On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the funeral and burial of Monk Christian (Lesinsky) took place at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church and Evergreen Cemetery in Berlin, MD. Sincere appreciation is expressed to everyone who assisted with the divine services and/or donated to help with the burial costs. May Father Christian's memory be eternal! May his soul dwell among the Righteous!
On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, we will resume our weekly Bible Study as we begin the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans. The study will be held on Zoom at 7:00pm and is open to all parishioners and friends.
Father Christian reposed in the Lord on Friday, January 8, 2021 at the age of 77. He was a founding member of Christ the Savior, beloved parishioner and friend, and faithful Orthodox Christian.
In 2021, we will be reviving our parish reading group in order to increase our understanding of the Faith, foster fellowship, and broaden our outreach efforts. The reading group is open to all parishioners, their family and friends, and anyone who might be interested in participating. I encourage you to share this announcement with anyone that you think might be interested. Our first book will be “Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents” by Rod Dreher.
On Tuesday evening, January 5, the festal Matins of Holy Theophany was served together with the Great Blessing of Water. On this feast, the faithful gathered to commemorate Christ's baptism in the Jordan River and the revelation of the Holy Trinity. We rejoice in this holy feast which brings about our renewal, regeneration, and santification. We send up glory, honor, and worship to our true God Who has revealed Himself to us!
The schedule of divine services for the celebration of the Theophany of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ is as follows.
On January 1 and 3, 2021, we kept the custom of St. Basil's Bread (The Vasilopeta). This year the coins were received by Anthony Keder, Sophia Kokkinos, Will Wilkinson, John Davidson, Juliana Milite, and Oscar Hageman. May the Lord grant them many blessed years!
Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
10315 Carey Road
Berlin, MD 21811