This Sunday, the Eastern Orthodox Church commemorates
St. Jakovthe Greatmartyr of Persia
The Holy Great Martyr Jakov the Persian (the Sawn-Asunder) was born in the fourth century into a pious Christian family, both wealthy and illustrious. His wife was also a Christian, and the couple raised their children in piety, inspiring in them a love for prayer and the Holy Scriptures. Jakov occupied a high position at the court of the Persian emperor Izdegerd (399-420) and his successor Barakhranes (420-438). But on one of the military campaigns Jakov, seduced by the emperor’s beneficence, was afraid to acknowledge himself a Christian, and so he offered sacrifice to idols with the emperor.
Learning of this, Jakov’s mother and wife wrote him a letter, in which they rebuked him and urged him to repent. Receiving the letter, Jakov realized the gravity of his sin. Faced with the horror of being cut off not only from his family, but also from God Himself, he began to weep loudly, imploring the Lord for forgiveness.
His fellow-soldiers, hearing him pray to the Lord Jesus Christ, reported this to the emperor. Under interrogation, St Jakov bravely confessed his faith in the one True God. No amount of urging by the emperor could make him renounce Christ. The emperor then ordered the saint to be put to death.
They began to cut off his fingers and his toes one by one, then his hands and his feet, and then his arms and legs. During the prolonged torture St Jakov offered prayers of thanksgiving to the Lord, Who had granted him the possibility of redemption from his sins by enduring these terrible torments. Finally, the martyr was beheaded. Christians gathered up the pieces of his body and buried them with great reverence.
Schedule of Services
Great Vespers - 5:00 PM
First Hour - 5:45 PM
Third and Sixth Hour - 9:30 AM
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM
Followed by coffee hour and fellowship
Eve of the Feast - Great Vespers - 6:00 PM
Feast Days - Third and Sixth Hour - 8:30 AM
Divine Liturgy - 9:00 AM
The third Wednesday of the month - 6:00 PM
All are welcome to attend any and all services!
O Holy Father Innocent, Pray Unto God For Us!
Святий отче Іннокентіє, моли Бога за нас!
*Choir practice begins on Saturday, November 12th for the feasts of the Nativity of Our Lord, Saint Vasilios the Great and Theophany. Choir practice will begin at 4 pm before Great Vespers
Ethnic Food and Christmas Bake Sale
December 10th - 12 PM until 3 PM
St. Innocent Orthodox Mission Chapel