TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

6 12 2020

DECEMBER 6, 2020

Saturday, Dec. 5 ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA ARCHBISHOP

       4:00 PM     Myrovonia – (Anointing with Holy Oil)

      ✞ Peter Phillips – Son Peter Phillips

Sunday, Dec. 6          TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

8:30 AM                ST.NICHOLAS OF MYRA ARCHBISHOP

Myrovonia – (Anointing with Holy Oil)

       God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioner

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Wednesday, Dec. 9       CONCEPTION OF ST. ANN

9:00 AM     Myrovonia – (Anointing with Holy Oil)

          ✞Eugene Slabinski – Daughter Dolores        

Saturday, Dec. 12              

           4:00 PM     ✞John Phillips – Brother Peter Phillips

Sunday, Dec.13                 SUNDAY OF THE FOREFATHERS

8:30 AM               God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

  Nothing is ever quite as bad as it seems.  Call on God and then practice expectancy and optimism and things will turn out better than you expect.  Lord, thank You for tomorrow.

SANCTUARY LIGHT: No Request.

ANGELS

May Angels Rest Beside Your Door, May You Hear Their Voices Sing,
May You Feel Their Loving Care For You, May You Hear Their Peace Bells Ring,
May Angels Always Care For You, And Not Let You Trip Or Fall.
May They Bear You Up On Angel’s Wings, May They Keep You Standing Tall,
May They Whisper Wisdom In Your Ear, May They Touch You When You Need,
May They Remove You From Each Trace Of Fear, May They Keep You From Feeling Greed,
May They Fill You With Their Presence, May They Show You Love Untold,
May They Always Stand Beside You, And Make You Ever Bold.
May They Teach You What You Need To Know About Life Here And Hereafter,
May They Fill You Always With Their Love And Give You The Gift Of Laughter.

THE FEAST OF THE CONCEPTION OF ST. ANN

December 9 

The feast of the Conception of St. Ann in ancient times was known by several different names. One of the oldest is “The Annunciation of the Conception of the Holy Mother of God”. In the constitution of feasts, Emperor Manuel Comnen calls this feast the “Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God.” The Slavonic Typicons generally refer to it as the “Conception of Blessed Ann” or “The Conception of Holy Ann, when she conceived the Most Holy Mother of God.” 

In our Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Synod of Lviv gave this feast the official title “The Immaculate Conception of the Most Pure Virgin Mary”. However, the Roman revision of our liturgical books restored the pristine title of the feast – “The Conception of Holy Anna, when She conceived the Most Holy Mother of God.”

The main theme of the liturgy of this feast was the miraculous event when Anna conceived the Most Holy Mother of God. This liturgy describes the grief and distress Joachim and Anna experienced because of their childlessness, and presents the fervent pray of Anna: “O Lord God of the heavenly Powers,” prays St. Ann, “You know the shame of childlessness, therefore, heal the pain of my heart and make this barren one fruitful…”  In response to her fervent supplication, an angel appears and announces the conception of the Most Pure Virgin Mary. “Your supplication,” says the angel, “has reached the Lord. Do not be sad, and cease weeping, for you shall become a fruitful olive tree, bringing forth a young shoot – a wonderful maiden, who will bring forth a flower – the Christ in the flesh, who will grant great mercy to the world.” 

Her parents rejoice over the wonderful conception of the Most Holy Mother of God; the prophets rejoice; heaven and earth rejoice. The Church calls upon the Old and New Testaments to join in the rejoicing: “Come, people of all classes and ages, let us celebrate with the Angels the all-glorious conception of the Mother of God; patriarchs sing praises to the Mother of the King of all; you prophets, praise her whom you preached; you forefathers, praise your descendant – the Mother of God; you aged, praise the ancestor of God; you faithful, praise the root of your faith; you priests, praise the all-holy temple of God; you choirs of saints, praise the cause of your assembly; you armies of angels, praise the Mother of the Lord of all creation, and Savior of our souls.

Today we celebrate her immaculate conception whereas nine months later on the 8th of September she appears among us in her glorious Nativity. 

SAINT NICHOLAS, THE WONDERMAKER

FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS

December 6

Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra in Asia Minor, is one of the most popular Saints, especially among Eastern Christians. He won great esteem through his numerous works of mercy during his life and through great zeal in defending the divinity of Christ against the heretic Arius of the Council of Nicaea in 325. He is regarded as the Patron Saint of children. He was popularized in America by the Dutch puritans who disguised the “popish” Saint as a Nordic, called “Santa Claus.”

In 1087 Italian merchants brought St. Nicholas’ body to Bari in Italy from Asia. A perfumed oil is still flowing out of his holy relics.

Our prince Vsevolod Yaroslavych introduced his feast into Ukraine under Pope Urban II (1088-99). Saint Nicholas is very popular among Ukrainians, both Catholic and Orthodox.

GOD GRANT ME

The serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,

Not as I would have it,

Trusting that He will make all things right

I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life and

Supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.  Amen

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