Saint Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church
Proclaiming & Living the Holy Orthodox Faith in Central California

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Sunday March 3



     This Sunday is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son.


     This parable of God’s forgiveness calls us to “come to ourselves” as did the prodigal son, to see ourselves as being “in a far country” far from the Father’s house, and to make the journey of return to God.


     We are given every assurance by the Master that our heavenly Father will receive us with joy and gladness. We must only “arise and go,” confessing our self-inflicted and sinful separation from that “home” where we truly belong (Luke 15:11-24).


     This Sunday we first hear the lenten hymn “By the Waters of Babylon” (Psalm 137). It will be sung for three Sundays before Lent begins, and it serves to reinforce the theme of exile in today’s Gospel.

Kontakion — Tone 3

I have recklessly forgotten Your glory, O Father;

and among sinners I have scattered the riches which You had given me.

Therefore, I cry to You like the Prodigal:

“I have sinned before You, O compassionate Father;

receive me a penitent and make me as one of Your hired servants.”



Saturday at 5pm - Great Vespers service

Sunday at 10am Divine Liturgy service 

Sunday Divine Liturgy is followed by a

Fellowship Luncheon in the Church Hall

Everyone is welcome!



Parish Photo Gallery

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What in the world is an Orthodox Christian?  

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Catechism classes 


Saturdays @ 3:30 - 4:30pm






An Introduction to the

Orthodox Christian Church

Adapted from: John Meyendorff. The Orthodox Church

Sesquicentennial Commemorative Logo

Brotherhood of St. John

Saturday March 2

Workday @ Church 9am - 11am

Thursday March  7

Dinner  meeting @Church Fellowship Hall

Open to all men of the church



Saturday March 9 @ 10am

Breakfast @ Church Fellowship Hall


Flower Calendar

January thru June 

Open to all women of the church

Readings about Orthodoxy

Ancient - Authentic - Alive

Glossary of Orthodox Terms

Extensive and excellent guide to 

Orthodox Christian vocabulary

by the Orthodox Church of the Mother of God 

An Invitation to Worship

Adult Education 

Open to all comers!

Wednesdays @ 6pm

Reading of the next book begins soon!

Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis


Church Office Hours  



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Use this time for private prayer

or volunteer your time to our parish   

Visitors Welcome!

What is confession? Why is it necessary?

Confession - Not a novel but a battle

Orthodox Christianity on the Web

by a member of our church


Commentary on Psalm 137, By the waters of Babylon..

Note:  Traditionally this Psalm is sung at Matins services.  In our parish, this Psalm is sung at Divine Liturgy on the Sundays before Lent begins because we have no Matins services during this time period.

"Be defined by God not man"

February 11, 2024


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