St. Luke Byzantine Catholic Church
Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma
Great Vespers — Saturday, 4:30 pm
Third Hour—Sunday, 9:45 am
Divine Liturgy — Sunday, 10:00 am
Akathist to the Theotokos - Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Holy Day Schedule:
Feast Eve: Festal Vespers 7:00 p.m.
Feast Day: Divine Liturgy 7:00 p.m.
Mystery of Repentance:
Offered 30 minutes prior to Akathist or Vespers
Sundays between 9:00 am-9:30 am
Sundays after Divine Liturgy
By appointment (Contact Fr. Michael)
Panachida or Liturgy for the Deceased:
Contact Father Michael to offer a Panachida or
a Divine Liturgy for a deceased loved one.
When the Most-holy Virgin Mary reached the age of three, her holy parents Joachim and Anna took her from Nazareth to Jerusalem to dedicate her to the service of God according to their earlier promise. Many of their kinsmen gathered in Jerusalem to take part in this event. Leading the procession into the Temple were virgins carrying lighted tapers. Then the Most -holy Virgin, led on one side by her gather and on the other side by her mother. The virgin was clad in vesture of royal magnificence and adornment as was fitting the "King's daughter, the Bride of God" (Psalm 45:13-15). Following them were many kinsmen and friends, all with lighted tapers. Fifteen steps led to the Temple. Joachim and Anna lifted the Virgin onto the first step, then she ran quickly to the top herself, where she was met by the High Priest Zacharias, who was to be the father of St. John the Forerunner. Taking her by the hand, he led her not only into the Temple, but into the "Holy of Holies," the holiest of holy places, into which no one but the high priest ever entered, and only only once a year. Mary's parents then offered sacrifice to God according to the Law, received the priest's blessing and returned home. The Most-holy Virgin remained in the Temple and dwelt there for nine full years.
Friday, November 20 - Great Vespers at 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 21 - Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am
Today is the prelude of God's benevolence and the herald of our salvation; for the Virgin openly appears in the temple of God and foretells Christ to all. Let us also with full voice exclaim to her: Rejoice, fulfillment of the Creator's plan.
The most pure Temple of the Savior, the most precious Bridal Chamber and Virgin, the treasury of the glory of God , is led today into the house of the Lord, bringing grace in the Spirit of God. God's angels praise her in song; she is the Heavenly Ark.
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