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Canon of St. Andrew

and the story of St. Mary of Egypt

Wednesday March 29 

at 6 PM


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of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts?  

 Thursday March 30

at 5 PM 

(followed by a potluck supper)

  HERE is a brief explanation!

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5th Sunday of Great Lent:


St. Mary of Egypt

 April 2

 Divine Liturgy Sunday at 10 a.m.

Vespers Saturday April 1 at 5 p.m.




St Zosimas (April 4) was a monk at a certain Palestinian monastery on the outskirts of Caesarea. Having dwelt at the monastery since his childhood, he lived there in asceticism until he reached the age of fifty-three. Then he was disturbed by the thought that he had attained perfection, and needed no one to instruct him. “Is there a monk anywhere who can show me some form of asceticism that I have not attained? Is there anyone who has surpassed me in spiritual sobriety and deeds?”

Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Zosimas, you have struggled valiantly, as far as this is in the power of man. However, there is no one who is righteous (Rom 3:10). So that you may know how many other ways lead to salvation, leave your native land, like Abraham from the house of his father (Gen 12:1), and go to the monastery by the Jordan.”

Abba Zosimas immediately left the monastery, and following the angel, he went to the Jordan monastery and settled in it.

Here he met Elders who were adept in contemplation, and also in their struggles. Never did anyone utter an idle word. Instead, they sang constantly, and prayed all night long. Abba Zosimas began to imitate the spiritual activity of the holy monks.

Thus much time passed, and the holy Forty Day Fast approached. There was a certain custom at the monastery, which was why God had led St Zosimas there. On the First Sunday of Great Lent the igumen served the Divine Liturgy, everyone received the All-Pure Body and Blood of Christ. Afterwards, they went to the trapeza for a small repast, and then assembled once more in church.  

The monks prayed and made prostrations, asking forgiveness one of another. Then they made a prostration before the igumen and asked his blessing for the struggle that lay before them. During the Psalm “The Lord is my Light and my Savior, whom shall I fear? The Lord is defender of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” (Ps 26/27:1), they opened the monastery gate and went off into the wilderness.

(Read the whole story HERE)

Troparion - Tone 1

Dweller of the desert and angel in the body

You were shown to be a wonder-worker, our God-bearing Father John

You received heavenly gifts through fasting, vigil, and prayer:

healing the sick and the souls of those drawn to you by faith

Glory to Him who gave you strength!

Glory to Him who granted you a crown!

Glory to Him who through you grants healing to all!


Kontakion - Tone 4

The Lord truly set you on the heights of abstinence

to be a guiding star, showing the way to the universe

O our Father and Teacher John.



Fri March 31 at 7 P.M.
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     We are a family church of many cultures with intergenerational worship; we have a full liturgical life throughout the Church year, with many opportunities for joyful fellowship and enduring growth. Our vision is to “manifest the Kingdom of God by proclaiming and living the Orthodox Christian Faith.” Orthodox Christianity is for everyone — come and see!


     Located at the north end of California's San Joaquin Valley, St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church is dedicated to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to His promise of salvation to all mankind. The services of our mission-parish are located in the heart of Merced.


     Committed to serving Christ and His Holy Church, the people of St. Mary Magdalene welcome and encourage all visitors to be our guests, especially those who are truly seeking the path of salvation. 



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     St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church holds services at the Chapel of Mercy Outpatient Center (also called "Dominican Campus") located at 2740 M Street, Merced, CA 95340, between 27th Street and Bear Creek Drive.  The entrance to the chapel is from the Bear Creek Side (north side). Go to the Driving Directions page for a map and detailed directions. HERE.


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Archbishop BENJAMIN, our beloved Archpastor, has instructed all parishes and missions of the Diocese of the West to designate the ministry of Project Mexico & St. Innocent Orphanage for a special Lenten Offering.

This is such a privilege for us all!  And how blessed this is for us at St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church because one of our own, Charity Thatcher, is the Director of Education at St. Innocent Orphanage, having served there for several years now.

We will be taking a weekly special offering and praying for Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage all through lent.  Our parish Council has already set aside $300 for this offering.  Let us all rise to meet this challenge, giving glory to God!

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