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!


HOLY WEEK Services for 4/22/19 through 4/28/19

Holy Monday
  6:00 pm Bridegroom Matins
Holy Tuesday
  6:00 pm Bridegroom Matins
Holy Wednesday
  6:00 pm Matins
Holy Thursday
10:00 am Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil
Commemoration of the Last Supper and the Washing of the Disciple’s Feet
Afternoon Dyeing of the paschal red eggs –
see Elizabeth Heuer for specific details
  6:00 pm Service of the 12 Passion Gospels
Great and Holy Friday
  8:30 am Royal Hours
  3:00 pm Vespers – Service of “Bringing out of the Winding Sheet”
  6:00 pm Lamentations Service and the Procession of the Epitaphion
Great and Holy Saturday
10:00 am Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
(15 Old Testament readings)
  8:00 pm Reading of the Acts of the Apostles
11:30 pm Midnight Office
12:00 midnight Paschal Matins – Resurrection Liturgy followed by the blessing of the baskets and the Paschal Festal meal
Pascha Sunday 
  2:00 pm Agape Vespers with the reading of the Gospel in multiple languages followed by the Pascha egg hunt

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