St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church

St. Paul, MN

 

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church

St. Paul, MN

 

On what days can't I have my wedding?

on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year
from Cheese-Fare Sunday until St Thomas Sunday
during the Nativity Fast
from Christmas until Theophany-Epiphany
during the Apostles' Fast - Sts Peter and Paul Fast
during the Dormition Fast (Virgin Mary Lent)
on the day of the Beheading of St John the Baptist
on the day of the Exaltation of the Honorable Cross

Why do we fast?

We fast on Wednesdays, because Christ was betrayed on that day and Fridays, because He was crucified then. It is the best Christian discipline.

Why do we fast?

We fast on Wednesdays, because Christ was betrayed on that day and Fridays, because He was crucified then. It is the best Christian discipline.

How do we fast?

We abstain from sin, meats, and dairy products. We pray and increase good deeds.

When are the fasting days?

Free of Fast Weeks
Nativity - January 7 - approximately Holy Cross Day, January 18, excluding Holy Cross Day
week after Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
Meat-Fare Sunday - Cheese-Fare Sunday
week after Pascha - Bright Week
week after Pentecost

Days of Fasting
every Wednesday and Friday (except for Free of Fast Weeks)
Epiphany Eve
Beheading of St John the Baptist
Exaltation of the Honorable Cross

Fasting Seasons
Great Lent and Holy Week (Lent)
Apostles' Fast - Sts Peter and Paul Fast
Dormition Fast (Virgin Mary Lent)
Nativity Fast (Advent)

When can't I hold a parastos/memorial service?

from Christmas to Theophany-Epiphany
the first week of Great Lent
Holy Week
week after Pascha - Bright Week
on the Feasts of Christ (Christmas, Circumcision, Theophany-Epiphany, Palm Sunday, Easter), Ascension, Pentecost, and Transfiguration

Pomens may be held, except from Great and Holy Thursday until St Thomas Sunday.

What are the different stands of candles for?

People light candles for others. The higher stands of candles are for the living. The lower stands of candles are for the deceased.

When should I cross myself in church?

Cross yourself when passing through both sets of doors, before you kiss the icon(s) in the middle of the church, whenever you hear the priest say "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit", and whenever the priest censes you. 

All Holy Days referenced above can be found on the Event Calendar

 

 

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