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If you would like to have a candle lit, or a Vigil Light, please call the office (207-284-5651) and your candle will be lit.
We offer the following: (minimum donations)
- Small Candle – $1
- Large Candle – $7
- Vigil Light – $15
- Vigil Light – $135. This will be lit to the end of the year.
If you want, you can have a family name or single name for the Vigil Lights.
You can process your payment through Paypal (above) or by mailing a check to: St. Demetrios, 186 Bradley St, Saco, ME 04072
5 Misconceptions About The Orthodox Church
What is Orthodox Christianity
If you are unfamiliar with Orthodox Christianity, here is a little background information.
The Orthodox Church has her origin with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, not with a human teacher, or group, nor a code of conduct or religious philosophy. Orthodoxy believes that the Church has her origin in the Apostolic Community called into being by Jesus Christ, and enlivened by the Holy Spirit. The Feast of Pentecost, which is celebrated fifty days after Easter, commemorates the “outpouring” of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and marks the beginning of the mission of the Church to the world.
We are Orthodox because our tradition of prayer and worship is rooted in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic undivided Church.
The Orthodox Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and has maintained a living, historical connection with the Apostolic Church through the ordination of its clergy. The bishop that ordains an Orthodox priest today can trace his ordination historically all the way back to the Apostles, and through them to Christ. For this reason we are “apostolic” – rooted in the first Apostles – the disciples of Jesus.
We are also apostolic because we believe our calling is to go out and share our faith with others. For this reason, we welcome you to visit the Orthodox Christian parish in your neighborhood or town.
Although our parishes may carry a designation of Greek Orthodox or Russian Orthodox or some other ethnic identity, this does not imply that you need to be of a certain ethnic origin to join us in worship or to consider becoming an Orthodox Christian.
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