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397 Melvin Avenue (at Woodward Avenue)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
tel. (905) 318-6436
How to find us?
Directions in HTML text and PDF formats.
When to find us?
Schedule of Services in HTML text and PDF formats.
What will you find?
Parish newsletter available in PDF format.
Viewing the parish newletter, bulletin and schedule of services requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which may be obtained by clicking on the "Get Adobe Reader" link graphic.
Schedule of Services
All Services are in English. We follow the Julian Calendar.
6:00 PM Vespers
10:00 AM Reading of the Hours, Divine Liturgy to follow
Saturday Vespers, Sunday Liturgies, and all classes/catechisms are held at the church location at 397 Melvin Avenue, in Hamilton.
Some midweek services are held at the domestic chapel. Please call (905) 318-6436 for information.
All Saints of North America Orthodox Community was born in 2001 as an informal meeting of several English-speaking Orthodox faithful who assembled for regular Vespers and Typica services with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa. The community has been blessed to receive many new converts to Orthodoxy over the years. Since May 2003, with the ordination of Father Geoffrey Korz to the priesthood, we have enjoyed regular Liturgies. From September 2003 to December 2005, we moved for Sunday morning Liturgy into the lower level of the St. Stephen's Anglican hall.
In January of 2006, the parish moved to a commercial space above a dental office at 117 Queenston Road in Hamilton. This church location allowed easy access from the local highways, as well as roomy facilities for services, luncheons, and the Desert Wisdom Bookroom, an Orthodox book and supply shop run by the parish.
In January of 2009, a new church building was purchased at 397 Melvin Avenue at Woodward Avenue, in the heart of Hamilton's East End. With the help of many donors, friends, volunteers, and an excellent crew, renovations on the new building took many months of careful labour on the former bank building. The parish moved into the new church in January 2010, now enjoying an accessible building, worthily appointed for the worship of God, with meeting and fellowship space for the faithful. A newly-expanded Desert Wisdom Bookroom opened around Pascha 2010.
Our community continues to grow, and we remain deeply convinced of the need for an Orthodox mission in the English language in this hub of the "Golden Horseshoe" region of southern Ontario, and prayerfully look to Our Lord's Holy Mother and all the saints of North America for their prayers to send to us those who are truly willing to labour in this field.
All Services are in English. We follow the Julian Calendar.
AN AKATHIST will be offered EACH WEDNESDAY at 6pm for the needs of the faithful, families, and friends.
The original Akathist Hymn was composed by St Romanos the Melodist, for the purpose of asking the prayers of the Mother of God, and it continues to be the most commonly used akathist to this day.
The saints of God offer up their prayers for the needs of the world. In praying the Akathist service, we ask them to intercede with God for our particular needs. Saint John Maximovitch is known for his prayers for travellers and missionaries, St Seraphim of Sarov for his prayers for those suffering from a variety of problems, including addictions, St Mary of Egypt for those enduring sexual passions, St Nectarios of Aegina for those suffering from cancer and other conditions, and St Xenia of Petersberg for those seeking a home, a job, or a spouse.
While there are many situations in which we seek help for ourselves, or seek to offer help to other people, perhaps the most effective thing any faithful person can do, is to first and foremost ask for the mercies of God and the prayers of His saints.
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Eve of Nativity, Friday, January 6, 2017
Vespers 5pm - Potluck 6pm
Christmas Eve Concert
Great Compline 8pm
Musicians, singers, and poets - both children and adults - are invited to be part of the Christmas Eve Concert following dinner
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NEW FROM DESERT WISDOM BOOKS
Maple Syrup for the Soul (2016)
For years, Orthodox Canada, the Journal of Orthodox Christianity provided readers with insights on how to live a faithful life in contemporary Canada. In this book, you'll find articles from the five best years of Orthodox Canada, including:
• Ancient Christian Canada
• Eastern Church traditions
• Interviews & Stories
• Contemporary Issues
• Technology & Media in the spiritual life
• North American saints
• Poetry on Christian themes
Marriage in the Orthodox Church (2016)
First in a series of books for young children, this title offers a vivid photo journey, using simple language to introduce children to the Orthodox marriage service. A vocabulary glossary for parents and teachers is included. This book is an eye-catching, simple gift for the spiritual education of any young person.
THE 2017 ORTHODOX SPIRITUALITY SERIES
will take place on Saturday, March 18th, 2017.
Our featured speaker will be FATHER MICHAEL OLEKSA of the Orthodox Church in Alaska, speaking on the topic, "Many Culture, One Faith: Healing Society Through Orthodox Living".
THE BLESSING OF HOMES
following the Feast of Theophany (January 6/19) will take place on the following dates, by appointment:
• Thursday, January 19th -- Hamilton
• Friday, January 20th -- Niagara
• Monday, January 23rd -- Brantford
• Thursday, January 26th -- Halton/Oakville
• Saturday, February 4th -- Toronto & Area
Please contact the priest in advance to arrange for your home to be placed on the schedule.
tel. (905) 318-6436 or email@example.com
THE BLESSING OF LAKE ONTARIO
will take place immediately following Liturgy on Sunday, January 22nd. The service will be followed by lunch at Hamilton's famous Hutch's Restaurant at the waterfront.
The PARISH ANNUAL MEETING
will take place following Liturgy & Potluck on Sunday, February 5th, 2017. Agenda Items will include:
Installation of Parish Executive - State of the Parish Report - Financial & Givings Report - Update on St. George's Brantford - Parish Ministry Reports - Orthodox Spirituality Series Planning.
PLEASE ARRANGE IN ADVANCE to attend this important annual meeting, to help build a stronger parish mission for Christ's Holy Church!
THANK YOU to all who continue to support our parish through Property Care, Potluck Food, Charitable Works, Consistent Tithing, Prayers for those Sick & in Need, Assistance with the Holy Services. May God bless and strengthen you!
Our parish DESERT WISDOM BOOK ROOM is open following most services, and by appointment or request. Please note that due to the simplicity of this parish operation, we are unable to track customer accounts, and as such, the Book Room is unable to offer credit for any purchases (i.e. "Paying later" for a book requested today). Please do not request credit: if you would like to place a book on hold, for pickup and payment at a later date, we would be happy to arrange this for you.
Our Parish Community MEALS Ministry provides meals for people during recovery from surgery, to new parents, and to others in short term need. If you or someone you know is in this situation, please contact our Meals Ministry Co-ordinator Bethany Reid at: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARITABLE WORKS COLLECTIONS in support of those in need in our community will be taken up on Sunday, January 15th and Sunday, February 19th.
QUESTION HOURS for November and December will be replaced by the Orthodox Coffee Talks. All are invited to attend. The monthly Question Hour will resume once the Orthodox Coffee Talks catechism has been completed.
THE ORTHODOX COFFEE TALKS will take place on Sundays, following Liturgy and the Potluck Lunch starting February 12th. These sessions are designed for catechumens and inquirers, as well as Orthodox faithful who would like to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith. Please let the priest know in advance if you plan to join us. QUESTION HOURS will be part of the Orthodox Coffee Talks.
AKATHIST PRAYERS will be offered each Wednesday night for particular needs of the faithful. Please see the parish calendar for details, and plan to attend these services, offered in the middle of each week for the health, strength and salvation of the faithful.
PRAYING FOR OUR PARISH FAMILY - An insert is included with the mailed version of this calendar - please remember these names daily in your prayers. You can e-mail the priest email@example.com for any needs requested, and for immediate requests for prayer to be circulated by e-mail to our Orthodox Prayer Circle. Our prayers for each other are important - please pray daily for each member of the parish, and for the departed.
ALL ARE WELCOME to come forward after Liturgy for prayers for their own health, for travel, for those seeking or starting employment or projects, and for women who are expecting a child. Please feel free to speak to the priest privately for these prayers, if this is preferred.
EMAIL LIST: If you would like to add or remove a name from the parish email list, please contact Father Geoffrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Geoffrey Korz, Priest-in-Charge