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From the Fathers – Pentecost

“Jesus tells us that His holy Disciples will be more courageous and more understanding when they would be, as the Scripture says, Endowed with power from on high (Luke 24:49) He tells us also that when their minds would be illuminated by the torch of the Spirit they would be able to see into all […]

Orthopraxis – Pentecost – Trinity Sunday

The custom of adorning the church with trees, branches, flowers, and grass on Pentecost (Trinity Sunday) goes back to ancient times. The Old Testament Pentecost was the feast of the first harvest (Ex. 23:16). People brought the first fruits of their harvest and flowers into the court of the Temple. In New Testament times, the […]

The Feast of Pentecost

by Fr. Alexander Schmemann In the Church’s annual liturgical cycle, Pentecost is “the last and great day.” It is the celebration by the Church of the coming of the Holy Spirit as the end – the achievement and fulfillment – of the entire history of salvation. For the same reason, however, it is also the […]

Services in the Orthodox Home

In addition to the temple where we meet and worship on Saturday, Sunday, feast days and various other occasions, it is a part of normal Orthodox Christian life to have regular services in the home, usually in the “beautiful corner” set aside for such purposes. We all know about morning and evening prayers and house […]

Welcome to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church!

14220 Elva Avenue Saratoga, CA 95070 Phone/fax: (408) 867-0628 Map and DirectionsSt. Nicholas Orthodox Church is part of the Orthodox Church in America, within the Diocese of the West, and belonging to the Pacific Central Deanery. We are located near the Saratoga Village, on the West end of Silicon Valley. Our members commute from all […]