SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS SUNDAY OF THE HOLY ANCESTORS DECEMBER 18, 2016

14 12 2016

Saturday, Dec. 17
4:00 PM ✞Michael Sirak ~ M/M John & Michaelene Ostrum

Sunday, Dec. 18 SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS – HOLY ANCESSTORS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Dec. 22
9:00 AM ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Saturday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve – VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS – 4:00 PM
Znamy Boh – Compline Litia Service – Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day –NATIVITY OF OUR LORD – 8:30 AM
Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myrovania
✞Ann Phillips – Son Peter Phillips

Monday, Dec. 26 SYNOXIS OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
11:00 AM ✞All Deceased Mothers & Fathers of the Parish

Tuesday, Dec. 27 ST. STEPHEN, PROTOMARTYR
9:00 AM ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Thursday, Dec. 29
9:00 AM ✞Peter Phillips- Son Peter Phillps

THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD
AN 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 enters the world as an 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…

”UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS – Plans for having our Ukrainian Holy Supper is for Sunday, January 8th. Father and the Parish council suggested having this supper on Sunday, January 8th at 1:00 or 2:00 PM so that more parishioners could attend. This affair will be celebrated if we have enough people interested in attending. A sign-up sheet is in the vestibule if you plan to attend. If we do not have enough people interested the affair will be cancelled. So please sign the sheet in the vestibule and the dish you wish to bring as this is a cover dish and the church will supply the Fish and Pyrohys. This supper is all meatless.

NATIVITY SET UP: This Sunday, December 18th all who is available plan to have the Nativity 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.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec. 17 – 24 by the Halloway Family in memory of all the deceased members of the Halloway Family.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: Happy Birthday to our youngest Parish Family member Jude Michael Schappert who celebrated his First Birthday on Friday, Dec. 16th. God’s Blessing on Jude for many more happy, healthy years.

WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS: We are glad to welcome two new parishioners to our Parish Family, Jodi B and James Gursey.

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