St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
501 Sunset Dr., Abilene, TX 79605
Daily Readings
Today's Commemorations
5th Saturday of Lent: The Akathist Hymn, Theodore the Trichinas, Zacchaeus the Apostle of Caesaria, Gregory & Anastasios, Patriarchs of Antioch, Athanasios, Founder of the Monastery of Meteora
Today's Scripture Readings
BRETHREN, the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent, performing their ritual duties; but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people.
LUKE 1:39-49, 56
In those days, Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name." And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.
Today's Thought

Strive to be always prepared for death, for death is near to both the elderly and the young – to monks and laymen equally; and often it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. Let everyone consider what will happen with his soul. - St. Barsanuphius of Optina

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Wednesday 6 pm:

Presanctified Liturgy

Friday 6 pm: 

Little Compline


Vespers, 5: 30 pm


Orthros, 9 am

Divine Liturgy, 10 am

April 27: Lazarus Saturday

10 am Divine Liturgy

April 28-30

6 pm Bridegroom Matins

May 1: Holy Wednesday

6 pm Holy Unction

May 2: Holy Thursday 

6 pm Passion Gospels

May 3: Holy Friday 

10 am Royal Hours

3:30 pm Great Vespers

6 pm Lamentations

May 4: Holy Saturday

10 am Vesperal Divine Liturgy

10 pm PASCHA Services Begin


Noon:  Agape Vespers













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