Great Fast




The Sacred Time of the Great Fast in Orthodoxy

We are beginning the time of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church.  It is a forty day period of special spiritual grace for Orthodox Christians and their church communities, characterized by a penitential spirit of prayer, spiritual purification, fasting and almsgiving.  The Church ramps up its schedule of services, and our parish adds a special Lenten Retreat as well with a visiting speaker (See Flyer).
To speak of Lent this way may seem a bit unusual for Western Christians who may have begun Lent weeks ago and are already looking forward to Easter in a couple of weeks!  This year, the calculation of Orthodox Easter (Pascha) is delayed because the Orthodox calculation assures that Pascha begins after Passover - which is in accord with the biblical narrative of Christ's passion, death and resurrection.

An Invitation for You

We invite you to join us during this special time - to experience the heart of what Orthodoxy is about and what the Orthodox Church offers - a spiritual way of seeking Christ through hearing the Word of God, repentance and conversion, and encountering Christ in the same manner of that of the Holy Apostles at His Resurrection.

Please consider joining us for any of our regular services or special events during the coming weeks.   Call 434-973-2500 if you have any questions, or if we can be of any assistance to you.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church began in June 1998 as a mission effort of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. in November 2007, St. Nicholas Orthodox Parish was welcomed as a full-fledged Parish of the UOC of USA.


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Orthodox Christianity is about communion with God and, by His grace, growth in holiness. Our primary means of growth in this spiritual process is through our participation in the Sunday worship called the Divine Liturgy.