St. Tikhon Orthodox Christian Mission
Serving Parker, Colorado and surrounding areas
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You will find a photographic history of our parish in the galleries below.

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Divine Liturgy Begins at Home!

...with the baking of communion breads. Here are some photos of small prosfora (pros = forward, fora = bring/brought) that the faithful offer up to God with their special prayer requests. They are taken into the altar where the priest says intercessory prayers for those specified, living or dead, on a sheet of paper, or prayer list. The ones pictures are about 2 inches in diameter.

The prosfora used for communion of the faithful are much larger, and the quantity per Divine Liturgy varies. In some traditions, eg Greek or Arabic, the communion prosfora is a large, round loaf stamped with a large seal (5" and larger seals are common). The ingredients are the same always: white, unbleached flour (in early Christianity, the most expensive flour by far); water; yeast and in some local traditions, salt. No oils!

There are various spellings for prosfora, and of course various names based on language. The term in Arabic is orban, sometimes seem as urban or kurban. An excellent starting place to learn more, including recipes and how-to's, is www.prosphora.org

NB. Because of the solemn use for which it is being made--a personal offering to God as part of a prayer request or as the people's sacrificial offering for communion in Divine Liturgy--prosfora is not to be made or treated lightly or casually. And oftentimes when it is, the results are 'coincidentally' not good: sagging breads, indistinct stamp impression, unrisen or very uneven rising, uncooked in the middle, etc. I have baked many and believe me, I have learned this the hard way!!! Prosfora baking for a parish is a humbling and also a very prayerful and joyful service.

-Thank you to one of our parish prosfora bakers, for this submission to the photo gallery

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Pascha 2017 - 04/16/17

CHRIST IS RISEN!  St. Tikhon Mission celebrates the greatest of all holy days, the feast of Christ's resurrection.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

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Holy Week 2017 - 04/14/17

Holy Week services were held at St. Tikhon Mission on April 13, 14, and 15: Holy Thursday, Great and Holy Friday, Holy Saturday.  In the photographs you will see the Tomb of Christ adorned with flowers and and the Crucifix, which is a recent gift to the Mission.

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Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday - 04/09/17

Services on Lazarus Saturday included Divine Liturgy and Evening Vigil; on Palm Sunday a Procession around the building

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St. Tikhon Feast Day - 04/07/17

Annual parish feast day for our Patron Saint:  April 7, repose of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Enlightener of North America

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Annunciation - 03/25/17

Annunciation of the Most-Holy Theotokos and Great Vespers on the Forefeast of the Annunciation (April 24); also several of our parishioners attending Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers on Sunday 4/26 at St. John The Baptist Serbian Church

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Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross - 03/19/17

On the Third Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Services include a special veneration of the Cross.

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Sunday of Orthodoxy - 03/05/17

On the first Sunday of Great Lent we celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy in memory of the final defeat of Iconoclasm and the restoration of the icons to the churches.  Here are photos from our 2017 procession around the building in Parker, Colorado. We carry our icons while singing the traditional hymns. 

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Forgiveness Vespers and Clean Week - 02/26/17

Forgiveness Vespers marks the beginning of Great Lent with the ceremony of mutual forgiveness, at which all present will bow down before one another and ask forgiveness.  In this way, the faithful begin Great Lent with a clean conscience, with forgiveness.

A Presanctified Liturgy was also held March 3rd - Clean Friday - at St. Tikhon Mission. The entire first week of Great Lent is often referred to as "Clean Week" for the leaving behind of sinful attitudes and non-fasting foods. 

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New Catechumen - 02/24/17

We welcome new catechumen Jennifer: 

O Lord our God, who dwellest in the heavens, and lookest down upon all thy works, look down upon thy servants, the catechumens, who have bowed their necks before thee, and grant them a light yoke. Make them honorable members of thy holy Church, and vouchsafe unto them the laver of regeneration, the forgiveness of sins, and the robe of incorruption, unto the knowledge of thee, our true God.

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Funeral of Jacque - 02/24/17

Handmaiden of God Jacqueline Kemper fell asleep in the Lord on February 18, 2017.  Jacque was a founding member of St. Tikhon Orthodox Mission in Parker and a dear friend to all in our parish community.  Photos from the funeral service held at St. Tikhon Mission and burial at the Olinger Chapel Hill Cemetery are posted with permission from the Kemper family.  May her memory be eternal!

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Proskomedia, Children's Sermon - 02/05/17

Father Alexander gave a children's sermon about the Proskomedia - the Liturgy of Preparation - during which the Priest prepares five loaves in remembrance of the five loaves that fed 5,000 people in the Gospel.  Both children and adults were attentive to this rare opportunity!

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First Crowning Ceremony at St. Tikhon Mission - 12/31/16

The St. Tikhon parish community gathered today, along with Father Andrew visiting from Chicago, for the crowning of Luke and Jenny (Mary), on the 14-year anniversary of their civil union.  This was the very first wedding service at St. Tikhon Mission!

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Nativity Services and Visiting Clergy - 12/24/16

December 24th - Eve of the Nativity

December 25th - Divine Liturgy, Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

December 26th - Divine Liturgy, Synaxis of the Most-Holy Theotokos.  Fr. Andrew Harrison and F. Kyrill Williams serve with our own Fr. Alexander Vallens.

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2016 Thanksgiving Program - 11/27/16

Our youngest group from St. Tikhon Mission gave a delightful presentation to share some history about our country's traditional holiday, "Thanksgiving."  Special thanks to Matushka Maria and to Marie for writing the program, and of course many thanks to the children!

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2016 Mobile Pack Event - 10/29/16

In 2016 we resumed participation in Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), the Christian aid organization that aims to provide healthy meals to malnourished and starving children throughout the world. On this date, 14 adults and children from St.Tikhon Mission headed to the Parker United Methodist Church to help pack the nutritious meal pouches for FMSC.

Fr. Alexander reports: "It was not only a blessing to contribute to this excellent ministry, but we proclaimed an Orthodox presence in the Parker area by participating as a group, decked out in our blue St. Tikhon “Christ is Risen” t-shirts."

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2016 Parish Picnic - 08/20/16

Third Annual Parish Picnic held at a parish family home in Elizabeth, Colorado.  Everyone enjoyed amazing food, outdoor activities and gardens, farm animals, and a live band.

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Sunday after Transfiguration - 08/07/16

We celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday after Transfiguration with an honored visit from Bishop Daniel - the Right Reverend Daniel, Bishop of Santa Rosa, CA.

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Pascha 2016 - 05/01/16

Holy Saturday, Great and Holy Pascha, and Agape Vespers and Picnic: April 30-May 1, 2016.  

It was a great joy to hold our mission's first Paschal services in the new space.

Following Agape Vespers, we had our annual Agape picnic at the Hidden River HOA clubhouse.

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Presanctified Liturgy and Patronal Feast - 04/07/16

We held Presanctified Liturgy and celebrated the Feast Day for St. Tikhon along with an open house in our new meeting space, where we had many visitors.

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Construction and Moving, January 2016

We have a new facility that we moved into and had our first Vespers service on January, 23rd, 2016. We started work on the new facility on Jan 1st. It was an existing building, and there was quite a bit of construction work to be done (new walls, flooring, paint, etc.) that took several weeks to complete with the help of a lot of people. Our original goal was to be in the new space by the end of January, and we hit our goal and had an open house and Vespers on Jan 23rd. It took a lot of effort to make this happen. Thanks to all involved for your great dedication and work to get this completed on schedule.

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Theophany - Blessing of the Waters - 01/10/16

The service of the Blessing of the Waters was conducted following the Divine Liturgy on January 10, 2016.  This was one the last services in our old meeting space before the move. We are extremely grateful to the Hidden River HOA for allowing us to conduct weekly services in their clubhouse for over two years until we were able to move into our own location.

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2015 Highlights

2015 parish events included the Icon Exhibit, a visit from Archbishop Benjamin, Music Director Workshop; continuation of weekly services at our clubhouse meeting space, annual parish picnic and much more.

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2014 Highlights

2014 parish highlights include formation of parish council, first patronal feast celebration for St. Tikhon, booth at Parker Days, Ruth Chapel event, first annual parish picnic, Feed My Starving Children service outreach project, and Heavenly Hosts party.

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First Liturgy - 12/09/12

First Divine Liturgy, served by Archpriest Anthony Karbo

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Upcoming Services
Saturday, August 26th
12 noon ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC, Elizabeth CO
5:30pm Great Vespers, Elizabeth CO
Sunday, August 27th
9:10 Hours
9:30 Divine Liturgy
Wednesday, August 30th
6:30pm Small Compline & Saints of the Day


Our Location
19035 Plaza Drive, Parker Colorado 80134

News Updates

- 08/19/17

Weekly Bulletin: August 20, 2017



Announcements
August Events, Save these Dates

  • Archpastoral Visit, His Eminence Benjamin will visit St. Tikhon Mission in Parker - August 12 and August 13
  • Annual Parish Picnic, Saturday, August 26 beginning at noon in Elizabeth, CO; Vespers will also be held at this location in the evening




Saint Tikhon, the patriarch of all Russia and enlightener of North America, is the patron Saint of our parish.

"May God teach every one of us to strive for His truth, and for the good of the Holy Church, rather than something for our own sake."

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St. Tikhon Orthodox Christian Mission
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St. Tikhon Orthodox Christian Mission
19035 Plaza Drive
Parker, Colorado 80134


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