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Welcome to Our Parish!

St. Anne serves a wide-variety of Orthodox families and individuals in the greater Knoxville/Oak Ridge area. Founded in 1997-98, the parish has steadily grown to around 150 active members from many international backgrounds as well as a wide variety of converts. We have members of all ages and an active Sunday School program for our youth.

St. Anne has been active in helping to establish other parishes, including St. Tikhon's in Chattanooga, St. Athanasius in Nicholasville, KY, St. Maria of Paris in Cleveland, TN, Protection of the Holy Virgin in Clarksville, TN as well as offering assistance across the area. We are very committed to the establishment of a vital witness to the Orthodox faith in this part of world. 

The parish conducts its services in English and follows the New Calendar. We offer classes year-round for those who are inquiring about the Orthodox faith or who would like preparation for being received into the Orthodox Church. Visitors are always welcome!

Feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions about St. Anne's or the Orthodox Faith.

News and Announcements of Note

Holy Week Services: 

Holy Monday  – April 14
9:00 a.m. – 1st and 3rd Hours and Gospel Reading
6:30 p.m. – Bridegroom Matins

Holy Tuesday – April 15
9:00 a.m. – 1st and 3rd Hours and Gospel Reading 
6:30 p.m. – Bridegroom Matins

Holy Wednesday – April 16
8:00 a.m. – Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
6:30 p.m. – Divine Unction (Service of Healing)

Holy Thursday – April 17
11:00 a.m. – Vesperal Divine Liturgy 
6:30 p.m. – Matins of Holy Friday

Holy Friday – April 18
10:00 a.m. –  Flowering of the Cross
2:00 p.m. – Vespers of Holy Friday
6:30 p.m. – Matins of Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday – April 19
9:00 a.m. – Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Saturday
11:30 p.m. – Matins of Pascha and Divine Liturgy

Sunday of Pascha – April 20
2:00 p.m. – Vespers of Pascha

Support the Life and Work of Our Parish

St. Anne is supported solely through the offerings of its members and friends. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated. You may use the Donate button to make a safe and secure offering to the general fund of the parish. All gifts are confidential and tax-deductible. The annual and monthly budget of the Church is managed by the Parish Council. Their minutes and reports are posted on the website for public inspection each month. The accounts of the parish are audited annually. We thank you for your help and your generosity! 

Newsletter

April 8, 2014  — Holy Week/Pascha 2014

April 1, 2014  — The Parish this week

March 26, 2014 — The Parish this week

Visit of Archbishop Nikon and the Ordination of Fr. Kevin

Heirarchical Divine Liturgy
Fr. Kevin is ordained to the Holy Priesthood
February 9, 2014

See more photos under Parish Photos on this website

Theophany 2014

The Great Blessing of the Waters at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, TN. For more pictures, see Parish Photos.

St. Nicholas visit 2013

St. Nicholas visited the children of St. Anne on Sunday! For more pictures, see Parish Photos page.

Pascha 2013

See more pictures from Pascha 2013 under "Parish Photos" on this website.

Holy Friday 2013
New Sign for St. Anne\'s

A new sign for St. Anne - thanks to Alec Apostoaei's Eagle Scout project!

Theophany 2013 - Great Blessing of the Waters

The Great Blessing of the Waters - The Clinch River at the Marina in Oak Ridge, TN - Theophany 2013

Women\'s Retreat 2012

 

St. Anne's Women's Retreat, November 2012

Norris Dam State Park

 

Picture by Elena Ganusova

 

St. Anne\'s Myrrhbearers make blankets for pregnancy center

The girls service group of St. Anne’s Church, (the “Myrrhbearers”) had the blankets they made together blessed by Father Stephen on Sunday, Sept. 30th. The blankets were taken to the pregnancy center the next morning, and they were so plush and plentiful that they filled up the two empty bins for "baby blankets" for boys and girls. Each girl signed their first name to a "Made with Love" tag from the St. Anne's Orthodox Church Myrrhbearers, which was pinned to each blanket, so that those who received them would know the care and personal attention that had gone into them.

Blessing the Bells of St. Anne\'s
The bells of St. Anne were baptized, chrismated, and named on the Sunday of All Saints, June 10, 2012.
 
Bells are the only objects to be blessed in such a manner. A bell reveals and makes present the voice of God - bells are called "icons" of the voice of God. With the blessing of God's voice we are called to worship. His voice joins ours in the chorus of joy and praise that is the life of paradise made manifest in the services of the church. Glory to God who has made such wonders in our midst!
 
 The Bell Stand Project was coordinated for St. Anne's as an Eagle Scout project by Peter Caldwell.
Deanery Clergy of Appalachia at St. Anne\'s

Meeting of the clergy of the Deanery of Appalachia with special guest  Fr. Gerasim - at St. Anne's on June 26, 2012.

Pentecost at St. Anne\'s
Glory to God for all Things - Fr. Stephen\'s Blog
Judas Loves Money
17 Apr 2014 at 4:14pm

JudasJudas has always presented a problem for movie-makers. How do you create a believable character who carries out the greatest betrayal of all time? Some movies use a political motivation – this usually has Judas “accidentally” betraying Jesus in an attempt help Him politically. Others puzzle with him in other ways. The Scriptures are quite clear about the nature of Judas betrayal: he was a thief and he did it for money.

Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. (Joh 12:4-6 NKJ)

It’s fairly banal and prosaic. People do bad stuff for money all the time. The most common motive for betrayal of one’s country is – money. We often compromise our beliefs and practices for money, whether it is at work or elsewhere. If values cost us money, they quickly become too expensive for our taste. Righteousness is a luxury for most – one they can ill afford.

I also think that it goes far to explain Judas. No one usually starts out with full-blown betrayal – we have to work our way up to it. Every act of pilfering from the common fund was an act of betrayal, but easily justified. “It’s not much…I deserve it…I’ll put it back…”

A hymn from the Bridegroom Matins of Holy Week says, “Judas loved money with his mind (nous).” This declares a relationship that goes beyond the mere yielding to temptation. Judas became obsessed with money. Mammon was his God.

Thus, when the extravagance of the woman’s gift of an alabaster box of ointment poured over the feet of Jesus provokes Judas’ wrath, he was protesting on behalf of his God.

“Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”

It is very striking throughout the gospels how often the question of money comes up. Christ offers very little comfort on the topic. He generally says one of two things: share, or give it away.

He warns that we cannot serve God and mammon (money). We see the example of the Rich Young Ruler for whom money becomes a stumbling block – he cannot follow Jesus if in doing so he must give away his money.

What did Judas need money for? He traveled with Christ and the other disciples. From what we can tell, they bought almost nothing, living hand to mouth. Did Judas have a retirement plan? Was he building up his portfolio? But as the Church sings, “Judas loved money with his mind.” It’s a spiritual disease.

Who doesn’t love money? Perhaps our attitude towards money would change if we noted that the fingerprints of Judas are on every penny. Caesar (in all his guises) has his face displayed – but Judas goes to the very heart of it all. If you search your heart for the place where the desire for money resides – then you’ll find the face of Judas staring back.

Money is the anti-Eucharist. Like the Eucharist, it is a way of life. The Eucharist is the way of giving thanks. Money can only be marked by thanksgiving when it is shared or given away. Unless shared, it always becomes an end in itself – the opposite of giving thanks. And unless money is shared, becoming eucharistic, then it becomes the currency of betrayal, spent in the Gardens of our lives (Eden, Gethsemane).

Christ gives His disciples the Eucharist on the “night in which He was betrayed.” Judas loves money. Christ loves the Father – and all that the Father has given to Him. The bread that Christ gives is life, and life more abundantly. The bread of Judas is money – and it is death. God give us life!




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