SUNDAY OF THE FOREFATHERS DECEMBER 15, 2019

23 12 2019

Schedule for Christmas
Tuesday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve – 4:00 PM
Compline Lytia Service – Divine Liturgy – Anointing with Holy Oil Myrovania
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

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

Thursday, December 26 -11:00AM
Synaxis of the Holy Mother of God
Liturgy with Myrovania

Saturday, Dec. 14 ~ 4:00 PM ✞Ronald Kachinko – Rosemarie Kachinko

Sunday, Dec. 15 ~ 8:30 AM SUNDAY OF THE FOREFATHERS
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Saturday, Dec. 21 ~ 4:00 PM ✞Ihor Pasicznyk – Olympia Pasicznyk

Sunday, Dec. 22 – 8:30 AM SUNDAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS
God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

CHRISTMAS EVE

The feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ is ranked about sixth of the great feasts of our Church. Therefore, holy Church, mindful of the significance of this feast, encourages the faithful to prepare by prayer, fasting and alms giving for this encounter with our Savior.
The festal preparation culminates on the Eve of the Nativity. It is a day of watching, prayer and fasting. Our God from heaven is about to enter our midst; therefore, it was necessary to prepare for his coming worthily. The Holy Eve of the Nativity has not only its own significant services; it is also rich in symbolic customs, some of which go back to pre-Christian times, for Jesus is the New Man, (Adam the old man).
The eve of Christmas brings the Forty Days Philips fast to a close. A strict fast is prescribed for this entire day. The whole family knows that on that day God of heaven will arrive, 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 which marks the New Day.
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 worldly 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 and Blood of the Lord, that same Body and Blood which the Lord took upon Himself and willingly became poor.”

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week Dec. 14 – 21 by Albert Piston in memory of +Arlene Jones.

NATIVITY SET UP: Wednesday, December 18th has been planned 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 11:00 AM.

CHRISTMAS SING ALONG: Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parish is sponsoring their 26th Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along in the church on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre, this 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 their last Christmas Flea Market on Saturday: 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

BUILDING FUND: Our thanks to Mary Shumbris for her donation to our parish building fund in memory of Rosemary Piston.


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