Past Events

Past Events

Apr 13 – 14, 2024

4-13-24 to 4-14-24 Visit from Archbishop Benjamin

Come this weekend to celebrate the 4th Sunday of Great and Holy Lent with our Diocesan Bishop, Archbishop Benjamin! See our Calendar for the Schedule of Services
Apr 14, 2024

4-14-24: 4th Sunday of Great Lent: St John Climacus (of the Ladder)

4th Sunday of Great Lent: St John Climacus (of the Ladder) The Fourth Sunday of Lent is dedicated to Saint John Klimakos, the author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent. In this book the Igoumen of Saint Katherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai bears witness to the great effort which is required for entry into God’s Kingdom (Matthew 10:12). The spiritual struggle of the Christian life is difficult since it is “not against flesh and blood, but against … the rulers…
Apr 7, 2024

4-7-24: 3rd Sunday of Great Lent, Veneration of the Cross

3rd Sunday of Great Lent: Veneration of the Cross The Third Sunday of Lent is that of the Veneration of the Cross. The cross stands in the midst of the church in the middle of the lenten season not merely to remind men of Christ’s redemption and to keep before them the goal of their efforts, but also to be venerated as that reality by which man must live to be saved. “He who does not take up his cross…
Mar 31, 2024

3-31-24: 2nd Sunday of Great Lent, St Gregory Palamas Sunday

2nd Sunday of Great Lent: St Gregory Palamas This Sunday was originally dedicated to Saint Polycarp of Smyrna (February 23). After his glorification in 1368, a second commemoration of Saint Gregory Palamas (November 14) was appointed for the Second Sunday of Great Lent as a second “Triumph of Orthodoxy.” Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica, was born in the year 1296 in Constantinople. Saint Gregory’s father became a prominent dignitary at the court of Andronicus II Paleologos (1282-1328), but he…
Mar 25, 2024

3-25-24: Festal Liturgy Annunciation

The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary Commemorated on March 25 The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the earliest Christian feasts, and was already being celebrated in the fourth century. There is a painting of the Annunciation in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome dating from the second century. The Council of Toledo in 656 mentions the Feast, and the Council in Trullo in 692 says that the Annunciation was celebrated during Great Lent.…
Mar 24, 2024

3-24-24: Festal Vigil Annunciation

Forefeast of the Annunciation Commemorated on March 24 The Feast of the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated on one day March 25, exactly nine months before the Nativity of Christ. There is one day of Prefeast (March 24), followed by the Feast itself. On March 26, we celebrate the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel. Because the Feast of the Annunciation falls during Great Lent, there is no Postfeast of the Feast.
Mar 24, 2024

3-24-24: 1st Sunday of Great Lent, Triumph of Orthodoxy Sunday

1st Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of Orthodoxy The first Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy because it commemorates the restoration of the Holy Icons and the triumph of the Orthodox Faith against the terrible heresy of the Iconoclasts, i.e. those heretics who refused to honor the Holy Icons. For more than a hundred years the Church was disturbed by the evil doctrine of iconoclasm. The first Emperor to persecute the Church was Leo the Isaurian,…
Mar 18 – 22, 2024

3-18-24 to 3-22-24: Great Lent Begins (Clean Week)

Come experience the healing “Great Canon of St. Andrew of Create” services, Clean Monday through Clean Thursday at 6pm. Beginning of Great Lent In the Orthodox Church, the last Sunday before Great Lent—the day on which, at Vespers, Lent is liturgically announced and inaugurated—is called Forgiveness Sunday. On the morning of that Sunday, at the Divine Liturgy, we hear the words of Christ: “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you forgive…
Mar 17, 2024

3-17-24: Forgiveness & Chessefare Sunday

NOTE: After the Divine Liturgy we will serve the grace filled Forgiveness Vespers Service followed by the mutual rite of forgiveness. Sunday of Cheesefare: Expulsion of Adam from Paradise As we begin the Great Fast, the Church reminds us of Adam’s expulsion from Paradise. God commanded Adam to fast (Gen. 2:16), but he did not obey. Because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden and lost the life of blessedness, knowledge of God, and communion with…
Mar 7 – 10, 2024

3-10-24: Parish Meatfare BBQ

Join us after Divine Liturgy for our Annual Parish Meatfare BBQ! Lent is almost here! Meatfare Sunday is the LAST day to eat meat before Great and Holy Lent. Before the forty-day Fast we will enjoy together one more non-fasting meal…Come show off your skill at the grill! Bring your favorite savory meat dishes, and a large appetite! This Parish-wide event will include: tons of tasty food, fun times with our  loving  Orthodox family community, and lots of prayer and…
Sep 6 – Nov 15, 2023

9-6-23 to 11-15-23 Inquirers & Catechumens Classes

Inquirers & Catechumens Class Schedule 2023 Below is the schedule for the first 9 classes. All classes will take place on Wednesdays after Daily Vespers from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The classes are 1-hour lectures or audio visual presentations with 30 minutes of Q&A. Everyone is welcome to attend. 9/06/23 | Class 1: Starting Down the Royal Path 9/20/23 |Class 2: What is the Orthodox Church & The True God 9/27/23 |Class 3: The Human Being 10/04/23 |Class 4: On Sin 10/11/23 |Class…
Oct 29, 2023

St John Gala & Auction: Music Under the Stars (10/29/23)

Music Under the Stars, our inaugural fundraising gala, was a grand success!  Thank you to our Gala Committee, chaired by Maria Lazarescu and Sophia Hart, and to the many volunteers who helped make this beautiful evening possible. A delicious four-course gourmet dinner was provided by Vito’s Pizza & Italian Ristorante, we enjoyed exquisite live music courtesy of the Phoenix Symphony Musicians Quintet, and guests enjoyed bidding on a wide variety of auction baskets during the opening reception.