Wednesday, August 23, 2017 UTC

DEC 23, 24 & 25: FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD, GOD, AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST

nativity-icon-christ-jesus-lord-son-of-godDEC 23: ROYAL HOURS – 0600 AM, 0900 AM, (12:00 PM CANCELLED), 3:00 PM; CONFESSION – 2:00-2:45 PM, 3:30-4:30 PM, DEC 24: DIVINE LITURGY (JOINT PARISHES) – 10 AM; CONFESSION – 11:39-12:30; GREAT VESPERS W/ CHRISTMAS PAGAENT – 4:00 PM; HOLY SUPPER (CHURCH HALL) – 5:30 – 7:30 PM; SPANISH LITURGY – 8:00 PM; DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 PM (ST. NICHOLAS PARISH); DEC 25: DIVINE LITURGY – 8:30 AM (ST. NICHOLAS) & (ST. C & M) – 10:00 AM.

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 2:1-12, The Magi Visit the Messiah, in which we learn that the wise men are led by a star to the Messiah.  They come to worship Him and bring gifts, but their arrival raises fears in Jerusalem and for King Herod.

Holy Supper is a traditional Lenten meal on the Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve). Since Christmas is preceded by forty days of fasting, the Holy Supper is the last meal of the fast. The Holy Supper is called Velija (veh-LEE-yah), literally “vigil” and meaning Christmas Eve Holy Supper. Velija is a 12-dish (the number of dishes symbolizes the apostles) meatless feast whose preparations begin early on Christmas Eve and starts when the first star is seen that night. It is a solemn meal that brings the family together.

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