News from 2024
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Children's Safety Meeting - 06/09/24

On Sunday, June 9, 2024 a meeting was held for children and their parents to review the recently released Community Safety Guidelines. Dana Wyant made the presentation to the children, who raised questions and even offered ideas about how to make everyone even safer!


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Prayer for Graduates - 06/09/24

On Sunday, June 9, 2024, 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. 


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Marriage Blessing: Sebastian and Johanna Klimitchev - 05/30/24

On Thursday, May 30, 2024, Sebastian and Johanna Klimitchev had their marriage solemnized by the Church. We congratulate them as well their family and friends who attended the Marriage Blessing service. May the Lord grant them many blessed years!


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Parish Beach Days - 05/30/24

Each summer parishioners and friends of Christ the Savior take advantage of being so close to the beach by gathering together on Assateague Island and Ocean City following the Sunday events at the church. This year the following Sundays have been designated as Parish Beach Days: June 18, July 9, July 30, August 20, and September 10. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the fellowship and good times!


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Cross Dive + Pool Opening - 05/26/24

On Sunday, May 26, 2024, after the Divine Liturgy, we had our annual Cross Dive, which opened the swimming season at Christ the Savior. The faithful prayerfully asked the Lord God Almighty to bless the parish pool and the fellowship it provides, throwing in the life-giving Cross of Christ to sanctify the water. The precious Cross is then retrieved by the children of the parish, remembering the words of the Lord, "Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me." Crosses were retrieved by Eliana and Damiana Milite.


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Children's Egg Hunt - 05/12/24

On Thomas Sunday, May 12, 2024, an egg hunt was held for the children of the parish. In the Orthodox churches, Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal Service, and distributed to the faithful. The egg is seen by followers of Christianity as a symbol of resurrection: while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.


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Orthodoxy 201 - 05/12/24

Christ the Savior is now offering a new class entitled Orthodoxy 201, covering various topics including:

Church History
Dogmatic Theology
The Liturgy
The Holy Mysteries
The Ascetical Life
Holy Scripture
Church Fathers
Church and State Relations
Science and Religion
Ethics and Pastoral Application
Comparative Theology
Contemporary Social and Moral Issues
and more!

The class meets weekly on Wednesdays at 7:00pm via Zoom (link below) and is open to all interested parties. Please contact the church for the Zoom password.  The first class beings on May 15, 2024 @ 7:00pm.


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Paschal Party / Open House at the DeArmitts - 05/10/24

On Bright Friday, May 10, 2024 parishioners and friends gathered at the DeArmitt's home for a Paschal Party. While the weather was a bit cold this year, the fellowship was as great as ever and this festive celebration of Pascha was enjoyed by all. We give glory to God Almighty and many thanks to Justin and Alexis for opening their home to everyone and punctuating our Bright Week fellowship with a splendid party!


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Women's Psalter Group Dinner - 05/08/24

During the daily services of Great Lent the Church doubles the readings from the Psalter (Book of Psalms).  As our parish was not able to offer all of these services, a group of women, organized by Mat. Annice Oleynik, divided the Psalter into sections so that it could be read together each day. On Bright Wednesday, the Women's Psalter Group met at Cami Milite's house for dinner, fellowship, and to discuss their experience of reading the Psalter together. Many thanks to all who participated in the group and glory to God for all things!


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Holy Pascha - 05/05/24

On Sunday, May 5, 2024, 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 175 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!"


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Great and Holy Week - 2024 - 05/04/24

From April 29 - May 4, 2024, the faithful gathered at Christ the Savior to celebrate the solemn liturgical services of Great and Holy Week, which commemorate the Lord's voluntary Passion, Cross, Death and Burial.


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Holy Unction - 05/01/24

On Great and Holy Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 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.


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Palm Sunday - 04/28/24

On Palm Sunday, April 28, 2024 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 occasion. Following the beautiful divine services, a traditional fish meal was offered for all present. Glory be to God for all things!


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Lazarus Saturday / 10 Receptions - 04/27/24

On Lazarus Saturday, April 27, 2024, we welcomed 10 new members into the Orthodox Church through Holy Baptism and Chrismation: Taylor Andrew, Elisha Sophia Immanuel, Arcadius, and Sybil Dymphna Applegarth; Matthew Williams; Carol Anne Fravel, Dana Michael Wyant; Alexander Ortiz; Adrienne Mary Dymphna Slate; and Adam Spallino. We congratulate them, their families, their friends, and all who attended this special event.  May the Lord grant the newly-illumined servants of God health, strength, salvation, a furtherance in every good thing and many blessed years!


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Cornhole Tournament - 04/14/24

On Sunday, April 14, 2024, parishioners and friends took part in a Cornhole Tournament during the fellowship hour after Divine Liturgy. The 16 teams with 32 total players competed in a March Madness-styled, bracketed tournament which resulted in a good time had by all. We thank the Lord for a beautiful day and all the participants as well as those who put on the event. Glory to God for all things!


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“Sacred Alaska” Screening - 04/12/24

The award-winning documentary, "Sacred Alaska", was shown at Christ the Savior on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 7pm.  The film offers an intimate look into Native Alaskan culture and spirituality. It showcases the profound influence of Orthodoxy, introduced by Russian monks in the late 18th century, on Alaskan society. The film highlights the unique way Alaskans have woven their indigenous beliefs with Orthodox traditions, deeply influencing their worldview. Central to this is the concept of learning to become a "real person." Through beautiful cinematography and powerful storytelling, "Sacred Alaska" underscores the profound, sacred bond between the Alaskan people, their faith, and the formidable landscape they call home.


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“Sacred Alaska” Screening, Friday, April 12, 2024 - 03/30/24

The award-winning documentary, "Sacred Alaska", will be shown at Christ the Savior on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 7pm. The film offers an intimate look into Native Alaskan culture and spirituality. It showcases the profound influence of Orthodoxy, introduced by Russian monks in the late 18th century, on Alaskan society. The film highlights the unique way Alaskans have woven their indigenous beliefs with Orthodox traditions, deeply influencing their worldview. Central to this is the concept of learning to become a "real person." Through beautiful cinematography and powerful storytelling, "Sacred Alaska" underscores the profound, sacred bond between the Alaskan people, their faith, and the formidable landscape they call home. Absolutely everyone is welcome to attend this screening so please invite your family, friends, and anyone that you think might be interested! Don’t miss it!


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Sunday of Orthodoxy - 03/24/24

On March 24, 2024, we celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy with a procession of icons to the Archway at our roadside entrance during the Divine Liturgy. There we had a reading of the ancient Synodicon, the affirmation of the Orthodox Faith that our salvation is proclaimed in both words and images, and the faithful recited the Nicene Creed. We congratulate all who celebrate on this day!


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New Catechumens - 03/24/24

On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 24, 2024 we were pleased to welcome four new catechumens: Nicholas Brittingham, Matthew and Kailyn Harmon, and William Wilkinson. We humbly ask the Lord's continued blessing upon them as they prepare themselves for sacramental reception into the Orthodox Church!


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March Madness / Cornhole Tournament - Sunday, 4/14/24 - 03/23/24

In honor of March Madness, we will have a Cornhole Tournament following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, April 4, 2024 (originally, 3/31/24).  Teams of two will compete in the bracket-style tournament with a trophy being bestowed upon the winning team.  If you would like to enter the tournament, please sign-up at the usher stand in the back of the church or submit your team(s) on our website.


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Forgiveness Sunday - 03/17/24

On Sunday, March 17, 2024, following the Divine Liturgy, we had the beautiful and grace-filled Rite of Forgiveness before entering into the Holy Forty Days of the Great Fast. During this solemn ritual we ask and receive forgiveness from each other and the Lord, who says, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yours.” (Matthew 6:14)


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Great Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha Schedule of Services - 03/16/24


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70th Birthday Party for Matushka Annice Oleynik - 03/10/24

On Sunday, March 10, 2024, we congratulated Matushka Annice Oleynik on her 70th birthday (celebrated on March 4) with a birthday party during the fellowship hour after the Divine Liturgy. We humbly ask the Lord God Almighty to bless her with many more years of health, strength, and salvation!


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Installation of Parish Council - 03/10/24

On Sunday, March 10, 2024 with the blessing of our diocesan hierarch, Metropolitan Tikhon, the 2024 Parish Council members were installed into office. During the first meeting of the 2024 Council, Georgianne Mathews was elected Senior Warden and Ioana Davidson was elected Treasurer. May the Lord bless them all!


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Baptism of Arden Elizabeth - 03/09/24

On Saturday, March 9, 2024, we had the baptism of Arden Elizabeth, son of Kevin and Sarah Kostyk. Following the baptism, everyone gathered at the Dunbar home to continue the celebration. We extend our congratulations to the entire family as well as the sponsors, Zach and Ioana Davidson. May the Lord grant them all health, strength, salvation, a furtherance in every good thing, and many blessed years!


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Trip to New York City - 03/03/24

From March 1-3, 2024, twenty parishioners led by Fr. John traveled to New York City to see an exhibition on African and Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and attend local churches.

The churches visited were the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection (OCA) on Second Street, St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral (Moscow Patriarchate) on 97th Street, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign (ROCOR) on 93rd Street, and Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Cathedral (OCA) on Grand Street in Jersey City, NJ.

We are appreciative of all the churches who welcomed us so warmly and we thank all those who made this trip possible! Glory to God for a wonderful weekend!


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Bible Study: Epistle of St. Jude - 02/25/24

We resume our Bible Study on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00pm with a new book: The Epistle of St. Jude. The holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostle Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ and his brother, along with St. James, by virtue of being the son of St. Joseph the Betrothed. He is also called Levi or Thaddeus and sometimes the name Jude is rendered as Judas, but he is not to be confused with Judas Iscariot, the Apostle Matthew (also called "Levi"), or the Apostle Thaddeus of the Seventy. He is referenced in the Synoptic Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, and wrote an epistle which is part of the New Testament. His feast day is on June 19. All are invited!


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Women's Group Outing - 02/08/24

On Thursday, February 8, 2024 there was a gathering of the Women’s Group at The Irish Penny in Salisbury, MD.  It was also a celebration of Marian’s birthday and a little February doldrums “pick-me-up”. All ladies in the parish and friends (18+) are welcome to the Women's Group events! Please see Pat McAlpin for more info.


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2024 Annual Parish Meeting - 01/28/24

On Sunday, January 28, 2024, 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!


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March For Life - 01/19/24

On Friday, January 19, 2024, parishioners from Christ the Savior joined other Orthodox Christians and countless 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, which was thankfully overturned in 2022. 


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Rectory Blessing / Open House - 01/14/24

On Sunday, January 14, 2024, Archpriest Joseph Oleynik blessed the rectory in the Parish Center. Following the service for the annual blessing of a home, there was an open house in the rectory. Appreciation is expressed to Fr. Joseph as well as all who attended, prayed, prepared food, and shared in fellowship.


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Holy Theophany / Blessing of the Atlantic - 01/06/24

The Great Feast of Theophany was celebrated on January 5-6, 2024 as the faithful gathered to commemorate Christ's baptism in the Jordan River and the revelation of the Holy Trinity. After celebrating the Divine Liturgy at Christ the Savior, we then joined Fr. Christopher Xanthos and the faithful of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean City for the Annual Blessing of the Atlantic Ocean. Glory to God for a wonderful celebration!


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Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
10315 Carey Road
Berlin, MD 21811
302-537-6055


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    13Jun

    ASCENSION OF THE LORD
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    15Jun

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    16Jun

    7th Sunday of Pascha
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Children's Safety Meeting - 06/09/24

On Sunday, June 9, 2024 a meeting was held for children and their parents to review the recently released Community Safety Guidelines. Dana Wyant made the presentation to the children, who raised questions and even offered ideas about how to make everyone even safer!



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