Fr Bill

Coronavirus Update as of July 16th

Dear St. Basil Community,

As many of you already know, Governor Newsom issued a statewide order once again shutting down churches and businesses in 29 counties, including Orange County. Therefore, St. Basil must close our doors for communal worship once again. We will continue streaming services online via Facebook Live ONLY for at least the following two Sundays. We will continue to monitor developments here in Orange County very closely and determine how to best proceed in the following weeks.

Thank you to our Covid Task Force, Parish Council and Father Bill for your efforts in trying to bring our community together during this time.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13

Tags: Pascha Great Lent

Message from Fr Bill

Fr Bill

The Gifts of Great & Holy Pascha

Pascha is quickly approaching and so is the moment when we hear the words chanted every Anastasi Service; “Come Receive the Light” We will light our candles which symbolizes the Light of Christ and sing Christos Anesti to celebrate His victory over death. To many peoples’ surprise, this moment happens just before we begin the Divine Liturgy, where we will receive once again. This time we receive Holy Communion. All our preparation during lent should be followed by the action of taking Holy Communion that night. Yes, we are all tired and have the urge to go back to our cars with our lit candle instead of going back into the Church for the Paschal Liturgy. We need to remind ourselves that Christ offers us His body and blood that night as His gift to us.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion (the Eucharist) which literally means "Thanksgiving," is the...

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