There are three main services that we do at St Basil. Divine Liturgy, Vespers, and Matins.
Matins and Divine Liturgy are served on Sunday mornings.
Vespers is an evening service we celebrate on Saturday nights.
What to expect at a Vespers service.
For almost 2,0000 years Christians have attended this service. We like to say that the only thing that changes is the sermon. That is a bit of an exaggeration, but for the most part if you would like to experience today how early Christians worshiped in the past, consider attending the Divine Liturgy.
An Orthodox service can be overwhelming on your first visit. Vibrant images of biblical events and saints cover the walls. You will see people lighting candles and venerating icons. The smell of incense fills the air. People will not only be using their voices to worship, but also their bodies. They will be crossing themselves and bowing or prostrating. It may seem strange at first, but this is how Christians have worshiped God for 2,000 years.
The Church is slightly set back from the road. There is ample parking in the front and along the right-hand side of the church.
There is a “cry room” located in the back of the Church. The room has seating and large windows that make it possible to watch the service while tending to your little one.
Both restrooms are outfitted with changing tables. The women’s restroom is located to the right of the office as you enter the building. The men’s restroom is located in the long hallway that runs along the left side of the building.
Visitors are welcome to have their children attend Sunday school. Classes run from September through May.
We invite all Orthodox Christians who are duly prepared to receive Holy Communion. Amongst other things, proper preparation includes faithful fasting, recent confession, being at peace with others, and being on time to the divine services. If you are uncertain if you are blessed to receive communion, please wait until you have spoken with Fr. James. If you are not prepared to receive you may come forward for a blessing and receive a piece of the blessed bread in Christian charity and brotherly love.
Our fellowship hour starts immediately after service on Sundays and consists of a full lunch. Visitors are encouraged to partake. There is no charge.