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Pascha Schedule

Please contact the Parish for the current schedule for Great Lent and Passion week.

Upcoming Events & Services
Thursday, 9 / 22 March
Forty Martyrs at Sebaste
6:30 pm Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
Saturday, 11 / 24 March
5:00 All-Night Vigil; followed by the Akathist
Sunday, 12 / 25 March
St Mary of Egypt
9:30 Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, 15 / 28 March
6:30 pm Pre-Sanctified Liturgy (fast completely)
Saturday, 18 / 31 March
Lazarus Saturday
9 am - workday for all of us, at the Church
5:00 All-Night Vigil; Blessing of the Palms
Sunday, 19 March / 1 April
9:30 Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, 21 March / 3 April
Great Tuesday
6:30 pm Bridegroom Matins
Wednesday, 22 March / 4 April
Great Wednesday
6:30 pm Mystery of Holy Unction
Thursday, 23 March / 5 April
Great Thursday
6:30 pm 12 Passion Gospels
Friday, 24 March / 6 April
Great Friday
9:30 am Royal Hours
6:30 pm Taking down of the Cross, Plaschanitsa; Lamentations; Annuciation Vespers
Saturday, 25 March / 7 April
Holy Saturday
9:30 Reading of the Acts of the Apostles
11:30 Mid-Night Office

Sunday, 26 March / 8 April
12 am, Midnight, Matins followed by Divine Liturgy
3am Blessing of the Baskets
2 pm Festive Meal
Saturday, 1 / 14 April
5:00 All-Night Vigil
Sunday, 2 / 15 April
9:30 Divine Liturgy

Our Main Holy Table
Weekly Services
9:30am - The Hours & Divine Liturgy
5:00pm - All-Night Vigil
Eve of Feast
  - TBA
  - TBA

Confessions will be heard on Saturday evening before the All-Night Vigil and before the beginning of the 3rd Hour on Sunday Morning.  Please talk with the Priests to request to speak with one of them for your Confession to be heard.

Special Services

Other personal or special services and a suggested donation, such as those listed below are available by request. Please contact the parish rector to schedule an appointment or service.

  • Baptism  ($100)
  • House Blessings  ($125)
  • Molebens  ($20)
  • Pannikhidas  ($20)
  • Weddings  ($200)
  •  Funerals, for Orthodox


Suggested Donations

Often donations are solicited by families for the church or charity at the time of a parishioner’s death. Please consult with the Parish Priest if you are interested in making memorial donations (including special liturgical items, or designated funds) in memory of loved ones. Funeral directors can also give advice on appropriate gifts to parish or clergy for funeral services.

There are no sacramental fees. Parish members provide the financial support for the ongoing life of the parish.  Quite often, a question arises regarding honorariums for the clergy and/or donations to the church. There are various customs and traditions. These tokens of appreciation are not obligatory and are left up to the individual.  The dollar amounts listed next to each special service is a suggested donation to be donated to St. Joseph Of Optina Orthodox Church.  The donation is only a suggestion and is not limited to the amount listed.  In no case will a Special Service be refused for lack of a donation to the Church or Clergy.


Please note that a Baptism or wedding often requires several weeks/months advance notice as appropriate.  This is so that those who are to be baptized are able to complete a period of catechetical instruction or in the case of marriage complete a period of premarital counseling. 

If you would like to have your child/infant baptized one of the you (either the father or mother) must be an Orthodox Christian, as well as the godparent. It is also customary to have attended services at our parish or your home parish on a frequent basis as a sign that you will raise your child in the Orthodox faith.
Advance notice is not required for Holy Baptism in case of emergency where the person is gravely ill/near death.
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