Welcome to the website of the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church of Oakmont and Verona! If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, this web site will acquaint you with our parish. To those who already belong to the church, this is YOUR website. We hope you will make full use of it, not only to enrich your relationship with the church and your fellow members, but to strengthen and support our parish and its ministries as well.
Services this week:
4/23: Orthros 9am/Divine Liturgy 10am
4/26: Paraklesis 7pm
4/29: Vespers 6pm
4/30: Orthros 9am/Divine Liturgy 10am
For additional reminders, visit the weekly bulletin page.
Thank you to everyone who participated in helping with Holy Week.
Any current member wishing to hold an office for the 2017-2019 term in
Philoptochos, please contact Linda Kratsas at 412.337.9953 prior to May 21st.
Orthodox Tidbits The Holy Fire
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher stands upon what tradition holds is the site where Jesus Christ was buried
and rose from the dead. In fact, Orthodox Christians are more likely to refer to it as The Church of the
Resurrection. Every year, a miraculous event occurs there on the Saturday before Pascha that is largely
unknown to the non-Orthodox world and has only been bestowed upon Orthodox clergy. The first written account
of it dates to the fourth century and it has been documented consistently since the 12th century.
At 11:00 am on Easter Saturday, a service begins with Arab Christians chanting and singing hymns. At 1:00 pm,
Israeli government authorities who represent the Roman officials in the time of Jesus enter Christ's tomb
and inspect it to ensure it contains no matches or other source of fire.
Continued: Holy Fire
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