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Please Join Us during this Wonderful Season of Lent!

Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 A.M. 

Saturday Vespers at 5 P.M. 


March 18 is the 4th Sunday of Great Lent

St John Climacus of the Ladder 

The Fourth Sunday of Lent is dedicated to St John of the Ladder (Climacus), the author of the work, The Ladder of Divine Ascent.


The abbot of St Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai (6th century) stands as a witness to the violent effort needed for entrance into God’s Kingdom (Mt.10: 12).


The spiritual struggle of the Christian life is a real one, “not against flesh and blood, but against ... the rulers of the present darkness ... the hosts of wickedness in heavenly places ...” (Eph 6:12).


Saint John encourages the faithful in their efforts for, according to the Lord, only “he who endures to the end will be saved” (Mt.24:13). 


Service Schedule


Wednesday Mar 14

4:45 pm-- Choir practice

6 pm-- Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts


Saturday Mar 17

5 pm-- Great Vespers


Sunday Mar 18

10 am -- Divine Liturgy

St. John Climacus


Tuesday Mar 20

6 pm-- Compline and Life

of St. Mary of Egypt


   Wednesday Mar 21

Note: Time Change

6:30 pm-- Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts


Thursday Mar 22

6 pm-- Compline and Canon of St. Andrew


Calendar  HERE

An Invitation to Worship


 On the 3rd Sunday of Great Lent, we concentrate on the Cross of Christ and Fr. Tom helps us understand what it means to take up our cross.


 Podcast  Fr. Thomas Hopko - Ancient Faith Radio -  March 29, 2008

 Read the Entire Gospel

Over the Course of Great Lent

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Gospel Reading Schedule


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An Invitation to Worship

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St Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church





     We are a family church of many cultures with intergenerational worship; we have a full liturgical life throughout the Church year, with many opportunities for joyful fellowship and enduring growth. Our vision is to “manifest the Kingdom of God by proclaiming and living the Orthodox Christian Faith.” Orthodox Christianity is for everyone — come and see!


     Located at the north end of California's San Joaquin Valley, St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church is dedicated to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to His promise of salvation to all mankind. The services of our mission-parish are located in the heart of Merced.


     Committed to serving Christ and His Holy Church, the people of St. Mary Magdalene welcome and encourage all visitors to be our guests, especially those who are truly seeking the path of salvation.  

Saint Mary Magdalene
Orthodox Church

Archpriest Lawrence Gaudreau

"There is a reward for the struggles of Lent""
March 11, 2018
"St. Gregory Palamas"
Mar 04, 2018
"The Beauty of the Christian Faith"
February 25, 2018

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