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Jan 21st, 2016 by Chris Falkowski

Submissions for the Scroll of Names

Submissions for the Scroll of Names Father's Letter

Dear friends and parishioners,

In the early years of Christianity (and of course, still through the present day), many Christians were persecuted and killed for their faith in Christ. Forced to worship in secret, they met in catacombs, underground burial places, where they celebrated the Eucharist on the graves of the Martyred Saints. When the persecutions ended and the Church was allowed to exist openly, the tradition of celebrating the Eucharist over the graves of Martyrs continued as Holy Relics were placed in the Altar tables of consecrated churches. In this manner, we always remember that the Church is built on the faith and blood of the Holy Martyrs.

On the great day of our Church’s Consecration, His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah will carry a Paten holding a reliquary which contains the Holy Relics of the Martyred Saints Panteleimon, Kyrikos, and the Holy Fathers martyred at Daou Pentelis. He will lead us in procession around the Church three times, and then back into the Church. His Eminence will enter the sanctuary, uncover the Paten, and place the Holy Relics into a cavity in our marble altar.

His Eminence will pour Holy Chrism over the Relics to symbolize the union between our Lord and His Martyrs. Over the Holy Relics, he will pour a wax/mastic which contains the sweet-smelling spices used by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus to anoint the Body of Christ for His burial. He will then apply a marble lid covering, and seal them permanently. The Holy Altar table thus represents the entombed Body of our Lord.

In Romans 6:8 we read: “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him….” This reading from the epistle to the Romans is read in the Baptism service, because when we are baptized, we die with Christ so that we may rise with Him. The Holy Relics of Martyred Saints remind us of, and connect us to, this great truth, and to Christ Himself. A Consecration is the “Baptism” of a Church, and in it each of us reaffirms our own Baptism, our own dying and living with Christ. Therefore, on the day of Consecration, the Church allows us to be “entombed” with our Lord through the interment of the names of our loved ones, past and present, living (Church Militant) and dead (Church Triumphant).

Thus, together with the reliquary containing the Holy Relics of the three martyred saints, His Eminence will place a scroll with the names of our loved ones, both those who are living and those who have fallen asleep. In this way, we and our loved ones are forever connected to the Saints, and to Christ, Who is “wondrous” among His Saints (Small Entrance, Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom).

Please submit names for inclusion in the scroll which will be read in the prayers at the Service of Consecration, and will then be sealed into our altar. Please include baptismal name and last name, both of living people and of those who have fallen asleep. Orthodox and Non-Orthodox names may be submitted. Please do not submit nicknames, or names of endearment. You may submit using the Names for Commemoration form on the church website. Please submit the excel form by email or use the pdf paper form (sending via U.S. mail or delivered in person after Sunday Divine Liturgy, either to the main office or to the “Consecration Table” in Mt. Tabor Hall.

Finally, please mark your calendars and make every effort to attend both the Great and Panegyrical Vespers of Friday, August 5, at 6:00 PM, when His Eminence, together with concelebrating clergy, will process with the Holy Relics of Saints Panteleimon, Kyrikos, and the Holy Fathers martyred at Daou Pentelis into the Church. They will deposit them on the Holy Altar Table where they will remain overnight in anticipation of the great Consecration the following day. On Saturday, August 6, Orthros will begin at 8:00 AM, to be immediately followed by the Service of Consecration and the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. Please plan to come early, both on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

“Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name…” (John 17:11)

In His Name, and with profound gratitude,

Father Vasileios Flegas

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Oct 22nd, 2015 by priest

Our Walk to Consecration

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What is Holy Consecration?

The Holy Consecration of a Church is a sacred event that will happen only once in the history of our Church community, Transfiguration. The Consecration is a holy service where the Church is set apart to be “in the world, but not of the world,” dedicated to God. The Service of the Holy Consecration involves ceremonies that have been performed for thousands of years and date back to the Holy Tabernacle of Moses and then the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. The hymns teach us its meaning.

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    Be renewed, be renewed, O New Jerusalem, because your light has shown, and the glory of the Lord has come upon you. This house has been founded by the Father, this house has been made firm by the Son, this house has been renewed by, the Holy Spirit, which illumines and supports, and hallows our souls.

    In early times, while the temple was consecrated, Solomon offered to the Lord sacrifices of animals and holocausts. When you were pleased in us O Saviour, to forgo the formalities and let the truth be known, the whole world offers to You the bloodless sacrifices [on Your altar], to Your glory, because You are the Lord of all things and make everything holy through Your Holy Spirit.

What is salvation for an Orthodox Christian? For an Orthodox Christian salvation is union with Christ, through His Holy Spirit. This union with Christ is called the “Life in Christ”. The center of this “Life in Christ” is the Holy Altar, as well as the services which are related to it, i.e. the Seven Sacraments. Because the Holy Altar is so important in the life of an Orthodox Christian, the service of Consecration centers around the Holy Altar Table. In simple terms the Consecration Service is the Baptism and Chrismation of the Church.

What happens at a Consecration Service?

Before the Consecration Service begins, all Articles on the Altar Table are removed, and the Altar is left uncovered with nothing on it. When His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah enters the Church he will bring with him the relics of three Saints. These relics will be placed on a Paten (Diskarion), which will remain on the Altar Table overnight, together with a Vigil Light.

The Consecration of the Church begins on the Eve of the celebration with a short Prayer Service honoring the memory of Martyrs. These Vespers will be on Friday evening, August 5, 2016.

On the morning of Saturday, August 6, 2016, our community’s feastday of our Savior’s Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor, we will be able to finally process around our Church building because we will have built the traditional and necessary walkway around its perimeter. It is in this way, only, that we set the Church building apart to become holy unto God. In a solemn procession that has been done for centuries, we follow His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah as he leads us with the Saints through the Holy Relics of the three martyrs gifted to us.

Secondly, the Metropolitan will command the front doors of the Church to be opened so “that the King of Glory may enter in.” The Holy Relics will be taken directly into the Holy Altar.

Thirdly, the Holy Relics will be placed and sealed in the Holy Altar Table, just as the first altars in the Early Church were the tombs of the holy martyrs. These saints will be our parish’s personal patrons and protectors, interceding on our behalf before the Lord.

Together with the Saints’ Holy Relics, the names of all those who pledged as Consecration Godparents and their loved ones will be sealed with them, to reside in this Holy Altar forever. These names will include the names of our community’s founding fathers and mothers, and any names offered in memory of a loved one.

Fourthly, the Holy Altar will be washed and the Altar and icons of the Church will be anointed with Holy Chrism, representing the Baptism and Chrismation of the Church. The Holy Altar will be dressed with new altar coverings and vessels.

At the conclusion of this service, His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah will bring to all the faithful the Vigil Light, an oil lamp or kandyli which sits in front of the Holy Artophorion perpetually housing the Body and Blood of Christ. This light reminds us of the unfailing light of our Transfigured Christ in His Holy Resurrection.

After we have all offered our oil to the holy vigil lamp, we will begin the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.

Sep 3rd, 2015 by educationdir

Parish-Wide Family Retreat at McKinney Roughs!

Join us for our first ever Parish-Wide Family Retreat featuring Fr. Timothy Pavlatos! Register now for a weekend filled with fun and adventure (rafting the Colorado and taking on ropes courses), with fellowship and spiritual nourishment!

September 18 and 19 at McKinney Roughs, September 20 at Transfiguration

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