SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS DECEMBER 20, 2015

21 12 2015

aturday, December 19
4:00 PM ✞Peter Phillips – Son Peter Phillips

Sunday, December 20 SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve – VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS -5:00 PM
Compline Litia Service – Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Friday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day – NATIVITY OF OUR LORD – 8:30 AM
Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Dec. 26 SYNAXIS OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
4:00 PM Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Sunday, Dec. 27 ST. STEPHEN, PROTOMARTYR
8:30 AM SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
✞Michael & Rose Katsock – Michael Kane

Transfiguration of Our Lord
Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve. 8.00 PM Great Compline and Divine Liturgy. Myrovania. Friday, December 25 – Christmas- Birth of our Lord.
10.30 AM Christmas Divine Liturgy. Myrovania.

CHRISTMAS EVE

The feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ is ranked among the greatest feasts of our Church Year. Therefore, holy Church, mindful of the majesty and significance of this feast, encourages the faithful to prepare by prayer and fasting for this encounter with our Savior.
The festal preparation reaches its peak on the Eve of the Nativity. It is a day of watching, prayer and fasting. The guest from heaven is about to arrive; therefore, it is necessary to prepare for his coming worthily. The Holy Eve of the Nativity has not only its own church significant services; it is also rich in symbolic rites and customs, some of which go back to pre-Christian times.
The eve of Christmas brings the Forty Days Christmas fast to a close. A strict fast is prescribed for this entire day. The whole family feels that on that day a very important heavenly guest will arrive in the evening, and therefore, a deeply festal and spiritual mood pervades the home. Our ancestors highly respected and zealously observed the fast of this day until the appearance, of the evening star.
An old Slavonic Prologue for the 24th of December contains the following spiritual exhortation to the faithful in reference to greeting the feast of the Nativity of Christ: “Take note brethren, that there is a fast on the day before this feast of the Nativity of Christ. Therefore, on this day, at the Sixth Hour (12 o’clock noon), we gather together for prayer, with love; and purity, overcoming anger, purifying carnal desires, and renouncing all evil deeds so that we may be made worthy with pure lips and an undefiled heart to partake of the Body of the Lord, that same Body which the Lord took upon Himself and willingly became poor.”
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORDAN UNFATHOMABLE MYSTERY
The greatest and most profound mystery of the Christian faith is the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. The eternal God becomes a little infant and does not cease to be God. “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us” – says St. John the Evangelist. Christ’s nativity is the cradle of our faith. Only faith is able to accept this unfathomable mystery, understand it and adore it.
In the first centuries, the holy Fathers of the Eastern Church accepted the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God with profound faith and great piety. Enraptured by this mystery, they have nothing but words of wonder for the most wonderful love of God, the sacrifice, humility, and poverty of the newly born Messiah and Savior. Like the holy Fathers, in her Christmas celebrations our Church also joyfully praises and glorifies the mystery of the birth of the divine Infant.
Today, he who is invisible by nature became visible in the flesh for man’s sake; hence, glorifying him, we cry: “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men of good will…”

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec.19 – 26 by Arlene Jones For a Special Thanks for good health.
Altar Candles: The Altar Candles that will burn for all services during the month is available for your requests in 2016. The donation is $40 and your requests will be remembered during this time.

NATIVITY SET UP: This Sunday, December 20th the Nativity will be set up. We are asking for all the help we can get to do this beautiful scene. The more help we get the faster it will be accomplished. Please try to be at the church about 1:00 PM.

THANKS: Our thanks to the 2 men and our 7 women who gave their time to came out to clean the church this week. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

MALANKA: Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 12th annual MALANKA is scheduled for Saturday evening, January 16, 2016 from 6:00pm to 12:30am at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 728 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton. Tickets are $45.00 per person and can be obtained through Andrew Jamula at 570 822-5354 No tickets will be sold at the door, therefore advance reservations are required.

UKRAINIAN HOLY SUPPER: It is so good to see the Parishioners who have signed up for the celebration of Ukrainian Holy Supper January 3, 2015. This is a nice affair for all parishioners, families and friends. This will give all the opportunity to join together as a Parish Family and enjoy the tradition. The menu is meatless and you can bring a cover dish, the Church will supply the fish and pyrohys. A sheet in the vestibule is provided for you to write in what dish you plan to bring.

COUNCIL MEETING: The Parish Council met Thursday, Dec. 17th at the Church Hall. The same names were accepted for the year 2016. Father Popyk appointed 2 new Trustees, David Youells and Carol Kosek. The discussions for the work on the Cemetery Monument and the Financial system were the topics.

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