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San Antonio, Texas
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Nativity Baptisms

Making of Catechumens and Baptisms - 01/06/24

What a glorious day! We have recieved four catechumens and ten newly illumined!

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Gingerbread House Making
December 22nd, 2023

Sisterhood hosted an event to build gingerbread houses. We made a gingerbread house of our parish. We used a hot glue gun to make our cross. 

Natalie and Stephanie made a mini parish
Natalie and Stephanie made a mini parish
Natalie and Stephanie made a mini parish
There were 6 gingerbread houses
There were 6 gingerbread houses
There were 6 gingerbread houses
Sisterhood: High Tea

Sisterhood - 11/11/23

Luke 1:45 

"Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her."

The Sisterhood got together for some tea, desserts and lovely bonding! The ladies did an amazing job with the decorating!

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October 2023 Catechumens

(Left to Right) Danielle, Shaw, Kevin, Jason - 10/28/23

Matthew 6:33

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

Welcome home to our new catechumens

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New Icon of St. John Maximovitch

September 2023

A generous parishioner donated an icon of St. John Maximovitch to our parish.

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Parish Family Bowling

Our parish family went bowling! We played amongst three teams.

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The Centeno Family Gets Baptized

The Centeno Family - 06/17/23

Ephesians 4:6

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Welcome home to our beloved Centeno Family! The Lord has illumined five souls and embraced them into His arms! Glory to God.

Cuthbert and Xenia are their sponsers.

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Our Parish Sign

Sts. Joachim and Anna Sign - 04/30/23

We got our own sign! Glory to God. Doesn't it look wonderful? Our Matushka Nonna designed it herself.

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The Sunday of the Myrrh Bearing Women

We had an Pascha Egg Hunt for the children. Our kids looked for Pascha eggs all over the yard.

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Seraphima's Baptism


Holy Pascha - 04/15/23

Christ is Risen!

Out Parish family celebrated the Ressurection of our Lord at midnight.

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Holy Saturday (2023)

Sophrony’s Baptism
Holy Friday (2023)

1 Peter 2:24

  “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

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Lazarus Saturday

Lazarus Saturday - 04/08/23

Our church family is getting ready for Pascha!

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Kirk Root Icon Visit: March 2023

Kursk Root Icon Visit - 03/15/23

Wednesday: Heirarchal Liturgy

His Eminence Archbishop PETER lead the Divine Liturgy on Wednedsday! Here is a photo of our clergy, readers and alter boys!

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Kirsk Root Icon Visit 2023 - 03/13/23

Tuesday: The Diocesan Clergy Conference

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Sisterhood: Pysanky Eggs 2023

Making Pysanky Eggs for Pascha - 02/25/23

Romans 6:4

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Making pysanki eggs is a Slavic tradition for Pascha! The word psyanky means "to write" rooted in Ukrainian. Our sister's made beautiful designs!


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Sisterhood Meeting 2023

Sisterhood: February 2023 Meeting - 02/05/23

Proverbs 31:26

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”


For this month's Sisterhood meeting we discussed our plans for the 2023 year!

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Stephanie Being Made a Catechumen

Stephanie - 02/04/23

Psalms 45:10-11

Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention:
    Forget your people and your father’s house.
 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;

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Nativity Eve: Baptism of the Newly Illumined

Cuthbert, Anne, Xenia, Andrea - 01/06/23

“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” - St. Paul the Apostle, Acts 2:38

Today Paradise rejoices over the newly illumined. Four beloved members of our parish family are baptized into Christ's church, Xenia, Anne Cuthbert and Andrea! Each four are are the backbone of our parish.To say that we were waitiing for this day with beating hearts is an understatement.



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Prayer Ropes 2023

Prayer Ropes 2023

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Cookie Baking 2022

Cookie Baking 2022

Cookie Bake 2022.

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Sisterhood: Blessed Bread 2022

Sisterhood: Sacred Bread Making Class - 11/05/22

Father Christopher taught us how to make our Sacred Bread. It was a blessing to be taught the Russian bread makimg tradition!

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Young People's Church Day

Young Peoples' Church Day.

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Ordination of Father Andrew as a Deacon

Axios! Fr. Andrew was ordained 10/20/22 at St. Jonah's in Spring, TX by Archbishop Peter,

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New Catechumens!

Lee, Andrea, Anne, and Jackie are new Catechumens in our church.

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Holy Pascha 2022

Pascha 2022

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Archbishop Visit 2022

Archbishop Visit 2022

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Tonsuring of Reader Gregory

Tonsuring of our friend and warden, Gregory Manning by Archbishop Peter.

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Christmation of Mark Brewton

Mark Brewton was Chrismated on December 21st, 2019.  His Christian name is St. Mark the Ascetic.

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Christmation of Jose Luis Saenz

Jose Luis Saenz was Chrismated on September 28th, 2019 and received Communion on October 6th.  His Christian name is Alexis (Alexei), St. Alexis, the Man of God of Rome.

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Back to School (2019)

Back to School 2019.

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Refresher's Class Resources

Inquieres'/Catechumens'/Refresher Class
Basics of Living an Orthodox Life (Outline)

Catechumens" Audio Files:
June 11th
June 18th
July 2nd
August 6th
August 13th
August 20th

Baptisms and Catechumens 2019

Baptisms and Catechumens 2019.

Joseph Eby and his wife Alyssa (Mary), daughter ava (Elizabeth), son James, baby Gabriel.  Catechumens: Mark Brewton, Joe Saenz and Scott Weeth.

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Holy Pascha 2019

April 28, 2019/April 15, 2019. The Pascha of the Lord.

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The Announciation 2019

April 7, 2019/March 25, 2019. The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.

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The Triumph of Orthodoxy 2019

March 17, 2019/March 4, 2019.  Triumph of Orthodoxy.

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Orthodox Burial Seminar 2019

Orthodox Burial Seminar held on March 23d, 2019.  We hope this can be a seed of an Orthodox Burial Society where several Orthodox churches in San Antonio could provide support to each other for traditional practices and also to bring our churches together in an important way.

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