This community was formed in 2016 and is growing in Fort Mill South Carolina. Fort Mill is minutes from North Carolina and 25 minutes from Downtown Charlotte.
We Celebrate The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom - Byzantine (Ruthenian) Rite.
Divine Liturgy Celebrated Weekly on Saturdays since January 2018
During the Great Fast we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy of St Basil.
The feast of the Dormition or Falling-asleep of the Theotokos is celebrated on the fifteenth of August, preceded by a two-week fast. This feast, commemorates the death, resurrection and glorification of Christ’s mother. It proclaims that Mary has been “assumed” by God into the heavenly kingdom of Christ in the fullness of her spiritual and bodily existence.
As with the nativity of the Virgin and the feast of her entrance to the temple, there are no biblical or historical sources for this feast. The Tradition of the Church is that Mary died as all people die, not “voluntarily” as her Son, but by the necessity of her mortal human nature.
It is the custom in some churches to bless flowers on the feast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos.
The transfiguration of Christ is one of the central events recorded in the gospels. The Lord took Peter, James, and John “up to a high mountain”—by tradition Mount Tabor—and was “transfigured before them.”
. . . and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as snow and behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish I will make three booths here, one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My Beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead” (Mt 17.1–92, see also Mk 9.1–9; Lk 9.28–36; 2 Pet 1.16–18).
The Jewish Festival of Booths was a feast of the dwelling of God with men, and the transfiguration of Christ reveals how this dwelling takes place in and through the Messiah, the Son of God in human flesh. Christ’s transfiguration took place at the time of the Festival of Booths, and became the New Testamental fulfillment of the Old Testamental feast in a way similar to the feasts of Passover and Pentecost.In the Transfiguration, the apostles see Who it is Who has suffered for them, and what it is that this one, Who is God, has prepared for those who love Him. This is what the Church celebrates in the feast of the Transfiguration.
The feast of the Transfiguration is presently celebrated on the sixth of August. The summer celebration of the feast has lent itself very well to the theme of transfiguration. The blessing of grapes, as well as other fruits and vegetables on this day is the sign of the transfiguration of all things in Christ.
This Feast honors the two apostles who were responsible for laying the foundation for the Church of Christ. Peter and Paul were martyred in Rome under the Emperor Nero in the year 67. Peter was crucified head down at his own request. Paul was a Roman citizen and, therefore, could not be crucified according to Roman law. He was beheaded. The Church unites them in a common celebration on June 29th and gives them identical honor. Peter was a simple fisherman who realized the holiness of Jesus the fist time he saw Christ. There is no doubt that Simon enjoyed a special relationship as a leader of the Apostles. Christ called him the “Rock” (Peter) and said that upon this Rock He would build His Church. Peter moved around in his apostolic work, consecrating bishops of villages and cities wherever he went. An important role of Peter and the Patriarchates founded by him was to speak on matters affecting the entire Church, including teachings and doctrine, both East and West, North and South. Saint Paul, on the other hand, had a different calling and role within the Church. His various letters to the Churches makes him the patron of the Local Church. Paul was raised in the strictest possible tradition of Pharisaic Judaism and was a Pharisee himself. He severely persecuted Christians until Christ met him in a powerful and intimate way. He went from being the most unlikely person to adapt Christianity to non-Jews, to being the Apostle of the Gentiles!
This community is forming with the blessing of Bishop Kurt Burnette of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic, New Jersey
Our Celebrant is Fr. Vasyl Sokolovych, Adminstrator of SS Cyril and Methodious church in Cary (Raleigh) North Carolina.
The Byzantine Catholic Church is an Eastern Church in union with Rome; Carpatho-Rusyn in background and is an American Eastern Church. Our Liturgy blends the colors of our many icons with congregational chant and our fragrant incense in prayer.
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