Services of the Orthodox Church

As the Psalmist said so poetically: “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). In the Orthodox Church we have many services where we gather and pray to God. These include:

Orthros (Matins), which is a morning prayer service offered usually before the celebration of a Divine Liturgy, both on Sundays and on Feast Days commemorating a certain saint or major moment in the life of Christ or the Theotokos, the Virgin Mary.

Esperinos (Vespers) is the evening service, which usually takes place around sunset and is the liturgical beginning of the day. A vespers can take place before a feast day of the church, or even can be prayed by itself, and is comprised of many hymns which are chanted to the Glory of God and in memory of the Saints.

Paraklisis (Supplication Service) is a service of the Orthodox Church, and especially the Greek Orthodox Church, which is a prayer to the Most Holy Mother of God, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. It is comprised of a “canon” or collection of Odes and Hymns to the Virgin Mary and is served as a prayer request for those whom each of us has in mind and all of God’s people.

Artoklasia is the service of the blessing of the five loaves, which can be done for any major or minor feast day, in memory of the saints or for a particular commemoration.

Special Lenten Services

Memorial Service (Mnimosino) [coming soon]

Trisagion [coming soon]

Funeral Service [coming soon]

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in learning more about any of the services of the Orthodox Church please contact one of our clergy.

To attend any upcoming services please consult our Calendar for the next liturgical service.