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We warmly welcome all our visitors and are honored by your visit.  We are interested in greeting you following any of our services and to be of assistance in whatever way we can.  

 

Please visit our Orthodox Teaching and History page. Scroll down for audio lectures and links. 

 

If you are not Orthodox Christian, please do not approach the chalice during the distribution of Holy Communion.

Order for Holy Communion

Orthodox Christians are invited to receive Holy Communion if they are properly prepared by prayer and a recent Confession and are not under any penance.  

Amongst other things, proper preparation includes faithful fasting, recent confession (within one month), being at peace with others, and being on time to the divine services. 

If you are uncertain if you are blessed to approach the chalice, please do not until you have spoken with Father Lawrence.

 

What is a Catechumen?
  
A catechumen (Greek: κατηχούμενος) is one who is preparing for baptism in the Church. 

In the ancient Church, the catechumenate, or time during which one is a catechumen, often lasted for as much as three years and included not only participation in the divine services but also catechesis, formal instruction from a teacher, often the bishop or appointed catechist. Exorcists often performed the catechetical role, as well, following their initial prayers of exorcism over the one being made a catechumen, which is the traditional manner of receiving a catechumen into the community of the Church.

Catechumens are understood to be Christians upon beginning their catechumenate, and should they die before baptism, they are traditionally given an Orthodox funeral.

Catechetical instruction in Orthodoxy in America does not typically last the three years which was common in the time of St. John Chrysostom, but typically can last from six months to a year, depending on the practice of the bishop, his jurisdiction, and the level of spiritual maturity of the catechumen. Local parish priests typically oversee the catechesis of those preparing to be received into the Church. 
 
An outline of the course of studies appears below. All are welcome to attend the lectures. 
 
 
 
 
• Catechumen and Inquirer Course: Classes will begin again Saturday, October 28, 3:30 PM, in the Parish Library
 
 
This material is known around here as the "Catechumen Binder" because it's given out in a large binder when a person becomes a Catechumen.
 
 
Audio Lectures for Catechumens

On Creation, Fr. Lawrence Margitich

Church as Spiritual Hospital, by Vincent Rossi

  

On Reading Holy Scripture, by Father John Schettig, 2014

On Reading the Holy Scriptures, by Father John Schettig, January 11, 2014

 

Confession part 1, November 1, 2014, Fr. Lawrence

Confession part 2, January 2012, Fr. John Schettig

 

On Sin, Fr. John Schettig

On Sin, Fr Josiah Trenham

 

The Divine Liturgy, Vincent Rossi

 

The Creed, an introduction

The Creed, part 1

The Creed part 2

The Creed part 3

 

On the Church and the Virgin Mary, Fr, Lawrence

On the Church and the Virgin Mary, December 16, 2016, Fr. Lawrence

Great Lent as Catechism

 

On the True God (October 28, 2017), Fr. Lawrence 

On the Human Being (November 4, 2017), Fr Lawrence

On Sin (November 18, 2017), Fr. Lawrence

Jesus Christ the Son of God (November 2016), Fr. Lawrence

Jesus Christ the Savior of the World (November 2016), Fr. Lawrence 

Holy Mystery of Baptism, lecture of January 28, 2017

On Baptism

On Baptism part 2

On Chrismation, lecture of Feb. 4, 2017

Holy Mystery of the Priesthood (November 8, 2014)

Holy Mystery of Marriage (November 15, 2014)

On Marriage and Monasticism, Brother Vincent (Rossi), March 11, 2017

The Holy Mysteries of Unction and Marriage (from 2013)

The Holy Mystery of death and the Funeral Service (April 1, 2017)

 

Final Class and Preparation for baptism

 

Preparation for Holy Communion, Fr. John Schettig

On the structure and meaning of Vespers, Fr. Lawrence

Another lecture on HOLY UNCTION

 

 

LECTURES:

Talk on St. Gregory the Theologian, 1/24/2013 - by Reader Vincent Andrew Rossi

Lecture #4 on the Acts of the Apostles, 05/21/2014, Reader Vincent Andrew Rossi

On Church Singing, a Pastor's Perspective, from the ROCOR Music Conference, Santa Rosa, Oct. 2014, Father Lawrence Margitich

On the iconographic plan of the Church, Monk Patrick Doolan, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 1, 2015

A talk on St Paisius (Velichkovsky) of Neamt, Father John Schettig and Vincent Rossi, November 14, 2015

A talk (part 2 only) on the Russian Orthodox Old Ritualists, AKA Old Believers, by Father Edward Henderson, November 8, 2017

 

HUMANIZING MARY, talks by Dr. Jeannie Constantinou, at the Santa Rosa Women's Retreat, February 7, 2015 

Dr. Jeannie Constantinou, Lecture 1

Dr. Jeannie Constantinou, Lecture 2

Dr. Jeannie Constantinou, Lecture 3

Dr. Jeannie Constantinou, Lecture 4

 
THE GOOD HUSBAND—A RETREAT FOR MEN, Talks by Fr. Josiah Trenham for married and unmarried, April 25, 2015
 
 
 
BEYOND SHAME, a talk by Father Stephen Freeman, February 8, 2016
 
 
THE PASSIONS: A three-part talk given by Mother Melania, at the 04/09/2016 Women's Retreat
 
The Meaning of the Vesting and Entrance at a Liturgy when a Bishop serves—remarks by Fr. Irenei Steenberg
 
A lecture by Father James Jorgenson on the Orthodox-Lutheran Dialogue, 16th Century until now
Deliverd at St. Seraphim Cathedral Wednesday, May 26, 2017



 

WEEKLY WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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    10 AM, Divine Liturgy
    Noon, Agape Meal

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