March For Life - 01/19/18
On Friday, January 19th 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 45th anniversary and featured an address by President Donald Trump. The opening prayer was led by Metropolitan Tikhon.
2018 Annual Meeting - 01/28/18
On Sunday, January 28th, 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 mission's elevation to full parish status!
Baptism of Hazel Genevieve - 02/11/18
On Sunday, February 11th, we had the baptism of Hazel Genevieve, daughter of Daniel and Kathleen Moss. We congratulate them as well as, her sponsors, Rdr. George Kaloroumakis and Mat. Emily Parsells, gathered friends, and the entire family. May the Lord grant the newly-illuminted, handmaiden of God, Hazel Genevieve and them all heath, strength, salvation, furtherance in every good thing and many blessed years!
Installation of Parish Council - 02/25/18
On Sunday, February 25th, with the blessing of our diocesan hierarch, Metropolitan Tikhon, the 2018 Parish Council members were installed into office. During the first meeting of the 2018 Council, Patricia McAlpin was elected Senior Warden and Chad Michael Fortin was elected Treasurer. May the Lord bless them all!
Surprise 40th Birthday Party - 03/25/18
On Sunday, March 25th, in the afternoon, following the festive services for Annunication, Mat. Emily organized a massive surprise party for Fr. John's 40th birthday. Family, friends, and parishioners gathered from near and far for this joyous event, which to Fr. John's embarrassment and Mat. Emily's credit was in fact a total surprise to him. Sincere appreciation and love is expressed to all who made this day so memorable and joyous!
Annunciation - 03/25/18
On Sunday, March 25th, Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak offered a short lesson for the children of the parish on the Proskomedia (the Preparation for the Liturgy) and presented each child in the church with a proshora (church bread), which he used to commemorate them during the Divine Liturgy. Following the service, the wives of Fr. Daniel and Dn. Steven Hall, Matushka Dunia and Nissa Nancy, respectively, where given flowers in honor of their recent birthdays and in thanks for everything they do for the community. Glory to God for a beautiful feast of the Annunciation and for gifting this parish which such dedicated clergy and their wives!
Baptism of Eliseea Theodora - 03/31/18
On Lazarus Saturday, March 31st, we had the baptism of Eliseea Theodora, daughter of Roy & Mirona Bendfeldt. May the Lord grant her and them all, Many Blessed Years!
Palm Sunday - 04/01/18
On Palm Sunday, April 1st, the faithful gathered to celebrate the Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem. A procession around the church was made while the faithful bore in their hands palms in honor of the festive occassion. Following the beautiful divine services, a traditional Bakaliaro fish meal was offered for all present. Glory be to God for all things!
Holy Unction - 04/04/18
On Great and Holy Wednesday, April 4th, 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.
Great and Holy Week - 04/07/18
From April 1 - April 7, 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.
Holy Pascha - 04/08/18
On Sunday, April 8th, 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. More than 100 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!"
Children's Egg Hunt - 04/15/18
On Thomas Sunday, April 15th, an egg hunt was held for the children of the parish. As we know, the egg is widely used as a symbol of the start of new life, just as new life emerges from an egg when the chick hatches out. However, there were of course no chicks in these eggs, just chocolate and candy - much to the delight of the children and the dread of their parents!
Baptisms of Wiley Demetrius and Oliver Keller - 04/22/18
On Sunday, April 22nd, we had the Baptisms of both Wiley Demetrius and Oliver, sons of Derek and Ashley Keller. We congratulate them as well as their sponsors, the entire family and their friends. May the Lord God grant them all health, strength, salvation, furtherance in every good thing and many blessed years!
Marriage of Sarah and Kevin - 04/27/18
On April 28th, Sarah and Kevin where joined in Mystery of Holy Matrimony at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church. They were surrounded by family and friends from near and far. Officiating at the ceremony were Fr. John Nosal and Fr. John Parsells. We heartily congratulate them on this beautiful occasion, asking the Lord's blessing upon their new life together with Him!
End of Church School Year - 05/06/18
On Sunday, May 6th, the church school program came to a close with a special art project. Sincere appreciation is expressed to our church school teachers, Nissa Nancy Hall and Pat McAlpin, as well as the parents, and all who assisted with the program. May the Lord bless!
New Catechumen: Zachary Thomas Davidson - 05/13/18
On Sunday, May 13th, Zachary Thomas Davidson was enrolled into the catechumenate during the Divine Liturgy. We humbly ask the Lord's continued blessing upon him during his catechumenate as he prepares himself for sacramental reception into the Orthodox Church!
New Catechumens: The Hill Family - 05/19/18
On Saturday, May 19th, David and Miroslava Hill, together with their children, Damira and Marten, were enrolled into the catechumenate following the Great Vespers. We humbly ask the Lord's continued blessing upon them during their catechumenate as they prepare themselves for sacramental reception into the Orthodox Church!
Prayer for Graduates / Father's Day - 06/17/18
On Sunday, June 17th, prayers were offered at the completion of the academic year, thanking the Lord for the blessing of His wisdom and knowledge, and asking Him to preserve the students in that which they have learned which is according to His divine law. It was also the civil holiday of Father's Day, and we were pleased to celebrate with the parish's founding priest, Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak, and Fr. John's seminary professor, Archpriest Daniel Kovalak, who was visiting from Williamsport, PA. We ask our Heavenly Father's blessing up them and all the fathers, god-fathers, spiritual fathers, and everyone else who celebrates on this Father's Day. Many blessed years to all!
Blessing of Chariots - 07/15/18
On Sunday, July 15th, at the end of the Divine Liturgy, we had the annual Blessing of Chariots. It is a custom of Orthodox Christians to have their cars blessed both when newly acquired and on or near the feast of the Prophet Elias (July 20th), as he ascended as if into heaven on a fiery chariot. We thank God for a truly blessed day!
Baptism of the Hill Family - 07/29/18
On Sunday, July 29th, we had the Baptisms of the Hill Family: David, Miroslava (Irene), Damira (Daria) and Marten. We congratulate them as well as their sponsors, David and Patricia McAlpin, the entire family and their friends. May the Lord God grant them all health, strength, salvation, furtherance in every good thing and many blessed years!
Transfiguration of the Lord - 08/06/18
On Monday, August 6th, faithful parishioners and guests gathered to celebrate the Great Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Concelebrating with Fr. John was Dn. George Sharonoff from Holy Protection Church in Lewisburg, PA. Following the Divine Liturgy was the customary blessing of grapes and other various fruit. Glory to God for a beautiful feastday!
Vacation Church School - 08/15/18
For the first time ever, Christ the Savior offered a Vacation Church School for the youth of the parish. The camp got off to a great start, with two dozen children participating and numerous volunteers coming together to lead the activities. Glory to God for all His many blessings!
Holy Dormition - 08/15/18
On Wednesday, August 15th, the faithful gathered to celebrate the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, which is the annual festal commemoration the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of the Virgin Mary, the Birthgiver of God. We were pleased to welcome a number of visitors including Protodeacon Gregory Moser, who coserved with Fr. John.
Blessing of Teachers and Students - 09/07/18
On Sunday, August 26th, at the beginning of the Academic Year, we asked the Lord's blessing upon the teachers and students. May the Lord enlighten and guide them into His divine truth!
Exaltation of the Holy Cross - 09/14/18
On Friday, September 14th, the faithful gathered to celebrate the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. The Feast commemorates the finding of the True Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by Saint Helen, the mother of the saintly Emperor Constantine. On this feast, we also celebrated Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak's 66th anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood. May the Lord grant him and Matushka Dunia many more blessed years of service to the Holy Church!
New Catechumen: Alexander Gray - 09/16/18
On Sunday, September 16th, Alexander Gray was enrolled into the catechumenate during the Divine Liturgy. We humbly ask the Lord's continued blessing upon him during his catechumenate as he prepares himself for sacramental reception into the Orthodox Church!
Blessing of Choir - 09/30/18
On Sunday, September 30th, at the end of the Divine Liturgy there was special blessing for the choir directors, members, and readers. This blessing, for both the adult and children's choir, will take place annually on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Romanus the Melodist (October 1st). We ask that Lord's divine blessing upon them so that they might worthily fulfill this vital ministry.
Chrismation of Zachary Thomas Davidson - 10/14/18
On Sunday, October 10th, we had the Chrismation of Zachary Thomas Davidson. We congratulate him, his wife, Ioana, as well as their entire family and friends. May the Lord God grant His newly-illumined servant, Zachary, health, strength, salvation, furtherance in every good thing and many blessed years!
Baptism of Milana Ann Christensen - 10/21/18
On Sunday, October 21st, we had the Baptism of Milana Ann, daughter of Mark and Tatiana Christensen. We congratulate them as well as the sponsors, Alexander Glubish and Oxana Napolova. May the Lord grant them all many years!
St. Michael's Party - 11/08/18
On Sunday, November 4th, the children participated in our annual St. Michael's party, by dressing as saints and angels. Other activities including a pinata, bobbing for apples, a donut tree, and various activities. Many thanks to all who made this year's St. Michael's party such a great success!
Movie Night - 12/22/18
On Friday, December 21st, parishioners gathered at the rectory for a Family Movie Night. We watched "The Nativity Story" (2006) which was followed by a comparison between the movie and the actual historical events surrounding the Savior's birth as recorded by the Church in her Holy Scriptures and tradition.
Nativity 2018 - 12/25/18
As the faithful gathered to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ according to the flesh, we humbly asked the Lord's continued blessing upon you all for a joyous, peaceful and grace-filled festive season and New Year. Christ is born! Glorify Him!
Christmas Carols - 12/30/18
On Sunday, December 30th, we sang Christmas Carols during the coffee hour as part of the ongoing celebration of the Lord's Nativity. Glory to God for the fellowship, festive foods, and beautiful singing!
St. Basil's Bread - 12/30/18
On Sunday, December 30th, we kept the custom of St. Basil's Bread (The Vasilopeta). This year the coins were received by David Hill, Joseph Dunbar, Ramona Sterca and Tatyana Chistyakova. May the Lord grant them many blessed years!
Chrismation of Ruth Andreas - 12/30/18
On Sunday, December 30th, we rejoiced to welcome into the Orthodox Church, Ruth Andreas through the Mysteries of Holy Chrismation and Holy Communion. We congratulate the newly-illumined handmaiden Ruth together with her entire family! May the Lord grant her and them all health, strength, salvation, a furtherance in every good thing, and many blessed years!
Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
10315 Carey Road
Berlin, MD 21811