Presentation of our Lord in the Temple - Orthros, Divine Liturgy / Η Υπαπαντή του Κυρίου. Ορθρος, Θεια Λειτουργίαhttp://www.stdemetrios.ca/index.php/event/presentation-of-our-lord-in-the-temple-orthros-divine-liturgy/
This feast, celebrated on February 2, is known in the Orthodox Church as The Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Another name for the feast is The Meeting of our Lord. Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians call the feast, The Purification of the Holy Virgin. About 450 AD in Jerusalem, people began the custom of holding lighted candles during the Divine Liturgy of this feast day. Therefore, some churches in the West refer to this holy day as Candlemas. The Feast of the Presentation concludes the observances related to the Nativity of Christ, a period that opened on November 15 with the beginning of the Nativity fast.
TRIODION BEGINS. Orthros, Divine Liturgy / ΑΡΧΙΖΕΙ ΤΟ ΤΡΙΩΔΙΟ. Ορθρος, Θεια Λειτουργίαhttp://www.stdemetrios.ca/index.php/event/triodion-begins-orthros-divine-liturgy-2/
The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the first Sunday of a three-week period prior to the commencement of Great Lent. It marks the beginning of a time of preparation for the spiritual journey of Lent, a time for Orthodox Christians to draw closer to God through worship, prayer, fasting, and acts of charity. It is also on this day that the Triodion is introduced, a liturgical book that contains the services from this Sunday, the tenth before Pascha (Easter), to Great and Holy Saturday.
St. Haralambos. Orthros, Divine Liturgy / Αγ. Χαραλάμπους .Ορθρος, Θεια Λειτουργίαhttp://www.stdemetrios.ca/index.php/event/st-haralambos-orthros-divine-liturgy/
This Saint was a priest of the Christians in Magnesia, the foremost city of Thessaly, in the diocese having the same name. He contested during the reign of Alexander Severus (222-235), when Lucian was Proconsul of Magnesia. At the time of his martyrdom the Saint was 103 years of age.
St. Haralambos is commemorated on February 10th, with the exception when this date falls on the Saturday of the Souls preceeding Lent or on Clean Monday (the first day of Lent), in which case the feast is celebrated on February 9th.
Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Orthros, Divine Liturgy / Ασώτου. Ορθρος, Θεια Λειτουργίαhttp://www.stdemetrios.ca/index.php/event/sunday-of-the-prodigal-son-orthros-divine-liturgy/
The Sunday of the Prodigal Son is the second Sunday of pre-Lent, the weeks of preparation preceding Great Lent. It is the Sunday after the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee and Sunday before Meatfare Sunday. This pre-Lent is the start of the Easter cycle of worship in the Orthodox Church.
On this Sunday in the preparation for Great Lent, Orthodox Christians are read Christ’s parable about God’s loving forgiveness (Luke 15:11-24). They are to see themselves as being in a foreign country far from the Father’s house and to make the movement of return to God, where we truly belong. The parable gives assurance that the Father will receive them with joy and gladness in their journey through Great Lent, their journey home.
FIRST SATURDAY OF SOULS Orthros, Divine Liturgy, Trisagion for the souls / ΠΡΩΤΟ ΨΥΧΟΣΑΒΒΑΤΟ. Ορθρος, Θεια Λειτουργία Τρισάγιο υπέρ αναπαύσεως των ψυχώνhttp://www.stdemetrios.ca/index.php/event/first-saturday-of-souls-orthros-divine-liturgy-trisagion-for-the-souls/
Saturday of Souls (or Soul Saturday) is a day set aside for the commemoration of the dead within the liturgical year of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Saturday is a traditional day of prayer for the dead, because Christ lay dead in the Tomb on Saturday.
These days are devoted to prayer for departed relatives and others among the faithful who would not be commemorated specifically as saints. The Divine Services on these days have special hymns added to them to commemorate the departed. There is often a Panikhida (Memorial Service) either after the Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning or after Vespers on Friday evening, for which Koliva (a dish made of boiled wheatberries or rice and honey) is prepared and placed on the Panikhida table. After the Service, the priest blesses the Koliva. It is then eaten as a memorial by all present.