10 12 2021

TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

DECEMBER 5, 2021

Saturday, Dec. 4

            4:00 PM             ✞John Phillips – brother Peter Phillips 

Sunday, Dec. 5       TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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

Monday, Dec. 6 Nicholas of Myra Archbishop

Anointing with Holy Oil – Myravania

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

Thursday, Dec. 9 CONCEPTION OF ST. ANNA

9:00 AM Anointing with Holy Oil Myravania

 ✞ Robert Zeroka – Andrea, Maranda & Grace Osman        

Saturday, Dec. 11

           4:00 PM       God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Sunday, Dec. 12                  SUNDAY OF THE HOLY ANCESTORS  

8:30 AM               ✞Father Alex Burak – Mike Kane

THE FEAST OF THE CONCEPTION OF ST. ANNA

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 our Most Holy Theotokos (Birthgiver of God).” The Slavonic Typicons generally refer to it as the “Conception of Blessed Anna” or “The Conception of Holy Anna, when she conceived the Most Holy Theotokos (Birthgiver of God).” 

In our Ukrainian Catholic Church the Synod of Lviv, 1891, 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 Theotokos.”

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 conception whereas nine months later, minus one day, on the 8th of September she appears among us in her glorious Nativity. 

PRAYER TO ST. ANNA

O Glorious Saint Ann, filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present affair which I recommend to you under your special protection [here mention silently your intentions] Please recommend it to your daughter the Blessed Virgin Mary and lay it before the Throne of Jesus so that He may bring it to a happy issue.

Please continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face and with you and Mary and all the Saints praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen.

Three Times

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burn the week of Dec.4 – 12 by Norberta Garbor in memory of her Mother Lucey Garbor.

ALTAR CANDLES: The Altar Candles are requested to burn for the month of December by Albert Piston in memory of his parents Michael & Jennie Piston.

SING ALONG: YOU: ARE INVITED to join Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parish for their 27th Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along in the church on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre, Sunday, December 12th, 2021 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.

Church Cleaning: The volunteers will be cleaning the church and doing some decorating for the Christmas season. You are welcome to participate in this project to help if you are available on Wednesday, Dec. 8th at 10:00 AM. 

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, sailors and travelers. He was popularized in America by the Dutch puritans who disguised the “popish” Saint as a Nordic magician, called “Santa Claus.”

In 1087 Italian merchants brought St. Nicholas’ body to Bari in Italy from Asia to protect his remains from Muslims. 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 the Ukrainian people, both Catholic and Orthodox.


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