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Coronavirus Pandemic Restrictions
In accordance with directives from our Metropolitan Joseph and mandates from the State of Alaska banning public gatherings to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Saint John’s is live-streaming services. Though gathering as a community is a vital part of our spiritual life, we are glad to observe these public policies for the good of our world. We pray God speed the time when we will all be able to be meet again, both in the marketplace and in worship.
|June 7, 2020||9:30am (Stream)||Matins/Liturgy for Pentecost||L/A|
|June 7, 2020||6:15pm (Stream)||'Kneeling' Vespers||-|
|June 10, 2020||6:15pm||Liturgy||B/C|
|June 13, 2020||9:15am||Liturgy||D|
|June 13, 2020||7:15pm (Stream)||Vespers||E|
|June 14, 2020||9:30am (Stream)||Matins/Liturgy for All Saints||E|
|June 17, 2020||6:15pm||Liturgy||F/G|
|June 20, 2020||9:15am||Liturgy||H/I|
|June 20, 2020||7:15pm (Stream)||Vespers||J/K|
|June 21, 2020||9:30am (Stream)||Matins/Liturgy||J/K|
|June 24, 2020||6:15pm||Liturgy||L/A|
|June 27, 2020||9:15am||Liturgy||BC|
|June 27, 2020||7:15pm (Stream)||Vespers||D|
|June 28, 2020||9:30am (Stream)||Matins/Liturgy for Sts Peter/Paul||D|
|July 1, 2020||6:15pm||Liturgy||E|
|July 4, 2020||9:15am||Liturgy||F/G|
|July 4, 2020||7:15pm (Stream)||Vespers||H/I|
|July 5, 2020||9:30am (Stream)||Matins/Liturgy||H/I|
|July 8, 2020||6:15pm||Liturgy||J/K|
|July 11, 2020||9:15am||Liturgy||L/A|
|July 11, 2020||7:15pm (Stream)||Vespers||B/C|
|July 12, 2020||9:30am (Stream)||Matins/Liturgy||B/C|
|July 15, 2020||6:15pm||Liturgy||D|
|July 18, 2020||9:15am||Liturgy||E|
|July 18, 2020||7:15pm (Stream)||Vespers||F/G|
|July 19, 2020||9:30am (Stream)||Matins/Liturgy||F/G|
|July 22, 2020||6:15pm||Liturgy||H/I|
|July 25, 2020||9:15am||Liturgy||J/K|
|July 25, 2020||7:15pm (Stream)||Vespers||L/A|
|July 26, 2020||9:30am (Stream)||Matins/Liturgy||L/A|
|July 29, 2020||6:15pm||Liturgy||B/C|
|August 1, 2020||9:15am||Liturgy||D|
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Please see the Church Calendar for special, Feast Days Services and for Services During Lent and other special Seasons.
Vespers is an evening prayer service that usually lasts less than an hour and is made up of Psalms, hymns, and short verses sung by the chanters. It can be a good introduction to Orthodox worship.
Matins is a morning prayer service, which on Sunday flows without interruption into the main Sunday service, the Divine Liturgy. Matins is also known by the Greek name, Orthros. Many psalms and variable hymns are sung by the chanters, allowing it to expound on the themes for the day, which on Sunday is usually the Resurrection of Christ.
Divine Liturgy is the main, Sunday Service. The first part of the Liturgy focuses on the singing of hymns and the reading of the Epistle and the Gospel for the day, followed by the homily or short sermon. The second part of the Liturgy centers around offering prayers of thanksgiving to God and receiving Holy Communion. Everyone is welcome to join us in the hymns and prayers, but only Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves should receive Communion. Everyone may partake of the blessed bread (antidoron) that is offered at the end of Liturgy. Also you are welcome on Sundays to join us after Liturgy for “Coffee Hour” and snacks in the Cathedral basement.
6th Hour Prayers is one of the short, daily services made up of Psalms, hymns and prayers. During the school year, the students of Saint John’s School say these prayers on Wednesdays and Fridays.
There are many other special and beautiful services celebrated in the tradition of the Orthodox Church. Days and times for these can be found on the Church Calendar.
At Saint John’s we have the custom of singing many of the Orthodox hymns congregationally. The order and text for most of these services can be found in books and hymn sheets set out in the entryway (or Narthex). Please feel free to use these books as much or as little as you wish. We welcome you to worship with us.