Nativity 'Holy Week’ Schedule 2015

Blessed Nativity!

S Rozhjdestvòm Hristòvyim! Καλά Χριστούγεννα! Craciun Fericit!

  • December 19th
    • 6:00 PM Great Vespers and Compline
  • December 20th: Sunday before Nativity, first day of the Prefeast of Nativity
    • 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy
    • 4:30 PM Compline Canon at the Burches
    • 6:00 PM Vespers and Compline
  • December 21st: Second day of the Prefeast of Nativity
    • 6:00 PM Vespers and Compline
  • December 22nd: Third day of the Prefeast of Nativity
    • 6:00 PM Vespers and Compline
  • December 23rd: Fourth day of the Prefeast of Nativity
    • 6:00 PM Vespers and Compline
  • December 24th: Eve of Nativity
    • 1:00 PM Royal Hours
    • 2:30 PM Vesperal Liturgy of St Basil the Great
    • 4:30 PM Holy Supper in the Parish Hall
    • 6:00 PM Vigil of Nativity
  • December 25th: Nativity of the Lord
    • 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy

Fr Marcus and Fr David are available for confession before Nativity starting at 5:00 PM before the evening services of December 19 and 21 - 23, or by appointment (also, following Saturday evening's Great Vespers as usual).

Kristos rozhdaetsya! Slav'te ego! Christ is Born! Glorify Him! Christos Gennatai! Doxasate!

Bethlehem has opened Eden: Come, and let us see! We have found joy hidden! Come, and let us take possession of the paradise within the cave. There the unwatered stem has appeared, from which forgiveness blossoms forth! There is found the undug well from which David longed to drink of old, and there the virgin has borne a child, and at once the thirst of Adam and David is made to cease. Therefore let us hasten to this place: since for our sake the eternal God was born as a little child!

Holy Supper and Coffee Hour

from Georgia Pelinsky

Please see the list below for our annual Holy Supper Meal which follows Vesperal Liturgy on Nativity Eve (Thursday, Dec 24). I will post this list in the church kitchen this week so that you can sign up for something. The top of the list represents the traditional items to be served and then lower, any additional dishes you may want to bring. Remember, if you plan to stay for this meal, please bring something. Our church kitchen is run 100% by volunteering and donations!

Having said that, I am putting out a plea for more coffee hour team members! We've had several people drop off of teams recently and we really need help. If you stay each Sunday to eat, please consider joining a team!  You do not have to cook. I know it may look that way, but every team has members that bring in store bought items or donate cash and then help to set up and clean up. Please email me or see me in church and I will find a team for you! As you may imagine, it's a lot of work to feed 100+ people every Sunday! Thank you for your consideration!

Nativity Eve Holy Supper Meal

  • mushrooms or mushroom soup
  • prunes
  • nuts
  • additional items, any lenten side dishes
  • desserts
  • beverages (including wine)
  • garlic, salt, and honey
  • bread
  • peroghi
  • kutia (wheat)
  • lentils or lentil soup
  • cabbage
  • potatoes

Update for IOCC Relief Kit Drive

Thank you to all those who have already contributed to our drive for the International Orthodox Christian Charities. 

  • The following items have been collected for the Health Kits as of 12/2/15:
    • Hand towels: 10
    • Washcloths: 10
    • Combs: 56
    • Nail files/clippers: 26
    • Bars of soap: 30
    • Toothbrushes: 13 (remember, no toothpaste, please)
    • Band-aids (10 XL; 20 Regular)
  • Still needed: 
    • 1-gallon plastic bags with zipper closure

Please note that no items have been purchased for Baby Kits.

Remember that we will compile the items, assembly-line style on Dec. 13 following coffee hour, so please have your items in by or before that date.

If you would like to contribute financially so that we can purchase items directly, please see Fr. David on Sunday.

Many thanks, and God Bless!