Holy Week Schedule 2016

Lazarus Saturday, April 23
9:40am: Hours & Liturgy
12:30pm: Children’s Activity: Palm Sunday Decorating
5:30pm: Vigil & Blessing of Palms

Palm Sunday, April 24
9:40am: Hours & Liturgy
12:00pm: Potluck Fish Meal
4:00pm: Bridegroom Matins

Holy Monday, April 25
6:30pm: Bridegroom Matins

Holy Tuesday, April 26
6:30pm: Bridegroom Matins

Holy Wednesday, April 27
6:30pm: Matins for Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday, April 28
9:00am: Vesperal Liturgy (Mystical Supper)
6:30pm: Matins of Holy Friday/Passion Gospels

Holy Friday, April 29
9:00am: Royal Hours & Typika
2:00pm: Vespers (Taking Down from the Cross)
5:00pm: Matins of Holy Saturday/Lamentations

Holy Saturday, April 30
9:30am: Vesperal Liturgy
12:00pm: Holy Saturday Meal (Bread, Fruits, Nuts, Wine, etc.)

Saturday, April 30: 11:30pm – Midnight Office; Procession; Matins; Liturgy; Blessing of Baskets
(Pascha service extends into the early morning hours of Sunday, May 1)

Pascha, May 1
12:00pm: Agape Vespers
1:30pm: Pascha Picnic

Upcoming Event – 3/26 – A Christian Ending: Preparing for Death & Burial In the Ancient Christian Tradition

On March 26 Deacon Mark and Elizabeth Barna will give an all-day workshop based on their book, “A Christian Ending, A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition” at St Elizabeth the New Martyr Russian Orthodox Church in Columbia, SC. The workshop begins with a discussion of a Patristic understanding of Death and Life. Later discussions include Elder Care and Care of the Dying Patient, legal issues, estate planning, dealing with hospitals, healthcare facilities and hospice, the cremation fallacy, how to prepare a body for burial and preforming a complete in-home or church funeral without the aid of a professional funeral director. Time permitting, the afternoon session concludes with a discussion of a Patristic understanding of grief.

We will begin the day with a Liturgy for the Departed at 9:00 AM and lunch will be provided. There is a $10 per person suggested donation, and space is limited. Please contact Fr. Mark Mancuso at frmark@stelizabeth.net or 803-600-0001 if you are interested in attending.

9:00am: Liturgy for the Departed
11:00am – 6:00pm: Presentations

Christian Ending Flyer

Visitation of the KURSK ROOT ICON of the Mother of God: February 20-21, 2016

Kursk Root Icon ImageOver the weekend of Saturday, February 20 through Sunday, February 21, 2016, the
ancient Russian icon of the Virgin Mary, known as the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, will be in the parish of St Elizabeth the New Martyr in West Columbia, SC.

The Kursk Root Icon was discovered in Russia in the year 1295 and for eight centuries has been the source of many miracles. It is one of the most treasured icons in the entire Orthodox world.

All are welcome to come pray before this holy icon of the Mother of God.

For more information about the Kursk Root Icon: http://eadiocese.org/News/2009/november/kurskicon.en.htm

Schedule of Services

Saturday, February 20
2:00pm – Akathist
5:30pm – Vigil

Sunday, February 21
9:40am – Hours & Liturgy


2015 – Annual Parish Meeting Agenda

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, ruling bishop of the Diocese of New York and Eastern America, we will have our Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, October 11th at 12:30pm in St John’s parish hall.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend and participate. The Parish Council and Clergy have worked hard this year in support of the parish, so please honor their efforts by your attendance.

With much love in Christ,
Fr Mark

2015 – Annual Parish Meeting Agenda

Rector’s Address

Warden’s Address

Treasurer’s Report

Audit Committee’s Report

Parish Budget

Sisterhood Report

Brotherhood Report

Election of Officers and Parish Council

Current Matters


Columbia, SC: Metropolitan Jonah leads Patronal Feast Day at St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church

From Friday the 17th to Sunday the 19th of July, His Eminence, Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen; former primate of the Orthodox Church in America) performed an archpastoral visit to St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church in Columbia, SC. Over the very full weekend, His Eminence led two All-Night Vigils and two Divine Liturgies, co-served by Archpriest Mark Mancuso (parish rector and dean of the Carolinas & Tennessee Deanery) and Deacon Columba Wilson (parish cleric), as well as the following visiting clergy: Archimandrite Maximos (Weimar; abbot of the Holy Cross Brotherhood in East Setauket, NY), Archpriest Thomas Moore (rector of the Holy Apostles Church OCA in West Columbia, SC), Archpriest Antonio Perdomo (rector of St. George Church OCA in Pharr, TX), Priest Mark Rowe (dean of ROCOR Western Rite parishes), Priest Job Watts (rector of St. Nektarios Church in Lenoir City, TN), Priest Eugene Antonov (rector of Joy of All Who Sorrow Church in Atlanta, GA), Priest Richard Reed (rector of St. Joseph of Optina Church in Virginia Beach, VA), Priest Benedict Simpson (chaplain of the Monastery of the Glorious Ascension in Resaca, GA), Hierodeacon Dionysios (Hatcher; cleric of Holy Cross Brotherhood in East Setauket), Deacon Daniel Gregoire (cleric of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church in Summerville, SC), and Deacon Aidan Griswold (cleric of St. Nektarios Church in Lenoir City).

On Friday night, Metropolitan Jonah served the All-Night Vigil for the eve of the feast of the Nun-Martyrs, as well as the Liturgy on Saturday morning. In his sermon, His Eminence spoke about how St. Elizabeth was crowned thrice: crowned as a Grand Duchess, crowned by her good works, and crowned by martyrdom. After the murder of St. Elizabeth’s husband, the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, she became a monastic. Her ascesis was to dedicate her life to the service of others. The Metropolitan spoke of how St. Elizabeth’s aristocratic background would have allowed her almost no access to the life of common people, yet she freely chose to help and serve the poorest denizens of her adopted homeland. His Eminence said that, while not all are called to dedicate themselves to monastic life, everyone can benefit from following St. Elizabeth’s example of charity and service, as St. Elizabeth’s own sister and nieces – the Holy Empress Alexandra and her daughters – did.

After the service, the clergy, parishioners, and guests gathered for a festal luncheon in St. John’s Parish Hall next to the church. Metropolitan Jonah and other guests were then taken to Downtown Columbia to visit the South Carolina History Museum and Confederate Relic Room.

On the evening of July 18th, Metropolitan Jonah returned to St. Elizabeth’s Church to serve the All-Night Vigil for Ven. Sisoes the Great, and another Hierarchical Divine Liturgy the next morning. His Eminence gave a homily on the Gospel reading for the day. Following the Liturgy, the faithful gathered for Sunday luncheon in the parish hall. After the meal, the Adult Sunday School session was taught by Metropolitan Jonah, as he spoke about Temple worship in the Old Testament and how it prefigured and is continued in the Orthodox Divine liturgy.


Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese

Holy Week Schedule – 2015

Friday, April 3
8:00am: Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts
6:15pm: Matins of Lazarus Saturdayphoto

Lazarus Saturday, April 4
9:40am: Hours & Liturgy
5:30pm: Vigil & Blessing of Palms

Palm Sunday, April 5
9:40am: Hours & Liturgy
12:00pm: Potluck Fish Meal
4:00pm: Bridegroom Matins

Holy Monday, April 6
6:30pm: Vigil (Annunciation)

Holy Tuesday/ANNUNCIATION, April 7
8:00am: Vesperal Liturgy (Annunciation)
6:30pm: Bridegroom Matins

Holy Wednesday, April 8
6:30pm: Matins of Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday, April 9
9:00am: Vesperal Liturgy (Mystical Supper)
6:30pm: Matins of Holy Friday w/ Passion Gospels

Holy Friday, April 10
9:00am: Royal Hours & Typika
2:00pm: Vespers w/ Taking Down from the Cross
5:30pm: Matins of Holy Saturday w/ Lamentations & Procession

Holy Saturday, April 11
9:00am: Vesperal Liturgy
12:00pm (noon): Meal of Bread, Fruits, Nuts

Saturday, April 11:
11:30pm: Midnight Office; Procession; Matins; Liturgy; Blessing of Baskets

Pascha Sunday, April 12
12:00pm (noon): Agape Vespers
1:30pm: Pascha Picnic & Egg Hunt

Bishop George performs Farewell Visit to St. Elizabeth Church

23On Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of February, on the great feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the Sunday of the Dread Judgment, His Grace, Bishop George, performed his last archpastoral visit to St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church in Columbia, SC as Bishop of Mayfield. His Grace was recently appointed to be the Bishop of Canberra, vicar of the Australian & New Zealand Diocese. Coming to Columbia directly after a two-week trip to Russia and the Ukraine, Bishop George led the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy.

At Liturgy, His Grace was co-served by rector Archpriest Mark Mancuso, Archpriest Alexander Logunov (rector of the Church of the Reigning Mother of God in Charlotte, NC), parish Deacon Columba Wilson, and Deacon Jeremiah Davis (cleric of Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV). During the Little Entrance, Fr. Mark was awarded the palitsa in recognition of his priestly care for the parish and his work for the Eastern American Diocese.

Upon completion of the Liturgy, the parish presented Bishop George with a beautiful velvet eagle rug (orletz) in gratitude for his kindness over the past seven years of his episcopacy, and offered well-wishes for his newly assigned see in Australia.

The festal Meatfare meal was served by the parish brotherhood, after which His Grace gave an informal talk about his life on Mount Athos and his associations with the newly glorified Saint Paisios. In addition, he answered questions from the faithful about everything from book recommendations, the prayer life, and confession, to the current events transpiring in the Ukraine.

Before his departure, some of the young girls of the parish presented Bishop George with small bouquets of roses.

Courtesy of the Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese