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St. Ignatius of Antioch Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church serves the Madison, Wisconsin area. Our membership includes Orthodox Christians of Middle Eastern, Greek, Russian, Coptic, Serbian and other ethnic backgrounds, as well as many who have come from Protestant and Catholic backgrounds. It is a youthful and dynamic parish which prays, serves the local community and socializes together.

Our Divine Services are all in English and sung a cappella.  Our Sunday Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00am and is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes long.  A luncheon pot-luck coffee hour immediately follows Divine Liturgy.  All families and guests are encouraged to enjoy a light meal and, more importantly, share in fellowship.

For first time visitors to the Orthodox Church a good service to attend is the Saturday evening Great Vespers starting at 6:00pm which is about 45 minutes long.  Here one will hear the beautiful melodies of the Byzantine and Russian traditions, prayers of petition, psalmody, and seasonal topics of celebration.   Inquirer’s Class is generally held every other week at 4:45pm before Great Vespers (check calendar for exceptions).  This informal Q/A is a great opportunity to meet our priest, ask questions, and meet Orthodox Christians from the parish and other inquirers.  Our general schedule of services is here.

If you’re looking for additional online resources about Orthodoxy,  the Antiochian Archdiocese website,  Journey to Orthodoxy, and Ancient Faith Radio are sites we recommend.

If you have any questions, please contact us.


The Longer Morning Prayer of Metropolitan Philaret

O Lord, grant that I may meet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon your holy will. In each hour of the day reveal your will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul, and with the firm conviction that Your will governs all.

In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by You. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me the strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will. Teach me to pray. Pray within me.

Most Holy God, I pray and beseech you, give me a pure heart, a way of speaking that befits the faith I profess. Read more…


Nativity Prayer—Thought

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Let us pray to the Lord.  Lord have mercy

Prepare us, O God, to celebrate the coming of our Lord and Savior.  Open our hearts wide to make room for Him.  Prepare our souls to obey your commandments.  Steady our feet upon the rock of your Word which abides forever.  Amen.

Why was Jesus born, why did He come? He explains it Himself.

  • I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness -John 12:46
  • For this I was born, For this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth  -John 18:37
  • I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me   -John 6:38

Nativity Thought-Prayer

​”Christ is Born! Glory Him!

O Word of God, grant me peace in Your love for mankind! Infinite by nature, You come in love to dwell in the narrow cave to lift me up, who has fallen.

Let us pray to the Lord.  Lord have mercy.

For Thou, Who are ineffable, existed uncreated before the ages, and inexpressible, didst descend upon earth, and didst take on the semblance of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man.  For because of the tender compassion of Thy mercy, O Master, Thou could not endure to behold mankind oppressed by the Devil; but Thou didst come and didst save us.  We confess Thy Grace.  We proclaim Thy Mercy.  We conceal not Thy Gracious Acts.  Thou hast delivered the generations of our mortal nature.  All creation magnifies Thee.  Who has manifested Thyself.  For Thou, O our God, has revealed Thyself upon earth, and hast dwelt among men.

-Sacrament of Baptism”


Nativity Prayer—Thought to Ponder

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

Help us, O God, not to waste this Nativity season in trivial and frivolous pursuits. Help us, so that true joy may rise in our hearts. Bring true praise to our lips. Let goodwill and Christian love prevail in all we do and in all our relationships.

‘A Star shall come out of Jacob, A Scepter shall rise out of Israel.’

-Numbers 24:17

‘This our festival we celebrate God coming to man that man might go out, or better, go back to God our Father.’

-St. Gregory of Nazianzus


A Prayer for the Beginning of the Nativity Fast

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Here is a prayer to say as we begin the Nativity Fast:

‘Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

O Lord Jesus Christ, you have come so many times to us and found no resting place. Forgive us for our overcrowded lives, our vain haste and our preoccupation with ourselves. Come again, O Lord, and through our hearts that are a disarray of voices, and our minds overcome with many fears, find a place, however humble, where You can begin to work Your wonders as you create peace and joy within us. Even in some hidden corner, in some out-of-the-way spot, we can clear away the clutter, and shut out the noise and darkness.  Come be born again in us, and we shall kneel in perfect peace with the wisest and humblest of men. Help us to enter into this Christmas Fast with humility and joy. O Lord, give us Christmas from within, that we may share it from without, on all sides, all around us, wherever there is need. O God, help us to share the blessing of your son Jesus Christ with everyone. In your Name let us keep Christmas Holy.’

‘For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not works, lest anyone should boast.’ Ephesians 2:9-10