2148 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Fate, Fortune and God’s Will

Fate, Fortune and God’s Will

A lec­ture by: Michael Prav­i­ca, Ph.D. Pro­fes­sor of Physics Uni­ver­si­ty of Neva­da Las Vegas

Abstract: In this talk, I will focus on the nature of probability/chance in a uni­verse dom­i­nat­ed by the Heisen­berg uncer­tain­ty prin­ci­ple, Fer­mi-Dirac and Bose (i.e. quan­tum) sta­tis­tics and the mean­ing of unique­ness as a human being/child of God. I will touch on the nature of free will via the quan­tum com­pass of the soul and how we must align our moral/spiritual com­pass­es to the Holy Spir­it to choose the order­ing field of love and uni­ty instead of the dis­or­der­ing field of chaos. Con­trary to the behav­ior of ordi­nary par­ti­cles such as elec­trons, God gives each of us a spe­cial unique­ness via this spir­i­tu­al com­pass (our soul) that tran­scends the laws of our phys­i­cal uni­verse, and thus, each of has a unique tra­jec­to­ry and pur­pose as we seek to ful­fill God’s Will.

Divine Litur­gy:
When: June 2, 2019, 1PM (after Litur­gy)
Where: Parish Cen­ter at 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

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Pascha Celebration 2019

Pascha Celebration 2019

Come and cel­e­brate the Res­ur­rec­tion of our Lord and Sav­ior Jesus Christ! Ser­bian food and danc­ing.

Divine Litur­gy:
When: April 28, 2019, 10 AM — 12 PM
Where: Parish Cen­ter at 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Ban­quet & Music:
When: April 28, 2019, 12 PM
Where: St. Mark Anti­ochi­an Ortho­dox Church at 17840 Sky Park Cir­cle, Irvine, CA 92614

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Message on the Commencement of Holy and Great Lent 2019

Message on the Commencement of Holy and Great Lent 2019

To the cler­gy, monas­tics and faith­ful of our God-pro­tect­ed Dio­cese

This Sun­day we look to for­give­ness as we enter the holy jour­ney of Great Lent. For­give­ness is tru­ly a “break­through” of the King­dom into this fall­en world. The Church gives us the gift of Great Lent so that we can find true renew­al in Christ. Only a repen­tant heart is on the path to the return to uni­ty and love.

As the sacred hymnog­ra­phy of the Church urges us, all the ascetic elements—fasting, absti­nence, fru­gal­i­ty, restric­tion of per­son­al desires, intense prayer, alms­giv­ing, and confession—are essen­tial to the peri­od of Great Lent. They are pre­con­di­tions for our Eucharis­tic com­mu­nion with God and move­ment of love, and the reunion and har­mo­ny with oth­ers. Just as the sac­ri­fice on the Cross takes its mean­ing from the Res­ur­rec­tion, so all our Lenten effort find their ful­fill­ment in Holy Com­mu­nion.

How­ev­er, for all too many today, the fast is only iden­ti­fied with eat­ing cer­tain foods and avoid­ing cer­tain oth­ers. This has unfor­tu­nate­ly annulled the oth­er impor­tant fasts which are found in the tra­di­tion of our faith and which demon­strate the cre­ative nature of Chris­t­ian fast­ing. In our tra­di­tion, we find four types of fast­ing: a com­plete abstain­ing from food, abstain­ing from food until mid-after­noon; eat­ing less in order to save mon­ey for the pur­pose of alms­giv­ing, and abstain­ing not from food, but from one’s favorite activ­i­ties. What mat­tered was the rea­son for fast­ing, not its dura­tion, which was direct­ly depen­dent on that rea­son. Also, the real mean­ing of fast­ing lay not in the type of food, but on absti­nence. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, very often, deli­cious and lux­u­ri­ous foods are wel­comed by some as a form of fast­ing, pro­vid­ed they do not con­tain the pro­hib­it­ed non-lenten ingre­di­ents. With such prac­tices, wealthy Chris­tians are enabled to be iden­ti­fied as good, for they can “fast” for months on end by eat­ing var­i­ous types of expen­sive meals, while poor­er Chris­tians are not so, for they can­not afford such expen­sive cui­sine.

Anoth­er quandary for our actu­al under­stand­ing of fast­ing is the real­i­ty of those who iden­ti­fy as veg­e­tar­i­ans and veg­ans. What shall the Church sub­scribe to the vast num­ber of those who nev­er eat meat any­way? Accord­ing to Church rules con­cern­ing fast­ing, such peo­ple already fast all the time. So, our cur­rent under­stand­ing of fast­ing deprives them of the pos­si­bil­i­ty to be, from time to time, engaged in this com­mon lenten ini­tia­tive of the Church, because the Church already views them as fast­ing from par­tic­u­lar foods all the time.

There­fore, in invit­ing you to the “opened are­na of virtues” from our Epis­co­pal seat, I want to encour­age you this year, as you fast, to prac­tive benev­o­lence in the form of alms­giv­ing. This is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to reach out to oth­ers with the very love of Christ in con­crete ways as for exam­ple, alms­giv­ing to the poor and those in need. In this case, true fast­ing (Lent) will become the oppo­site of pleonex­ia (greed, avarice), i.e., an inhu­man approach which leads the con­tem­po­rary glob­al com­mu­ni­ty into a spir­i­tu­al cri­sis.

May His grace be with you dur­ing these cel­e­brat­ed sea­sons and feast.

Giv­en this Day of For­give­ness March 10th, 2019 at Alham­bra, Cal­i­for­nia

With love and bless­ings in Christ,

Bish­op Max­im


Serbian New Year 2019

Serbian New Year 2019

When? Jan­u­ary 12, 2019 — Cock­tail at 8pm, Din­ner at 9pm
Where? St. Mark Anti­ochi­an Ortho­dox Church at 17840 Sky Park Cir, Irvine, CA 92614
Music? Pagani­ni Band, Cana­da

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Nativity Lent 2018 Message from Bishop Maxim

Nativity Lent 2018 Message from Bishop Maxim

Dear Broth­ers and Sis­ters,

As we are enter­ing Nativ­i­ty Lent, the Church invites us to observe the fast to the best of your abil­i­ty, in order to par­take of the great cos­mo­genic real­i­ty of Christ’s Incar­na­tion.

Fast­ing is a great spir­i­tu­al endeav­or and the fore­most expres­sion of the Ortho­dox ascetic ide­al. Accord­ing to Basil the Great, fast­ing is as old as human­i­ty itself; it was pre­scribed in par­adise.

For this rea­son, the Church has always pro­claimed the great sig­nif­i­cance of fast­ing for our spir­i­tu­al life and sal­va­tion. This dis­ci­pline is there not just as a sea­son­al diet but is a guide to curb oth­er harm­ful aspects of our lives so that we may devel­op a vir­tu­ous life.

I invite you, beloved ones, with the guid­ance of your parish priest, to strive to observe the fast as well as one can, “repeal­ing bad habits and replac­ing them with virtues.”

May our Lord grant to you and your loved ones a blessed and peace­ful Nativ­i­ty lent.

With Love in Christ,
Bish­op Max­im


Paradise Lost <span class="amp">&</span> Paradise Regained

Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

A Psychology of Authentic Restoration to God

Dr. Steve Har­ris has vol­un­teered to do anoth­er lec­ture at our church on Sun­day, Decem­ber 3, 2017. Please, put it on your cal­en­dar and let your fam­i­ly and friends know. Thank you in advance!

When: Decem­ber 3, 2017, 12:00 PM
Where: 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

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Sister Anastasia’s Visit

Sister Anastasia’s Visit

This Fri­day, Decem­ber 1, we shall have a spe­cial vis­i­tor at our church. Sis­ter Anas­ta­sia from St. Eliz­a­beth Russ­ian Monastery from Min­sk, Belarus, will vis­it our Church for the Akasthist ser­vice at 7 PM. After the Akathist ser­vice, she will do a pre­sen­ta­tion about their monastery and bring some items for sale.

When: Decem­ber 1, 2017, 7:00 PM
Where: 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

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Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God

Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God

A Mir­a­cle-Work­ing, Myrrh-Stream­ing Iveron Icon of the Moth­er of God of Hawaii: A Bless­ing for the Faith­ful in Orange Coun­ty!

The mirac­u­lous myrrh-stream­ing icon of Hawaii will vis­it our church on Novem­ber 18, 2017. The Divine Litur­gy will begin at 10 AM fol­lowed by the Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos.

For the last ten years, an icon of the Holy Moth­er of God and Cross from the Russ­ian Ortho­dox Church in Hon­olu­lu has been stream­ing myrrh. The Myrrh-Stream­ing Iveron icon of the Holy Theotokos was rec­og­nized offi­cial­ly by Russ­ian Ortho­dox Church and Arch­bish­op Kyrill of San Fran­cis­co as “mirac­u­lous” and giv­en an arch­pas­toral bless­ing to trav­el to var­i­ous church­es to be ven­er­at­ed by the faith­ful.

Sat­ur­day evening and on Sun­day, the icon will be in LA coun­ty.

For more infor­ma­tion about the ser­vices, please, call Fr. Blasko at (949) 702‑0706 or email at OBlasko@AOL.com

The cler­gy and faith­ful from all church­es are encour­aged to attend ser­vices and be anoint­ed with the holy myrrh, tru­ly a bless­ing and a gift from the Moth­er of God.

For more infor­ma­tion about the myrrh-stream­ing icons of Hawaii, vis­it their web­site at http://www.orthodoxhawaii.org/icons.html

When: Novem­ber 18, 2017, 10:00 AM
Where: 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

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Serbian / European Food Festival

Serbian / European Food Festival

Bring your fam­i­ly and friends to enjoy this unique din­ing expe­ri­ence — the best in home­made Ser­bian and Euro­pean food and pas­tries.

While Ser­bian music plays in the back­ground and the kids’ frol­ic in the jump house, you can dine in a hos­pitable atmos­phere and then browse through the dis­plays of books, icons, and crafts. Eth­nic danc­ing will fur­ther high­light the event bring­ing you even clos­er to the tra­di­tions of the “old coun­try.”

All are wel­come and will be made to feel right at home!

For more Infor­ma­tion, you can con­tact Fr. Blasko Parak­lis at OBlasko@AOL.com or call (949) 702‑0706.

When: Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 30, 2017, and Sun­day, Octo­ber 1, 2017, from 11 am till evening
Where: 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Sat­ur­day (Sep­tem­ber 30, 2017)
12:00 pm: Dunav Kolib­ri
12:15 pm: Dunav Kolo
12:30 pm: Balkan Express
12:45 pm: Bul­gar­i­an Folk­lore Group
1:00 pm: St. Sava — San Gabriel
1:15 pm: St. Sava — San Gabriel
1:30 pm: Make­donksi Bis­eri
1:45 pm: Dori Williams — Roman­ian Singer
2:00 pm: El Camino String Ensem­ble
2:15 pm: El Camino String Ensem­ble
2:30 pm: Mag­ic Show

Sun­day (Octo­ber 1, 2017)
12:00 pm: Dunav Kolib­ri
12:15 pm: Dunav Kolo
12:30 pm: Dunav Kolib­ri
12:45 pm: Dunav Kolo
1:00 pm: St. Pet­ka — Escon­di­do
1:15 pm: St. Pet­ka — Escon­di­do
1:30 pm: St. Steven — Alham­bra
1:45 pm: St. Steven — Alham­bra
2:30 pm: St. Steven — Alham­bra
3:00 pm: Mag­ic Show

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New Research on Diabetes and Its Connection to Cancer

New Research on Diabetes and Its Connection to Cancer

While cel­e­brat­ing the Church Sla­va the Nativ­i­ty of the Most Holy Theotokos, join us for a lec­ture and dis­cus­sion of the cur­rent research per­formed at UCLA led by Dr. Tudzaro­va reveal­ing some new insights into the link between the two biggest world epi­demics, dia­betes, and can­cer.

When: Sep­tem­ber 17, 2017
Where: Fel­low­ship Hall at 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

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