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St. George Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (Ecumenical Patriarchate)
St. Catharines, Ontario
Acolytes - Altar Servers

For to serve Thee is a great and awesome thing even to the heavenly powers.” -Prayer of the Cherubimic Hymn

Serving in God's temple is a privilege. Divine services require self-discipline and dedication. Acolytes can begin at the age of six and there is no age limit. The Altar Servers (Acolytes) are trained by the church clergy and the senior members of the Altar Servers to fulfill their ministry in a spirit of reverence and worship.

Those interested in service, please contact Fr. Gregory.

The importance of the Holy Ministry of altar servers is brilliantly illustrated with these important words from the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. We must minister with honor and dignity because this little ministry is great in God’s eyes. This blessed ministry can give you wisdom and strength, and may give you the blessing to be ordained in the future, as many of our clergy began as altar servers.

The altar server’s service to the Church is an important one. In the Holy Altar, they represent the Angels who are the heavenly servants of God. We see from the accounts in the New Testament of the importance of the Holy Angels from Matthew’s account of the virgin birth of Christ (Matthew 1:20-21) and his account of the Resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:2-6). Consequently, this lay ministry must be called a “Holy Ministry”.

As such, we must serve with the fear of God in us. We must not allow the altar to turn into a social hall, meeting place or playground. The altar is a holy place. It is the place where the bread and wine become the precious body and blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

By serving in the altar we are serving God at “the golden altar which was before the throne.” We are not serving for our own glory, but for the glory of God and His Holy Church. We must never forget how great it is to be able to serve the King of Glory through this Holy Ministry; for to serve “is a great and awesome thing even to the heavenly powers.”

May your service to the Church, especially through this Holy Ministry, always be for the Glory of God.

This Week

 

 

August 18—Sunday.

9th Sunday after Pentecost

† Divine Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

† Great Vespers: 5:00 p.m.

 

August 19—Monday.

The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord

† Divine Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

Following the Liturgy, blessing of grapes and other fruits.

 

August 25—Sunday.

10th Sunday after Pentecost

† Divine Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

 

August 27—Tuesday.

† Great Vespers: 6:00 p.m.

 

August 28—Wednesday.

Dormition of the Theotokos

† Divine Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events

 

Parish BBQ

Sunday, September 8, 2019

 

Wine Tour

Saturday, September 14, 2019

 

Bishop Visitation

Sunday, November 24, 2019

 



 

AUGUST

 

18. Martyr Eusignius

Мч. Євсигнія

1 Cor. 3:9-17; Mt. 14:22-34

 

19. TRANSFIGURATION

ПРЕОБРАЖЕННЯ

2 Pet. 1:10-19; Mt. 17:1-9

 

20. Martyr Dometius

Прмч. Дометія

1 Cor. 15:29-30:8; Mt.

21:23-27

 

21. St. Emilian

Свт. Єміліана

1 Cor. 16:4-12; Mt. 21:28-32

 

22. Apostle Matthias

Апостола Матвія

2 Cor. 1:1-7; Mt. 21:43-46

 

23. Archdeacon Lawrence

Мч. Лаврентія

2 Cor. 1:12-20; Mt. 22:23-33

 

24. Martyr Euplus

Мч. Євпла

Rm. 15:30-33; Mt. 17:24-18:4

 

25. Martyr Anicletus

Мч. Аникити

1 Cor. 4:9-16; Mt. 17:14-23