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Important Notice:  

 Services at the NEW St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church 

1635 Shaffer Rd. in Atwater  

begin this weekend!


Saturday October 13 at 5pm: 

We will have a lesser blessing of the waters and bless the entire church

 Great Vespers will immediatley follow the blessing


Sunday October 14 at 10am:

Divine Litugy at 10:00


Upcoming Services 


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Adult Education


  Wednesday Oct 10th @ 6pm



 Great Vespers   

Saturday Oct 13 @ 5pm

New Church Blessing


Divine Liturgy


 Sunday Oct 14th @ 10am

Prayers of the Hour @ 9:40am





An Invitation to Worship


October 10

Choir Practice

4 - 5:30pm

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Orthodox Prayer

Communing with God in Prayer


Excerpt from: 

"These Truths We Hold"

The Holy Orthodox Church: Her Life and Teachings" 

Copyright 1986 by the St. Tikhon's Seminary Press


Celebrated October 14

Commemoration of the Holy Fathers

of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Today the Church remembers the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council under the holy Patriarch Tarasius (February 25).

The Synod of 787, the second to meet at Nicea, refuted the Iconoclast heresy during the reign of Empress Irene and her son Constantine VI.

The Council decreed that the veneration of icons was not idolatry (Exodus 20:4-5), because the honor shown to them is not directed to the wood or paint, but passes to the prototype (the person depicted). It also upheld the possibility of depicting Christ, Who became man and took flesh at His Incarnation. The Father, on the other hand, cannot be represented in His eternal nature, because “no man has seen God at any time” (John 1:18).



Troparion — Tone 8

Most glorious are You, O Christ our God! 

You have established the Holy Fathers as lights on the earth! 

Through them you have guided us to the true faith! 

O greatly Compassionate One, glory to You!

Kontakion — Tone 6

The Son who shone forth from the Father 

Was ineffably born, two-fold in nature, of a woman. 

Having beheld Him, we do not deny the image of His form,

But depict it piously and revere it faithfully.

Thus, keeping the True Faith, 

The Church venerates the icon of Christ Incarnate.


Fr. Lawrence Farley

St. Paul declares: “... the pillar and bulwark of the truth”

is not the Bible, but the Church (1 Timothy 3:15)

Sponsored by United for Life of Merced County

National Life Chain 

Sunday October 7, 2018

2:00 - 3:00pm


Merced: Olive Ave between Park Ave. and "M" Street

Signs available at Collins Dr. and "M" St.


Atwater: "Five Corners"

(where Bellevue Rd., Shaffer Rd. and First St. meet)

Signs available in parking lot behind

the credit union on Bellevue Rd.


Why burn incense?

Let my prayer arise as incense before Thee

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

"God speaks through the Gospel"
Sep 23, 2018
"We all have a Cross to Bear"
Sep 16, 2018
"The Wedding Garment"
Sep 02, 2018

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