As an aid to Orthodox Christians self-isolating or self-quarantining, or attending parishes which have curtailed their service schedules in the interest of public health, we offer texts for Sunday and Feast Day Typica, and Saturday Vespers as Readers' Services. Hyperlinks in the monthly calendar for the St. Mary Magdalene Chapel on the dates when the services are appointed will display or download pdf versions of complete service texts. Those from other communities taking advantage of these texts should substitute the hymnography and ascriptions appropriate to their own community's patron for those to St. Mary Magdalene provided in the texts. Also please visit the Antiochian Archdiocese COVID-19 resource page, which includes links to services being live-streamed by parishes throughout the Archdiocese, reader service texts from the Archdiocese, homeschooling resources, and the Encyclical and more recent Pastoral Letter from Metropolitan JOSEPH concerning the pandemic.
Orthodoxkansas.org exists to provide a web presence for Orthodox Christian parishes, missions, chapels and organizations in the state of Kansas. It is a ministry of the St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Christian Chapel, Manhattan, KS.
You can now support Holy Orthodoxy in North Central Kansas by donating online to orthodoxkansas.org:
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orthodoxkansas.org provides a variety of resources for Orthodox Christians and those interested in learning more about the Holy Orthodox Faith:
- What is an Orthodox Christian?
- What do Orthodox Christians Believe?
- Suggested readings for the Inquirers' Classes and Catechism Classes at St. Mary Magdalene are available for download
in MSWord format in the Christian Education section of
the St. Mary Magdalene Chapel webpage.
- A Brief History of the Holy
Orthodox Church (with particular emphasis on North America and our Archdiocese)
- Nearby Parishes (Websites and other info)
- Links to other Orthodox Christian Websites
- A Cloud of Witnesses
Archive of Past Issues. The newsletter of All Saints Orthodox Church, Salina, KS, includes edifying spiritual readings, written or compiled from patristic sources ancient and modern by Archimandrite Daniel Griffith, pastor of All Saints, and senior priest of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
- Upcoming Feasts and Fasts
- Contact us
All Saints Orthodox Church, St. Mary Magdalene Chapel, Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Holy Transfiguration Church, and Three Hierarchs Mission are all under the omophorion of Bishop BASIL of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America of the Self-Ruled Antiochican Archdiocese of North America.
Orthodox Parishes Throughout Kansas (with links to homepages or other information):
- St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox
St. Mary Magdalene House, 913 Riley Lane, Manhattan, KS 66502
Host church to the K-State OCF.
- All Saints Orthodox Church
2818 Scanlan Ave., Salina, KS 67401
- Sts. Peter and
Paul Orthodox Church
2525 Huntoon, Topeka, KS 66604
- Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Christian Church
116 N. Washington, Hillsboro, KS 67063
- Three Hierarchs Orthodox Christian Mission
2009 N. Main St., Garden City, KS 67846
- St. Basil the Great Antiochian
9302 Riverview Ave, Kansas City, KS 66112
- Holy Trinity
11901 Pflumm Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213
- St. George Orthodox Christian
7515 East 13th, Wichita, KS 67206
- St. Mary Orthodox
344 S. Martinson, Wichita, KS 67213
Fr. Aaron's blog: lifebearingwilderness
- Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
805 N. Dellrose, Wichita, KS 67208
- St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
7230 E 29th Street North, Wichita, KS 67226
- St. Dionysius Greek Orthodox Church
8100 West 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66212
- St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
11001 Greenwood Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
parish phone (913) 469-9200, rectory phone (913) 499-8929
- St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church
310 N. 72nd St., Kansas City, KS 66112
- St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church
846 Illinois, Ste A, Lawrence, KS 66044
- Sts. Peter and Fevronia Orthodox Church (ROCOR)
845 S. Cherry St., Olathe, KS
Mailing address: P.O. Box 12700 Overland Park, KS 66282-2700
- St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church
10024 W. 49th Street, Merriam, KS 66203
(Oriental Orthodox (non-Chalcedonian))
- The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America Successor organization to SCOBA.
- Orthodox Christian NetworkMedia ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops: providing three online radio stations (The Rudder -- traditional Orthodox liturgical music; The Ark -- an Orthodox answer to protestant "Christian music" stations; and The Anchor -- Orthodox talk radio), edifying podcasts, Orthodox video content via the internet, and radio programming for traditional broadcast radio stations.
- The Ascetic Experience Web ministry of the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi, Mount Athos. Brief, spiritually edifying sayings and readings, supported by a visually beautiful website with scenes of life on the Holy Mountain. New!
- lifebearingwilderness Blog by Fr. Aaron Warwick, pastor of St. Mary, Wichita
- Mystagogy (blog) Blog by John Sandiopoulos, highly commended by Hieromonk Davidl [Griffith] for its spiritually edifying content and fidelity to Holy Tradition. Readings from the lives of the saints during Typica services at St. Mary Magdalene, Manhattan are sometimes drawn from its content.
- Outreach AlaskaHomepage of the Wichta-based outreach ministry in support of the OCA's Russian Orthodox Diocese of Alaska. Provides a variety of programs by which more materially well-endowed communities and individuals in the Lower-48 can provide assistance to the Church in our North American spiritual homeland.
- St. Herman Theological Seminar Homepage of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Alaska's seminary, where Archpriest Chad Hatfield, the founding priest of both All Saints, Salina and St. Mary Magdalene, Manhattan, lately served as Academic Dean.
- St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Homepage of the pan-Orthodox seminary of which Fr. Chad is now President.
- Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Home page of the Greek Archdiocese's main seminary, Fr. Joseph Longofono's alma mater, and the associated liberal arts college.
- St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Home page of St. Tikhon's Seminary, the alma mater of Fr. Christopher Morris, pastor of St. George, Kearney, NE, who came to Holy Orthodoxy through St. Mary Magdalene, Manhattan.
- St. Gregory Palamas Monastery Homepage of the English-speaking monastery of the Greek Archdiocese near Mansfield, Ohio, includes many edifying passages from the Holy Fathers not available elsewhere in English, though these are harder to find now that the fathers use blog-style software provided by the Greek Archdiocese.
- The Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael Recently refurbished website of the OCA men's monastery in Canones, NM. The website will eventually include an archive of Doxa, the Monastery's quarterly journal, which publishes topical articles on current issues; book, and occasionally, movie reviews; and spiritually edifying meditations. For now it includes chiefly news of the Monastery and a way of subscribing to mailings of Doxa.
- Orthodox Christian News Site maintained by the Orthodox Christian Laity, an organization actively working for the unity of the various canonical Orthodox jurisdictions into one organically united Orthodox Church: Orthodox-related news releases from a broad variety of news agencies, plus editorials & reader-reactions.
- St. Pachomius Library A first draft of an encyclopedia of Orthodox Christianity.
- The Orthodox Christian Foundation useful links to other Orthodox sites and edifying reading.
- Eighth Day Books On Line The website of Wichita's jewel of a bookstore, with probably the best selection in the US of Orthodox Christian books under one roof.
- Ancient Faith Radio Orthodox internet radio, programming includes the Daily Orthros, the Hours, Vespers and the Midnight Office, broadcast of the Sunday Divine Liturgy, and a "Great Tapes" series. Between programs named on the schedule at the website, the station plays recorded hymns of the Church and offers brief edifying readings from the Holy Fathers and the lives of the Saints. A ministry of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church, Chicago, IL.
- The Antiochian Archdiocese homepage for the North American exarchate of the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Archdiocese under whose jurisdiction the clergy of all parishes, missions and chapels with pages hosted on orthodoxkansas.org serve
- The Orthodox Church in America homepage of the (autocephalous) Orthodox Church of America.
- The Greek Archdiocese homepage for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the North American exarchate of the Patriarch of Constantinople. Includes links to the Orthodox World News.
- ROCOR homepage of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. ROCOR publishes Orthodox America .
- The Orthodox Christian Information Center: a traditionalist Orthodox website with much edifying content, run by a ROCOR layman, who like your humble webmaster came to Holy Orthodoxy from Presbyterianism by way of Anglicanism.
- St. Pachomius Library A first draft of an encyclopedia of Orthodox Christianity.
The Orthodox Christian belongs to the Body of Christ, the Church of Christ. This Eastern Orthodox Church is organically the same congregation (or ecclesia) which was born at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem on Pentecost, a direct continuation from the Apostles by laying on of hands from each generation of priests to the next. The Orthodox Christian recognizes the rich Christian heritage and proclaims that he belongs to this Church, which corresponds to the Church of the Apostles as does a grown-up person correspond to a picture taken of him as a child.
The Orthodox Christian has been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity and follows the ideals and beliefs of both the Scriptures and Sacred Tradition. He believes in a living and loving God, Whose Grace protects and guides him in the path of redemption. He believes that God has revealed Himself in the Bible through the Prophets and especially in the Person of Jesus Christ, His only-begotten Son who is man's Savior. He especially believes in the Incarnation of Christ as God-Man, in His Crucifixion and Resurrection, in His Gospel and Commandments, and in the world to come.
(Excerpts from THE FAITH WE HOLD by Archbishop Paul of Finland)
The Basic Statement of Orthodox Christian Beliefs:
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and
of all things
visible and invisible;|
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made:
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;
And the third day He rose again, according to the scriptures;
And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father;
And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets;
And I believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
I look for the Resurrection of the dead, and the Life of the world to come. Amen.
This statement of belief was drawn up at the first two universal or Ecumenical Councils of the Church, at Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381.
Those interested in learning more about Orthodox Christian teachings and about Orthodox Christian positions on contemporary issues may find the following links useful.
- An Orthodox Catechism link to a catechism in the Orthodox Page in America website: good reading, but, alas organized as one big document without internal hyperlinks.
- Bases of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church: the official English translation of the recent major formal statement of the Holy Synod of Moscow addressing a host of contemporary issues. Other statements on contemporary issues from the Russian Orthodox Church (as well as news) can be found on the official website of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, orthodoxeurope.org.
- An Orthodox View of Abortion as stated in the amicus curiae brief filed by the Holy Orthodox Church in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, complete with footnotes.
Great Lent began this year on Monday 15 March. We abstain from all products from animals with bones and blood, including milk and eggs, from olive oil and from wine and strong drink from then until Holy Pascha, with a katalysis for oil and wine on Saturdays and Sundays (except Holy Saturday, this year 1 May, when only wine is permitted) and for fish, oil and wine and the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) and Palm Sunday (this year 25 April).
During Bright Week from Holy Pascha (this year 2 May) until Thomas Sunday (this year 9 May) we do not fast. Although the Holy Synod of Antioch permits the entire period from Pascha until Holy Pentecost (this year 20 June), to be fast-free, a more traditional observance is to resume the Wednesday and Friday fasts in commemoration of Our Lord's betrayal and Saving Crucifixion, after Thomas Sunday, but to keep them with a katalysis for oil and wine, or for fish, oil and wine.
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