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The Nativity Fast

November 15 thru December 24


Fasting in the Orthodox Church links:


Fasting Seasons and Days

Fasting Rules 

Fasting Rules (2)

Why Do We Fast?


The Meaning of the Great Fast


Sunday of the Forefathers

Commemorated on December 17

The Sunday that falls between December 11-17 is known as the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers. These are the ancestors of Christ according to the flesh, who lived before the Law and under the Law, especially the Patriarch Abraham, to whom God said, “In thy seed shall all of the nations of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 12:3, 22:18).


Troparion — Tone 2

Through faith You justified the Forefathers,

betrothing through them the Church of the gentiles.

These saints exult in glory,

for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit:

She who bore You without seed.

So by their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us!


Kontakion — Tone 6

You did not worship the graven image, O thrice-blessed ones,

but armed with the immaterial Essence of God,

you were glorified in a trial by fire.

From the midst of unbearable flames you called on God, crying:

Hasten, O compassionate One! Speedily come to our aid,

for You are merciful and able to do as You will.

Worship with Us!

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Wednesday, December 13th

4:45 Choir Practice

6:00  Small Compline

7:00 Adult Ed 


Saturday, December 16th
5:00  Great Vespers



Sunday, December 17th
9:40 Hours     

10:00 Divine Liturgy




Celebrating the Orthodox Christian Faith

in Merced/Atwater 

Father Lawrence Gaudreau, Rector

Merced Downtown Christmas Parade 

December 2, 2017


Schedule of Events

  Our Complete Calendars & Schedules page is here

     St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church keeps a full schedule of services for the major feast days of the Church Year. 

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Glossaries of Orthodox Terms

Orthodox Terminology  A very large glossary of Orthodox words from the website of The Orthodox Church of the Mother of God

A Short Glossary of Liturgical Terms from the website of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco

St Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church

Who We Are 



     We are a family church of many cultures with intergenerational worship; we have a full liturgical life throughout the Church year, with many opportunities for joyful fellowship and enduring growth. Our vision is to “manifest the Kingdom of God by proclaiming and living the Orthodox Christian Faith.” Orthodox Christianity is for everyone — come and see!


     Located at the north end of California's San Joaquin Valley, St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church is dedicated to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to His promise of salvation to all mankind. The services of our mission-parish are located in the heart of Merced.


     Committed to serving Christ and His Holy Church, the people of St. Mary Magdalene welcome and encourage all visitors to be our guests, especially those who are truly seeking the path of salvation.  

Saint Mary Magdalene
Orthodox Church

Archpriest Lawrence Gaudreau

"Pray at all times"
December 10, 2017
"Allow God to work in our lives"
Nov 26, 2017
"Don't forget what Christmas is about"
November 19, 2017

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