Resurrection, an article by Fr. Thomas Hopko

This is a nice article on the Resurrection, by Fr. Thomas Hopko, of Blessed Memory, on the Antiochian website.

Here is the link:

Vespers For April 22 Cancelled

Vespers for this Wednesday, April 22, 2015,  are cancelled. A revised calendar has been posted in our Service Schedule section.

March 22, Fourth Sunday in Lent!

Tomorrow, March 22, is the fourth Sunday in Lent, in which we commemorate St. John, the great seventh-Century ascetic and author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Orthros/Matins will begin at 9:00 AM, followed by the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM. Coffee Hour and Fellowship will follow Liturgy. As always, we would love to have you come worship God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with us!

To read more about St. John, visit the Antiochian website here:


20th Anniversary Lunch

Did you know, that on January 31, 1995, the first members of St. Barnabas were received into the Holy Orthodox Church, thus, this is the beginning date of our parish! Our actual 20th Anniversary is this coming Saturday, but, we will celebrate it on Sunday, February 1, with a carry in lunch after Liturgy. We may even have some of our long time members reminiscence about the early days of the parish.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to come celebrate with us!

Services for Sunday, December 21, 2014

“Today the Virgin cometh to the cave where she will give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word Who is before all the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when thou hearest it heralded: Glorify Him, with the angels and the shepherds, Who chose to be seen as a new-born babe, the God Who is before all the ages.” (KONTAKION OF PREPARATION OF CHRIST’S NATIVITY.)

This Sunday, December 21, Orthros/Matins will begin at 9:00 AM, followed by the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM. Coffee Hour and Fellowship will follow Liturgy. As always, all are invited to come worship with us!

Sunday, December 7!

“As Gabriel cried aloud unto thee, “Hail, O Virgin,” with that cry did the Lord of all become incarnate in thee, O holy ark, as spake the righteous David; and Thou wast revealed as more spacious than the heavens, in that thou bore thy Creator. Wherefore, glory to Him Who abode in thee; glory to Him Who came from thee; glory to Him, Who through thy birth-giving hath set us free.” Theotokion of the Resurrection for tomorrow, December 7! 

Won’t YOU come worship God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with us! Orthros/Matins will begin at 9:00 AM, followed by the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM. Coffee Hour and Fellowship will follow Liturgy. Everyone is invited!

August 29, 2014 – Elaina Capilos, Memory Eternal!!


With great sadness I must inform you that our sister in Christ, Elaina Capilos, reposed in the Lord on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. She was in Charleston with her sister-in-law, Beth, and had a heart attack while at the beach and died instantly.

Arrangements are not yet complete for the funeral, so I will inform you of them when I have them. Please keep her family and friends, especially Betty Lee, in your prayers at this sorrowful time.

May Elaina’s memory be eternal!

In Christ,

Fr. Gregory

August 4, 2014 – Wednesday Vesperal Divine Liturgry

On Wednesday, August 6, at 6:45 PM, we will celebrate a Vesperal Divine Liturgy for The Transfiguration of Christ. This is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on August 6 and August 19 (according to Old Calendarists), using the Gregorian Calendar, Julian Calendar and Revised Julian Calendar.

Jesus had gone with his disciples Peter, James, and John to Mount Tabor. Christ’s appearance was changed while they watched into a glorious radiant figure. There appeared Elijah and Moses, speaking with Jesus. The disciples were amazed and terribly afraid.

This event shows forth the divinity of Christ, so that the disciples would understand after his Ascension that He was truly the radiant splendor of the Father, and that his Passion was voluntary (Mark 9:2-9). It also shows the possibility of our own theosis.

This event was the subject of some debates between Gregory Palamas and Barlaam of Calabria. Barlaam believed that the light shining from Jesus was created light, while Gregory maintained the disciples were given grace to perceive the uncreated light of God. This supported Gregory’s larger argument that although we cannot know God in His essence, we can know Him in his energies, as He reveals Himself.

Accounts of the Transfiguration are found in the Bible: Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-9, Luke 9:28-36, and II Peter 1:16-19.


For more on the Transfiguration, click on the links below.



July 22, 2014 – Rachael “Timmie” Sloan, Memory Eternal

Brethren in Christ,
It is with sadness in our heart that we announce the repose in the Lord of our dear sister in Christ, Timmie Sloan, of St. Barnabas Church in Lexington, SC.  Timmie had a heart attack at approximately 6:30 PM Monday evening, July 21 and passed into the next life.  She was a charter member of St. Barnabas Church,  was our longtime choir director, and until recently, secretary of the Parish Council.  She was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.  May our God receive her into His heavenly kingdom, and number her with the righteous.  May her memory be eternal!

Because she is being buried at the National Cemetery at Ft. Jackson, the funeral had to be delayed until next week.  The arrangements are as follows:

Sunday, July 27
4:00 – 6:00PM Visitation at Dunbar Funeral Home
3926 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205

Monday, July 28
11:30 AM – Funeral Service, St. Barnabas Orthodox Church,
1641 Jessamine Road, Lexington, SC 29073

2:00 PM – Committal Service,
National Cemetery, Ft. Jackson,Columbia, SC

Because of the funeral activities, there will be no Divine Liturgy at St. Catherine Church in Aiken on Sunday, July 27.  All of the St. Catherine’s folks are invited to attend Divine Liturgy at St. Barnabas Church on Sunday, July 7 at 10:00 AM.

We will have our usual activities at both churches this week:

On Wednesday, July 23, we will have Vespers at St. Barnabas at 6:45 PM.  We will do a Trisagion Service for Timmie following Vespers, then have our study session.

On Thursday, July 24, we will have our Bible Study for St. Catherine’s at the Rogers’ home at 6:30 PM. We are working on Revelation chapter 11.

On Saturday, July 26, I will still be doing my office hours at St. Barnabas beginning at 11:00 AM.  Please feel free to call or email me to make an appointment to meet during that time.  At 5:00 PM, we will have an Akathist Service at St. Barnabas.

Please keep the Sloan family and our brethren at St. Barnabas Church in your prayers.

Love in Christ,

Fr. Gregory Rogers

July 16, 2014 – Vespers cancelled

Vespers for this evening, July 16, have been cancelled. This Sunday, July 20, there will be no service at St. St Barnabas Orthodox Church.  We will have a joint service with St. Catherine Orthodox Church in Aiken. Their address is 1470 Edgefield Hwy Aiken, SC 29801.  Please join us there.