TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST DECEMBER 10, 2017

9 12 2017

Saturday, Dec. 9
4:00 PM ✞Ihor Pasicznyk – Olympia Pasicznyk

Sunday, Dec. 10 TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Thursday, Dec. 14
Today is Aliturgical (means a day without Liturgy)

Saturday, Dec. 16
4:00 PM ✞Sandy Elko – Ron & Rosemarie Kachinko

Sunday, Dec. 17 SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FOREFATHERS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

OUR PARISH CHRISTMAS DIVINE LITURGIES SCHEDULE:

Saturday, December 23
4:00 pm Vesperal Divine

Sunday, December 24 – Divine Liturgy Sunday Before Christmas
8:30 am Divine Liturgy

Sunday, Christmas Eve December 24
No Christmas Eve Vesperal (evening) Liturgy

Monday, Christmas Day, December 25
9:00 AM– Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

Tuesday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God
9:00 AM– Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

Wednesday, December 27 Feast of St. Stephen
11:00 AM– Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

Transfiguration of Our Lord Church
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
240 Center Street
Saturday, December 23
6:00 pm Vesperal Divine Liturgy

Sunday, December 24 – Divine Liturgy Sunday Before Christmas
10:30 am Divine Liturgy

Sunday, Christmas Eve December 24
7:30 pm Great Compline and Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

Monday Christmas Morning December 25
No am Liturgy

Tues., Dec 26, 2017 Synaxis of the Mother of God
11:00 am Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

Wed., Dec. 27 Feast of St. Stephen, Protomartyr
9:00 am Divine Liturgy with Myrovania

True Meaning of Christmas
Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor. This is how it happened. I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out next to the fireplace.
”What are you doing?” I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat and I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we all know. He then answered me with a simple statement . . .
”TEACH THE CHILDREN!” I was puzzled. What did he mean? He anticipated my question and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa said, “Teach the children!
Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten. “Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before the mantle. “Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thoughts turning toward heaven.” 
He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. “Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise.” 
He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE. “Teach the children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.”
Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. “Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.”
He then pulled from his bag an ORNAMENT of himself. “Teach the children that I, Santa Claus, symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.
He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF. “Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly berries represent the blood shed by Him.
Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, “Teach the children that God so loved the world that he gave his begotten son.” Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.
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SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Dec. 9 – 16 by Arlene Jones God’s Blessings for good health on Albert & John M.

Thank you for purchasing and selling tickets. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks again to Mike & Dolores Sinko for managing this fund-raiser. The ticket sales are as follows: Deposit $5000, Paid out to winners $1700, Expenses $100, a profit of $3200.

SING ALONG: YOU ARE INVITED to join Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parish for their 24th Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along in the church on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre,  this Sunday, December 10th, 2017 starting at 2 p.m.  Join in the singing of some very sacred, joyful and inspiring Christmas Carols.  Afterwards, please join us in the lower church hall for a Christmas Fellowship Social.  Please bring a friend or family member, and share the joy of Christmas with them, as we all prepare to welcome the Newborn Son of God into our hearts and homes.

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