Thursday, February 22, 2024 UTC

DEC 31: SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS (FINAL DAY OF FEAST OF CHRISTMAS) AND COMMEMORATION OF THE MEMORY OF THE HOLY PROPHET DAVID, JOSEPH, THE HUSBAND OF MARY, AND JAMES

     DEC 31: CONFESSION – 8:30 AM; DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM; DIVINE LITURGY – 11:00 . 

PROPERS: 12-31-23_Sunday_DL

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The Gospel reading is Matthew 2:13-23. 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.

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

On December 31, it is also the optional memorial of Saint Sylvester I, Pope.  Sylvester was our 33rd pope, serving as Pontiff from the year 314 til his death in 335. Pope Sylvester organized public worship at the time following persecutions when it became legal for Christians to gather for worship. People in many countries, especially countries such as Germany, Poland, Belgium, and Austria, celebrate New Year’s Eve as “Sylvester Night” in honor of Saint Sylvester’s feast day.  There is much revelry, including fireworks and the consumption of “Sylvester’s Punch.”  Some legends even equate Saint Sylvester with Father Time. Sylvester’s Punch contains the ingredients: 1 bottle Red burgundy wine, Equal amount of hot tea, 12 cloves, rind of 1 lemon, 2 Tablespoons sugar to each bottle of wine, 2 cinnamon sticks to each bottle of wine. Pour wine liquid into enamel pot, add cloves, thinly pared rind of 1 lemon, sugar, and cinnamon. Heat over low flame but do not allow to boil. At last moment add tea. Serve hot.

 

 

 

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