Service Schedule

Our Address

16643 Vanowen Street Van Nuys,
CA 91406

SCHEDULE OF FESTAL SERVICES

[The Sacrament of Confession with Absolution is available by appointment
or up until 15 minutes prior to the services.]

The Sunday before The Holy Nativity
“The Sunday of the Genealogy”
Commemorating St. Ignatius of Antioch

Saturday, December 19th – Great Vespers, 5 p.m. [Live-streamed]

Sunday, December 20th – Orthros, 8:30 a.m., Divine Liturgy,* 10 a.m. [Live-streamed]

THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY IN THE FLESH OF
OUR LORD, GOD, AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST

Thursday, December 24th (Christmas Eve and Paramon)
The Great (“Royal”) Hours and Typika, 6 a.m., 9 a.m., noon [Live-streamed]
The Ninth Royal Hour, 3 p.m. Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great* – 3:30 p.m.
[Live-streamed]

Friday, December 25th (Christmas Day)
Orthros and the Christmas Canon, 8:30 a.m., Divine Liturgy,* 10 a.m. [Live-streamed]

[There is no fasting from December 25th to January 4th]

The Circumcision of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ
and the Feast of St. Basil the Great (New Year’s Day)

Thursday, December 31st (New Year’s Eve) – Great Vespers, 5 p.m. [Live-streamed]
with prayers for the New Year

Friday, January 1st (New Year’s Day) – Orthros, 8:45 a.m.;
Divine Liturgy,* 10 a.m., with prayers for the New Year [Live-streamed]

The Sunday after the Holy Nativity; Commemorating: Joseph the Betrothed,
David the Prophet and King, James, “The Brother of the Lord”
and the Protomartyr Stephen

Saturday, December 26th – Great Vespers, 5 p.m. [Live-streamed]

Sunday, December 27 – Orthros, 8:30 a.m., Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m. [Live-streamed]

THE GREAT FEAST OF HOLY THEOPHANY (EPIPHANY)

Tuesday, January 5th – The Eve (Paramon)
The Great and Royal Hours, 6 a.m., 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. [Live-streamed]
The Ninth Royal Hour, 3 p.m. Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great* – 3:30 p.m.
[Live-streamed]

Wednesday, January 6th — Festal Orthros, 8:30 a.m. immediately followed by
The Festal Divine Liturgy* and the Great Blessing of the Waters [Live-streamed]

* Services with Holy Communion

The Divine Liturgy – Sunday 10:00AM

Beginning with the readings of the Epistle and Gospel lessons at the first half of the service, followed by a sermon, the liturgy progresses to the offering of the bread and wine for the consecration and descent of the Holy Spirit for the receiving the Body and Blood of Christ (Holy Communion) by the Orthodox faithful.  The liturgy’s prayers, composed by St. John Chrysostom (4th c.), dates back to the 7th century.  On the five Sunday’s of Great Lent and five other major Feasts, the Eucharistic liturgy includes the longer prayers of the offering composed by St. Basil the Great.

 

Great Vespers – Saturday 05:00PM

A service with readings, hymns and evening prayers on the eve of a major Feast, especially when the Divine Liturgy is celebrated on the following day.  It prepares one for the festal celebration with meditations upon the theme of a Feast, beginning with the “sunset Psalm” (103) and includes the singing of one of the oldest extant hymns of the church: “O Gladsome Light,” glorifying the coming of Christ, the Giver of Light.

 

Orthros (Or-thros) – Sunday 8:45AM

The word literally means early morning.  It is the name of the service, which by some has been called Matins, and still by others, Lauds, though it does not correspond exactly to either of the Western Services.  This service includes readings, hymns and morning prayers, done either in a shorter “daily” format, or on a day when followed by the Divine Liturgy, a longer “festal” format, concluding with hymns of praises and the glorification of the Christ, the Son of God the Father and the Holy Spirit.