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Great Lent Begins February 19th!

Sunday February 18

Sunday of Cheesefare

Expulsion of Adam from Paradise

As we begin the Great Fast, the Church reminds us of Adam’s expulsion from Paradise. God commanded Adam to fast (Gen. 2:16), but he did not obey. Because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden and lost the life of blessedness, knowledge of God, and communion with Him, for which they were created. Both they and their descendents became heirs of death and corruption.

Let us consider the benefits of fasting, the consequences of disobedience, and recall our fallen state. Today we are invited to cleanse ourselves of evil through fasting and obedience to God. Our fasting should not be a negative thing, a mere abstention from certain foods. It is an opportunity to free ourselves from the sinful desires and urges of our fallen nature, and to nourish our souls with prayer, repentance, to participate in church services, and partake of the life-giving Mysteries of Christ.

At Forgiveness Vespers we sing: “Let us begin the time of fasting in light, preparing ourselves for spiritual efforts. Let us purify our soul, let us purify our body. As we abstain from food, let us abstain from all passion and enjoy the virtues of the spirit....”

Kontakion — Tone 6

Master, Teacher of wisdom, Bestower of virtue, 

you teach the thoughtless and protect the poor: 

Strengthen and enlighten my heart.

Word of the Father, let me not restrain my mouth from crying to you:

Have mercy on me, a transgressor,  O merciful Lord!

Service Schedule


Wednesday Feb  14

6 pm-- Vespers w/Litya

7 pm-- Adult Education


Saturday Feb 17

 5 pm--Vespers


Sunday Feb 18

 9:40 am-- Hours

10 am-- Divine Liturgy

1 pm-- Forgiveness Vespers


Monday Feb 19
 Great Fast Begins

6 pm-- Compline/Canon of St. Andrew


Tuesday Feb 20

6 pm-- Compline/Canon of St. Andrew


Wednesday Feb 21
 9 am-- Compline/Canon St. Andrew

6 pm-- Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts


Thursday Feb 22
6 pm-- Compline/Canon of St. Andrew


Friday  Feb 23
9 am-- Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts


Choir Practice Dates


 02/14, 02/28, 03/14, 03/28





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His Eminence Benjamin

Archbishop of San Francisco and the West

will visit our Mission Parish

Saturday and Sunday March 3rd and 4th, 2018 

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Over the Course of Great Lent

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Gospel Reading Schedule


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Fasting for Non-Monastics

Fasting is a "blessing of following in the footsteps of the greatest saints and our Lord Himself"

Fasting Guidelines

Directions & Location

     St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church holds services at the Chapel of Dignity Health Outpatient Center (also called "Dominican Campus") located at 2740 M Street, Merced, CA 95340, between 27th Street and Bear Creek Drive.  The entrance to the chapel is from the Bear Creek Side (north side). Go to the Driving Directions page for a map and detailed directions. HERE.

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     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

"Reflect Christ in Our Lives"
Feb 11, 2018
"Embrace God's Loving Mercy"
February 04, 2018
"Be an Icon..."
January 28, 2018

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