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Sunday Service

Sunday Service

“Lord, we offer up the little light that is in us into Thy blazing light of Infinity.”

-Swami Kriyananda, Festival of Light

Time: Purification Ceremony 10 – 10:45am;
Sunday Worship Service 11am – 12:30pm

Location: The Expanding Light Retreat Temple.

You are invited to join Ananda Village residents and guests for weekly Sunday Service, inspired by the meditation tradition of the East and the ancient teachings of mystical Christianity, with inspirational readings from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. Service includes devotional chanting, prayer, affirmation, a brief meditation, an inspirational talk, and the Festival of Light, a ceremony which uses music and allegory to tell the story of the soul’s journey toward realization of our Oneness in God.

The Purification Ceremony includes two parts: an ancient traditional Vedic fire ceremony with the chanting of the Gayatri and Mahamritunjaya mantras, and the Purification Ceremony, where an individual’s silent prayer to God is supported by the presence and blessing from the minister, acting only as a reminder and representative of the presence of God within us.

Due to the inward nature of Sunday Service, we don’t recommend bringing young children who are not able to sit quietly.

For more information: please call the Village Reception Office at (530) 478-7500, 10am – 4pm, Mon. – Fri.

On weekends (when the Village Reception Office is closed), please call the Expanding Light for more information at (530) 478-7518, ext. 1.

Ananda Village Map

Directions to Sunday Service
at The Expanding Light

For driving directions, click here.

For Those with Children

All-Community Sunday Service
During special holidays such as Christmas, Easter and Yogananda’s birthday, the first part of Sunday Service is designated especially for children, with inspiring storytelling and a very brief meditation. Children then leave for supervised activities, and return to join their parents during the blessing, after the Festival of Light.

Please call the Village Reception Office at (530)478-7500 (Mon. – Fri. 10am -4pm) to find out when All-Community Sunday Service is scheduled.