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The Yale Russian Chorus

is coming to Saint Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church

Thursday March 12, 2015  7-9 p.m.

For information or tickets contact:

Father David Thatcher (Pastor) at (209) 384-0673 or David Aubertin (Treasurer) at  (209) 617-9389

Tickets are $10 for a single person - $15 for two persons - $20 for a family of three or more.

LIMITED SEATING - Please reserve your tickets by calling ASAP!

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Celebrate With Us !  

 1st Sunday of Great Lent

Sunday of Orthodoxy: March 1

 

 Divine Liturgy Sunday at 10 a.m.

 

Originally, the Prophets Moses, Aaron, and Samuel were commemorated on this Sunday. The Alleluia verses appointed for today’s Liturgy reflect this older usage.

Today we commemorate the “Triumph of Orthodoxy,” the restoration of the holy icons in the reign of the holy Empress Theodora (February 11).

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 Who We Are 

 

     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, in the beautiful Chapel at Mercy Medical Center's “Dominican Campus” on M Street, just south of Bear Creek. 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. 

 




Saint Mary Magdalene
Orthodox Church

Archpriest David Thatcher
Sermons

"Salvation Has Come to This House"
Jan 25, 2015
"Our Heart Must Be Open To The Lord"
Feb 01, 2015
"God is Passionate About Us!"
Feb 08, 2015
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Schedule of Services

  Sunday

 

8:00 AM -- Matins

 

 9:40 AM -- Office of the Hours

(precedes the Divine Liturgy)

 

10:00 AM -- Divine Liturgy

(the main Sunday service) 

**After services we gather for brunch and fellowship**

 

 Saturday 

 

5:00 PM -- Office of Vespers, or Vigil

  (NO Vespers in Merced Feb 28)

 

 Detailed schedule HERE 

 (Current Week and Month)

 

 

Services for Feast Days

     St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church keeps a full schedule of services for the major feast days of the Church Year. On the eve of the Feast Day, we serve Vespers or Vigil. On the day of the Feast, we serve the Divine Liturgy (Holy Eucharist). The schedule for Feast Days is found on the Calendars & Schedule pageHERE.

Directions & Location

 

     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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Today We Celebrate
St Theodore and the boiled wheat - 02/28/15

Today we remember the miracle of St Theodore and the boiled wheat. Fifty years after the death of St Theodore, the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363), wanting to commit an outrage upon the Christians during the first week of Great Lent, commanded the city-commander of Constantinople to sprinkle all the food provisions in the marketplaces with the blood offered to idols. St Theodore appeared in a dream to Archbishop Eudoxius, ordering him to inform all the Christians that no one should buy anything at the marketplaces, but rather to eat cooked wheat with honey (kolyva).

In memory of this occurrence, the Orthodox Church annually celebrates the holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit on the first Saturday of Great Lent. On Friday evening, at the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts following the prayer at the ambo, the Canon to the holy Great Martyr Theodore, composed by St John of Damascus, is sung. After this, kolyva is blessed and distributed to the faithful. The celebration of the Great Martyr Theodore on the first Saturday of Great Lent was set by the Patriarch Nectarius of Constantinople (381-397).

The Troparion to St Theodore is quite similar to the Troparion for the Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths (December 17, Sunday Before Nativity). The Kontakion to St Theodore, who suffered martyrdom by fire, reminds us that he also had faith as his breastplate (see I Thessalonians 5:8).

Saint Theodore the Recruit is also commemorated on February 17.


 

The icon of St. Mary Magdalene at the top of each page used by permission of Maria Tsimboka, the iconographer,
and the K-W Gift Gallery, the North American distributor of this artist's work.





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