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     Saturday September 23 at 5 pm

Great Vespers


Sunday September 24 at 10 am

Divine Liturgy 

Synaxis of All Saint of Alaska

Archpriest Lawrence Gaudreau, Rector

Synaxis of All Saints of Alaska

On the anniversary of the arrival of the Russian missionaries in Alaska (1794), we remember the New Martyrs Saint Peter the Aleut, Protomartyr of America, and Saint Juvenal.


Troparion — Tone 4

Today Alaska rejoices and America celebrates, 

For the new world has been sanctified by martyrdom

Kodiak echoes with songs of thanksgiving, 

Iliamna and Kenai observe the festival of faith. 

The Apostle and martyr Juvenaly is glorified, 

And Peter the Aleut is exalted by his voluntary sacrifice, 

In their devotion and love for the Lord 

They willingly endured persecution and death for the Truth, 

Now in the Kingdom of Heaven they intercede for our souls!

Kontakion — Tone 4

Today Valaam joins Alaska

In celebrating this joyous feast,

As her spiritual son Juvenaly

Embraces the new martyr Peter with love.

Together they suffered for the Lord in America

And united the old world with the new by their voluntary sacrifice.

Now forever they stand before the King of glory and intercede for our souls.


Special Reminder

United for Life of Merced County

"Life Chain"

October 1, 2017

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Merced: Sidewalk along Olive Avenue

between Merced High School and "M" St.

Atwater: Sidewalk along Bellevue Rd.

at Shaffer and First St.

*signs will be available at each site



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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.

What in the world is an Orthodox Christian?  

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St Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church

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.


     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

"Love God and Love thy Neighbor"
September 17, 2017
"Wedding Garment"
September 10, 2017
"Produce the good fruit"
Sept 3, 2017


Schedule of Events

Wednesday, September 20th
6:00 Vespers 
Adult Education follows Vespers


Saturday, September 23rd
5:00 Great Vespers

Sunday, September 24th
9:40 Hours
10:00 Divine Liturgy
Fellowship Hour follows Divine Liturgy 

Our Complete Calendars & Schedules page is here

     St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church keeps a full schedule of services for the major feast days of the Church Year. 

2017 Exaltation of the Precious Cross
2017 Exaltation of the Precious Cross
2017 Exaltation of the Precious Cross

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Articles of Interest


Theotokos - The Joy of All Who Sorrow by Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos  (Excerpted from an address given March 23, 1996)


12 Things I Wish I’d Known… (First Visit to an Orthodox Church) by Frederica Mathewes-Green, Copyright © 1989-2013


The Meaning of the Great Fast  by Mother Mary and Bishop Kallistos Ware 


Fasting (Rules) in the Holy Orthodox Church by Photios Michael and AnnaSophia 


A Letter to an Evangelical  An explanation of why tradition matters by Father Michael B. Johnson 


Why do we fast? Always do the things you CAN do:  The Holy Fathers on Fasting. Prison Ministry Letter, Mon, Jul 30/ Aug 12 2013


How to Set up a prayer (icon) corner is a good summary of where, what icons and items are appropriate, and some cautions about the place of worship in your home.


Church EtiquetteThis is meant as a guide and local customs may vary.




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