SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FATHERS DECEMBER 11, 2016

14 12 2016

Saturday, Dec. 10 ~ 4:00 PM God’s Blessings for Good Health for Anna Bosack –
Mr. & Mrs. Bernie Kosek

Sunday, Dec. 11 ~ 8:30 AM SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FOREFATHERS
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Dec. 15 ~ 9:00 AM ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Saturday, Dec. 17 ~ 4:00 PM Good Health for Sally Halloway Blount –
Halloway Family

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

Schedule for Christmas
Saturday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve – 4:00 PM
Compline Litia Service – Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myravania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day – 8:30 AM
Divine Liturgy – Anointing of Holy Oil and Myravania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Merry Christmas
The greeting we know in English comes to us from Brittany in the Middle Ages.  The word “merry” from that time means ‘powerful, or mighty.  Sort of changes the meaning of Robin Hood and his merry men, doesn’t it? 
The word Christmas came to Brittany through Rome from Alexandria/Egypt.  Christ clearly comes from the Greek Kristos as Greek was the international language.  The second half of the word, ‘mas’ comes from indigenous Egyptians as ‘mas’ [NOT pronounced ‘mass’ but ‘mahs’], well ‘mas’ means day of birth, or nativity of.  So Christmas means “The Nativity of Christ” and Merry means “powerful’ or ‘mighty’.  So now you can see the greeting is telling us to have a powerful, mighty or a strongly meaningful celebration of the day of the nativity of the Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Father I get so upset when I see Merry X-mas, or Happy Holidays, or Season’s Greetings!
Did you know that the use of X-mas too comes from the early Church?  Kristos in Greek is written Χριοτός so that the abbreviation as common in the church for Christ was to use the capital letter chi, the first letter in the title Christ in Greek, Kristos as transliterated into English but again written in Geek it is “Χριοτός.”  So Christ is in X-mas, only one need to understand Early Christianity.

On Happy Holidays, do you know that the word “holidays” comes from “holy days”?  The greeting is actually Happy Holy Days.  When you get your new church calendar stop and take a look at how many Holy Days we have between the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the 25th of December and the Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna on the 2nd of February, the end of the Christmas Season, and you will grasp that this greeting originated within the Church and that Season’s Greetings coincides with this multiplicity of Holy Days.
Christ is Born!  Glorify Him!
Christ is Baptized in the Jordan!  Indeed He is baptized!
Christ is among us!  Indeed He is (among us)!
Are some of “our church’s” season’s greetings.
So now, when someone speaks up about “X”-mas or says “ex-mas,” you can speak up to them that it is Kristos-mas from the Church Greek in an abbreviated form and NOT an “X” from the Latin alphabet used in English.  It is the Greek letter “chi” not the English letter “x” [eks].  Or when someone says, “Happy Holidays” you can respond to them “Yes, Happy Holy Days to you.”  Or when someone says, “Season’s Greetings” offer them in reply a , “Christ is Born!”  Use these opportunities to speak up about your church and it’s traditions to enlighten the world we live in. May you be blessed with a Merry Kristosmas Season!
Christ is Born!
Glorify Him!
SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec. 10 – 17 by Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko in memory of their daughter Sandra Elko.

WOMEN’S SOCIETY: The Parish Women’s Society will hold their annual Christmas Party this Sunday, Dec. 11th at 1:30 PM. All members are invited to attend and there will be a visit from Santa.

CHURCH: The women will clean the church for Christmas on Wednesday, Dec. 14th at 10:00 AM. Help is needed in this project and would be appreciated if anyone who is able to come to give a hand. It’s a big job but with a lot of help it is done in a few hours. Men, you are also invited to lend a helpful hand. The Nativity Scene will be set up on Sunday, Dec. 18th at 1:00 PM. Help is much in need for this project. Please try to come and help to make our parish a festive occasion. Thank you.

Father Walter wishes to present “The Star of Bethlehem” movie next Saturday, December 17th at 2:00 PM. The Movie is about 1 hr. and Divine Liturgy is at 4:00 PM. Refreshments will be served after the movie event. Please try to attend this beautiful presentation for the Christmas Holiday. If you did not sign for your attendance please sign the sheet on the Tedipod if you plan to attend. A little desserts are always welcome.

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