Sunday of Orthodoxy
Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m. immediately followed by a processions with icons. Everyone is
invited to bring their favorite icon from home to carry in the procession.
Rabbi Mark Diamond and his Interfaith Engagement Class from Loyola Marymount University
will be attending the Liturgy today.
There are no events scheduled for today
The Southern California Christian Forum invites us to participate in theirMonthly
Ecumenical Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. Obtain link at contact@SoCalForum.net
Feast of Venerable Timothy of Symbola
(Readers) Matins, 8:00 a.m., in-person and via Zoom.
Liturgy of the Presanctified
Gifts, 7:30 p.m., in-person and via livestream.
Feast of Hieromartyr Polycarp of Smyrna
Matins, 8:00 a.m., in-person and via Zoom.
Lenten Bible Study,
7:00 p.m., via Zoom.
Feast of the Finding of the Head of John the Baptist
8:00 a,m,, in-person and via Zoom.
Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas
Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Panikhida for all those whose
Anniversary of Falling Asleep in the Lord occurs during the month of February.
Our monthly Charity Luncheon will follow the Liturgy. This month's beneficiary
will be the Lenten Shepherd's Care Program sponsored by the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton.
Parish Lenten Bible Study
Parish Lenten Bible Study via Zoom. All are welcome
to attend at no cost!
February 9, 2024
Forgiveness & Lent
February 23, 2024
St. Gregory of Palamas
March 1, 2024
Veneration of the Cross
March 8, 2024
St. John of the Ladder
March 15, 2024
St. Mary of Egypt
March 22, 2024
April 5, 2024
Pascha & Bright Week
Each session will start at 7:00 p.m. PST/
10:00 p.m. EST
Description: We will reflect on the Scripture readings and Lenten themes for the upcoming
Sunday according to the Byzantine Catholic tradition. Zoom link and Scripture readings will be e-mailed to
all registered participants the day before the session. Each session will be recorded. This series is part of
a directed parish project for a theology student at the Antiochian House of Studies. Your participation in the Bible
Study helps with his project.
To register and receive the Zoom link, email us your full name to:
Please do not hesitate to send request for prayers to the rectory.
Restorative Tai Chi
For several years now, classes in Restorative Tai
Chi have been held at our parish. These classes are held Monday, Wednesday,
and Friday evenings at 5:30 p.m, and on Saturdays at 12 noon. If you would
like to join, please contact Ara at (310) 333-0792.
Spread the Word!
Following the theft of the proceeds of our 2017 Yard Sale, which were designated to help fund the repairs
to our blue cupola on the side of our church, we have established a GoFundMe account to not only recoup the stolen proceeds
from the Sale but also to assist in funding the repairs.
In an effort to assist those members of our parish who
are struggling financially due to the faltering economy, loss of employment or decreased retirement benefits, the parish established
the Saint Xenia Charitable Fund. Father Alexei alone administers this fund, and all disbursements and contributions are
kept strictly confidential. Since its establishment, the Saint Xenia Fund has been able to assist several of our parishioners
with partial rent payments, money for food, purchase of job-related necessities, payment of utility bills and medications.
Should you wish to assist us in helping our own, please place your cash donation (Father will provide you with a receipt
for tax purposes should you desire it) in an envelope marked "Saint Xenia Fund" and give it directly to Father.
Disbursements are made in cash to protect anonymity.
And who is Saint Xenia? Well, here is her story......
Saint Xenia lived during the eighteenth century,
but little is known of her life or of her family. She passed most of her life in Petersburg during the reigns of the empresses
Elizabeth and Catherine II.
Petrova was the wife of an army officer, Major Andrew Petrov. After the wedding, the couple lived in St Petersburg. St Xenia
became a widow at the age of twenty-six when her husband suddenly died at a party. She grieved for the loss of her husband,
and especially because he died without Confession or Holy Communion.
Once her earthly happiness ended, she did not look for it again. From that time forward, Xenia lost
interest in the things of this world, and followed the difficult path of foolishness for the sake of Christ. The basis for
this strange way of life is to be found in the first Epistle to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 1:18-24, 1 Cor. 2:14, 1 Cor. 3:18-19).
The Lord strengthened her and helped her to bear sorrow and misfortune patiently for the next forty-five years.
She started wearing her husband's clothing, and insisted that she
be addressed as "Andrew Feodorovich." She told people that it was she, and not her husband, who had died. In a certain
sense, this was perfectly true. She abandoned her former way of life and experienced a spiritual rebirth. When she gave away
her house and possessions to the poor, her relatives complained to the authorities. After speaking to Xenia, the officials
were conviced that she was in her right mind and was entitled to dispose of her property as she saw fit. Soon she had nothing
left for herself, so she wandered through the poor section of Petersburg with no place to lay her head. She refused all assistance
from her relatives, happy to be free of worldly attachments.
When her late husband's red and green uniform wore out, she clothed herself in rags of those colors. After
a while, Xenia left Petersburg for eight years. It is believed that she visited holy Elders and ascetics throughout Russia
seeking instruction in the spiritual life. She may have visited St Theodore of Sanaxar (February 19), who had been a military
man himself. His life changed dramatically when a young officer died at a drinking party. Perhaps this officer was St Xenia's
husband. In any case, she knew St Theodore and profited from his instructions.
St Xenia eventually returned to the poor section of Petersburg, where she was mocked and insulted
because of her strange behavior. When she did accept money from people it was only small amounts, which she used to help the
poor. She spent her nights praying without sleep in a field outside the city. Prayer strengthened her, and in her heart's
conversation with the Lord she found the support she needed on her difficult path.
When a new church was being built in the Smolensk cemetery, St Xenia brought bricks to the site.
She did this in secret, during the night, so that no one would know.
Soon her great virtue and spiritual gifts began to be noticed. She prophesied future events affecting
the citizens of Petersburg, and even the royal family. Against her will, she became known as someone pleasing to God, and
nearly everyone loved her.They said, "Xenia does not belong to this world, she belongs to God." People regarded
her visits to their homes or shops as a great blessing. St Xenia loved children, and mothers rejoiced when the childless widow
would stand and pray over a baby's crib, or kiss a child. They believed that the blessed one's kiss would bring that child
St Xenia lived about forty-five
years after the death of her husband, and departed to the Lord at the age of seventy-one. The exact date and circumstances
of her death are not known, but it probably took place at the end of the eighteenth century. She was buried in the Smolensk
By the 1820s, people flocked to her
grave to pray for her soul, and to ask her to intercede with God for them. So many visitors took earth from her grave that
it had to be replaced every year. Later, a chapel was built over her grave.
Those who turn to St Xenia in prayer receive healing from illness, and deliverance from their
afflictions. She is also known for helping people who seek jobs.