On Sunday, January 1st, the children of the parish put on a Christmas Pageant following the Divine Liturgy. Afterwards, we enjoyed hearing the youngsters sing carols and perform instrumental pieces in the hall. Christ is born! Glorify Him!
On Sunday, January 1st, we kept the custom of St. Basil's Bread (The Vasilopeta). This year the coins were received by David McAlpin, Laurie Morsey, and Elisabeth Parsells. May the Lord grant them many blessed years!
On Friday, January 6th, the faithful gathered to celebrate the Great Feast of Theophany, which commemorates the Lord's Baptism in the Jordan River and the manifestation of the Holy Trinity. On the eve, we served the Great Blessing of Water during the festal vigil.
90th Birthday Party for Fr. Daniel Hubiak - 01/15/17
On Sunday, January 15th, the Christ the Savior family celebrated the 90th birthday of Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak, the founding priest of the Mission. We were pleased to welcome guests from near and far for the festivities, including Fr. John Jillions, chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, who read a letter from His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon on this auspicious occasion. We heartily congratulate Fr. Daniel and Matushka Dunia on this great milestone, and we ask the Lord God to continue His blessings upon them, granting them both health, strength, salvation, a furtherance in every good thing and many more blessed years!
On Friday, January 27th parishioners from Christ the Savior joined other Orthodox Christians and hundreds of thousands of people who gathered for the March For Life in Washington, DC. The march is a pro-life rally protesting abortion, held in the nation's capital near the anniversary of the infamous decision in the United States Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. This year marked the 44th anniversary and featured an address by Vice President Mike Pence.
On Sunday, January 27th, the parishioners of Christ the Savior gathered together for their annual meeting. In addition to reviewing the minutes from last year's meeting, the parish body heard reports from the rector, senior warden, junior warden, treasurer, and auditors. We recounted and gave thanks for all the great blessings we received during the past year, including celebrating the 90th birthday of our founding priest, Fr. Daniel Hubiak, and the extraordinary retiring of the mortgage on the Parish Center some 15 years adhead of schedule!
Chrismation of Robin Adelaide Armstrong - 02/12/17
On Sunday, February 12th, Robin Adelaide Armstrong was joined to the Orthodox Church through the mysteries of Holy Chrismation and Communion. We heartily congratulate her on her entrance into the Church, and we ask that the Lord continue to bestow His heavenly blessings upon her, granting her health, strength, salvation, a furtherance in every good thing, and many blessed years!
On Sunday, March 5th, the local Orthodox parishes in Delmarva gathered at Christ the Savior in Berlin, MD for this year's solemn celebration of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. Serving with Fr. John were Archimandrite Vasilios from St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean City, MD and Protopresybter Daniel Hubiak, the founding priest of the mission. Many faithful gathered for the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers which was followed by a lenten meal in the parish hall. Glory to God for such a beautiful day and for preserving His Church by Holy Orthodoxy!
On Sunday, March 5th, with the blessing of our diocesan hierarch, Metropolitan Tikhon, the 2017 Parish Council members were installed into office. During the first meeting of the 2017 Council, Nicholas Borodulia was elected Junior Warden and Gabriela Vlahovici-Jones was elected Secretary. May the Lord bless them all!
On Friday March 10th, Dn. Steven Hall led a group of pilgrims from Christ the Savior to Four Evangelists in Bel Air, MD, where the miraculous Kardiotissa “Tender Heart” myrrh-flowing icon of the Virgin Mary from St. George Orthodox Church in Taylor, PA, was brought for veneration. A moleben (prayer service of supplication) to the Mother-of-God was served before the icon, followed by anointings.
On Palm Sunday, April 9th, the faithful gathered to celebrate the Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem. The church was packed for this highly festive day. During the Divine Liturgy, Joseph Dunbar was received into the Orthodox Church through Holy Chrismation. Following the beautiful divine services, a traditional Bakaliaro fish meal was offered for all present. Glory be to God for all things!
On Great and Holy Wednesday, April 12th, the faithful gathered for the Mystery of Holy Unction, the anointing with holy oil for the healing of soul and body. The Church’s practice of Holy Unction dates back to Apostolic times, see James 5:14.
From April 9 - April 15, the faithful gathered at Christ the Savior to celebrated the solemn liturgical services of Great and Holy Week, which commemorates the Lord's voluntary Passion, His Cross, Death and Burial.
On Sunday, April 16th, the faithful gathered for the Midnight service, celebrating the Feast of Feast, Holy Pascha, which commemorates the Resurrection of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. Over 125 people gathered for the celebration of the liturgical services which were followed by the blessing of foods and a festive meal in the hall and rectory. We greet you all with the joyous exclamation, "Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!"