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237 N 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103  •  Phone: 215-563-0979

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10 a.m. Divine Liturgy

February 19: Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare Sunday)

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The commemoration for this Sunday is taken from the parable of our Lord Jesus Christ concerning his Second Coming and the Last Judgment of all, both the living and the dead. Matthew 25:31-46.

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FIVE SUNDAYS BEFORE GREAT LENT: Great Lent is preceded by its own liturgical preparation. The first sign of the approach of Great Lent comes five Sundays before its beginning. Fifth Sunday before Lent is Zacchaeus the tax-collector. The following Sunday is the Publican and the Pharisee. The next Sunday in the preparation for Great Lent is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. The next Sunday is called Meatfare Sunday since it is officially the last day before Easter for eating meat. It commemorates Christ’s parable of the Last Judgment (Mt 25.31–46). Finally, on the eve of Great Lent, the day is called Cheesefare Sunday and Forgiveness Sunday. For more information:

Great Lent begins Monday, February 27. Pre-sanctified Liturgy on Wednesday nights beginning March 1 @ 7 pm
Lenten (pot luck) dinner and discussion will be held in the church hall following the Liturgy.


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International Women's Day Celebration
Saturday, March 4th, 6 –11 pm
in the Church Hall

$50 Adults / $20 Children under 12

A buffet dinner and continuous dancing are included! 

Please contact Nilda Salavachi for tickets or other information.

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Home Blessing & Visitation

A sheet is posted in the side vestibuleFather Brooks intends to visit on Thursdays and Saturdays. Please pick a date and time and sign up. If you notice someone has signed up on the same date but lives far from you, please pick another date. As always if you are unable to schedule a visitation on Thursday or Saturday, Father Brooks encourages you to contact him directly 215-563-0979 or email fr.brooks to schedule an alternate date.

OCA Activities
Photos of Past Events

To see the August 28 church picnic VIDEOS, click here:

PHOTOS from previous events

Portrait of Saint John Chrysostom of Antioch (Hagios Ioannis Chrysostomos)

An early Byzantine mosaic from the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (modern Istanbul). The mosaic is approximately 1,000 years old.


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