In March and April 2021, our reading group will be reading "On The Incarnation" by St. Athanasius the Great. By any standard, this is a classic of Christian theology. Composed by St. Athanasius in the fourth century, it expounds with simplicity the theological vision defended at the councils of Nicaea and Constantinople: that the Son of God himself became "fully human, so that we might become god." Its influence on all Christian theology thereafter, East and West, ensures its place as one of the few "must read" books of Christian theology for all time.
On February 10 and 11, 2021, the funeral services for Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak were held at Christ the Savior Church, Berlin, MD. Father Daniel had departed this life on February, 5, 2021, at the age of 94, in his retirement in Ocean Pines, MD.
The divine services for the funeral and burial of Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak are as follows:
It is with heartfelt sadness, yet firm hope in the resurrection on the last day, that we share with you the news that our beloved father in Christ and founder of our Christ the Savior parish, Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak, has departed this life for the age to come. Fr. Daniel reposed at his home last night, Friday, February 5 around 8:10pm, with Mat. Dunia by his side, having spent his last days in the warm embrace of his family who assembled around him. We ask the Lord’s consolation for Mat. Dunia, their daughters, Larice Nescott and Mat. Annice Oleynik, and their entire family.
On Sunday, January 31, following the morning services, the children of the parish enjoyed the freshly falling snow and challenged Fr. John to a snowball fight. Though it didn't go well for him, Fr. John is okay and trying not to harbor any grudges.
On Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 2:00pm on Zoom, Christ the Savior had its Annual Parish Meeting. The agenda, reports, budget and draft minutes for the meeting are available below. We thank all who attended, presented reports, and assisted with the minutes!
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