2018 Sunday Lenten Vespers Schedule

2018 Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers

Please join our Brothers & Sisters at the host parishes for these  Sunday Evening Lenten Vespers services.

All Vespers Services Begin at 6:00pm

The Sunday of Orthodoxy  – February 25, 2018
Host Parish: Assumption Greek Church
8202 E. Cactus Road Scottsdale, 85260

The Second Sunday of Lent  – March 4, 2018
Host Parish: Sts. Peter & Paul OCA
1614 E. Monte Vista Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85006

The Third Sunday of Lent  – March 11, 2018
Host Parish: St. Sava Serbian Church
4436 E. McKinley Street Phoenix, 85008

The Fourth Sunday of Lent  – March 18, 2018
Holy Trinity Greek Cathedral
1973 E. Maryland Ave Phoenix, 85016

The Fifth Sunday of Lent  – March 25, 2018
St. John the Baptist Romanian Church
3749 W. Behrend Dr. Glendale, AZ 85308

Prosphora Bread Baking Class


On Saturday, February 24th, Presvytera Deborah will be hosting a Prosphora Bread Baking Class at our home.

Space is limited (our kitchen is small!), so let her know as soon as possible if you plan to attend.

About Prosphora

A prosphoron (Greek: πρόσφορον, offering) is a small loaf of leavened bread used in Orthodox Christian liturgies. The plural form is prosphora (πρόσφορα). The term originally meant any offering made to a temple, but in Orthodox Christianity it has come to mean specifically the bread offered at the Divine Liturgy (Eucharist).

Prosphoro is made from only four ingredients, wheat flour (white), yeast, salt, and water. Salt was not used in early times, and is still not used in the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem.

Any member of the church who is in good standing and whose conscience is clean may bake prosphora. Often in a parish church the women will take turns baking the prosphora; in monasteries, the task is often assigned by the Hegumen (abbot or abbess) to one or several monastics of virtuous life.

It is common but not necessary to go to confession before baking prosphora, and it is often done in the morning while fasting. Sometimes, special kitchen implements are used for making the prosphora which are used for no other purpose. There may be special prayers said before commencing, and the baker tries to maintain a religious state of mind throughout, often saying the Jesus Prayer. Usually enough prosphora for a number of services are baked at the same time.

A prosphoron is made up of two separate round pieces of leavened dough which are placed one on top of another and baked together to form a single loaf. This double-loaf represents the two natures of Christ: human and divine. Before baking, each prosphoron is stamped with a special seal called sphragis or Panagiari usually bearing, among other things, the image of a cross with the Greek letters IC XC NIKA (“Jesus Christ conquers”) around the arms of the cross. This impression is baked into the bread and serves as a guide for the priest who will be cutting it.

In the Slavic practice (Russian Orthodox, Bulgarian Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox, etc.) five smaller prosphora are used (in commemoration of the five loaves Jesus used to feed the multitudes). In the Greek practice one larger prosphoron is used (in commemoration that all share in one “Bread” 1 Cor 10:16-17).

See more information at All Saints of North America Orthodox Church website.

Orthodoxy 101 at St. Ignatius in Mesa

The class is open to the entire community and you can drop in at any time. Inquirers interested in joining the Orthodox Church are required to attend.

Texts: Orthodox Study Bible, Pocket Prayer Book

All Classes are on Sundays after Coffee Hour at 11 am.

  • January 21, 2018 Attend St. Ignatius Annual Meeting
  • January 28, 2018 Sacraments / Sacramental World View
  • February 4, 2018 Original Sin, Fall, Salvation, Deification
  • February 11, 2018 Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving
  • February 18, 2018 10:30 a.m. Participate in Forgiveness Vespers

For more information, contact St. Ignatius Church at 480 892-6224 or go to St. Ignatius Church Website for more information

Intro to the Bible Class

All Saints of North America Orthodox Church in Sun City, AZ will be holding a parish wide Introductory Bible Survey course, starting Sunday, January 21, 2018. The class will take place after Divine Liturgy every Sunday, and will run for 18-20 weeks.

The workbook needed to participate in this class is “Called To Serve: A Basic Bible Survey for Orthodox Christians” and is available on Amazon. Click here to get your own copy.

This is a basic survey course of the Holy Scriptures for Orthodox Christians, to make future Bible studies more accessible. No longer will the Bible be an intimidating mass of stories and text gathering dust and guilt from disuse. In a fun and exciting journey, this workbook will take you through the entire Bible, and fill in the gaps and answer the questions that you may not even know you have. In 20 short lessons, you’ll have set a firm foundation for your life in the Holy Scriptures.

“This excellent little book, Called To Serve… is just the kind of tool I wish I had in hand when I began to study Holy Scripture in my youth. I would like to see it widely available to the young people and other beginners in all of our Orthodox parishes. It is a gem.”

-The V. Rev. Patrick Henry Reardon, Senior Editor, Touchstone Magazine

For more information, or to join the class, contact Fr. John at All Saints of North America Orthodox Church.

Feed My Starving Children Service Opportunity

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church

Saturday, December 9 ~ 4:30-6:30pm

On Saturday, December 9th from 4:30-6:30pm there will be a service opportunity for St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. The organization is Feed My Starving Children, a national based Christian organization. Volunteers are needed to help pack food which will go to malnourished children around the world. There are 30 volunteer spots.

For more information, contact Matthew Peters.

Treasures in Earthen Vessels Seminar

Exaltation of the Holy Cross Orthodox Church presents:

Treasures in Earthen Vessels:

Prayer and the Embodied Life Seminar

Dec. 9th 10 am to 2 pm

Exaltation of the Holy Cross 10030 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85028

ph# 602-867-6025

Rev. Dn. Stephen Muse, PhD, LMFT is a pastoral counselor, marriage and family therapist. He is Director of Education and Counselor Training at the Pastoral Institute, Inc. in Columbus, Georgia where he is also directs Clergy-in-Kairos, a nationally recognized intensive out-patient stress and wellness program for clergy and their spouses.

Prior to his entry into the Greek Orthodox Church in 1993, he pastored a Presbyterian congregation for 11 years and helped begin an out-patient psychiatric clinic in Delta, PA. He serves on the Assembly of Canonical Bishops Pastoral Praxis Committee, as an advisor to the OCA task force on Spiritual Abuse and is past president of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion and now serves on the Advisory Board.

He has contributed chapters in ten books, and is author of 60+ articles and book reviews for various professional and trade magazines including national award winning research in the area of religious integration and clinical empathy of therapists. His work has been translated into Russian, Greek, Swedish, Serbian and used in Romania. He served as Managing Editor of The Pastoral Forum from 1993 to 2002

Fr. Stephen is a founding member and first parish council President of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Columbus, GA where he currently serves as a deacon. He and his wife Diakonissa Claudia have four children, a grand-daughter and four grandsons. They live in Columbus, Georgia.

His books include

  • Treasures in Earthen Vessels: Prayer and the Embodied Life, Waymart, PA: St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press, 2017
  • Be Your Self – Amim’s Great Discovery (Greek and English editions, 2016).
  • Caregivers as Healers & Confessors, Muse, S., Berg, J., Woroncow, H. (eds.), Witchita, Kansas: Eighth Day Institute, 2016
  • The Peddler and the Disenchanted Mirror (Greek and English Edition, 2016)
  • Being Bread (2013, 2015)
  • When Hearts Become Flame: An Eastern Orthodox Approach to the διά-Λογος of Pastoral Counseling. (2011, 2015) (Greek Edition in 2014)
  • Raising Lazarus: Integral Healing in Orthodox Christianity, (2004)
  • Beside Still Waters: Restoring the Souls of Shepherds in the Market Place (2000)

Lunch is free. An offering will be taken to cover costs.

Please reserve a seat so we can plan accordingly.

Email frthomasfrisby@gmail.com or call 602-867-6025 with your reservation confirmation.