811 North Main Street, Laconia, NH
The Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church, located in Laconia, NH, is a small parish serving Orthodox Christians from many ethnic backgrounds. All are welcome to attend our weekly services, which are conducted in both Greek and English.
Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church had meager beginnings in 1936, when Archbishop Athenagoras visited Laconia and encouraged the Orthodox faithful to begin a community in rooms located above a building known as the Crystal Cafe. Many of the leaders of the community of that time have descendants who still remain deeply involved in the life of the parish.
In 1957, plans to build a seperate church building began. By 1959, the parishioners had purchased property and erected, the building that still stands today.
For many years, the church was served by priests who devotedly made long commutes monthly to celebrate the Divine Liturgy for the faithful. In 1985, at the suggestion of Bishop Methodios, liturgies were increased to two Sundays a month, and later added Holy Week and Pascha services. Today, with the encouragement of Metropolitan Methodios and the dedication of many parishioners and board members, the Taxiarchai Parish supports a priest and offers worship services every Sunday, and on certain Holy days. The priest is also available for blessings and administration of sacraments.
We meet for worship every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM followed by a fellowship coffee hour in our community center.
Orthros/Matins: 9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM
Each July, the Taxiarchai community pulls together to hold a Greek Festival, to provide income for the church and offer a chance for the Lakes Region community to experience Hellenic cultural spirit and the Orthodox Faith. Taxiarchai's Greek Festival is always held on the last Saturday of July, rain or shine, and is free of admission. Come to sample delicious Greek dishes, pastries and coffee, or to shop for imported Greek souvenirs. Featured is a talented youth Dance Troupe, dancing to a traditional bouzouki band at 1pm.
The visitor to an Orthodox Church is usually impressed by the unique features and the external differences between this place of worship and those of the various traditions of Western Christianity. The rich color, distinctive iconography and beauty of the interior of an Orthodox Church generally are in sharp contrast to the simplicity which one finds in many Roman Catholic and Protestant churches. When one enters the interior of the Orthodox church it is like stepping into a whole new world of color and light. The art and design of the church not only create a distinctive atmosphere of worship, but also they reflect and embody many of the fundamental insights of Orthodoxy. Learn more
All the Angels, according to the Apostle Paul, are ministering spirits, - sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation - (Heb. 1:14). God set them as overseers of every nation and people, and guides to that which is profitable (Deut. 32:8); and while one Angel is appointed to oversee each nation as a whole, one is also appointed to protect each Christian individually. He commands them to guard them that hope on Him, that nothing should harm them, neither should any evil draw nigh to their dwelling (Ps. 90:10-12). In the Heavens they always behold the face of God, sending up to Him the thrice-holy hymn and interceding with Him in our behalf, seeing they rejoice over one sinner that repents (Esaias 6:2-3; Matt. 18:10; Luke 15:7). In a word, they have served God in so many ways for our benefit, that the pages of Holy Scripture are filled with the histories thereof. It is for these reasons that the Orthodox Catholic Church, wisely honouring these divine ministers, our protectors and guardians, celebrates today the present Synaxis that is, our coming together in assembly for their common feast to chant their praises, especially for the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, who are mentioned in the Scriptures by name. The name Michael means "Who is like God?" and Gabriel means "God is mighty." The number of Angels is not defined in the divine Scriptures, where Daniel says that thousands of thousands ministered before Him, and ten thousands of ten thousands attended upon Him -(Dan. 7:10). But all of them are divided into nine orders which are called Thrones, Cherubim, Seraphim, Dominions, Powers, Authorities, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. Learn more
O Commanders of the Heavenly Host, we the unworthy beseech you, that through your entreaties you will fortify us, guarding us in the shelter of the wings of your ethereal glory, even as we fervently bow before you crying: "Deliver us from all danger, as Commanders of the Powers on high! "
Chief Commanders of God; ministers of divine glory; guides for men and leadership of the Incorporeal; as Chief Commanders of the Incorporeal, plead for our welfare and for great mercy.
811 North Main Street
Laconia, NH 03246
MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 86, Laconia NH 03246.
Emergency Clergy Needs: 603-724-4771