St Nicholas Holiday Party - 2008 - 12/06/08Attached are photos of the St. Nicholas Holiday Party for the children of our parish. The event was held on Saturday, December 6th after Vespers. The annual party is coordinated by the Friends & Family of the Church School.
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Three members recognized by the Archdiocese - 10/12/08Georgika Boria, Zoë Michael and Bob Lazar were awarded the honor of Heralds of Saints Constantine and Helen for their lifelong stewardship to the church. Bishop Nikon awarded them on Sunday, October 12th at the end of Divine Liturgy.
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Bishop Nikon serves Divine Liturgy - 10/12/08Photos of Bishop Nikon serving Divine Liturgy at St. George on Sunday, October 12th. Additionallly, Deacon John Zarras from Christ the Savior Church (http://www.christsaviorchurch.org/) in Southbury, CT joined us for the celebration and to assist with the Divine Liturgy service.
Church School Commencement - 2008 - 05/18/08
Photos of some of our parish children the day before commencement preparing lakror for Coffee Hour, the last day of classes, receiving Communion during Liturgy, and commencement exercises after Liturgy.
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Paschal Vespers 2008 - 04/27/08
Late on Pascha morning, the church was filled to near capacity with a sea of children (and those who brought them) for the celebration of the Paschal Vespers (sometimes also called the Agape Service).
Following the Orthodox Christian practice of reading the Gospel lesson in multiple languages, we were graced with three – Albanian (Nardi Tollkuchi), English (Father Sergei), and this year, Russian (John Gilbert).
At the conclusion of this festive service, the children were treated to an egg hunt – a tradition that encourages the children not only to celebrate the joy of the season, but also asks them to share it, just like they do in the distribution of their collected eggs: those, whose collection is plentiful, share with those whose was more meager.
Midnight Paschal Liturgy 2008 - 04/27/08St. George Church was filled to maximum capacity for the celebration of the Midnight Paschal Liturgy. When it comes to the Paschal greeting, given that we are a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural community, we proclaim it in the six languages of our community: Albanian, Aroman, English, Greek, Romanian, and Slavonic (Russian). In a missionary out-reach to the large contingent of new Albanian-Americans, as well as new arrivals from Albania, we are blessed by the reading of the gospel in both Albanian and English.
Great and Holy Friday 2008 - 04/25/08
As we move from Holy Week to Great and Holy Friday, our "myrrh-bearers" worked to prepare the church and the tomb of the Lord for the services of both Vespers, when we commemorate the taking Christ down from the Cross, and the Lamentation Matins, which mark His Burial.
A typical "Byzantine" Orthodox feature of the Lamentation Matins is that the whole church gathers around the Tomb of the Lord and the Holy Shroud ("Petafi") and joins in the singing the haunting hymns, culminating in the priest sprinkling the entire church with rose water.
The conclusion of the Service and our inauguration into Holy Pascha is the Burial Procession where we all pass under the Holy Shroud in remembrance of our baptism:
We who are baptized into Christ,
are baptized into His Death,
and therefore baptized into His burial
to be baptized into His Resurrection.
Greater Bridgeport Pan-Orthodox Choir - 03/08/08
The Pan-Orthodox Choir rehearsing at St. George Church in Trumbull. They are preparing for the 2008 Great Lenten Sunday Vespers Services held at different Orthodox churches throughout the greater Bridgeport area.
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