The Divine Liturgy
"The Divine Liturgy, what a splendor, indeed! Man has been honored by God in such a way that He Himself came down to earth with His Angelic Orders, every time there is a Liturgy, in order to nurture man with His Most Holy Body and His Most Precisous Blood! For He has given us everything; is there anything physical or spiritual, perishable or everlasting that has not been offered to us? None! Is there anything superior to His Most Holy Body and Blood, which is given to us on a daily basis? There is certainly not. God has enabled man, who is of soil and dirt, to serve the Divine Liturgy. So Priceless is the Divine Love that just a tiny drop exceeds any global, physical and secular love." From Experiences During the Divine Liturgy, by Protopresbyter Stephanos K. Anagnostopoulos.
Come and join us each week to experience God's love and presence during His Divine Liturgy.
The Divine Liturgy is a sublime creation which enables man to abide without despair in spite of his distance from God, because it is God's own good pleasure to overshadow him each time he enters into His presence. And whenever we bring the best we can offer before God in the Liturgy, including our faithfulness throughout the absence of His grace, we receive life - His life.
- Elder Zacharias, Remember Thy First Love
Orthodoxy is the First Church. It is the living, unbroken continuation of the Faith as first given to the Apostles. This doesn't mean that the Orthodox Churches have researched and attempted to re-create the Primitive Church. It means that we live, pray and preach continuously and consistently every day since the time of the Apostles.
Since we don't believe in things like "development of doctrine," Orthodox teaching has been carefully safeguarded and faithfully passed down through the centuries. It is no stretch to say that a First-Century Christian who could somehow walk into an Orthodox church today would (after he adjusted to the architecture and the electricity) feel completely comfortable.
The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is that part of the Russian Church which is outside the boundaries of the Russian State, governed at the present time by a Chief Hierarch and a Synod of Bishops chosen by the Sobor of Bishops of the Russian Diaspora.
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Donations to the Church
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810 Kempsville Road,
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
PO Box 64476
VirginiaBeach, VA 23467
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Upcoming Events & Services
|Saturday, 12 / 25 March |
5:00 All-Night Vigil
|Sunday, 13 / 26 March |
St John of the Ladder
9:30 Divine Liturgy
|Thursday, 17 / 30 March |
Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete: 6:30 pm
|Saturday, 19 March / 1 April |
5:00 All-Night Vigil
Akathist served at the end of Vespers
|Sunday, 20 March / 2 April |
St Mary of Egypt
9:30 Divine Liturgy
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We are praying about the purchase of a Church building. We do not have one in mind at present, though we will be looking around the area. If you would like to donate toward our building program, please send a check or use the PayPal button on this page. Please note on the check or within PayPal, that this donation is for our Building Fund! Thank you for standing with Jesus Christ, the Orthodox faith, and our Church.