Past Special Events

Past Special Events

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.  
Sep 14, 2023

9-14-23: Festal Liturgy Elevation of the Cross

The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross Come celebrate the Feast with us! Let us know you are coming so we can welcome you. Ardently desiring to find the Cross upon which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, Saint Constantine sent his mother, the pious Empress Helen (May 21), to Jerusalem, providing her with a letter to Saint Makarios, the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Saint Helen journeyed to the holy places connected with the earthly life of the Savior,…
Sep 13, 2023

9-13-23: Festal Vigil: Elevation of the Cross

The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross Come celebrate the Feast with us! Let us know you are coming so we can welcome you. Ardently desiring to find the Cross upon which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, Saint Constantine sent his mother, the pious Empress Helen (May 21), to Jerusalem, providing her with a letter to Saint Makarios, the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Saint Helen journeyed to the holy places connected with the earthly life of the Savior,…
Sep 8, 2023

9-8-23: Festal Liturgy: Nativity of the Theotokos

Come celebrate the Feast with us! Let us know you are coming so we can welcome you. The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary: The Most Holy Virgin Mary was born at a time when people had reached such a degree of moral decay that it seemed altogether impossible to restore them. People often said that God must come into the world to restore faith and not permit the ruin of mankind. The Son of…
Sep 7, 2023

9-7-23: Festal Vigil: Nativity of the Theotokos

Come celebrate the Feast with us! Let us know you are coming so we can welcome you. The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary: The Most Holy Virgin Mary was born at a time when people had reached such a degree of moral decay that it seemed altogether impossible to restore them. People often said that God must come into the world to restore faith and not permit the ruin of mankind. The Son of…
Apr 10 – 23, 2023

4-10-23 to 4-15-23: Holy Week

Great and Holy Monday Commemorated on April 10   Holy Week: A Liturgical Explanation for the Days of Holy Week 3. MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY: THE END These three days, which the Church calls Great and Holy have within the liturgical development of the Holy Week a very definite purpose. They place all its celebrations in the perspective of End Times; they remind us of the eschatological meaning of Pascha. So often Holy Week is considered one of the “beautiful traditions” or…
Apr 16, 2023

4-16-23: Great & Holy Pascha

HOLY PASCHA: The Resurrection of Our Lord Commemorated on April 16 Pascha (Easter) Enjoy ye all the feast of faith; receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness. (Sermon of Saint John Chrysostom, read at Paschal Matins) The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the center of the Christian faith. Saint Paul says that if Christ is not raised from the dead, then our preaching and faith are in vain (I Cor. 15:14). Indeed, without the resurrection there would be…
Apr 9, 2023

4-9-23: Palm Sunday

Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) Commemorated on April 9   Palm Sunday is the celebration of the triumphant entrance of Christ into the royal city of Jerusalem. He rode on a colt for which He Himself had sent, and He permitted the people to hail Him publicly as a king. A large crowd met Him in a manner befitting royalty, waving palm branches and placing their garments in His path. They greeted Him with these words: “Hosanna! Blessed…
Apr 8, 2023

4-8-23: Lazarus Saturday

The Raising of Lazarus (Lazarus Saturday) Commemorated on April 8   Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday Visible triumphs are few in the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ. He preached a kingdom “not of this world.” At His nativity in the flesh there was “no room at the inn.” For nearly thirty years, while He grew “in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52), He lived in obscurity as “the son of Mary.” When…