Great Lent tradition – joint services of Montreal Orthodox parishes

Dear parishioners,
following our Great Lent tradition of having joint services of Montreal Orthodox parishes we invite you all to attend the joint services on Sundays stating March 5th till April 2nd, 2017:
Vespers at 7:00 p.m. followed by a talk:
First Sunday of Lent, Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 5, 2017
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church
4865 Du Souvenir, Laval, QC H7W 1E1. Tel. (450) 973-3773. Pastor: Archimandrite Nektarios Mostratos.
Second Sunday of Lent, March 12, 2017: 
Sts. Constantine and Helena Greek Orthodox Church, 
20 Brunswick Blvd., Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9B 2N8. Tel. (514) 727-2236. Pastor: Fr. Lambros Kamperidis. Speaker: Fr. Elie Touma.
Third Sunday of Lent, March 19, 2017: 
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 
3780 Du Souvenir, Laval, QC H7W 1Y3. Tel. (514) 693-1634, (514) 934-0539. Pastor: Fr. Zisis Nterekas. Speaker: Fr. Lambros Kamperidis.
Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 26, 2017: 
Église orthodoxe Saint- Benoit-de Nursie, 
2014, Saint-Urbain, Montreal QC. H2X 3X8. Tel. (438) 345-1680. Pastor: P. Dragos Giulea.  Speaker: Fr. Ihor Kutash.
Fifth Sunday of Lent: April 2, 2017:  
St. Sophie Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 
6250, 12e Avenue, Montreal, Q.C. H1X 3A5. Tel. (514) 727-2236. Pastor: Fr. Volodymyr Kouchnir. Speaker: Fr. Jean El Murr.
Information: Fr. Ihor Kutash (514-591-5329).
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Remembering Fr Alexander [Pihach]


A reflection by Fr Lawrence Farley.

Saturday morning began with a thunderbolt: a dear fellow-priest from my diocese began his phone call to me early that morning with the words, “Did you hear about Fr Alexander?” I had not heard about Fr Alexander Pihach, but soon was informed that he had died suddenly and unexpectedly earlier that day. After travelling to Toronto from Moscow where he served as priest at the Representation Parish of St Catherine’s, and arriving in Toronto very late, he had been picked up at the airport and was eating at the home of a fellow priest in Toronto when he suddenly collapsed afterward on his way to bed and died. He had been lately given a clean bill of health after his cancer treatments, and was looking forward to many more years of fruitful ministry. He was 64.

I was not the only one who felt as if he had been struck by lightning. Fr Alexander (or “Fr Dennis” as he had been known for years) had served as Chancellor in the Canadian diocese for many years, and as Rector of parishes across the country. He was well-known, and even more well-loved.

I met him when I was still an Anglican priest investigating Orthodoxy. I had travelled three hours from northern Saskatchewan to the city of Saskatoon to observe the odd phenomenon of an Orthodox Liturgy being served in English. Dennis was a deacon at the parish there. I had many questions, most of them dumb. I also asked him, “What’s the deal about this ‘jurisdictions thing’?”. He and his priest exchanged a meaningful glance, and then Dennis answered, “The only place to talk about Orthodox jurisdictions is either on your knees or in a bar.” I didn’t understand it then, and could only later appreciate the combination of wit, wisdom, pragmatism and humour that characterized Dennis Pihach. It was a combination that would later help keep many people sane when he served as Chancellor for the diocese through some interesting years to come. Continue reading Remembering Fr Alexander [Pihach]

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Painting of the altar ceiling – call for donations

Dear parishioners,

you are cordially invited to make a donation to finance the painting of 36 mural icons on the altar ceiling:

12 icons of Old Testament prophets,
12 icons of angels and archangels,
8 icons of winged seraphim,
4 murals of the firmament with the sun and the moon.

Each icon costs us $CA 280. You may leave your donations at the candle booth, where you will get a receipt for income tax purposes. The names of the sponsors will be printed on the icon sketch displayed in the lower church hall. Continue reading Painting of the altar ceiling – call for donations

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Metropolitan Tikhon in Montreal May 3rd

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon will preside at Liturgy this Sunday morning, May 3rd in the Sign of Theotokos Church (750 St Joseph Boulevard East ). The beginning is at 9:30 am, please make every effort to be on time.

You are all welcome to join!

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Pascha service – 12.04. (photos)

Dear parishioners and all orthodox believers of Montreal!
It is with joy that I greet you with the ancient and yet eternally new and life-affirming victorious exclamation:


rector Anatoliy (Melnik)



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Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts – 01.04. (photos)

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Pilgrimage to Orthodox Alaska

14-day cruise, July 27 – Aug 10 2015

Sail Alaska’s Inside Passage and Discover it’s Orthodox Christian Roots: 14-day cruise, July 27 – Aug 10 2015

Visit some of the most important sights in Alaskan Orthodox Christian history. Sail though America’s last frontier and explore the beauty and spiritual depth of historic Alaskan Christian sites. This is the mission territory of St. Innocent, St. Juvenaly & St. Herman. Highlights include Anchorage, Kodiak, Homer, & Stika. Benefiting the OCMC. Full details available at Call 713-688-6793 for current prices and cabin availability.

Wishing you a blessed Holy Week and in anticipation of the feast… Christ is Risen!

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Palm Sunday service with the Bishop ministering – 05.04. (photos)


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