St. Symeon Orthodox Church is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of the South, composed primarily of American converts to Orthodoxy, along with Romanians, Russians, Serbs, Greeks, Arabs, and Bulgarians. The community is committed to keeping the Faith as transmitted by the Apostles to the first Fathers of the Church and preserved in the Holy Orthodox Church. There are links on this site for further information on Orthodoxy. Visitors are always welcome at St. Symeon! Many of us started our journey as “visitors.” We say to all, "Come and see!” Come and see and experience the unchanged Christian Faith – the Orthodox Church!
Our services are in English and open to the public. "Come and see!"
Our newest CD, Hymns of the Nativity of Christ, is currently for sale in our online store! This two-disc recording remembers the glorious birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Order by December 18 to ensure arrival for Christmas, December 25.
The entirety of human history led inexorably to and was fulfilled in one inexplicable event: the Incarnation of the Son of God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Through His Self-emptying and condescension to us on earth, He made possible our ascent with Him into the everlasting glory of His Kingdom. As Saint Ambrose of Milan says, “He was a Baby, He was a Child, so that you may be a perfect man; He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, that you may be loosed from the snares of death; He was in a manger, so that you may be in the Altar; He was on earth, that you may be in the stars. He had no place in the inn, so that you may have many mansions in the Heavens.” On this Great and Holy Feast, together with the Angels we sing, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, good will to men!,” as we exalt the Highly Exalted One Who humbled Himself, took upon Himself our nature which He formed from dust in the beginning, and redeemed it thatwe might be saved.
In this extensive two disc recording, our largest undertaking to date by far, we present a selection of hymns from the Great Compline, Festal Matins, and Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, as well as a few traditional Orthodox carols from the Ukrainian and Carpatho- Russian traditions. Looking ahead to the glorious Feast of Theophany (which used to be celebrated by the Church together with the Nativity as one grand Feast, that of the God-Man Jesus Christ and the manifestation of the worship of the Holy Trinity), we have included the Troparion of Theophany as the final track. It is Aleksandr Kastalsky’s arrangement of the ancient Znamenny Chant, and is a first-time recording in English by a full choir.
In addition, there are seven other first-time recordings of chants/hymns in English: Tracks 1, 6, the sessional hymn portion of Track 11, Tracks 13, 16, 23, and 28. There are three hymns from the ancient Byzantine Chant tradition - Tracks 5, 9, and 17. May the holy joy that filled the cave in Bethlehem and the peace of the Incarnate Christ be ever in your hearts, both during the Advent season and throughout the year! Now available through iTunes! Click here to go to the iTunes Store.
INQUIRERS CLASS WILL RESUME IN JANUARY
Saturday, December 22nd
Greatmartyr Anastasia and Her Companions
6:00PM Great Vespers
Sunday, December 23rd
Holy Ten Martyrs of Crete
10:00AM Divine Liturgy
Monday, December 24th
10:00AM Royal Hours of the Nativity
6:00PM Compline and Matins
Tuesday, December 25th
NATIVITY OF THE LORD
10:00AM Divine Liturgy
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If you would like to help support St. Symeon Orthodox Church, donations are always welcomed. Donations are, of course, tax deductable, and a letter for your records is available on request. Please donate via PayPal using the link below, or make checks payable to St. Symeon Orthodox Church and send to:
St. Symeon Orthodox Church
3101 Clairmont Avenue S
Birmingham, Alabama 35205