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

 

Holy Pentecost

Festal Divine Liturgy Sunday June 23 @ 10am


No Great Vespers with Litya Saturday June 22

Church member trip to Vigil of Pentecost in San Francisco

 

     

     In the Church’s annual liturgical cycle, Pentecost is “the last and great day.” It is the celebration by the Church of the coming of the Holy Spirit as the end—the achievement and fulfillment—of the entire history of salvation. For the same reason, however, it is also the celebration of the beginning: it is the “birthday” of the Church as the presence among us of the Holy Spirit, of the new life in Christ, of grace, knowledge, adoption to God and holiness.

     This double meaning and double joy is revealed to us, first of all, in the very name of the feast. Pentecost in Greek means fifty, and in the sacred biblical symbolism of numbers, the number fifty symbolizes both the fulness of time and that which is beyond time: the Kingdom of God itself. It symbolizes the fulness of time by its first component: 49, which is the fulness of seven (7 x 7): the number of time. And, it symbolizes that which is beyond time by its second component: 49 + 1, this one being the new day, the “day without evening” of God’s eternal Kingdom. With the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s disciples, the time of salvation, the Divine work of redemption has been completed, the fulness revealed, all gifts bestowed: it belongs to us now to “appropriate” these gifts, to be that which we have become in Christ: participants and citizens of His Kingdom.

     The joy of Easter has been completed and we again have to wait for the dawn of the Eternal Day. Yet, knowing our weakness, humbling ourselves by kneeling, we also know the joy and the power of the Holy Spirit who has come. We know that God is with us, that in Him is our victory.

     Thus is completed the feast of Pentecost and we enter “the ordinary time” of the year. Yet, every Sunday now will be called “after Pentecost”—and this means that it is from the power and light of these fifty days that we shall receive our own power, the Divine help in our daily struggle.

     At Pentecost we decorate our churches with flowers and green branches—for the Church “never grows old, but is always young.” It is an evergreen, ever-living Tree of grace and life, of joy and comfort. For the Holy Spirit—“the Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life—comes and abides in us, and cleanses us from all impurity,” and fills our life with meaning, love, faith and hope.

Father Alexander Schmemann (1974)

Friday June 21 @ 9:00am

"Monastery Day" 
Monastery of St. Catherine, Sonora

Brotherhood of St. John and Myrrhbearers

 

Brotherhood of St. John Dinner meeting

1st and 3rd Thursday of each month @ 6pm

Open to all men of the church

 

Flower Calendar

January thru June 

 

COME!  WORSHIP WITH US!

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!

What in the world is an Orthodox Christian?  

Click HERE for a brief explanation!

Click HERE for a more complete explanation!

An Introduction to the

Orthodox Christian Church

Adapted from: John Meyendorff. The Orthodox Church

Sesquicentennial Commemorative Logo

 

Church Office Hours  

PLEASE CALL FOR CURRENT SCHEDULE

 

(209) 812-6232

Use this time for private prayer

or volunteer your time to our parish   

Visitors Welcome!

Glossary of Orthodox Terms

Extensive and excellent guide to 

Orthodox Christian vocabulary

by the Orthodox Church of the Mother of God 

Readings about Orthodoxy

Ancient - Authentic - Alive

An Invitation to Worship

"Incarnation is the Great Mystery" - Sunday of the Blind

June 9, 2024


"Do we really want to be healed?" - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

June 02, 2024


 

FORGIVING OTHERS

 

“If you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift to God” (Mt. 5:23-24).

“When you stand and pray, forgive anything you have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done” (Mk. 11:25).

In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught His fol­lowers to pray: “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” (Mt. 6:12, RSV).

“Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any kind. Instead, be kind and tender hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ” (Eph. 4:31-32).

Orthodox Christianity on the Web

by a member of our church

 

NEW!

Parish Photo Gallery

Contact David if you have church event photos to share


 

Image result for email list

To receive church 

announcements by Email

Subscribe here: