEAVE-TAKING (APODOSIS) OF PASCHA
 
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
 
ASCENSION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST
 
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
 
Saturday, May 30th
5:00pm - Great Vespers
              - Trisagion Prayers for the Departed
                3rd & 9th Day Memorial: Raghda Hattar
                3rd & 9th Day Memorial: Najla Sweis
                1 Year Memorial: Anastasia Samouris
                1 Year Memorial: Vasilios Samouris
 
Sunday, May 31st - Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
8:45am   - Orthros
10:00am - Divine Liturgy
                  Liturgy Variables
 
Tuesday, June 2nd
10:00am - Divine Liturgy (Variables)
 
Thursday, June 4th
10:00am - Divine Liturgy (Variables)
 
Saturday, June 6th
8:45am   -Orthros for Saturday of Souls
10:00am -Liturgy for Saturday of Souls
                   Trisagion Prayers for the Departed
                   1 Year Memorial: Issa Sweis
                   44 Year Memorial: Mousa Haddad 
5:00pm   -Great Vespers for Pentecost
 
Sunday, June 7th - Holy Pentecost
8:45am   -Orthros
                   Liturgy Variables
5:00pm   -Great Vespers with Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost
 
Wednesday, June 10th
7:00pm      -Divine Liturgy (Variables)
                 Trisagion Prayers for the Departed
                      40 Memorial Nail Tadros
 
Saturday, June 13th
10:00am   -Divine Liturgy (Variables)
6:00pm     -Great Vespers
 
Sunday, June 14th - Sunday of All Saints
8:30am   - Orthros
10:00am - Divine Liturgy
 
Saturday, June 20th
5:00pm - Great Vespers
              - Trisagion Prayers for the Departed
                9 Year Memorial: Victor Mihalca
 
Sunday, June 21st - Second Sunday of Matthew
8:30am   - Orthros
10:00am - Divine Liturgy
                  Liturgy Variables
                 3rd & 9th Day Memorial: Hilaneh Sweis
 
Saturday, June 27th
                Trisagion Prayers for the Departed
                3 Year Memorial: Ibrahim Swais
5:00pm - Great Vespers
 
Sunday, June 28th - Third Sunday of Matthew
8:30am   - Orthros
10:00am - Divine Liturgy
                  Liturgy Variables
 
Monday, June 29th - Feast of the Apostles Peter & Paul
10:00am - Divine Liturgy
                    Liturgy Variables
 
Saturday, July 4th
5:00pm - Great Vespers
 
Sunday, July 5th - Fourth Sunday of Matthew
8:30am   - Orthros
10:00am - Divine Liturgy
                  Liturgy Variables
                 3rd & 9th Day Memorial: Ibrahim Wahbe
               
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."


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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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