Winter Weather Notice:
In Iowa, we frequently experience winter weather conditions that make travel difficult and dangerous. Fr. Marty lives nearby the Church, so services will not be canceled unless there is a problem with the building itself. If you do not feel safe (and confidently safe!) then do not attempt to make it to Church. The Lord will understand. Please offer the prayers of the Liturgy in your home. They can be found here.
New Coronavirus precautions effective immediately (as of March 17, 2020):
All non-liturgical services and events are canceled for the foreseeable time, at least through and including Palm Sunday.
We will continue to serve the Vespers on Saturday evening, the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning, the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Wedensday, and the Akathist Hymn to the Birthgiver of God on Friday. We will also have the Liturgy for the Annunciation. HOWEVER – Archbishop Alexander (as well as Governor Reynolds of Iowa) has limited attendance to the minimum necessary, not to exceed 10 people. Therefore, we will ask everyone to worship at home, using the prayers linked below, or following us on our live stream (also linked below). The only people explicitly permitted to attend are the clergy, one altar server, and a few (3 or 4) voices in the Choir. I will notify the people who are allowed to attend.
If you are sick and require a visit from the priest, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to make arrangements to visit either via phone, videoconference, or in person.
To honor and venerate the icons, please bow before them and do not kiss them. We will treat them the same as we treat one another for this time – with a respectable distance. The cross will not be offered for veneration. To seek a blessing from the priest, do as normal, but please out of respect for others, do not kiss the hand of the priest that offers the blessing to you.
If you are sick or work with high-risk populations, or are concerned with the risks to yourself or your family, please stay home and offer the prayers (linked here) instead.
Linked immediately below is the Service Book used at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church. Feel free to download them and follow along as you like. Note, there are a few minor discrepancies, most all in the prayers said by the priest or deacon. Two of the music settings are different, also (the Trisagion/”Holy God”, and the couple of responses during the anaphora).
Please check our Facebook page for live streaming options. Our normal service times are 6:30 PM Saturday for Great Vespers, 9:40 AM Sunday for Third and Sixth Hour prayers, followed by the Divine Liturgy at the conclusion (about 10:00 AM). During Lent, the services will include the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at 6:30 PM on Wednesday evenings, and the Akathist Hymn to the Birthgiver of God at 6:30 PM on Sunday. Check the “Events” menu for more information about services and times (all times are US Central Time).
Also, services are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube Channel. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBjeg7mZ_9K-RrEjkKX1l1w
If you would like to help defray the costs of livestreaming and help us upgrade our capabilities during this time, please contact Fr. Marty through the “Contact” page, on the menu above.
We adopt these guidelines in obedience to our Archbishop Alexander, and out of love for one another!
We are new to Ames, but in no way new! Orthodox Christianity has been around since the Church was brought into being on Pentecost. Our Church was founded on the principles of conciliarity, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit – as found in Acts 15.
The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant.
It is orthodox, but not Jewish.
It is catholic, but not Roman.
It isn’t non-denominational – it is pre-denominational.
It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago.
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So what is the message of Orthodox Christianity?
In addition to the services of the Church, our life in Christ consists of time with Him in personal prayer and silence. To help our distracted minds focus on this task, Christians have always read the scriptures, particularly the four Gospel books, as often as possible. The Church also remembers various saints on each day of the year. By reading their lives and words we can find encouragement and inspiration to follow their example, living the life in Christ in the face of adversity.
Saints of the Day:
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From The Prologue of Ohrid
Scriptures of the Day: