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DEC 26: SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS: COMMEMORATION OF THE MEMORY OF DAVID, JOSEPH & JAMES; & SYNAXIS OF THE THEOTOKOS

     DEC 26: CONFESSION – 8:30, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM (LIVE-STREAMED), DIVINE LITURGY – 11:00 AM. 

PROPERS: 12-26-21_Sunday_DL

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GOD WITH US ONLINE CATECHETICAL RESOURCES FOR THE SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS:

The Gospel reading is Matthew 2:13-23, which is also read on December 26th, the Synaxis of the Theotokos. This reading recalls The Flight of the Holy Family to Egypt. Joseph is warned in a dream to flee with the infant Jesus and his mother to Egypt in order to escape Herod’s continuing plots to destroy him. After Herod’s death, Joseph, once again in obedience to a dream and in fulfillment of prophecy, goes to reside in Nazareth of Galilee.

The day after most major feasts in our calendar is dedicated to the person who is in the “2nd role” in the action of the Feast. In this case, although Christmas is clearly about Christ, His Blessed Mother has the next place of honor. A synaxis is an “assembly,” and indeed we come together on this day after Christmas to continue our glorification of our Lord’s birth, and today, in a special way, of his mother, the Theotokos and ever Virgin Mary.

After the Feast of the Nativity – December 26th (from 1995-2016 Melkite Eparchy of Newton): Doc3AftertheFeastDec26

On the Sunday after Christmas, we also commemorate the “relatives of the Lord”, particularly the Holy and Righteous St. Joseph the Betrothed and husband of Mary; David the King, prophet and our Lord’s direct ancestor; and Holy Apostle James, the Brother of the Lord and first bishop of Jerusalem.

After the Feast of the Nativity – December 27 to 31 (from 1995-2016 Melkite Eparchy of Newton): Doc1AftertheFeastDec27to31