First Mission Station Services Announced!

The first services of the Holy Apostles Mission Station, which was recently established by His Grace, Bishop Irénée, will take place February 7 & 8th, 2015. The services will take place at the historic Tabernacle at Camp Charis (click for map), located at 41935 Hack Brown Road, in Chilliwack. Camp Charis is south of the Trans-Canada Highway, and west of Bridal Falls.

Tabernacle - Exterior, amidst the trees.

Tabernacle – Exterior, amidst the trees.

Saturday Feb. 7th – 6:00pm – Great Vespers
Sunday Feb. 8th – 8:30am – Matins (come when you are able as a prayerful preparation for the Liturgy), followed by Divine Liturgy at approximately 9:30am

All are warmly welcome!

This scenic location, nestled amidst the soaring trees, will provide a fitting place for the Orthodox worship of Almighty God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

Tabernacle, Camp Charis

The historic Tabernacle Camp Charis will be the venue for the first services of the Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission Station.

We are blessed that we will be able to meet in this location for regular liturgical services through Great Lent and Holy Pascha (April 12th). It will be a very good place to begin our life together in prayer. We would like to thank the great people at Camp Charis, for their warm Christian hospitality, and ask God’s blessing upon them.

If you have any questions about the upcoming services, feel free to contact Father Matthew at orthodoxchilliwack@gmail.com

Mission Station established by His Grace Bishop Irénée

The Holy Apostles Mission Station was formally established by His Grace, the Right Reverend Irénée, Bishop of Ottawa and Canada, in late November 2015. This Mission Station is the first established by His Grace since his elevation to the See of Ottawa as Ruling Bishop of the Archdiocese of Canada.

His Grace, Bishop Irenee, Bishop of Ottawa and Canada

His Grace, Bishop Irenee, Bishop of Ottawa and Canada

We are grateful for His Grace’s archpastoral blessing and prayers, and look forward to greeting him in his new Mission outpost in Chilliwack, when the Lord blesses.

Eis polla eti Despota!

Holy Apostles Mission Station - Establishment and Assignment Letter

Synaxis of the Seventy – The Mission’s First “Patronal Feast Day”

With the Feast! 

The Holy Apostles of the Seventy, being blessed for their mission by our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Holy Apostles of the Seventy, being blessed for their mission by our Lord Jesus Christ.

In between the glorious Great Feasts of Nativity and Theophany, on January 4th, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Seventy Holy Apostles sent out by our Lord Jesus Christ to proclaim the Kingdom of God (Luke 10.1). This day is known as the “Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles,” is one of the two main patronal Feast Days of our Holy Apostles Mission Station in Chilliwack, the other being the Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles, which the Church celebrates on June 30th. It is truly an honour to know that these faithful witnesses to the Good News are praying to the Lord for each of us. May we follow their examples as we serve the Lord together in the Fraser Valley – bearing God’s love and mercy to all we encounter.

In the ninth century St Joseph the Hymnographer composed the Canon for the Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles of Christ. These are the two main hymns for this holy day:

Troparion (Tone 3)
Holy apostles of the Seventy,
entreat the merciful God
to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.

Kontakion (Tone 2)
O faithful, let us praise with hymns
the choir of the seventy disciples of Christ.
They have taught us all to worship the undivided Trinity,
for they are divine lamps of the Faith.

In future years, we will look forward to sharing this day as a community, in prayer and celebration.