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February 25

1st Sunday of Great Lent

Sunday of Orthodoxy

     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).


Troparion — Tone 2

We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One,

and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God. 

Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh 

to deliver Your creatures from bondage to the enemy.

Therefore with thanksgiving we cry aloud to You: 

You have filled all with joy, O our Savior,  by coming to save the world.


Kontakion — Tone 8


No one could describe the Word of the Father; 

but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos,

He accepted to be described,   

and restored the fallen image to its former beauty. 

We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and images.

Service Schedule



Tuesday Feb 20

6 pm-- Compline/Canon of St. Andrew


Wednesday Feb 21
 9 am-- Compline/Canon St. Andrew

6 pm-- Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts


Thursday Feb 22
6 pm-- Compline/Canon of St. Andrew


Friday  Feb 23
9 am-- Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts


Saturday Feb 24

5 pm—Vespers


 Sunday Feb 25

9:40 am-- Hours

10 am-- Divine Liturgy


 Monday Feb 26
 5 pm—Myrrhbearers


Wednesday Feb 28
6 pm-- Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts


Choir Practice Dates


 02/14, 02/28, 03/14, 03/28




Calendar  HERE

Please Mark your calendar and Join Us !


His Eminence Benjamin

Archbishop of San Francisco and the West

will visit our Mission Parish

Saturday and Sunday March 3rd and 4th, 2018 

 Read the Entire Gospel

Over the Course of Great Lent

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Gospel Reading Schedule


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Fasting for Non-Monastics

Fasting is a "blessing of following in the footsteps of the greatest saints and our Lord Himself"

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Directions & Location

     St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church holds services at the Chapel of Dignity Health 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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     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.  

Saint Mary Magdalene
Orthodox Church

Archpriest Lawrence Gaudreau

"Victory Over Vices"
February, 18, 2018
"Reflect Christ in Our Lives"
Feb 11, 2018
"Embrace God's Loving Mercy"
February 04, 2018

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