Daily Services

  1. Matins (Morning Prayers) or the Divine Liturgy  and Vespers (Evening Prayers) will be served nearly every day at St. Basil the Great Orthodox Mission in Weatherford, OK.  There are several feasts interspersed as well – see our Calendar page for details.  All are welcome to join us in prayer and to learn more about Ancient Christianity – the Orthodox Church!

  Fourth Week of Lent 2023

Monday            3/20      Matins 9:00 AM
Tuesday            3/21      
Wednesday      3/22     Presanctified Liturgy / Fellowship Meal 5:00 PM 
Thursday          3/23     Matins 9:00 AM     Vespers 5:00 PM
Friday                3/24     Presanctified Liturgy 10:00 AM       Annunciation Vigil & Fellowship Meal 4:00 PM
Saturday           3/25      Annunciation Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM     Resurrection Vigil 4:00 PM
Sunday              3/26      Hours/Divine Liturgy      9:10/9:30 AM     Agape Meal 
Please note Friday’s vigil will consist of Great Compline and Matins – but should be about the same length as our regular vigils (2+hours). And Saturday’s Divine Liturgy is the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Please see yesterday’s sermon attached.

***All Services and teaching are Central Standard Time and will be live streamed. If you would like to receive links to join any of those contact Fr. Nick at nick@saintbasil.org.

About the Services

Censing at Matins

What is Matins?

Matins (also spelled Mattins, from the Latin, matutinae, “morning”) is the Western familiar term for Orthros (from the Greek, meaning “morning”, “dawn” or “arise”).  It is the most intricate of the daily cycle of services (see below).

Vespers at a parish in Missouri

What is Vespers?

Vespers (from the Greek, ῾εσπερα, and the Latin, vesper, meaning “evening”) is first service of the daily cycle of divine services celebrated in the Orthodox Church. Because the liturgical day begins at sunset, Vespers is traditionally served in the early evening.

The Daily Cycle of Services

  1. Vespers (sunset)
  2. Compline (after-dinner) – also known as Apodeipnon
  3. Midnight Office (12:00am) – also known as Mesonyktikon
  4. Orthros (sunrise) – also known as Matins
  5. First Hour (6:00am)
  6. Third Hour (9:00am)
  7. Sixth Hour (12:00pm)
  8. Ninth Hour (3:00pm)