Icon of St. Nektarios -- Russian Orthodox Church Knoxville areaSaint Nektarios is a parish of the Russian Church Abroad (ROCOR) in Lenoir City in the Knoxville, TN area under the authority and protection of His Eminence The Most Rev. Metropolitan Hilarion of the Eastern American Diocese. We are conveniently located just seconds off I-40 Exit 364 (Lenoir City/Oak Ridge Exit) with church members from all across East Tennessee.

The services are primarily in English with some Church Slavonic, and we liturgically follow the Julian Calendar as the traditional practice of the Russian Orthodox Church. Our parishioners are a diverse mixture of single and married adults of all ages and backgrounds, children from infants to teenagers, American converts, and Orthodox Christians of Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Serbian origin or descent.

Visitors are always welcome to join us for services, trapeza (post-Liturgy meal), the Sunday afternoon instructional talks, and other events. Please see the calendar for service dates and times, get directions here, and contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you!


Weekly Schedule: February 19 – February 24

  6:00 pm Compline, Canon of St. Andrew
  6:00 pm Compline, Canon of St. Andrew
10:00 am Presanctified Liturgy
  6:00 pm Compline, Canon of St. Andrew
  6:00 pm Compline, Canon of St. Andrew
10:00 am Presanctified Liturgy
  6:00 pm Small Compline & Akathist
  5:00 pm Sunday of Orthodoxy, St. Anne Orthodox Church*
  9:40 am Hours
10:00 am Divine Liturgy followed by Trapeza (meal)

* Saturday, February 24th, our parish has been invited to join both St. Anne and St. George to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy, 5:00 PM at St. Anne Orthodox Church,
560 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
You can visit their website at https://www.stanneorthodoxchurch.com/ for directions.

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Texts of the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

posts-icon-st-andrew-of-crete2The Great Canon of St. Andrew is appointed to be read in four parts on the first four days of Lent during Great Compline. It is also read on the Fifth Thursday of Lent with the Life of St. Mary of Egypt. An explanation about the Great Canon can be found here.

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Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete Explanation

posts-icon-st-andrew-of-creteBy Fr. Seraphim Holland of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in McKinney, TX

The Great Canon of St Andrew, Bishop of Crete, is the longest canon in all of our services, and is associated with Great Lent, since the only times it is appointed to be read in church are the first four nights of Great Lent (Clean Monday through Clean Thursday, at Great Compline, when it is serialized) and at Matins for Thursday of the fifth week of Great Lent, when it is read in its entirety (in this latter service, the entire life of St Mary of Egypt is also read).

There is no other sacred hymn which compares with this monumental work, which St Andrew wrote for his personal meditations. Nothing else has its extensive typology and mystical explanations of (more…)

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