SOUTHBURY – Many residents still remember the construction of the unusually shaped building on Roxbury Road that was completed about five years ago.
Today, people stop in from time-to-time to see the finished product, or to light a candle and pray inside the sanctuary of the Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, or to visit with Rev. Vladimir Aleandro, rector of the church. Passersby have come to know that if the red, white and blue welcome flag is flying, Aleandro is there ready to welcome visitors.
The church began in the pastor’s home in the 1990s, then later met as a storefront church before erecting its own building in 2004.
“It almost seems like yesterday,” Aleandro said.
Each week about 70 adults and 35 children attend the church for Divine Liturgy, which is Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Vespers are Saturday at 5 p.m. and Matins are typically held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy is followed with a coffee hour, where adults fellowship together and children go off to church classes, Aleandro explained.
Aleandro described the congregation as a “close-knit group,” which is what keeps church member Olga Jeane Homich coming back to the church each week.
She said she hopes guests will visit, “because of the religion, the faith and the enjoyment of the people and the company.”
Evelyn Anna Sasko, also a member of the church, said Fr. Aleandro is another reason why the congregation is so dear to her.
“He’s just wonderful,” she said. “We all love him. He brings us all close.”
On Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. the church will celebrate the Feast of St. Nectarios of Aegina, its patron saint. Bishop Nikon will attend the event, which will include Vespers, a prayer of healing and a procession around the church. Guests are invited to attend.
For information on Christ the Savior call (203) 267-1330 or visit www.christsaviorchurch.org.
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