Service Reminder: The archbishop is coming!

Just a quick reminder that our beloved Vladyka Seraphim is coming to celebrate Divine Liturgy and to eat and to talk with our little community this Saturday, September 19th! Saturday’s Divine Liturgy will begin with the Hours at 9am, and will be followed by a meal with the archbishop. Some food will be provided, but please bring your favorite kind of cheese, fruit, dessert, and/or anything else you would like to share with the community if you are willing and able to do so.

While this will not be a full hierarchical liturgy (at least not this time…), Vladyka Seraphim will be presiding, and we will be further blessed with the presence of the newly ordained Deacon Gregory Wright from St. Herman’s, who has kindly consented to serve his second liturgy ever (well, as a deacon, anyway) with us!

Important Service Time Change!

Just a brief reminder that, starting tomorrow, our mid-week Little Compline service will be held not at the heretofore usual “7:30pm on Thursday” time-slot, but will instead be held at 7:00pm on Wednesdays. Also, tomorrow after Compline we will begin our quick overview of the post-apostolic Church Fathers, starting with the First Epistle of Clement.

Vesperal Liturgy for St. Vladimir Cancelled

Unfortunately, a number of factors, not least of which is the upcoming meeting for all Lower Mainland St. Arseny camp workers, have combined to force the cancellation of the Vesperal Liturgy we were planning to hold for St. Vladimir on Tuesday, July 14th.

The meeting for St. Arseny camp workers is being held at St. Herman’s in Langley on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00pm – I would encourage all those travelling out from Vancouver to start making carpool arrangements! If no other arrangements can be made, I may be able to arrange for transportation to St. Herman’s from Surrey Central Skytrain station, but I would prefer to start planning such arrangements sooner rather than later.

The Joy of the Feast Be with You!

It’s our summer patronal feast day! To celebrate, we will serve an Akathist to St. John of Shanghai in place of Little Compline tonight (Thursday, July 2nd), and, following the custom of the church in which he was glorified (ROCOR), we will celebrate his feast-day with a Divine Liturgy (at 9am) on the Saturday closest to the date of his repose (July 4th). Suggested topic for discussion after the service tonight: the life and significance of St. John of Shanghai. provides some links to relevant resources:

The fast is almost over… Let’s feast!

Now that the Apostle’s Fast is almost over, we actually have three opportunities for feasting coming up!

  1. The Feast of St. Peter and Paul, which we will celebrate as a community this Sunday (June 28th) after the liturgy, while still respecting the last day of the fast, by everyone bringing (I hope) lots of yummy fish to feast on!
  2. Not exactly an Orthodox holiday, but Dn. Kurt Jordan and his family are continuing theirCanada Day tradition of inviting all and sundry over to their home in Chilliwack for a grand, uncharacteristically patriotic celebration of the anniversary of the formation of our nation on July 1st, 1867. I would suggest (and Dn. Kurt has enthusiastically seconded the suggestion) that as many of us as are able to should all carpool our way out to Chilliwack to celebrate Canada Day with our brothers and sisters from St. Herman’s. Details can be found on the collaborative Spruce Island blog here:
  3. Our summer Patronal Feast Day, the feast-day of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, which we will celebrate, according to the established custom, with a Divine Liturgy on the Saturday following his repose, followed by as much feasting and communal celebration as we can manage! The Americans in our midst will have a double reason for celebration, as the liturgy and feast for St. John will begin at 9am on Saturday, July 4th!
Looking forward to feasting and celebrating with you all!
Love in Christ,
Fr. Justin.