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Worship ministries at St. Christina's involve many activities and involve those skills and talents of parishioners throughout the parish.  We welcome you to explore our ministries and help our church grow strong and you to grow in your faith.
  • Altar Servers
Young men and boys are able to serve behind the altar with a blessing from the priest. They can be responsible for such tasks as lighting candles, holding incense, providing the light for the Gospel reading, participating in the Little Entrance and the Great Entrance, and attending to the antidoron (blessed bread) for parishioners who partake after receiving the Eucharist.


  • Bells
Bells are a distinctive part of Orthodox Christian divine services. Bells are used for a number of purposes during Orthodox church services, such as a summons for the faithful to divine services and to express the joy of the divine services of the Church.


  • Choir
The choir exists to join and lead the gathered family of God in the work of the liturgical life of the Church. In this sacred task, we proclaim the fullness of Christian truth as it has been preserved in Apostolic tradition and lived out today in the faith and practice of the Orthodox Christian Church. At St. Christina's, we sing music from the rich Slavic, Byzantine, Arab and North American traditions.



  • Decorating
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  • Epistle Reading
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  • Greeters
Greeters welcome attendees, pass out bulletins and assist visitors with questions or needs. They also set up and take down the overflow/young children's area for Divine Liturgy. Greeters often hold the doors open for clergy and for visitors, make head counts and ask visitors if they would like to fill out a visitor's card.


  • Hours Reading
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  • Prosphora
Prosphora (Greek for "offering") is bread prepared for use in the Divine Liturgy.  A portion of it, known as the lamb (or amnon) is cut out during the proskomedia which is consecrated during the Divine Liturgy to be the Eucharist, while the rest is cut up for the antidoron, the blessed bread distributed at the end of the liturgy.  During its preparation, prosphora is stamped with an image usually including IC XC NIKA ("Jesus Christ conquers"), which is maintained during baking and then serves as a guide for cutting out the lamb during the proskomedia.

Often the prosphora makers give the bread in dedication or remembrance of an event or activity, such as family health, the anniversary of a loved one’s death, or a celebration of a birth or Church event.

The method of making prosphora is an ancient one, and is done with prayer and dedication.  All regularly attending Orthodox Christians are invited to join in this ancient practice by learning how to make prosphora; please communicate your interest to learn or make Prosphora to Fr. Michael.  Click here for a Prosphora recipe.


  • Readers
The office of Reader is granted by the bishop.  One needs to be tonsured by the bishop as a Reader of the Church.  A tonsured reader has the following kinds of duties:
  • Read Old Testament readings during services
  • Read the Epistle during the Divine Liturgy and other services
  • Chant psalms
  • Chant the verses for prokeimenons, the alleluia, the antiphons
  • Sing other appointed hymns during the divine services
  • Care for the parish's liturgical books
Many readers also sing in the choir as well.

  • Sacristan?

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