Liturgical Services

Vespers

In the Orthodox Church the liturgical day begins in the evening with the setting of the sun. This practice follows the Biblical account of creation: “And there was evening and there was morning, one day” (Gen 1.5).

The Vespers service in the Church always begins with the chanting of the evening psalm: “. . . the sun knows it’s time for setting, Thou makest darkness and it is night . . .” (Ps 104.19–20). This psalm, which glorifies God’s creation of the world, is man’s very first act of worship, for man first of all meets God as Creator.

The service of Vespers takes us through creation, sin, and salvation in Christ. It leads us to the meditation of God’s word and the glorification of his love for men. It instructs us and allows us to praise God for the particular events or persons whose memory is celebrated and made present to us in the Church. It prepares us for the sleep of the night and the dawn of the new day to come. On the evening before the Divine Liturgy, it begins our movement into the most perfect communion with God in the sacramental mysteries.

During weekdays for most of the year, Vespers is celebrated in St George Chapel on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings at 6pm and lasts about 45-60 minutes. There are seasonal changes to the schedule so please check the calendar for exact times.

 

Matins

The morning service of the Church is called Matins. The service of the Church unites the elements of morning psalmody and prayer with meditation on the Biblical canticles, the Gospel reading, and the particular theme of the day in the given verses and hymns.

 

During weekdays for most of the year, Matins is celebrated in St George Chapel on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7am and lasts about 45 minutes. There are seasonal changes to the schedule so please check the calendar for exact times. Sunday Matins is celebrated in St Michael Church at 8:45am and immediately precedes Divine Liturgy.

Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy is the central liturgical service of the Orthodox Church, the first portion of which centers on the reading of Scripture and common prayers, and the second portion, on the celebration of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. There are four main variants of the Divine Liturgy: the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, which is served on Sundays and feast-days whenever the Liturgy. of St. Basil is not served; the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, which is served during Lent; and the Liturgy of St. James which is served only on the Feast of St James (October 23) and sometimes on the Sunday after Christmas.

Divine Liturgy is celebrated every Sunday in St Michael Church at 10am following the Matins service. In addition, it is celebrated on many Feast Days throughout the year either in St George Chapel or in St Michael Church. Please see our calendar for the exact time and place of these services.

During Divine Liturgy, Holy Communion may only be received by prepared Orthodox Christians. Our non-Orthodox guests are welcome to join us in venerating the cross and receiving the Holy Bread at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. A Coffee Hour is generally offered in the Parish Center following Divine Liturgy.

Join us!  Check the calendar of services and events.

 

Fellowship Opportunities

Senior Fellowship

Thursday in the Church Hall at 11:30am for Lunch and Fellowship.

Women's Study

 

Mondays in the church office at noon

Orthodox Studies

Meeting weekly on Tuesday evenings

Currently using zoom for teleconference

Ladies Society

The ladies are an active group of women of all ages dedicated to prayer, charitable works, and mutual support

Teen Night

Ages 12 - 18 get together for learning, games and fellowship.

Family Bible Study

Currently studying the Life of Christ

Wednesday 6pm outside the fasts

Psalter Group

Pray the psalter with St. Michael parish.  Every fasting period.

Choir

The Choir leads the congregation during the Divine Liturgy, weekday Liturgies, Saturday Vespers, as well as many weddings.

R.O.C.K. Ministry

Raising Orthodox Christian Kids

Activities for youth grade 1st-5th Grade

Book Club

Once a month we choose a book and meet for fellowship and snacks.

Weekly Akathist

We meet Wednesdays at 12pm to pray for the children of the Parish.

Service Opportunities

 

Care Calendar

The Care Calendar is a web based system to organize meals and other assistance for families 

Dare to Care

Food Bank

Feeding those in need in our community.

Mercy Meals

Helping to prepare and serve meals to families following a parishioner funeral.

St. Maria Skobstova Visitation Ministry

Visiting our parishioners who are shut-ins and in nursing homes.

St. Michael the Archangel

3701 St. Michael Church Drive,

Louisville, KY 40220

Email: info@orthodoxky.com

Phone: (502) 454-3378

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