Events in September

New Sunday School Class begins September 11th – The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis.

Instead of the text being read cover to cover, the lessons are arranged to correspond with the Bible readings from worship each Sunday.

Bilbo Baggins Birthday Party – September 18th, 4 PM

A Time of Fun with the theme of Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. The public is welcome! There will be country dancing by hobbits. A wizard will arrive whenever he intends to. You can learn to write in Elvish. You can sample the Ale – Ginger Ale, Root Beer, Apple Sparkling Soda. Sting will likely make an appearance! Watch out. He’s sharp!

Gregory F. Seeley’s Ordination to the Diaconate – September 21st, 6:30 PM

Holy Week 2022

April 9th, Vigil of Palm Sunday, 5 pm Vespers and Mass

April 10thPalm Sunday: 8 am Matins & Mass,

10 am Blessing of Palms, Procession, and Holy Eucharist

April 11th, Monday before Easter: Mass at 7 PM

April 12th, Tuesday before Easter: Noon Mass,

Stations of the Cross at 7 PM

April 13st, Wednesday before Easter: Noon Mass,

General Healing Service & Tenebrae at 7 PM

April 14thMaundy Thursday: Festive Holy Eucharist, 6 PM, SEDER at Christiansburg Presbyterian Church, Watch Following

April 15thGood Friday: Noon Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, etc. Confessions heard after 3 PM.

7 PM Evening Prayer, Liturgy of 7 Last Words, and Stations of the Cross

April 16thHoly Saturday: Noon Ante-Communion.

Confessions heard after 1 PM. Vigil of Easter, 5 PM.

April 17thEaster: 8 AM Matins & Mass, 10 AM Festive Holy Eucharist

April 18th, Easter Monday Mass – (Tentative) 7 PM

April 19th, Easter Tuesday Mass – (Tentatively) 12 Noon

Lent in March

Wednesday, March 9th – Evening Prayer w/ 1st Part of Catechism in Practice of Religion – 7 PM

Thursday, March 10th – Mass for the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste – 12 Noon

Friday, March 11th – Stations of the Cross – 4:30 PM

Wednesday, March 16th – Mass for St. Patrick’s Day – 7 PM

Thursday, March 17th – Mass for St. Patrick’s Day – 12 Noon

Friday, March 18th – Stations of the Cross – 4:30 PM

Wednesday, March 23rd – 2nd Part of the Catechism in Practice of Religion, Stations of the Cross – 7 PM

Thursday, Match 24th – Annunciation of the BVM (transferred) – 12 Noon

Friday, March 25th – Stations of the Cross – 4:30 PM

Wednesday, March 30th, Evening Prayer w/ Stations of the Cross, Guest Preacher – 7 PM

Thursday, March 31st – Mass – 12 Noon

Friday, April 1st – Stations of the Cross – 4:30 PM

Beginning of Lent

Shrove Tuesday, March 1:

4-5 PM, Confessions heard in Church

5-6 PM, Men Prepare the Pancake Supper

6 PM Pancake Supper

Ash Wednesday, March 2

12 Noon – Blessing & Imposition of Ashes, Penitential Office, Mass

7 PM – Imposition of Ashes, A Commination (1549) and Penitential Office, Mass

Thursday, March 3:

12 Noon – (Feria) Mass in commemoration of St. Vartan and the 1000 Martyrs of the Battle of Avarayr

This feast is celebrated on the Thursday prior to Great Lent in the Armenian Church (their Lent begins on a Sunday and roughly corresponds to our day after Ash Wednesday). While the Armenian Church did refuse to sign the Creed of Chalcedon in 451 A.D. and cut itself off from the rest of Christendom as a result, much of the reason that they were not present at Chalcedon (and had no part in those deliberations and had to rely on secondhand reports) was because they were being invaded by the Persian Empire. Thus these martyrs stand at the brink of the schism between Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christianity. Yet they died to keep Armenia Christian when the Persian Empire wanted to invade them so they would return to Zoroastrianism. In Lent we learn to be better Christian Soldiers. So it is fitting that the day after Ash Wednesday we recall the death of Christian warriors in battle felled and pray for Christian unity through Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.  

Friday, March 4 – Saturday March 5: Lenten Retreat in Roanoke. Sign up here if you haven’t!

The following week we will begin our Lenten Program on Wednesdays at 7 PM and Stations of the Cross (especially for children but all are welcome) on Fridays at 4:30 PM.

December Services

Advent Lessons & Carols: December 19th – 6 PM. Never seen one before? Come check it out. Bring a friend.

St. Thomas the Apostle will be celebrated Thursday, December 23rd at 12 Noon.

Christmas Services:

December 24th: Family Service – 6 PM. Choral Service with Carols – 10:30 PM. Midnight Mass – 11 PM.

December 25th: Morning Prayer and Mass – 10 AM. Evening Prayer – 5 PM.

Sunday, December 26th: St. Stephen’s Day – 8 & 10 AM masses.

Monday, December 27th: St. John the Evangelist – 7 PM Mass.

Tuesday, December 28th: Holy Innocents – 12 Noon Mass.