A parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. Sunday service 9:30 a.m. at 1701
Peridot Rd., four blocks from Austin in Pflugerville, Tx. We welcome you.
Saturday Vigil at 5pm. Sunday Liturgy at 9:30am.
Confessions on Saturdays before and after vigil 4pm-5pm and after 7:30pm and on Sunday before Liturgy at 9:10am
Service texts (English-Slavonic) a resource unique to our site
Feb 23 - Apr 11 - Great Lent
Lenten fast: No meat, cheese, butter, eggs, milk, fish, oil, wine, or anything made from these. But on Saturdays and Sundays and April 7, oil and wine are permitted. On April 5 fish is also permitted.
March 2015 SCHEDULE
April 2014 SCHEDULE
Sun., April 5, 9:30 am Liturgy. Palm Sunday, Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Fri., April 10, Holy Fri., 6:00 pm Matins of the Lamentations, with the Plashchanitsa or Burial Shroud of Christ.
9 pm--Reading of Acts and Hearing of Confessions (until 11 pm)
11:00 pm--Midnight Office
11:30 pm--Midnight Procession and Matins
12:00 am--Divine Liturgy of PASCHA, the Resurrection of Christ, followed by the blessing of baskets.
1:00 pm Agape Vespers followed by trapeza (meal).
Sun., April 19, 9:30 am Liturgy.
Sun., April 26, 9:30 am Liturgy.
| If you would like to schedule your crowning and wedding ceremony or be baptized in our church, or want to baptize your child please plan this important event ahead of time and come visit the church so you can talk to Fr. Aidan in person. The best time is after regular services. Some of the answers to your questions are in our FAQ section. |
Please pray for the health of Natalya, Nun Theodora, Olga, and Xenia, and for the suffering Christians of Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, and the Holy Land.
Joining the Church: Baptisms are in English, Russian, Spanish, or German. Adult baptisms follow a period of testing and prayer, the catechumenate. Orthodox Christians may simply attend and belong. If you want to enter the Orthodox Church, call Fr. Aidan (512) 696-6890.
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Remember, Lord, those who bear fruit and do good in Thy holy churches; grant them their petitions which lead to salvation and give them eternal life.
On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Liturgical Singing Seminar took place at our church. Such a beautiful Liturgy! Many thanks to Larissa Sanders, Fr. Dn. Alex Petrovsky, and Demetra Durham.
Pictures of Divine Services and Feasts from 2014 back to 2009
Our church is called Holy Protection, for the Virgin Mary's protective prayers. Over 1000 years ago, at the Christian capital Constantinople, pagan Russian forces attacked by sea. She was seen in the air, praying to Almighty God for the Christian population. Suddenly, the enemy forces scattered, and the Christians were spared. Soon after, the Russians converted to Christ. Still later, Russians brought Orthodox Christianity to the Far East, Americas, Africa, Australia, and Western Europe (which had lost it). Glory to God.
In 2001 the church was begun by Russian Orthodox believers with the help of Fr. Ljubomir Kupec. Services were held a few times a year. Dmitri Mercier and Luda Voskov played a vital role at this time. Fr. Cassian Sibley began monthly Liturgies in July 2007. In Sept. 2008, Fr. Hieromonk Aidan was assigned. At that point, a weekly cycle of services was instituted. In 2011 services began at the new church location. In Jan. 2012, Bishop Peter blessed the new church and celebrated Hierarchical Liturgy with four priests and two deacons. Attendance has tripled since 2009.
Sergei Larin, warden; Julia Gavrilova, treasurer; Dominica Mc.Ginnis, secretary; Barry Spikes, member; Olga Ponomareva, member; Anna Spikes, member; Klim Matsukhov, member. Hieromonk Aidan Keller is council President. Elected auditors are Anna Kashkina, Marina Matsukhova and Tatiana Saturn. Officers elected Mar. 2, 2015, await confirmation by Bishop Peter.
Why the Russian Church?
The Orthodox Church has different church administrations for different world regions. The Greek Church serves people in Greece, the Russian those in Russia, and so on.
In America these administrations overlap, plus there have been many English-speaking Americans converting to the faith of the Eastern Orthodox Church. But what is this Church?
The Orthodox Church is the oldest of all Christian churches. She was active in the world prior to the writing of the New Testament books, and is alive and well today, faithful to Christ's teachings, the original Bible, and the ancient Christian way of life. In the 20th century the Russian Orthodox Church endured heavy persecution. The people suffered "on Golgotha" together with their Lord, Jesus Christ. Therefore the Russian Church has a special contribution, or witness, of self-sacrifice and joy in the midst of trouble. In Russia today, atheism is vanishing and Christian faith constantly growing.
This witness is good for America, where Christianity is often watered down, where people tend to pick and choose their prayers, morals, and truth. Instead of seeking to match popular trends, our church seeks fidelity to a 2,000-year-old way.
Large numbers of Americans have found that they can make the Russian Orthodox tradition their own, and that they too can take up the "cross" of struggle, follow Christ, leave sin behind, and get transformed by His grace, in hope of eternal life. We invite you to make that journey together with us.
We invite all people in the area to prayer and worship, and to browse our Orthodox books and icons.
To schedule a service or presentation for your group, contact Fr. Aidan at (512) 696-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.