St. John the Divine Orthodox Church
Archdiocese of Canada -- Orthodox Church in America
1094 Drouillard Road, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
2019 Pascha
Good Friday
Holy Thursday
Palm Sunday
Making Palm Crosses on Lazarus Saturday
PAN ORTHODOX SERVICES 2019
Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Church
St. George Romanian Orthodox Church
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church
St. Dimitrije Serbian Orthodox Church
BIRTHDAYS IN MARCH

Normally, we do not celebrate birthdays in these pages.   But this was a special month!

On Sunday, March 10th, both Father Constantine and our dear Olga celebrated their birthdays.  Olga suprised Father with her delicious Napoleon pastry and a huge bouquet of red roses.   We all joined in to wish them 'Many Years' and Happy Birthday.

On Sunday, March 17th, our dear Nayda celebrated her 93rd birthday!   Wow!   Nayda is a life-long communicant at St. John, having been baptized here as a baby, and worked hard through our community's lean years.   She continues to drive herself to church for just about all our services, sings in the choir, and is one of the first and last people, working in the kitchen each week.   We wished her 'Many Years' in both English and Russian (and that brought a tear to her eye.)   Many Years to the Matriarch of St. John the Divine!

And, on Sunday, March 24th, it was Panayiotis' birthday!

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CHURCHING (40 DAYS) OF KATIE AND BABY ROMAN
Happy Mother and Son!
Happy Mother and Son!
Happy Mother and Son!
Receiving a Blessing From Father
Receiving a Blessing From Father
Receiving a Blessing From Father
Father presents Roman after Entry into the Altar
Father presents Roman after Entry into the Altar
Father presents Roman after Entry into the Altar

It was a great joy for Father Constantine to give the blessing to Katie and Roman as they entered the church for the first time after Roman's birth.  (The ever-happy and proud grandfather had great difficulty limiting the pictures to these three!)

CVETA AND HER NEW SON RE-ENTER THE CHURCH FOR 40 DAY BLESSING
Cveta Receives the Blessing
Cveta Receives the Blessing
Cveta Receives the Blessing

Forty days after the birth of her son, Joseph, Cveta returned to the church.   Father gave her the blessing.   Infant Joseph also received his blessing and was carried into the altar by Father.   God gave Joseph to Cveta and Dani; Cveta returned her son to God in the blessing, and Joseph was returned to his family to grow and service the Lord.   Many Years!

TYLER 'CUTHBERT' IS BAPTIZED AND CHRISMATED

On Saturday, February 16th, catechumen Tyler was baptized and chrismated, taking the name Cuthbert.  Sunday morning, he was the first to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, completing his entrance into the Orthodox faith.

Tyler Cuthbert has been faithful in his attendance at all services, since he first entered the doors of St. John the Divine, about a year ago.   

We welcome him into our church family!

THE FEAST OF THE THEOPHANY 2019
Father Blessing the Water
Father Blessing the Water
Father Blessing the Water
Father Blessing Us
Father Blessing Us
Father Blessing Us
Receiving a Watery Blessing
Receiving a Watery Blessing
Receiving a Watery Blessing
Celebrating The Feast of Theophany

On Sunday, January 6, 2019, we celebrated the Feast of Theophany.   After Divine Liturgy, Father celebrated the Blessing of the Waters and the faithful were able to partake of the Blessed Water and take some to their homes.  

Our choir improves as we sang the Stichera, Troparion, and Kontakion of the feast in conjunction with the service.

VASILOPITA 2019
Singing the Troparion to St. Basil
Singing the Troparion to St. Basil
Singing the Troparion to St. Basil
Celebrating St. Basil's Feastday

On our first Sunday in January, 2019, we celebrated St. Basil, with Vasilopita, in the Church Hall, after celebrating the Feast of the Theophany upstairs.

Eleni & Lorraine each made a Vasilopita -- one with almonds, one with citrus.

We sang the Troparion and Kontakion of St. Basil.   Father cut a cross into each loaf.  The loaves were then cut up into pieces, sufficient so that each person present got a piece.   Ron got the 'lucky' piece with a coin inside.

It was a wonderful and playful time together.