Life at St Michael’s

Holy Mass

Holy Mass (Divine Liturgy) is the chief activity and service of the parish. It is celebrated on:

  • Sundays at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesdays through Saturdays at 9 a.m.
  • Holy Days at 7 p.m. as announced
  • Mass is celebrated in Latin on Saturdays

Every Sunday, after Mass, all parishioners and guests are invited to a full lunch.


Lauds and Vespers are ancient prayer services centered around the Psalms. They are offered regularly on:

  • Saturdays: Vespers at 5 p.m.
  • Sundays: Lauds at 9:15 a.m.
  • Tuesdays through Saturday: Lauds at 8:15 a.m.
  • Thursdays: Vespers at 6:30 p.m.


In addition to the regular schedule, special services are offered during Lent:

  • Wednesdays: Rosary at 6:30 p.m., Mass at 7 p.m.
  • Fridays: Stations of the Cross & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7 p.m.

These services are followed by a light meal in the parish hall.

Learning the Orthodox Faith

Numerous opportunities for Scripture study and understanding the Orthodox Faith are also offered at St Michael’s.

  • Didache (di-dah-kay) is a lively and informative inter-generational presentation of various biblical, doctrinal and practical aspects of the Faith. All presentations are designed to interest children as well as teens and adults. It meets on Sundays during lunch and is taught by Father John.
  • Father’s Bible Study on a particular book of the Holy Scriptures is led by Fr John every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Currently, the group is studying the book of Job.
  • Reading St Augustine is a read through, with commentary by Fr John, on one of the teachings of St Augustine or another Orthodox patristic writer.
  • Men’s Group meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. It is open to all Orthodox Christian men and inquirers. The meetings follow a rotating schedule: reading through “The Imitation of Christ” on one Thursday; Tools for Living Repentance on another Thursday; and open conversation (social night) on a third Thursday.
  • Exploring Orthodoxy is an informal discussion of the doctrines of the Orthodox Faith for inquirers (seekers), catechumens and parishioners. No commitment is expected. It meets according to the schedules of interested persons.
  • Antiochian Women of St Michael meets on the second Sunday of each month after the lunch. The meetings include a discussion of a biblical topic or book specifically suited to Christian women.
  • The Society of St Benedict is a prayer society open to persons of all Christian faiths. In addition to following regular prayers, discussions on meditation and portions of the Rule of St Benedict are also offered, as well as service projects and annual retreats.

Sacraments & Other Services

  • The Sacrament of Penance (Private Confession) is available on Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. or by appointment.
  • The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is offered to those unbaptized persons who desire to become Christian. It includes the Sacrament of Chrismation (Confirmation) and First Communion. Instruction in the Orthodox Faith and regular participation in the life of St Michael’s Church are necessary per-requisites to Baptism.
  • Biblical counseling for those intending to marry, or for those in any need, is offered by Fr John. Please call for an appointment. (562.692.6121)
  • Non-Sacramental Anointing is offered to any Christian who desires prayers for healing of body, mind, or spirit.
  • Regular visitation of the sick and homebound is provided by Father John.