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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 (6:30 pm from June to the beginning of September) 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 4:30pm (5:00 pm from June to the beginning of September) 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.

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Pentecost Meditation from Metropolitan NICHOLAS

My Beloved in Christ,

Oftentimes when we go to bed at night or get up in the morning we are checking our schedules in order to understand what our next day will hold in store for us.

We check our appointments; we look at the holiday schedule; we consider where we will go for our next meeting; we ask our spouse or our children if they have anything planned; and sometimes we even figure out what we will do for lunch before we leave our house.

When we consider how we live our lives, I think it is fair to say that we usually find ourselves living according to how we were brought up as well as according to how our own personal life experiences have changed us. We receive something from our homes and something from the world in which we live.

Unfortunately, too often we do not consider how our lives should be changed and perfected based on the message of the Gospel. We have scheduled so many things in our daily lives that we have forgotten to include the reality of the Church outside of our private homes.

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A Mother’s Prayer for her Child/Children

O Holy Father, eternal God, from Whom all goodness and blessings flow, I humbly pray to Thee for the child that has been given unto me. Preserve my child/children in grace and sanctify him/her/them, that Thy Holy Name may be hallowed in him/her/them. Guide me in Thy Grace that I may bring him/her/them up for the glory of Thy Holy Name and for the benefit of mankind. Grant me the necessary means for this work, patience and fortitude. O Lord, enlighten my child/children by the light of Thy wisdom that he/she/they may learn to love Thee with all their soul and thoughts. Read more

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A Pascha Greeting from Metropolitan NICHOLAS of Detroit

Christ is Risen!

We have come through a period of fasting and self- examination, of self-denial and quiet, a period of reflection and prayer, and now we have arrived to this blessed period of Pascha when we proclaim the joy of the Resurrection of Christ. Indeed, this unique event in human history has effectively changed the world. From a small group of people who lived and walked and talked with Jesus – the group of people that now calls Him Lord covers the world. Mighty is His name!

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The Orthodox West

The Orthodox West is a film that follows the journey of three men becoming Western Rite clergy. Click here to view the film.

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The Church of the Gauls

  1. THE BEGINNINGS OF THE GALLIC CHURCH

The Gallic Church had its beginnings in the first century. Western tradition holds that Gaul (France) was initially evangelized and baptized by St. Mary Magdalene, St. Lazarus the Four-DaysDead, and his sisters Sts. Mary and Martha. Read more

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