St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America
300 Stryker Avenue, Joliet, Illinois 60436
Lenten Retreat
Lenten Retreat Tuesday, April 2

Join us for a Lenten Retreat on Tuesday, April 2. Vespers at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and presentation by Heiromok Alexii Altschul in the social hall at 7 p.m. Read more 

Schedule of Lenten Services

Be sure to attend as many services as you an during this Lenten season. Here is a printable Schedule of our Lenten services for 2019

Lenten Fish Fries
Lenten Fish Fries

Our Lenten Fish Fries begin Ash Wednesday, March 6, and continue every Friday through April 19. See the flyer for details

Prayer of repentance

On each of the three Sundays before Lent, the church brings before us a plea for repentance, set to sacred music. Here are the words of that prayer. From the Matins of Publican and Pharisee, Lenten Triodion:

Glory...,

The gates of repentance, do Thou open unto me, O Giver of Life,  for early in the morning my spirit seeketh Thy holy temple, bearing the temple of my body all defiled. But as One who art compassionate cleanse it by Thy loving-kindness and mercy.  

Both now...,

Guide me on the paths of salvation, O Theotokos, for I have polluted my soul with shameful deeds, and wasted all my life in slothfulness. But by thine intercessions do thou deliver me from all impurity.  

In Tone VI: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy great mercy:  and according to the multitude of Thy compassion  blot out my transgressions. 
As I the wretched one ponder the multitude of evil deeds I have done, I tremble for fear of the dread day of judgment. But trusting in Thy compassionate mercy, like David do I cry unto Thee: 'Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy great mercy'.

Wednesdays during Great Lent

Every Wednesday evening during Great Lent, we will have religious discussions in one of the classrooms beneath the church. If the liturgy is in the evening, the discussion will be after the liturgy at approximately 7 p.m. When the liturgy is in the morning, a religious discussion will start at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions about the Bible, our practices, Orthodox faith, prayer, or other topics, please tell Fr. Aleksandar, and we will have it as a topic of our discussion. If you wish you may bring fruit, pastry and/or other posno snacks especially after evening Liturgy.

Fasting before Presanctified Liturgy

When the Presanctified Liturgy is served in the evening, those who will partake of Holy Communion should fast from 12 p.m. (noon) until receiving communion. For those who can physically endure an all-day total fast, please do so.

Bowling party and potluck meal Sunday, March 3

The Cultural Club is sponsoring a bowling party and potluck meal on Sunday, March 3. For students of the church school, admission and shoes will be paid by culture club. Parents, friends of culture club and parishioners are invited to join us. Sign up in lower level of the church.

Shop at St. George the Great Martyr Bookstore

Throughout the Western and Eastern Christmas Seasons, please shop at our St. George the Great Martyr Bookstore (located in the lower level of our church) for hostess gifts, stocking-stuffers, and other lovely and meaningful gifts. Proceeds from the bookstore benefit our Church School children with Orthodox and faith-based gifts at Christmas, Easter and other occasions, and help defray costs of activities.

Church Calendar vs. Julian Calendar

Occasionally, we see dates in religious books, bulletin or calendars like June 4 / 17 or September 1 /14 and we may get confused about why we have two dates. The first number is the church calendar date and the second is the date according to our old Julian calendar, which is always 13 days behind. The celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ is December 25 /January 7. This means the church calendar states the Nativity of Christ is December 25, which is true but for us who follow the Julian calendar December 25 is actually January 7, again because we are 13 days behind.


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