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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

 

 

April 21 —Sunday.

Palm Sunday

† Divine Liturgy: 10:00 a.m.

 

HOLY WEEK

 

April 24—Wednesday.

† The Office of Holy Unction: 6:30 p.m.

 

April 25—Great and Holy Thursday.

† Vespral Divine Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

† Matins (Strasti—Passions): 6:30 p.m.

 

April 26—Great and Holy Friday.

- Cleaning of the Temple and
prepaing the tomb: 9:00 a.m.

† Vespers (Plashchanytsia): 6:30 p.m.

 

April 27—Great and Holy Saturday.

† Vesperal Divine Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

† Acts of the Apostles: 8:30 p.m.

† Polunoshnytsia: 9:00 p.m.

 

April 28—Sunday.

HOLY PASCHA

Resurrection of our Lord

Paschal services: beginning at 7 a.m.

Blessing of Paschal Basket following the Divine Liturgy

 

BRIGHT WEEK

 

April 29— Bright Monday.

† Divine Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

 

April 30 — Bright Tuesday.

† Divine Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events

 

SPILNE SVIACHENE

(Paschal Lunch)

Sunday, May 5, 2019

 



 

April

21. Palm Sunday

Вербна неділя

Phil. 4:4-9; Jn. 12:1-18.

 

22. Great and Holy Monday

Martyr Eupsychius

Мч. Євпсихія

Mt. 21:18-43; Ez. 1:1-20; Ex. 1:1-20; Job 1:1-12; Mt. 24:3-35

 

23. Great and Holy Tuesday

Martyr Terence

Мч. Терентія

Mt. 22:15-23:39; Ez. 1:21-2:1;Ex. 2:5-10; Job 1:13-22;Mt. 24:36-26:2

 

24.  Great and Holy Wednesday

Hieromartyr Antipas

Сщмч. Антипи

Jn. 12:17-50; Ez. 2:3-3:3; Ex. 2:11-22; Job 2:1-10; Mt. 26:6-16.

 

25.  Great and Holy Thursday

St. Basil

Прп. Василія

Lk. 22:1-39; Jer. 11:18-23, 12:1-5, 9-11, 14-15; Ex. 19:10-19; Job 38: 1-23, 42:1-5; Is. 50:4-11; 1 Cor. 11:23-32; (composite): Mt. 26:1-20,Jn. 13:3-17, Mt. 26:21-39, Lk. 22:43-45, Mt. 26:40-27:2.

 

26. Great and Holy Friday

1 Cor. 1:18-2:2; Composite: Mt. 27:1-38; Lk. 23:39-43; Mt. 27:39-54; Jn. 19:31-37; Mt. 27:55-61.

 

27. Great and Holy Saturday

Rm. 6:3-11; Mt. 28:1-20

 

28. Pascha

Пасха

Acts 1:1-8; Jn. 1:1-17

 

29. Bright Monday

Acts 1:12-17, 21-26; Jn. 1:18-28

 

30. Bright Tuesday

Acts 2:14-21; Lk. 24:12-35