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Today: Pray for Your Departed Loved Ones

Father Tom will offer the Divine Liturgy today, February 6, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. On this Saturday of the Dead, parishioners and friends have the opportunity to pray for the souls of their departed family and friends.

Weather permitting, Fr. Tom will also offer a Memorial Service for the deceased parishioners of St. Ann at the St. Peter Cemetery immediately after the Divine Liturgy.

A short history of the services for the Saturday of Souls is here.

“Weep for those who die in their wealth and who with all their wealth prepared no consolation for their own souls, who had the power to wash away their sins and did not will to do it. Let us weep for them, let us assist them to the extant of our ability, let us think of some assistance for them, small as it may be, yet let us somehow assist them. But how, and in what way? By praying for them and by entreating others to pray for them, by constantly giving alms to the poor on their behalf. Not in vain was it decreed by the apostles that in the awesome mysteries remembrance should be made of the departed. They knew that here there was much gain for them, much benefit. When the entire people stands with hands uplifted, a priestly assembly, and that awesome sacrificial Victim is laid out, how, when we are calling upon God, should we not succeed in their defense? But this is done for those who have departed in the faith, while even the catechumens are not reckoned as worthy of this consolation, but are deprived of every means of assistance except one. And what is that? We may give alms to the poor on their behalf.”

St. John Chrysostom, “Homilies on Philippians”, c 402 A.D.

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Our new Parish Calendar debuts today!

Keeping track of Parish services, celebrations and events just got easier!

Our website’s new Calendar page (you’ll find it under the “Events” tab on the site menu) will be updated regularly with service times and other event details. Also included will be a list of the prayer intentions that are scheduled for each Divine Liturgy.

Let us know what you think – drop us a line at info@saintann.org.


If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to Follow Us on our parish website to have all of our Announcements sent directly to your inbox!

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Services for the Feast of the Encounter Feb. 2

The Feast of the Encounter of Our Lord (often referred to as the Feast of the Presentation in the Temple) is Tuesday, February 2, 2021. St. Ann will celebrate the Divine Liturgy for the Feast at 5:30 p.m. Please join us in person or online (Facebook livestream, here)!

The readings for the day will be Hebrews 7:7-17 and Luke 2:22-40.


Now you shall dismiss your servant, O Lord, according to your word in peace: because my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to the revelation of the Gentiles and the glory of your people, Israel.


Hail, O full of grace, Virgin and Mother of God, from you has arisen the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, enlightening those who stand in darkness. You, too, O just Elder Simeon, rejoice for you carry in your arms the Redeemer of our souls, who grants us resurrection. (Troparion of the Feast)


You can read more about the Feast here and here.

La présentation au Temple Macha Chmakoff

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Happy Birthday Deacon Nicholas!

St. Ann wishes our Deacon Nicholas a happy 80th birthday on December 6, 2020 – St. Nicholas Day!

May God Grant him many years in health and happiness!

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Christmas Flower Intentions 2020

St. Ann is accepting donations for the intentions of those who contribute for the Christmas flowers and decoration of the church for this Nativity season.

Intentions can be submitted via the paper forms found at the entrance to the Church, or can be made online.

Donations can be placed in the collection basket (please include a check memo or note indicating the purpose of the donation), or made online below (please specify on the drop-down menu that the donation is for Festal Flowers)

Thank you for helping beautify the Lord’s House!

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Support St. Ann’s Matching Grant Drive!

Saint Ann has already received a matching grant pledge of $6,000!

Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2020

This challenge gift, combined with the generosity of our parishioners and friends, will provide important support for the continuing development of the parish infrastructure and other parish needs.

Saint Ann will combine the Matching Grant Drive with our first-ever participation in “Giving Tuesday.” Held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day, Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people come together annually to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live, work and worship. This year Giving Tuesday falls on December 1st, during our Matching Grant Drive.

Contributions to the Matching Grant Fund may be made through the secure Giving page on our website or through the secure Paypal button below. In either case, please select “2020 Matching Grant” from the drop-down menu on our Paypal page when making your online gift.

Gifts can also be made via cash or check, with a note that the donation is part of the Match.

Thank you for your gifts!

You keep our parish vibrant and alive in Jesus Christ!

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Thanksgiving Day: Join us!

Please consider gathering your family and joining us at St. Ann as we offer thanks to the Triune God with the greatest of prayers, the Holy and Divine Liturgy, for the many blessings bestowed upon our nation, our parish, and our families.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. Ninety Native Americans and fifty-three settlers shared a three-day feast in a demonstration of the fraternal brotherhood that God intends for all of humanity. Let us join our voice to their example and pray for the peace and friendship once known in the Garden and to be found again in the Second Coming.

9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury CT

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Today: The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Today is the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. Mary enters the Temple and the Holy of Holies, which once housed the the Ark of the Covenant fashioned according to the instructions given at Mt. Sinai. It has not been seen since 587 BC when Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians and the Temple was destroyed. Now the true Ark of the Covenant, who will contain the Word of God and the Bread of Life, enters the Holy of Holies. The ancient Ark was but a foreshadowing and its meaning and purpose is fulfilled.

As for the ancient relic, 2 Maccabees 4-8 recounts the tradition that the Prophet Jeremiah had it sealed in a cave to be revealed only when “God gathers his people together again and shows them mercy.” And this may also be seen as another image of the Theotokos, for God preserved her as a sealed cave, and revealed her as the true Ark when, through Jesus, he gathered his people together by breaking down the dividing wall and established the universal family of God, that knows no division by nationality or race, the Holy Catholic Church.

Happy feast day!

We have continued to livestream services due to COVID restrictions. To view this morning’s Divine Liturgy, published on the Parish Facebook page, click here.

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Support St. Ann’s Matching Grant Drive and celebrate Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2020

Saint Ann has already received a matching grant pledge of $6,000!

This challenge gift, combined with the generosity of our parishioners and friends, will provide important support for the continuing development of the parish infrastructure and other parish needs.

Saint Ann will combine the Matching Grant Drive with our first-ever participation in “Giving Tuesday.” Held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day, Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people come together annually to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live, work and worship. This year Giving Tuesday falls on December 1st, during the last week of our Matching Grant Drive.

Contributions to the Matching Grant Fund and Giving Tuesday may be made on any day, now through Sunday, December 6, 2020, the Feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra. We can accept online donations through the secure Giving page on our website or through the secure Paypal button below. In either case, please select “2020 Matching Grant” from the drop-down menu on our Paypal page when making your online gift.

Thank you for your gifts!

You keep our parish vibrant and alive in Jesus Christ!

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St. Ann’s Fatayer (Lebanese Meat Pie) Sale

THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Coming Saturday, November 7!

St. Ann’s Fatayer (Meat Pie) Sale

Savory Lebanese meat pies freshly made in our kitchen from an authentic family recipe

Enjoy a delicious taste of Lebanon at home!

Order by the half dozen or enjoy our generous dozen+ (13) – either way, you’ll receive our freshly baked, savory pastries bursting with meat, pine nuts, our amazing seasonings, and a touch of love.

Or place your order by calling:

  • Najlah Atous: (203) 798-0693
  • Randa Antous: (203) 501-5637
  • Georgette Ayoub: (203) 743-2401

No prepayment necessary; payment will be collected on pickup.

Pickup will be Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the Church – choose your pickup time when you order (1-3p.m. or 3-5p.m.)

COVID precautions will be in place for all pickups – please:

  • wear a mask when picking up your order
  • stay in your vehicle – our goal is touchless pickup
  • pay with credit card or check (exact amount prepared in advance) only
  • after payment please circle to our delivery area – a runner will bring your order to you
  • see your order form or e-receipt for these reminders

Credit cards or checks only – sorry, no cash due to COVID restrictions.