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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.

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Nativity Meditation

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

The gates of Eden are opened to the nations, when the Redeemer is born in a cave.

O Virgin, you are truly a pure golden censer, the dwelling of the Trinity whom no space can contain.  For in you the Son came to dwell.

God’s coming to us at Christmas is in itself an unfathomable mystery, but it is a mystery that makes sense of everything else written in Scripture.

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Nativity Meditation

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

The dark cave of dumb beasts in Bethlehem becomes heaven and is filled with the unwaning, uncreated light of Divinity. Christ is born that our dark souls may be filled with light.

“As thou didst deign to lie in a cave and in a manger of irrational beasts, so also deign to lie in the manger of my irrational soul and to enter my defiled body.”—Pre-communion Prayers

Christ was born first in Bethlehem, that He might be born second in our soul.

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Nativity Meditation

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. —Galatians 4:4-5

Overcome by pity, God was well pleased to lift man up by lowering Himself to divinize His creation. He chose the pure Virgin Mary as the mediatrix of that mystery in which He assumed from her the nature of mankind.

O Virgin Mother of God, through you we have been reconciled to God, you are the cause of the renewal for the whole human race

Christmas means God comes to us in Person. He comes Himself.

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Nativity Meditation

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

In the Temple of God the Virgin is seen openly, foretelling to all the coming of Christ…

Christmas means that “people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”  We walk bravely through the valley of shadows hand in hand with Him who is the light of the world.

Christmas means we do not have to ​be victimized, terrorized by sins of the past.  God’s great Gift to us at Christmas​ is​  a Savior; one Who wipes out the sins of the past.

Christmas means that God cared enough to give the Best.  “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.”  John 3:16.  ​If God cared enough to give the Best, “will He not give us all things with Him.” Romans 8:32

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Nativity Meditation

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Christmas means that the “the Word, the Eternal God, was made flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.  God did that for us in order to communicate His love to us.

Christmas means that Emmanuel has come; God is not an impersonal machine.  He is a Person, “Emmanuel-God with us.” “you shall call His name Jesus.”  God is a person who wants to establish a personal relationship with you.  He is a person to whom you can pray;  a Person who for cares for you: a Person Who has reserved a place for you in heaven.

Christmas means that God has visited His people.  He came not just to visit but to stay.  “Lo, I am with you always even to the end of the world.”  He came at Bethlehem.  He comes now.  He will come again at the end time to judge the living and the dead.

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