PEMPTOUSIA
Mount Athos - Wisdom - Holiness
The compassionate heart
1 Dec 2022 at 5:38am

How greatly almsgiving contributes to prayer. If you want to pray you have to become a generous person. Generous in the whole meaning of the word. If people say a kind word to someone else, or offer them something or give alms, this condition move...



Saint Porphyrios Kavsokalyvitis (Part I)
30 Nov 2022 at 5:12pm

‘Now you must be thinking, from what I’ve told you, that – well, I don’t know – I’m quite something. Well, I’m nothing, although I do try and am just beginning, it seems, to get a taste of the things that I talk about. I try to, I want to, and I a...



Saint Andrew, Christ’s First-Called Disciple
29 Nov 2022 at 5:05pm

Andrew the Apostle was one of Christ’s twelve disciples. He came from Bethsaida, a town located on the western bank of Lake Tiberias. He worked in the family business run by his father, Jonah, which was based on the rich fishing to be had in the l...



The new person
29 Nov 2022 at 2:47am

‘For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new huma...



It debases and destroys
28 Nov 2022 at 5:01pm

Sin is the only ‘unnatural’ thing in human nature and that of the world. Alien, foreign, extraneous, criminal, murderous and lethal- that’s what sin is in each of us. But in its destructive force, sin is something even worse than all that. What? ...



The transcendent as the objective of the Christian life
28 Nov 2022 at 2:49am

Thirteenth Sunday of Luke and Jesus Christ teaches us how we can gain eternal life. The occasion for what today’s Gospel reading teaches us is provided by a Jew who appears to have been a most diligent observer of Jewish law.

This rich lordling, t...



It’s not the result of study
27 Nov 2022 at 5:01pm

Remembrance of God nourishes and increases love for him and for our neighbors, because, as Saint Gregory Palamas emphasizes in his homilies, love for others is a concomitant of love for God. Illumination of the mind isn’t the result of study and ...



The Rich Young Man Meets with Christ (Luke 18:18-30)
26 Nov 2022 at 5:10pm

In our quiet expectation of the great feast of Christmas, ‘the metropolitan of feasts’, the Gospel readings of this period revolve around the burning question: ‘What shall I do to inherit eternal life?’

Man was formed for eternity and his spirit u...



He gives hope
26 Nov 2022 at 5:01pm

Our merciful God gives us hope of forgiveness if we repent with contrition and if we take a firm decision not to repeat our past sins, which sadden him.

Saint Theophan the Recluse



Inalienable joy
25 Nov 2022 at 5:01pm

It’s particularly tragic that we aren’t appreciative enough of the tremendous event of the resurrection, which is an astonishing message of freedom and a declaration of joy. It liberates us from the tyranny of death and brings us the inalienable ...




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We extend a prayerful and sincere welcome to all visitors. The Orthodox Church of Saint John the Russian is a growing and vibrant community. Our parishioners come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. All of our services are in English. 

Our parish was founded in 1976 and falls under the omophorion of Metropolitan Nicholas of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR)

Whether you are an Orthodox Christian looking for a parish home, someone interested in Orthodoxy or just visiting the area, we hope that you enjoy your time worshiping with our community. 

You are cordially invited to join us for refreshments in our Fellowship Hall after Divine Liturgy.


Newsletter "Facing East"

Thursday, 18 November / 1 December
7:00AM Matins
8:00AM Divine Liturgy
5:00PM Vespers
Friday, 19 November / 2 December
6:00AM Matins
5:00PM Vespers
Saturday, 20 November / 3 December
7:00AM Matins
8:00AM Divine Liturgy
5:30PM Vigil
Sunday, 21 November / 4 December
ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS
8:40AM 3rd & 6th Hours
9:00AM Divine Liturgy, followed by Coffee Hour
5:00PM Vespers
Monday, 22 November / 5 December
6:00AM Matins
5:00PM Vespers
Tuesday, 23 November / 6 December
6:00AM Matins
5:00PM Vespers
Wednesday, 24 November / 7 December
6:00AM Matins
6:00PM Vespers
7:00PM Bible Study - All are welcome!
Thursday, 25 November / 8 December
7:00AM Matins
8:00AM Divine Liturgy
5:00PM Vespers