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     Saturday October 21 

Divine Liturgy at 9 am

Memorial Saturday of St Demetrius


Great Vespers at 5 pm


Sunday October 22

Divine Liturgy at 10 am 


Celebrating the Orthodox Christian Faith

in Merced/Atwater

Father Lawrence Gaudreau, Rector

Memorial Saturday of St Demetrius


In the spiritual experience of the Russian Church, veneration of the holy Great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica is closely linked with the memory of the defense of the nation and Church by the Great Prince of Moscow, Demetrius of the Don (May 19).

Saint Demetrius of the Don smashed the military might of the Golden Horde at the Battle of Kulikovo Field on September 8, 1380 (the Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos), set between the Rivers Don and Nepryadva. The Battle of Kulikovo, for which the nation calls him Demetrius of the Don, became the first Russian national deed, rallying the spiritual power of the Russian nation around Moscow. The “Zadonschina,” an inspiring historic poem written by the priest Sophronius of Ryazem (1381), is devoted to this event.

Prince Demetrius of the Don was greatly devoted to the holy Great Martyr Demetrius. In 1380, on the eve of the Battle of Kulikovo, he solemnly transferred from Vladimir to Moscow the most holy object in the Dimitriev cathedral of Vladimir: the icon of the Great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica, painted on a piece of wood from the saint’s grave. A chapel in honor of the Great Martyr Demetrius was built at Moscow’s Dormition Cathedral.

The Saint Demetrius Memorial Saturday was established for the churchwide remembrance of the soldiers who fell in the Battle of Kulikovo. This memorial service was held for the first time at the Trinity-Saint Sergius monastery on October 20, 1380 by Saint Sergius of Radonezh, in the presence of Great Prince Demetrius of the Don . It is an annual remembrance of the heroes of the Battle of Kulikovo, among whom are the schemamonks Alexander (Peresvet) and Andrew (Oslyab).

Commemorated on Sunday 

October 22

10 am Divine Liturgy


St. Abercius the Bishop

and Wonderworker of Hieropolis,

Equal of the Apostles

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     We are a family church of many cultures with intergenerational worship; we have a full liturgical life throughout the Church year, with many opportunities for joyful fellowship and enduring growth. Our vision is to “manifest the Kingdom of God by proclaiming and living the Orthodox Christian Faith.” Orthodox Christianity is for everyone — come and see!


     Located at the north end of California's San Joaquin Valley, St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church is dedicated to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to His promise of salvation to all mankind. The services of our mission-parish are located in the heart of Merced.


     Committed to serving Christ and His Holy Church, the people of St. Mary Magdalene welcome and encourage all visitors to be our guests, especially those who are truly seeking the path of salvation.  

Saint Mary Magdalene
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Archpriest Lawrence Gaudreau

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Oct 15, 2017
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October 8, 2017
"True Power"
October 1, 2017


Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 18th
4:45 Choir practice 
6:00 Vespers
7:00 Adult Education

Saturday, October 21st
Memorial Saturday of St. Demetrius
8:40 Hours
9:00 Divine Liturgy

Sunday, October 22nd
9:40 Hours
10:00 Divine Liturgy
Church school

Our Complete Calendars & Schedules page is here

     St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church keeps a full schedule of services for the major feast days of the Church Year. 

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A few Links to some useful websites ... 

 Orthodox Church in America - Info about Saints and Daily Scripture Readings

The Diocese of the West / Orthodox Church of America 

St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press & Bookstore - Books, Icons, and Supplies

St. Tikhon’s Bookstore, Monastery, and Press - Books, Icons, and Supplies - Orthodox Byzantine Icons

 Ancient Faith Radio - Internet Radio - Music - Podcasts

Monastery of St. John - Icons, Gifts, and Candles

Bible Gateway - Bible Verse of the Day and Bible Reference Site

Orthodox Network - Resources, Editorials, Commentaries, Media,

and Information from a Conservative Christian Perspective 


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