Information About The Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete

Dear Brethren & Friends of St Elizabeth’s,
This is a reminder that Monday through Thursday evenings at 6:30pm this week we will be serving Great Compline and the Canon of St Andrew of Crete. Below is some edifying information about the Great Canon.
 “The Cry of the Humbled Heart: The Ascetical Significance of the Great Canon”
You Tube Clip:
Full text of the Canon of St Andrew of Crete:
Essay: “The Who’s Who of the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete:
Fr Mark

Lenten Quotations for the First Week of Great Lent (from The Lenten Triodion)

Dear Brethren and Friends of St Elizabeth’s,
Please follow the link below to read some of the stichera (verses) from the services of Matins and Vespers for the first week of Great Lent. They are taken from The Lenten Triodion, which is the special liturgical book used during this season of the year for our worship and edification. The verses chosen focus on how fasting, prayer, and practicing the Christian virtues are essential for our spiritual lives, which is being “refocused” during Great Lent.
With much love in Christ,
Fr Mark

Pearls from The Lenten Triodion – First Week of Lent

February 10-11, 2018: Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan to Visit St Elizabeth the New Martyr Church 

Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan to Visit St Elizabeth the New Martyr Church  
Here are the services and events connected to Bishop Nicholas’ visit to our parish this week.

aturday, Feb 10
5:30pm: Vigil
Sunday, Feb 11
Meatfare Sunday
9:30am: Greeting of Bishop Nicholas; Hours; Hierarchical Liturgy
12:00pm: Potluck Meal w/ Bishop Nicholas
1:00pm: Discussion w/ Bishop Nicholas: “Lent in Our Homes & Everyday Lives”
Biography of Bishop Nicholas:

St Elizabeth’s Annual Parish Meeting – Sunday, Oct 29, 2017

This post is part of our official announcement (added to the announcements already made in church) that on Sunday, Oct 29 at 12:30pm (after Liturgy), we will be having our Annual Parish Meeting in St John’s Parish Hall. Please come to participate and honor the efforts of the Parish Council as they report on the past year and discuss the upcoming year’s goals. The meeting will coincide with a potluck meal and childcare will be provided during the meeting.

Annual Meeting Agenda 2017 – St Elizabeth – Columbia SC

Tuesday, March 28, Visit of the Holy Icon of the Mother of God the Softener of Evil Hearts

On Tuesday, March 28, the Holy Icon of the Mother of God the Softener of Evil Hearts will be in the parish of
St Elizabeth the New Martyr Russian Orthodox Church
Reception of the Icon
6:30 PM
Akathist to the Icon
7:00 PM
On Tuesday, March 28, the myrrh-streaming and miracle-working icon of the Mother of God, Softener of Evil Hearts (Умягчение злых сердец), will be in the parish of St Elizabeth the New Martyr in West Columbia, SC.
This paper mounted icon, produced by the Sofrino icon factory in Moscow, began to stream myrrh during the glorification of the blessed Matrona of Moscow on May 2, 1999, after it had been placed on her holy relics. Since then, this icon has traveled all over the world. Many people have been healed of both physical and spiritual suffering, and given compunction to their hearts. The icon has been known to flow myrrh more abundantly prior to terrible world tragedies, such as the sinking of the Kursk submarine, the bombing of the Beslan school, and the attacks on 9/11.
All who desire to kiss the holy icon will be anointed with the myrrh which can often be seen trickling inside the glass and flowing from the face of the Mother of God.

Updated Nativity & Weekend Services / Inclement Weather – PLEASE READ

Dear Brethren,

As most of you probably know by now, our state is to be hit with a Winter storm and extremely cold weather following. We are thus modifying our Nativity schedule in order to ensure everyone’s safety. We will be cancelling our Vigil tomorrow night because of fear of freezing rains. Also, we will be postponing our Yolka until Sunday, January 15 and it will follow the Mercy Meal for the one year anniversary of Maria Panov’s repose. Our plan is still to serve liturgy on Nativity and on Sunday. Please use your best judgment regarding driving to church. If you feel it’s not safe to drive, please stay home. The updated schedule is as follows:

Friday, Jan 6 – Eve of Nativity
9:00am: Royal Hours & Typika
10:30am: Vesperal Liturgy
5:30pm: Vigil CANCELLED

Saturday, Jan 7 – Nativity
9:40am: Hours & Liturgy
12:00pm: Festal Meal & Yolka RESCHEDULED for Sunday, January 15
4:00pm: Great Vespers CANCELLED

Sunday, Jan 8 – Synaxis of the Theotokos
9:40am: Hours & Liturgy
12:00pm: Coffee Hour / Meal CANCELLED
1:00pm: Children’s Sunday School POSTPONED
1:30pm: Orthodoxy 101 Adult Class (Iconography) POSTPONED

With much love in Christ,
Fr Mark

Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, October 16 at 12:30pm in St John’s Parish Hall

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 16 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

2016 – Annual Parish Meeting Agenda

Rector’s Address

Warden’s Address

Treasurer’s Report

Audit Committee’s Report

Church Budget

Sisterhood Report

Brotherhood Report

Election of Officers and Parish Council

Current Matters

Annual Meeting Agenda with Metropolitan Hilarion’s Blessing