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I am happy to announce you that our church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, that is named after St. Joseph of Optina, has purhcased 29 acres ...

Bishop Nicholas officiates divine services in St. Joseph of Optina Church

On Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of November, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan paid an archpastoral visit to St. Joseph ...

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Sacraments and rites

The Sacrament of Baptism
The Sacrament Of Holy Unction
Panikhida
Holy Matrimony
Burial service


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perform any of these rites

Ordering a Prayer

Moleben- for the health

Moleben is a special service through which the Priest supplicates our Lord, the Mother of God and the Saints for mercy or offers thanksgiving. As mentioned, Molebens can be served to thank God, to pray for strength, to fight off illness, for travelers, for help conceiving a child, for the health and well being of children, and other needs, depending on everyone’s situation.

Panikhida-the prayers for the reposed

Panihida – is a short service in which we commemorate our dearly reposed and ask God to have mercy on their souls and forgive their sins.

The prayers recited during Liturgy’s Proskomedia (Liturgy of Preparation)

The prayers recited during Liturgy’s Proskomedia (Liturgy of Preparation) are the most important prayers, for both living and the reposed. During the liturgy, the Priest reads all the names out of the lists aloud, and he removes a small particle from their commemorative Prosphora, which is then placed on the Diskos beside the larger particle which has been removed from the prosphora for both the living and those fallen asleep in the Lord. Near the end of the Liturgy, all particles are poured into the Chalice, which already contains the Blood of Christ, thus symbolically uniting them with the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is not simply a prayer for someone, it is cleansing and healing from sins through the Bloodless Sacrifice. Every single particle that was poured into the Chalice and symbolically united with the Blood of Christ, becomes a way to remit the sins of those commemorated through the names read aloud. In the lists submitted for prayers it is only permitted to write the names of those baptized in the

Orthodox Church; Please don’t write Nicknames or Abbreviated names. If written in

Russian, names should be in the genitive case.

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      Lighting a Candle

      If you don’t have the possibility to come to church in person and light a candle, you can
      do it by requesting it online, and one of our helpers will do it for you at the coming Service.

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