125th Anniversary FAQ
When are these events?
The Grand 125th Anniversary Weekend commemorating the formal establishment of our parish will be held Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. (The original dates were June 13 & 14, but had to be postponed.)
Additionally, we will have a commemorative, fasting-friendly meal following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 14, 2021 in honor of the 125th anniversary of the first Divine Liturgy in our parish. This event is free and open to the public.
What are you celebrating exactly?
The community of Ss. Constantine & Helen Serbian Orthodox Church will be celebrating its 125th celebration as an officially established Orthodox parish in Galveston. Our parish was formally established in June of 1895, under the spiritual guidance of the Rev. Archimandrite Theoclitos, personal tutor the last czar of Imperial Russia and considered by some to be a saint.
What if the events are rescheduled?
In the event of a date change, all tickets will remain valid and all sponsorships will be honored. We encourage everyone to buy their tickets now. We expect a full house.
Who may attend?
Everyone! Whether you are from Galveston or another city; whether you are Orthodox or otherwise; whether young or old — all are welcome to attend. Youth ages 12 and under may even attend for free, but you will still need to 'purchase' a free ticket for them.
Wait... children may attend for FREE?
Yes, children ages 12 and under may attend for free. But very importantly, you must still 'purchase' their free ticket when placing your own order.
Will there be separate children's activities?
Possibly. Please check back soon for more information.
Will the events be in English?
Yes, all events will be in English. However, please note that our liturgical services alternate between English and beautiful Church Slavonic. Additionally, there will be plenty of Serbian- and Russian-speaking families (plus families representing many, many more languages!) available to translate and/or converse with. Now as always, our parish community is a diverse, multi-ethnic, and welcoming one!
Where are these events being held?
Saturday's event, the formal dinner with the bishops, will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the parish. Our parish is located at 4109 Avenue L, Galveston, TX 77550. Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning will also be held inside the parish. However, after Divine Liturgy on Sunday, we will have a celebration banquet at the lovely Garten Verein, located less than a mile-and-a-half from the parish at 2704 Avenue O, Galveston, TX 77550.
What about lodging?
Visitors are responsible for their own hotel or lodging arrangements. Galveston is a well-known tourism destination offering a large variety of accommodations for visitors, from hotels to bed-and-breakfasts to VRBOs.
We may be booking special block rates with a couple local hotels. Please check back in the coming weeks for more information.
What else is there to do in Galveston?
As an island, Galveston is a regional vacation destination offering plenty of activities for the whole family, including the beach, numerous museums and tours, Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, a plethora of restaurants, and much more. Mainland attractions such as the NASA Space Center are also a short drive away. See the Galveston Island Visitors Center for more information.
Where are the nearest airports?
Galveston is approximately 40 miles (45 minutes) from Houston's Hobby Airport (HOU) and 68 miles (1 hour and 15 minutes) from Houston's Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
Can I bring food and drinks?
No outside food and drinks are allowed at either event.