St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin


Sunday, December 24 Tone 4.

29th Sunday after Pentecost 

 Eve of the Nativity of Christ. Sunday before the Nativity. Nun-martyr Eugenia of Rome, and with her Martyrs Philip, her father, Protus, Hyacinth, Basilla, and Claudia (ca. 262).



Today’s Schedule:

Altar Server: M. Caldwell

Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: K. Henry, M. Brausch

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Children’s choir sings during preparation

11:30 Fellowship Hour: Team 4/NO Children’s Choir

5:00pm  Nativity Vespers and Christmas Lessons and Carols 


Hymns & Readings:

 

Resurrection Troparion: Tone 4

When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of the Resurrection; they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: Death is overthrown; Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy!

 

Troparion of the Ancestors of Christ: Tone 2

Great are the accomplishments of faith, for the three Holy Youths rejoice in the fountain of flames as though in the waters of rest; and the Prophet Daniel appeared a shepherd to the lions as though they were sheep. So by their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls!


Troparion of the Forefeast

Mary was of David’s seed, so she went with Joseph to register in Bethlehem. She bore in her womb the Fruit not sown by man. The time for the birth was at hand. Since there was no room at the inn, the cave became a beautiful palace for the Queen. Christ is born, raising up the image that fell of old.


Kontakion of the Ancestors of Christ

Rejoice, O Bethlehem!  Prepare yourself, O Ephratha! The Lamb is on her way to give birth to the Chief Shepherd she carries in her womb. The God-bearing Forefathers will rejoice, beholding Him, and with the shepherds, they will glorify the Virgin nursing Him.


Kontakion of the Forefeast

Today the Virgin comes to the cave to give birth to the Eternal Word. Hear the glad tidings and rejoice, O universe! Glorify with the Angels and the shepherds the Eternal God, Who is willing to appear as a little child!


Prokimenon: Tone 4

Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers, and praised and glorified is Your name forever!

 

Epistle: Hebrews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40

Brothers and sisters,

By faith Abraham dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented – of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

 

Gospel: Matthew 1:1-25

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa. Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us.’” Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS. 


For Further Reading:

To Love as Christ Loves

Indeed, if anything in Christ’s unique image is predominant, then it is His extreme humility and not at all any desire to “prove” His Divinity by using miracles. The Apostle Paul writes some extraordinary words about this humility of Christ: “He was in the form of God … but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant… He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross…” (Phil 2:6-8). He never used His miraculous birth as “proof” and never once in the Gospels even mentions it Himself. And when He was hanging on the Cross, abandoned by everyone and in terrible agony, His accusers mocked Him precisely by requesting a miracle: “…come down now from the cross that we may see and believe” (Mk 15:32). But He did not come down and they did not believe. Others, however, believed because of the fact that He did not come down from the cross, for they could sense the full divinity, the boundless height of that humility, of that total forgiveness radiating from the Cross: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34). Once again, the Gospels and genuine Christian faith do not view miracles as proofs to force belief, since this would deprive man of what Christianity regards as most precious, his freedom. Christ wants people to believe in Him willingly without the coercion of a miracle. “If you love me,” Christ says, “you will keep my commandments” (Jn 14:15). And we love Christ--sadly, all too little--not because of His love, His humility and because, as those who heard Him said, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” (jn 7:46). (Alexander Schmemmann, The Virgin Mary, p. 17-18)

 

The Incarnation

Formerly, in a unified show of his own graciousness, God established humanity: he breathed the breath of life into the one newly formed of the earth, gave him a share in a better existence, honored him with his own image and likeness, and make him a citizen of Eden, a tablemate of angels. But since we darkened and destroyed the likeness of the divine image by the filth of passions, he who is compassionate has shared with us a second communion, more secure and still more wonderful than the first. For he remains in the exalted height of his own divinity, but takes on a share of what is less, divinely forming humanity in himself; he mingles the archetype with its image, and reveals in it today his own proper beauty. (John of Damascus, “Oration on the Transfiguration,” Light on the Mountain, p. 210)

 

The Birth of Christ 

What shall I say to you; what shall I tell you? I behold a Mother who has brought forth; I see a Child come to this light by birth. The manner of His conception I cannot comprehend. Nature here rested, while the Will of God labored. O ineffable grace! The Only Begotten, Who is before all ages, Who cannot be touched or be perceived, Who is simple, without body, has now put on my body, that is visible and liable to corruption. For what reason? That coming amongst us he may teach us, and teaching, lead us by the hand to the things that men cannot see. For since men believe that the eyes are more trustworthy than the ears, they doubt of that which they do not see, and so He has deigned to show Himself in bodily presence, that He may remove all doubt.


And he was born from a Virgin, who knew not His purpose neither had she labored with Him to bring it to pass, nor contributed to that which He had done, but was the simple instrument of His hidden Power. That alone she knew which she had learned by her question to Gabriel: how shall this be done, because I know not a man? Then said he; do you wish to hear his words? The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. 


And in what manner was the almighty with her, Who in a little while came forth from her? He was as the craftsman, who coming on some suitable material, fashions to himself a beautiful vessel; so Christ, finding the holy body and soul of the Virgin, builds for Himself a living temple, and as He had willed, formed there a man from the Virgin; and, putting Him on, this day came forth; unashamed of the loveliness of our nature. For it was to Him no lowering to put on what he Himself had made. Let that handiwork beforever glorified, which became the cloak of its own Creator. For as in the first creation of flesh, man could not be made before the clay had come into His hand, so neither could this corruptible body be glorified, until it had first become the garment of its Maker.


What shall I say! And how shall I describe this Birth to you? For this wonder fills me with astonishment. The Ancient of days has become an infant. He Who sits upon the sublime and heavenly Throne, now lies in a manger. And He Who cannot be touched, Who is simple, without complexity, and incorporeal, now lies subject to the hands of men. He Who has broken the bonds of sinners, is now bound by an infant's bands. But He has decreed that ignominy shall become honor, infamy be clothed with glory, and total humiliation the measure of His Goodness.


For this He assumed my body, that I may become capable of His Word; taking my flesh, He gives me His spirit; and so He bestowing and I receiving, He prepares for me the treasure of Life. He takes my flesh, to sanctify me; He gives me His Spirit that He may save me. (St. John Chrysostom, “Nativity Homily,” The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers, pp. 112-113)

 

Christmas is Trinitarian

Of course, the Son of God did not consign Himself to a material body or mingle human deeds with divine ones on a whim. He did this, together with the miracles that He performed in the body, in order to obey the will of God. But the fact that He could organize and work divine purposes through a human body in a pure and marvelous manner shows that he created Himself as a man with a material body, and thus created all matter with the capacity for being filled and used to manifest His divine Person. And He raised men through grace to become sons of His heavenly Father through the fact that He Himself was the only begotten Son of the heavenly Father. If there were no Triune God--a God who was the Father, Son and Holy Spirit--He could not have done this. The raising of man from the prison of his nature is possible thanks to the fact that God exists in Trinity. (Dumitru Staniloae, The Holy Trinity, pp. 112-113)

 

The Ancestors of Christ

Note where this choice began. The excellent Seth was chosen from among Adam's children, because by his well-ordered conduct, his control over his senses and his glorious virtue he showed himself to be a living heaven and so came to be one of the elect, from whom the Virgin would spring forth, that truly heavenly and divinely appropriate chariot of the supracelestial God, and through whom He would call men back to eternal sonship. Therefore all Seth's stock were called sons of God (cf. Gen. 6:2), because it was from this race that the Son of God was to become the Son of man. That is why the name Seth can be interpreted to mean "resurrection", or rather "a rising up from", which really refers to the Lord, Who promises and gives eternal life to those who believe in Him. (Saint Gregory Palamas, “On the Sunday of the Fathers,The Homilies, pp. 469-470)

 

Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:



Announcements:

 Children’s Choir

Children’s choir will be singing our hymn today just before communion. All children who wish to sing should make their way to the back of the church after the Lord’s prayer.

 

Services for Christmas

We begin our liturgical celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ this evening at 5pm with Vespers  followed by the choir’s presentation of Christmas Lessons and Carols. On Monday, December 25 we will celebrate the Nativity in the Flesh of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ at the Divine Liturgy beginning at 9:30am. Following the Liturgy there will be a Festal Potluck hosted by Steve Brown & Mark Stokoe. Please feel free to bring a side dish to share with the community.

 

Wednesday Book Study

Our group is not meeting this Wednesday but will resume on on Wednesday, January 3 at 11am to discuss the Theophany service and the Great Blessing of Water.


Church School Schedule

Church school will not meet after Liturgy on Sunday, December 24  and Sunday, December 31. All classes will resume on January 7.

 

Serving at St. Vincent DePaul

What a great way to end the year! The fourth and final fifth Saturday of the year is this month (December 30) so it's time to serve at St Vincent de Paul. For those new to this, we make sub sandwiches for the single woman and families who stay at the shelter. Come at 9:15 AM and stay till about 1 PM at 120 W. Apple St. 45402. Please call or email Matthew Jobst if you would like to help.

 

New Year’s Eve Prayer Service

Please join us on New Year’s Eve as we give thanks to God for all the blessings we have received in 2017, and to offer prayer for the New Year. Let us all assemble together to petition God for mercy for ourselves, our nation and the world! We will offer the Akathist: “Glory to God for All Things” on Sunday, December 31 at 5pm. Your friends and neighbors are welcomed to attend.

 

Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class

A couple of people have asked about the possibility of starting a new Catechism/ Inquirer’s Class in January, 2018. Please let Fr. Ted know ASAP if you or someone you know is interested in attending the class beginning in January. Contact Fr. Ted at FrTed@StPDayton.org.

 

2018 Pledge Campaign Update

Thank you to all who have turned in pledge forms. As of Sunday, December 17, 2017, we have received 66 pledge forms, representing 97 parishioners, that total $184,110. This amount represents approximately 69% of our 2018 budget. All members, please return your completed Pledge Forms to Brian Garber or Kerrie Wiese as soon as you can.

 

End of the Year Donations

For those who wish to make an end of the year charity donation to the parish and have it counted for their 2017 tax year, the good news is the last Sunday of the month is December 31. Any donation received by the end of the Liturgy next Sunday, December 31, will be counted as part of the 2017 donations. We do need your donations to help keep the parish financially healthy. While the Parish Council has kept expenses within the approved budget, donations have lagged behind expenses for the year. We thank all of you for your generous contributions and all the ways in which you contribute to the parish as part of your stewardship of your time, talents and resources. Your donation this week will help us continue to grow our parish. The tithe belongs to the Lord (Leviticus 27:30).

 

St. Paul Prayer Team

If you would like to submit prayer requests for the prayer team, forms can be found on the greeter’s table. Please place requests in the box on the greeter table or by email to office@stpdayton.org. If you would like to be a part of praying with the team - and pray daily for others in the parish, or if you have further questions please contact Mark Pearson.

 

December Charity 

As we did last month, we are giving our charity funds this month to several different families who are in financial need to help them get through difficult times. Please do remember to pray for all families, that God may protect and bless them.

 

Nativity Message from Fr. Ted

Dear Fellow Parishioners,


And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth among people of good will.” (Luke 2:13-14)


The angelic proclamation on the day of Christ’s birth stirs in our hearts hope for the world: peace on earth!   It is something we Orthodox pray for at each Divine Liturgy, Vespers or Matins. We constantly petition God to fulfill the hope which the angels heralded as possible with the nativity of the Messiah.


Despite our God-given hope and despite our prayers, we witnessed a great deal of violence in 2017 in the world. Church communities were not spared from this scourge of terrorism during the year. This reminds us to pay attention to the entire story of Christ’s birth – part of the Gospel Christmas story is Herod murdering the innocent children!  We like to ignore that part of the nativity narrative as it doesn’t fit our image of a sentimental season: a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The birth of Jesus caused Rachel to weep inconsolably over the loss of her children (Matthew 2:17-18)!   Rather than choosing to ignore part of the Gospel, we can appreciate the truthfulness of the narrative because we live in that same world where we know such grief.


Jesus Himself was quite realistic about this when He taught:

“I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."  (John 16:33)


Hope springs eternal. Christ Jesus is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). God came into the world because God loves us. God too has suffered the violence of the very world He created for us; the world which God so loves. He has not abandoned us to the violence of the world, but is here with us even in our darkest moments. God wishes for us abundant life in this world, but many in the world still reject God. Christmas makes sense not because the world is a utopian paradise, but exactly because there are serious and violent problems in this fallen world. We need God’s love and we need hope to bring light to the darkness. We need Christ to be with us through all the trials and tribulations the world throws at us.


And every year we are summoned to that humble birth – in a manger, in a cave, where we still can find God’s peace. God’s peace is not like the world’s peace, and is not dependent on it. As our Lord said:   “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). The world is much the same as it was 2000 years ago when Mary gave birth to God’s Son. The Gospel lesson of Christmas is proclaimed every year to renew in us faith, hope and love so that we are not overcome by the world’s sorrows, but rather we overcome the world through Jesus Christ our Lord. From that cave, light dawned to the world. We live in the light of Christmas. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).


Christ is born!  Glorify Him!


Fr. Ted

 

2017 Nativity Message of Bp. Paul

Beloved Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Diocese of the Midwest,

 

I am not particularly happy to admit it, but, I love watching TV shows on my computer, usually the three major networks. I recently watched the Christmas episode of the TV show Bull, which had the corny plotline of a daughter who wanted to “divorce” her father because he was too busy with his job, and was neglectful. The father had a nanny take care of her, and he would come home at early hours in the morning because of his work. The mother had died several years before. This is why the father immersed himself in his job even more—as way of coping with her death. Well, by the end of the show, the dad became more human, and repented of his poor behavior towards his daughter. They reconciled in a way that was touching, and left me crying. What? A bishop who cries over a corny plotline? What gives? Well, this corny plotline reminded me of some words of St. Gregory the Theologian on the Incarnation: “On the other hand, for us He (the Son of God) later comes into being, that the One Who has given us being might also grant us well-being; or rather that, as we fell from well-being through evil, He might bring us back again to Himself through incarnation.”

 

The story that plays out in the above plotline of Bull is the story of many of us. We find ourselves alienated from our Maker, from our loved ones, our friends, our spouses and children and people in general. In our pursuit of the self-centered idols of this world—financial security, wealth, the good life, and worldly knowledge—we have lost sight of what it means to be a human being made in God’s image and called to grow into His likeness. The Incarnation of the Lord, in which God becomes man, is the answer to this alienation and estrangement.


Come to the Cave where Christ is born, and see what it means to be a human being! As we ponder who we are, in coming to know this newborn child, it will teach us something about what we mean to each other. God becomes man to show us the way of self-emptying love that will take Him to a Cross. It is this Cross that will take a heart of stone and make it into heart of flesh. This is what happened to the girl and her father in the corny plotline. May we embrace that corny plotline and see it fulfilled in us as we enter the Cave to ponder this great mystery that is set before us.

 

Christ is Born!  Glorify Him!


With Love in Christ, the unworthy

 

+PAUL

Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest


Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon Nativity of Christ 

My beloved Brethren and Blessed Children in the Lord,

 

As we come to the end of the civil year, we reflect back on a period in which tragedy, acts of terrorism, shootings in public spaces, political confusion, and sexual misconduct allegations dominate the news. The darkness which enshrouds the world adds to the burden of our personal and family struggles: addictions, estrangement, divorce and all manner of conflict wrought by human passions. We might be tempted to wonder how love could have so definitively fled from the hearts of human beings.

 

The feast of the Nativity in the Flesh of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is a reminder to all of us that “heaven and earth today make glad prophetically” and angels and men “keep spiritual feast for God, born of a woman, has appeared in the flesh to those that sit in darkness and shadow.”  The light that we receive today is not merely a physical light that pierces the gloom which surrounds us, but rather a transfiguring light that both reveals God’s love for us and inspires us to grow in our love for God.

 

There is no philosophy or ideology that can overcome the irrationality of the world. It is only the transfiguring light of Christ – His divine and sacrificial love – that can accomplish this. It is only through love that we can, with the animals and the manger, “accept Him who by His Word has loosed us dwellers on earth from acts that are against reason.”  When we despair at the tragedies in the world and in our lives, let us remember that it is precisely in the midst of such darkness that the Word of God chose to be incarnate.

 

Archimandrite Zacharias suggests that “when we are confronted by the ruins of human love and find ourselves completely broken, then two solutions can be given: either we turn to God with our pain, so that God enters our life and renews us, or we continue to be deceived by our human plans and slide from one tragedy and barrenness of soul to another, hoping that one day we will find perfection.”

 

The world longs for authentic love but seems to remain mired in the global tragedies that we witness every day. In our horizontal and human relations with one another, what is missing is God Himself, a third and divine-human Person to purify and heal our imperfect and broken relationships. Whether it be husband and wife, brother and sister, or larger communities, true love and abiding peace can only be found through our communion with God.

 

In our Orthodox context, this takes place through the Divine Liturgy and through our efforts to nurture the sacrificial love of God in our own hearts. “Paradise begins on earth through love for God and love for our fellows. In this lies the entire wealth of eternal life, for man has been created to give eternal glory to God. His delight is to return this glory to His image, man, who then returns greater glory to his Creator.”

 

Today’s feast is a reminder that it is through this cycle of glorification and love between God and man that we find our true fulfillment. May the new-born Christ grant us the courage to keep His love in our hearts, to connect with our fellows through prayer, sacrifice, and humility, and to remember that, no matter the degree of our own brokenness or the brokenness of the world, Christ has come to give us hope for renewal, “for what He was, He has remained, true God: and what He was not, He has taken upon Himself, becoming man through love for mankind.”

With love in the New-Born Christ,

 

+ Tikhon

Archbishop of Washington

Metropolitan of All America and Canada

 

Celebrations 

Birthdays: Luke Smith, Alex Young, Tyler DeLong, John Raab, Mary Schwaninger, Chris Albee

Anniversaries: George & Pam Friesel

God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, December 25

The Nativity According to the Flesh of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. The Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar. Commemoration of the Shepherds in Bethlehem who were watching their flocks, and went to see the Lord.

Readings: Galatians 4:4-7, Matthew 2:1-12

9am Hours

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil for the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

11:30am Festal Potluck hosted by Steve Brown  & Mark Stokoe

 

Tuesday, December 26

Second Day of the Feast of the Nativity. Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos 

Readings: Hebrews 2:11-18, Matthew 2:13-23

 

Wednesday, December 27

Third Day of the Feast of the Nativity. Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen (34)

Readings: Hebrews 10:1-18, Mark 11:22-26

9:30am Divine Liturgy at St. Stephen’s Church, Lima, OH - Bishop Paul officiating           

 

Thursday, December 28 

Afterfeast of the Nativity. The 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia, including: Glycerius, Zeno, Theophilus, Dorotheus, Mardonius, Migdonious, Indes, Gorgonius, Peter, Euthymius, and the Virgins: Agape, Domna and Theophila (302)

Readings: Hebrews 7:1-6, Mark 10:17-27

 

Friday, December 29

Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ. The 14,000 Infants (Holy Innocents) slain by Herod at Bethlehem. 

Readings: Hebrews 11:8, 11-16, Mark 12:1-12

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours

 

Saturday, December 30

Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ. Saturday after the Nativity/Saturday before Theophany. Virgin Martyr Anysia at Thessalonica (285-305). 

Readings: Ephesians 5:1-8, Luke 17:3-10

9am Serving at St. Vincent DePaul    4pm Confession         5pm Vespers

 

Sunday, December 31

30th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST — Tone 5. Leavetaking of the Nativity. Sunday after Nativity. Holy Righteous Ones: Joseph the Betrothed, David the King, and James the Brother of the Lord

Readings: Galatians 1:11-19 , Matthew 2:13-23

Altar Server: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): D. Short & Maria Brausch

Epistle: Need volunteer

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: J. Wiese, B. Lootens

9:00am Hours: Need volunteer

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4/NO Children’s Choir/NO Church School

5:00pm New Year’s Akathist: “Glory to God for All Things” 


Upcoming Dates to Remember

December 30             St. Paul serves at St. Vincent DePaul

January 5                   1st & 3rd Royal Hours of Theophany, 9am

6th & 9th Royal Hours of Theophany, 12pm

Great Vespers and the blessing of the water, 6pm

January 6                   Divine Liturgy for Theophany, 9:30am