Visit Holy Apostle James

————————————— “We are not saved by our opinions on Grace, but by our confession of Faith” Metropolitan Demetrius, August 2017 ————————————— Everyone, no matter what your background, is welcomed and heartily encouraged to join us in making God’s service, or to simply attend and observe the ancient Christian Liturgy first served in the Temple in…

Schedule of Services

  Updated: August 2   August 2018 Saturday, August 4 – 6 PM Vigil Sunday, August 5 – 9 AM Liturgy Moleben to the Royal Martyrs and Sts. Elizabeth and Barbara following Liturgy Saturday, August 11 & Sunday, August 12 – No Services Monday, August 13 – 7 PM Vigil Procession of the Cross Saturday,…

A Child’s Lent Remembered

  Fr. Mark posted this a few years back [and every year], and I really liked how it gives a little more perspective on taking Lent seriously. -Rebekah Moser   “A Child’s Lent Remembered”   An excerpt from Ivan Shmelyov’s “Anno Domini”, a wistful recollection of life in his pious, old-fashioned, well-to-do home in pre-Revolutionary…

The Lenten Fasting Rubrics of the Orthodox Church

(from the Lenten Triodion pg 35) As practiced since at least the Council of Nicaea in 325, these are the rules for everyone, the target.  When one falls short of the target and misses the mark ( amartia,  the Greek word for sin)  no matter how well justified,  it should be confessed.  Confession is not…

“Hold Fast To That Which Thou Hast…”

Our parish has suffered a great loss at the repose of our priest, Father Mark Gilstrap, this past Monday, September the fourth. Father was the heart of our parish, and for twenty years he built up and supported our community providing for us constantly by distributing the Holy Gifts of Communion, serving as much as…

September 4, 2017

We have the sorrowful duty to announce the repose our dedicated and beloved Presbyter, Mark Gilstrap, rector of the Church of St. James the Apostle Church. Father Mark reposed suddenly but peacefully in his home yesterday morning, 22 August/4 September. A pannykida, vespers, and matins will be served for Father Mark by Father Steven Allen,…