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A Christmas Gift to All: Candlelight Christmas Concert Sunday Dec. 18 at Saint Ann

St. Ann invites families, neighbors and friends to a complementary Candlelight Christmas Concert featuring The Larry Deming String Quartet performing a collection of classical and popular Christmas compositions celebrating the birth of the Messiah.

Evergreen branch, tree ornamebt and sheet music

Join us for a this celebratory introduction to Christmas week – the concert begins on Sunday, December 18th @ 6:00 p.m., and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the Parish Hall. No reservations needed.

This is the second annual Christmas offering in the Edmond Nahom Memorial Concert Series, made possible through the generosity of the Nahom Family Foundation.


Saint Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 181 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT


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Holiday Goodness coming your way this weekend! St. Ann’s Middle Eastern Food Festival & Holiday Bazaar begins Friday night

Our annual bazaar is fast approaching – join us on Friday November 4 (5:00 to 9:00) and Saturday November 5 (11:00 am to 8:900 pm) for a good time among friends and family, feasting on our delicious, savory Lebanese wraps and platters along with our famous assortment of parish made pastries and cookies.

The Bazaar will also feature handmade crafts, vendor booths, and more.

More info – including our fantastic kitchen and pastry menus – is available here.

Fatayer meat pies…just one of the delicious house made foods available at the Bazaar
A sample of the fine craft items available at the Bazaar this year
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St. Ann’s Middle Eastern Food Festival & Holiday Bazaar, Nov. 4 & 5, 2022

Join us for our annual Bazaar on Friday November 4 (5:00 to 9:00) and Saturday November 5 (11:00n am to 8:900 pm) for a good time among friends and family, feasting on our delicious, savory Lebanese wraps and platters along with our famous assortment of parish made pastries and cookies.

The Bazaar will also feature handmade crafts, vendor booths, a tag sale and a raffle.

More info – including links to online kitchen & pastry order forms – available here!

The flavor and quality of our traditional baked goods is legendary!
Fatayer meat pies…just one of the delicious house made foods available at the Bazaar
A sample of the fine craft items available at the Bazaar this year
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St. Ann’s Middle Eastern Food Festival & Holiday Bazaar is Nov. 4 & 5, 2022. Online and phone pre-orders are open now!

Our annual bazaar is fast approaching – join us on Friday November 4 (5:00 to 9:00) and Saturday November 5 (11:00n am to 8:900 pm) for a good time among friends and family, feasting on our delicious, savory Lebanese wraps and platters along with our famous assortment of parish made pastries and cookies.

The Bazaar will also feature handmade crafts, vendor booths, a tag sale and a raffle.

More info – including links to online kitchen & pastry order forms – available here!

Fatayer meat pies…just one of the delicious house made foods available at the Bazaar
A sample of the fine craft items available at the Bazaar this year
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Holiday Bazaar: November 4 & 5, 2022

Some of the hand made crafts featured at this year’s Bazaar

Online ordering opens today for St. Ann’s annual Holiday Bazaar, featuring fabulous house made Middle Eastern food and sweets, a tag sale, raffle, and handmade crafts.

This year’s kitchen menu brings back some old favorites, and also features new plant-based combination platters and sides, including fatayer (meat & spinach), kibbe, chicken and kafta kebabs, stuffed grape leaves, tabbouli, and so much more. Our baked goods include delicious mahmoul, date fingers, ka’ak, graybee and baklawa, along with nut or cheese knafee.

Hours are Friday, November 4 from 5: 00 to 9:00 pm, and Saturday November 5 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Find more information and online ordering here.

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Celebrating the Feast of the Transfiguration

We offer this primer of the Feast of the Transfiguration, with links to music of the feast. Enjoy!

We will celebrate the feast on Saturday morning, August 6, immediately after the baptism and chrismation of David Adam Tijanic, which will begin at 9:30 a.m.

It is traditional to bring fruit to to church be blessed on the feast. All are welcome and encouraged to bring a basket or tray of fruit, which should be left on the tetrapod set up before the icon.

The feast captures a decisive moment in the mission of the Messiah. It occurs just as Jesus is setting out on his final journey to Jerusalem. It commemorates his metamorphosis on Mount Tabor when he appeared in divine glory, his face shining like the sun and his garments white as light. The apostles Peter, James, and John had been specially chosen as witnesses and they observe Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah about the “exodus” he will undergo in the Holy City. Peter offers to build three booths for them, a reference to the Feast of Tabernacles, suggesting that the events coincided with the ancient feast. It may also suggest that Peter, hearing of the “exodus” that Christ must undergo, sought to delay the inevitable. Suddenly, a bright cloud, the Shekinah, overshadows them and the voice of the Father is heard, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” The glorious light of the Resurrection was revealed to strengthen the disciples for the trials that they were soon to experience when Jesus offered himself up or the life of the world.

The event of the Transfiguration is recorded in three of the four Gospels: Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8, and Luke 9:28-36.

Icon of the Feast

Christ appears in a dominant position in the icon, within a circular mandorla. His right hand is raised in blessing, and his left hand contains a scroll. The mandorla with its varying shades of blue represents the divine glory and light. The halo around the head of Christ is inscribed with the Greek words ΌώΝ, meaning “The One Who is.”

Elijah (Elias) and Moses stand at the top of separate mountain peaks to the left and right of Christ. They are bowing toward Christ with their right hands raised in a gesture of intercession towards him. They represent the Law and the Prophets

The three Apostles show by their posture their response to the transfiguration. James has fallen over and is raising his hands to cover his eyes. John in the center has fallen prostrate. Peter is kneeling and raises his right hand toward Christ in a gesture expressing his desire to build the three booths. The garments of the Apostles are in a state of disarray as to indicate the dramatic impact the vision has had on them.

The feast points to the great and glorious Second Coming of our Lord and the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God when all of creation will be transfigured and filled with light.

Hymns of the Feast

Troparion of Transfiguration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPpIr809GLw

Another Version: https://saintannorg.files.wordpress.com/…/39-7th-tone…

Kontakion of Transfiguration: https://saintannorg.files.wordpress.com/…/40-7th-tone…

Hirmos of Transfiguration: https://saintannorg.files.wordpress.com/…/53-hirmos-for…

Kinonikon of Transfiguration: https://saintannorg.files.wordpress.com/…/54-kinonikon…

On the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ our God, and Your Disciples saw as much of Your glory as they could hold, so that when they should see You crucified, they would know that You suffer willingly, and would proclaim to the world that You are the Splendor of the Father. (Kontakion of the Transfiguration)

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Sign up now! Free live music & dancing with the incomparable Clark Eno Orchestra, Saturday June 18

The Clark Eno Orchestra offers the best in live dance music with a classic mix of Rock, Pop, Big Band, Swing, Motown & hits from the 70s, 80s 90s and beyond – and Saint Ann invites our friends to join us on Saturday, June 18, 2022 for music and dancing with this fantastic band.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Music in two sets from 7:30-10:30.

Tickets are free at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/332453917617

Free will offerings may be made at the door.

If you love great music, good times & dancing, this night is for you!

The Clark Eno Orchestra is led by composer/drummer Clark Eno.   Clark Eno is a well-respected band leader in Fairfield County and New York City. His ensembles have been selected to perform at such highly esteemed events as The Bushnell Theater For The Performing Arts Gala for 6 consecutive years, First Night New York City at The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, The Midsummer Night Swing Series at Lincoln Center on several occasions and the 80th birthday party of dance legend Frankie Manning, the originator of the Lindy Hop. Clark Eno’s compositions have been featured on TV and radio, his songs Come Out Swinging and King of Swing have been part of Major League Baseball’s promotions for decades. His bands have entertained at weddings and corporate events from Maine to DC.

More videos of past performances!

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Coming to Saint Ann June 18 – free live music & dancing with the incomparable Clark Eno Orchestra

The Clark Eno Orchestra offers the best in live dance music with a classic mix of Rock & Pop, Big Band, Swing, Motown & hits from the 70s, 80s 90s and beyond – and Saint Ann invites our friends to join us on Saturday, June 18, 2022 for an evening of music and dancing with this fantastic band.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Music in two sets from 7:30-10:30.

Tickets are free!

Advance registration is available to parishioners through May 29.

Tickets will be available to the public on Eventbrite starting on May 30.

If you love great music, good times & dancing, this night is for you!

The Clark Eno Orchestra is led by composer/drummer Clark Eno.   Clark Eno is a well-respected band leader in Fairfield County and New York City. His ensembles have been selected to perform at such highly esteemed events as The Bushnell Theater For The Performing Arts Gala for 6 consecutive years, First Night New York City at The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, The Midsummer Night Swing Series at Lincoln Center on several occasions and the 80th birthday party of dance legend Frankie Manning, the originator of the Lindy Hop. Clark Eno’s compositions have been featured on TV and radio, his songs Come Out Swinging and King of Swing have been part of Major League Baseball’s promotions for decades. His bands have entertained at weddings and corporate events from Maine to DC.

More videos of past performances to get your dance moves ready!

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Father Tom’s free online course in Catholic Bioethics starts May 16, 2022

Bioethical questions—those issues that exist at the intersection of science, medicine, morality, and law—affect our daily lives in myriad ways. Faced with a constantly changing landscape of rapid technological developments and shifting ethical norms in our culture, the Church seeks to provide a clear and consistent voice to champion the dignity of the human person in every stage of life.

In this course, Fr. Tom will present a broad range of topics in bioethics that touch on contemporary moral questions from conception to death.

Preview of the live, free, online weekly course in Catholic Bioethics beginning May 2022.

The free course is being offered to the public through the Institute for Catholic Culture , a non-profit Catholic adult education institute dedicated to the re-evangelization of our society. All Institute programs are open to the public, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, at no charge.

The live, weekly Catholic Bioethics course will be conducted in the ICC’s online classroom, and as with everything at the ICC, it is offered free of charge.

The course syllabus is available online, and registration is already open. The last day to apply is Tuesday, May 3.

A course orientation session will be held on Monday, May 9 at 8:00 pm ET.

The course will be offered weekly on Monday nights from May 16, 2022 to October 17, 2022.

Follow the Institute for Catholic Culture on Facebook: @InstituteofCatholicCulture

Subscribe to Saint Ann’s Youtube channel here.

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The St. Ann Palm Sunday Bake Sale Returns! 4/9&10/22

Welcome back after a COVID hiatus to our Parish’s traditional Palm Sunday Bake Sale, brought to you by our energetic Ladies Guild bakers!

We will be open on Saturday, April 9 from 11:30 to 1:30 and on Palm Sunday, April 10, immediately after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.

As is our tradition, we will be offering this year a delicious assortment of sweets baked in our own kitchen. Here’s that rare chance to get the finest mamoul, Ka’ak, makaron, graybeh, baklawa, knafee (nut or cheese), date fingers, and Ka’ak with dates, each made of the best ingredients according to our own recipes.

Order Early!

It’s also a tradition that most of our offerings are sold out early!

But it’s easy to place advance orders if you wish – they’ll be accepted until Sunday, April 2:

  • Call Najlah Antous at 203-798-0693

OR

  • Fill in our order form and email it to info@saintann.org
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Novena for Peace in Ukraine; Consecration of Russia & Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Where

Saint Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 181 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT

"Intercession", an icon by contemporary iconographer Sviatoslav Vladyka (Lviv, Ukraine)
Intercession, by contemporary Ukrainian iconographer Sviatoslav Vladyka

When:

March 17- 24

Daily @ 12:00 noon – Novena preparing for the consecration of Russia & Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

March 25       

@ 11:45 am – final day of the Novena before the consecration

@ 12:00 pm – live broadcast of the Pope’s Consecration

@   5:30 pm – Divine Liturgy (Mass) for peace in Ukraine

Who: 

Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Marty on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, at 5:00 pm (12:00 pm EDT)

Why:

In 1917 Our Lady of Fatima requested that the Pope consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. If done, peace would follow. Pope John Paull II made the consecration in 1984 and a period of peace followed. However, Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki, Chairman of the Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops of Ukraine, explained: “That time of peace is over now, so we need to repeat the act of consecration of Russia and Ukraine.” Recently, with war raging in their land, the bishops of Ukraine appealed to the Pope for a renewed consecration. The holy father agreed and has scheduled the Act of Consecration for March 25, 2022

How:

Archbishop Mokrzycki: All of the Catholic bishops of Ukraine, both Greek-Catholic and Roman Catholic, will make the consecration in their Cathedrals on March 25th after leading their faithful in a novena preparing for the consecration, beginning on March 17. “[W]e would be very grateful if the whole Church around the world would join us in prayer for this intention.”

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For God Is With Us


Icon of Theotokos with Child

My brothers and sisters, in this graced season of Lent we remember the days that Jesus fasted and prayed and was tested in the desert following his baptism. His example is meant for us, so let us join in fasting and prayer, for some things, even great and mighty things, are only possible through prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:21.

Our Lenten Liturgical Schedule offers many opportunities to praise God, embrace his mercy, and experience the freedom that flows from repentance.  Join us, so that we may raise our voices as one in the presence of Christ Jesus, LORD, for he has promised “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20


Saint Ann Melkite Catholic Church 2022 Lenten Liturgical Schedule 

All services except Sunday @ 5:30 pm

Sundays @ 10:00 am


Mondays                                 Great Compline

Wednesdays                           Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Fridays (except March 25)      Akathist Hymn

Thursday, March 24             Great Vespers

Friday, March 25                  Divine Liturgy

Sundays                                  Divine Liturgy


Icon of the Mother of God of Tenderness
Icon of the Akathist Hymn