St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church
872 N. 29th St. Boise, ID
an American parish of the Russian Orthodox Church
  • Due to the rush of preparations for the visit of the Archbishop and the raising of the Cross, this November newsletter is delayed a few weeks and will be combined with the December newsletter.
  • The Nativity fast begins on November 28. That is also the civil festival of Thanksgiving, therefore by our local tradition on that day the fast is relaxed to include fish wine and oil.  On Thanksgiving day we will sing the molieben and akathist of Thanksgiving in the Church at 10 a.m. to give praise to God for all that He has given us in the past year.
  • Wednesday, December 4 (11/21 os) is the feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the temple.  There will be Vigil on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. for the feast and Divine Liturgy at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.
  • Thursday, December 19 (12/6 os) is the feast of St. Nicholas. This is the altar feast of the Cathedral in Seattle and so I would encourage those who wish to celebrate there to attend if possible.  For those who are unable to go to Seattle, we will also have the services for St. Nicholas: Vigil on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. and Divine Liturgy at 8 a.m. on Thursday.
  • Western Christmas day, Wednesday December 25 (12/12 os), is for us the feast of St. Herman of Alaska, the first saint of North America and the patron of the American lands. We will have vigil for the feast on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. and the Divine Liturgy for the feast at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
  • The Saint Herman’s Youth Conference (December 26-30) is in Los Angeles this year. Those who have registered can request a ride to Los Angeles via a van leaving from Salt Lake City (as long as there are seats available) – see Fr. David for details.
  • Remember that secular New Year’s Eve and Day (December 31 & January 1) fall within the fast. Due to the festive nature of the occasion, the fast will be relaxed to allow for fish, wine and oil on these days.