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

2016 Fall Gathering

St. Ignatius Orthodox Church–Fall Gathering–October 2016

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 5:30pm 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 6:30pm 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*

*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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Introduction to Advent

The calculation of Advent in the Orthodox Church differs from that in Western Churches. Whereas the season of Advent in the West begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, or the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew, the Apostle (Nov. 30), the “Christmas Fast,” or “Little Lent”, as it is called in the Orthodox Church, traditionally begins 40 days before Christmas on November 15.

Our preparation during the season of Advent is, of course, focused on the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh, the Incarnation. Read more

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Advent Fasting Guidelines

As we approach this holy season of Advent, the discipline of fasting is very important to our preparation for Holy Nativity. This tradition has been practiced in the Church since apostolic times and passed down to us through the lives and teachings of the fathers of the Church. Please take this seriously and you will find significant strength to wage the spiritual battles that face you.

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St. Ignatius Orthodox Church Statement on Racism

Christ is in our Midst!

The following was sent to families in the City of Fitchburg who were victims of Racist Letters being sent to their homes:

The Parish of St. Ignatius Orthodox Christian Church is saddened to learn of the letters of hate against you and your families. Please consider these words from Metropolitan EPHREM of Tripolis, Al-Koura and Dependencies on this matter.

“We as weak and sinful humans, see some people struggle with racism as we ourselves struggle with different sins. As those who believe in Christ we reject racism and fight it with the word of the Gospel: “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

Christ God came, suffered, was crucified and rose from the dead: all this for the salvation of the world, for the sake of every person. Read more

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Church Etiquette or Some Things You Should Know While in Church

Fr. David Barr

In the Orthodox Church, there are a lot of customs and traditions that are important parts of our worship. Some are cultural; some are pious customs. Some are essential; some are not. From time-to-time, we need to address some of these various etiquette issues to inform our communities how we can best understand each other and work together to worship the all-holy Trinity.

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Time to go to Church… A Time to Fear and Dread?

Presbytera Marilisse I. Mars

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)

It’s Sunday morning. The Church bulletin says that Church starts at 10:00am. It’s now 10:30am. You’re walking to the car to take yourself and the kids to Church. Read more….

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