Welcome to St. Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Christian Church

A CHURCH OF THE SELF-RULED ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN ARCHDIOCESE OF NORTH AMERICA

+JOSEPH, Primate and Metropolitan of New York and all North America

+ANTHONY, Diocese of Toledo

ADDRESS: 2124 Shafer Drive, Fitchburg, WI, 53711

PASTOR:  The Rev. Fr.  Basil Koory    *      CHURCH PHONE:  (608) 273-0133

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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.  There is a luncheon pot-luck coffee hour immediately following Divine Liturgy where 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 5:00pm (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 6:00 pm, after 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 as follows:

Sunday Matins – 9:00AM*
Sunday Divine Liturgy – 10:00AM*
Saturday Great Vespers – 5:30PM*
Saturday Confessions – 6:30PM
Weekday Liturgy – As scheduled*

Summer Liturgical Hours from June 11 through September 4, 2016 are as follows:

Sunday Matins — 8:30AM
Sunday Divine Liturgy — 9:30AM
Saturday Great Vespers — 6:00PM
Saturday Confessions — 7:00PM

*Please be sure to look at the calendar for exceptions.

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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 by email or call the church office at the above number.

St. Ignatius Parish with newly consecrated Bishop ANTHONY, January 29, 2012.

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Fifth Sunday of Great Lent–St. Mary of Egypt

On the fifth Sunday of Fast, we are enjoined to celebrate the memory of our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt.

The Church service for this Sunday is devoted to the memory and glorification of the spiritual efforts of Saint Mary of Egypt, who “has cut down with the sword of abstinence the desires of your soul and the passions of your flesh. [Read more…]

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Fourth Sunday of Great Lent – St. John Climacus

On the Fourth Sunday of the Fast, we celebrate the memory of our Holy Father John, the author of the Ladder.

In the Church services for the fourth Sunday the Holy Church offers us a great example of the life of fasting in the person of the Venerable John of the Ladder, who, “having overcome the flesh through fasting” and “by the sweat of his ascetic efforts quenched the fiery arrows of the enemy” …[read more]

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Third Sunday of Great Lent: Veneration of the Holy Cross

The Third Sunday of Lent is called “The Veneration of the Cross.” At the Vigil of that day, after the Great Doxology, the Cross is brought in a solemn procession to the center of the church and remains there for the entire week-with a special rite of veneration following each service. It is noteworthy that the theme of the Cross which dominates the hymnology of that Sunday is developed in terms not of suffering but of victory and joy. More than that, the theme-songs (hirmoi) of the Sunday Canon are taken from the Paschal Service-“The Day of the Resurrection”-and the Canon is a paraphrase of the Easter Canon. Read more…

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The Second Sunday of Lent: St. Gregory Palamas

On the Second Sunday of the Fast, we celebrate the memory of our Father among the Saints, Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica.

The situation in St. Gregory’s time was that Orthodoxy was being debased; it was becoming worldly and being changed into either pantheism or agnosticism. Read more…

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The First Sunday of Lent: The Sunday of Orthodoxy

Introduction
The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the “Triumph of Orthodoxy.”

Historical Background
The Seventh Ecumenical Council dealt predominantly with the controversy regarding icons and their place in Orthodox worship. It was convened in Nicaea in 787 by Empress Irene at the request of Tarasios, Patriarch of Constantinople. The Council was attended by 367 bishops. (Read more…)

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