Monday, September 28, 2020 UTC

DEC 7, 8, 9 & 11: 26TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST & FEAST OF THE MATERNITY OF HOLY ANNA (SOLEMN HOLY DAY) & ST. NICHOLAS MARKET COOKING PREPARATIONS

conception   DEC 7: ALLELUIA MOLEBEN – 2:00 PM, CONFESSION – 3:00 PM, VESPERAL DIVINE LITURGY (SN) – 4:00; DEC 8: CATECHISM – 9:00 – 9:40 AM, 3RD HOUR – 9:40 AM, DIVINE LITURGY (SCM) – 10:00 AM (4TH ADVENT CANDLE LIT & ADVENT CHAINS); DEC 9: MARKET COOKING – 07:30 AM – 3:00 PM (LUNCH PROVIDED); DEC 10: MARKET COOKING – 07:30 AM – 3:00 PM (LUNCH PROVIDED);  DEC 11: MARKET COOKING – 07:30 AM – 3:00 PM (LUNCH PROVIDED); EMMANUEL MOLEBEN – 10:00 AM.

The church commemorates the Conception of the Theotokos by the Righteous Anna or the day that Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, conceived her. The Feast is celebrated on December 8th or 9th. Anna, who was barren, conceive the Virgin Mary after prayerfully pleading with God if they could become parents.

Troparion: “Today the bonds of barrenness are loosed, for God has heard the prayers of Joachim and Anna.  He promised, beyond hope, the birth of their godly daughter.  The Indescribable Himself, born of her as a mortal,  commanded us through the angel to sing to her:  Rejoice O Woman full of Grace, the Lord is with you!”

 what true faith really is, and also about the unfaithfulness of the Jews. Second, and the most obvious, we should in all things give thanks to God, particularly when we are given great gifts, and only one man gave thanks to God for this great gift he was given, this healing from his leprosy.

The 2nd Gospel reading for this Sunday is Luke 8:16-21 – which refers to a Lamp on a Stand and Jesus’ Mother and Brothers. In this Gospel, it talks about how no one would cover a lighted candle, but instead would place it so that those who enter may see the light and heeds the word of God by reflecting most of Christ. Also, though Jesus’ mother and brothers were present and wanted to see him, Jesus told the crowds that, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”