TWENTY FFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST December 1, 2019

10 12 2019

Saturday, Nov. 29
4:00 PM ✞Andrew Beshada – Ann Beshada

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

Friday, Dec.6 FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS
9:00 AM ANOINTING WITH HOLY OIL – MYROVANIA
Michael & Ksenia Shaughnessy – Ulana Campbell
Saturday, Dec. 7
4:00 PM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, Dec. 8 TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
8:30 AM God’s Blessing for Helen Youells

Monday, Dec. 9 Maternity of Saint Anna
11:00 AM

The Feast of St. Nicholas
December 6
The feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on the 6th day of December.
Pope Nicholas, the first Pope bearing this name – erected a church in Rome in honor of St. Nicholas around the year 860. The Latin Church also celebrates the feast of St. Nicholas on the 6th of December. In France and Germany over two thousand churches are dedicated to his name: an additional four hundred such churches are found in England. He is the most favorite saint in all of Europe, East and West.
St. Nicholas’ memory came to our native Ukraine along with the Christian faith. There are numerous churches in honor of St. Nicholas. The Church of St. Nicholas in Lviv, which dates back to the thirteenth century, is one of the oldest. Our Ukrainian Encyclopedia says the following about the veneration of St. Nicholas among our people: “In a great number of traditions, Nicholas protects people from disasters caused by the elements; mostly he protects those who sail on the sea. Hence, the Black Sea fishermen, when going out to fish, take the icon of St. Nicholas with them. Songs about St. Nicholas are among the earliest examples of Ukrainian poetry and include such popular ones as “O Whoever, whoever loves St. Nicholas…”
In our Church, St. Nicholas not only has two separate feasts in his honor, but every Thursday is also dedicated to his name.
We do not know very much about the life of St. Nicholas. We know for certain that St. Nicholas was a bishop for many years in Myra, a city in the province of Lycia, in Asia Minor (present day Turkey); that he took part in the First Ecumenical Council in 325 at Nicea; and that he died around the year 345. He dedicated his whole life to charitable works of mercy, both corporal and spiritual. Even during his lifetime he was called the father of orphans, widows, sailors, travellers and the poor. Mary miracles were worked by St. Nicholas in his life. After his death, the Lord glorified him with the gift or working miracles, for which he received the title “Great Wonder-worker”.
St. Nicholas saw Jesus Christ in his neighbor and that is why he quickly and generously hastened to help him in every need. The Holy Gospel says that at the Last Judgment the Lord will judge us by our works of love and mercy. Christ assures us of this when He says: “Amen, Amen, I say to you, as long as you did it for one of these, the least of My brethren, you did it to Me”.

St. Andrew
November 30
Andrew, like his brother Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Andrew understood that Jesus was the Messiah. At once! he left John to follow the Divine Master. Jesus knew that Andrew was walking behind him, and turning back, he asked, “What do you seek?” When Andrew answered that he would like to know where Jesus lived, Our Lord replied, “Come and see.” Andrew had been only a little time with Jesus when he realized that this was truly the Messiah.
From then on, he chose to follow Jesus. Andrew was thus the first called of Christ (Eastern Church tradition calls St. Andrew “First Called”. Next, Andrew brought his brother Simon (St. Peter) to Jesus and Jesus received him, too, as His disciple. (John 1: 35-42) At first the two brothers continued to carry on their fishing trade and family affairs, but later, the Lord called them to stay with Him all the time. He promised to make them fishers of men, and this time, they left their nets for good. After Our Lord ascended into Heaven, St. Andrew went to Greece to preach the gospel and the Pope of Constantinople is Successor to St. Andrew. It is said he was put to death on a cross in shape of an “X”, to which he was tied, not nailed. He lived two days in that state of suffering, still preaching to the people who gathered around their beloved Apostle. Two countries have chosen St. Andrew as their patron – Russia and Scotland.

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! To hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain the favor that is asked.)

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 7 by Becky Molecavage in memory of Dimitri Bencho.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles will burn in the month of December at all services in memory of Ronald Kachinko by his wife Rosemarie Kachinko.

CHRISTMAS SING ALONG: YOU ARE INVITED to join Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parish for their 26th Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along in the church on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre, Sunday, December 15, 2019 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.

CHRISTMAS FLEA MARKET:  Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, 240 Center Street. Nanticoke will hold A Christmas Flea Market on Saturday: November 30; December 7; December 14; December 21; from 9AM to 2PM weather permitting.  Come and add to your Christmas decorations or buy “new” ones at a great price!  We have trees, managers, ornaments, lights, etc. 

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Our Women’s Society will celebrate their annual Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 8th at Pasqualies Restaurant, Hanover Twp. PA at 1:30 PM. If you are in need of a ride please call one of the members.


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