Worship is at the very heart of our community life at St. Willibrord. We gather every Saturday and Sunday for our weekly celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the most important event which ever took place.
Vespers — Saturdays at 5:00 pm
For Orthodox Christians the new day begins at sunset, and so we begin our celebration of the Resurrection on Saturday evening. Centered on the Psalms, it is a quiet and contemplative service of word and song, about 40 minutes in length. Many who are new to Orthodox worship find Vespers to be a very accessible service to attend for the first time.
Matins — Sundays at 8:45 am
Matins is a joyful celebration of the Resurrection through word and song. The biblical accounts of the Resurrection are read, and we learn about Jesus’ power in the lives of Christians through the lives of our forefathers and mothers in the Christian faith. Matins leads us into the Divine Liturgy.
Divine Liturgy — Sundays at 10:00 am
The Divine Liturgy is the most important worship service of the Orthodox Church, in which we meet Jesus in his word and in his sacrament.
In the first part of the service, we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs of praise and we hear the word of God proclaimed. A time of teaching helps us to learn about Jesus Christ and how to apply his teachings to our lives.
The second part of the service is dedicated to the sacrament or mystery of Holy Communion (the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper).
At the end of the Divine Liturgy (and the other services), it may seem like the time to leave. But please stay! Introduce yourself to the pastor and community. We would like to meet you.
We host a potluck dinner on the first Sunday of each month after the Divine Liturgy. All visitors are invited to stay and join us for the meal, of course, free of charge.
Weekdays and Holidays
We offer a variety of worship services and classes during the week as well. Times and dates may vary, so please see our Calendar for our full schedule of upcoming events.