December 23, 2018
Forefeast of and
Sunday before the Nativity of Christ
Hebrews 11:9-10,17-23,32-40: Reading from Hebrews we hear the Apostle tell us of the faith of Abraham and other saints of ancient times who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith.
Matthew 1:1-25: In the Gospel we hear the genealogy of Jesus Christ, and of how Joseph was visited by an angel of God who told him of the child that Mary bore in her womb.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
Troparion of the Forefeast: Be thou ready, Bethlehem, Eden hath opened unto all. Ephratha, prepare thyself, for now, behold, the Tree of life hath blossomed forth in the cave of the holy Virgin. Her womb hath proved a true spiritual Paradise, wherein the divine and saving Tree is found, and as we eat thereof we shall all live, and shall not die as did Adam. Verily, Christ shall be born, raising the likeness that fell of old.
Troparion of Sunday before the Nativity: Great are the accomplishments of faith; for the three holy youths rejoiced in the fountain of flames as though at waters of rest. And the Prophet Daniel appeared a shepherd to the lions as though they were sheep. Wherefore, by their pleadings, O Christ God, have mercy upon us.
Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.
Kontakion Preparatory for Nativity: Today the Virgin comes unto the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.
Sunday, December 23 (Sunday before the Nativity of Christ)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, December 24
Father John’s Day Off
7:00 a.m. — Royal Hours
10:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, December 25 (Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ)
NO Daily Orthros
FASTING THROUGH JANUARY 4TH]
Wednesday, December 26 (Synaxis of the Theotokos)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, December 27 (Protomartyr Stephen)
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, December 28
Saturday, December 29
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, December 30 (Sunday after the Nativity)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Davises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
December 23 Davis Baker/D. Root/Dansereau
December 24 (Mon. p.m.) D. Root 1. Sarah Milnor
(Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ) 2. Natalia Aleetawi
3. Cheryl Pigott
December 30 Karam Katool/Davis/Staursky
December 31 (Mon. P.m.) Baker (Artoklasia Bread) No Meal
(January 1-Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and Feast of St. Basil the Great)
January 6 Brock POT LUCK MEAL
(Feast of Theophany) Set-up: Schelver/Karam/Pacurari
January 13 R. Root Algood/Jones/Turner/Bowman
January 15 (Tues. p.m.) Algood Kh. Janet Henderson
(Feast of the Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter)
January 20 Henderson Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites
January 27 Katool R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper
Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the front pew. Please be sure to use this book when you read.
Reader Reading Page#
December 23 Brenda Baker Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348
December 24 (Mon. p.m.) Walt Wood Gal. 4:4-7 351
December 30 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 1:11-19 188
January 6 Warren Strain Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 361
January 13 Mildred Morris Eph. 4:7-13 364
January 15 (Tues. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Acts 12:1-11 50
January 20 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Cor. 4:6-15 163
January 27 Sam Habeeb Heb. 7:26-8:2 334
Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.
Please be reminded of the following:
Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.
Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lou Turner’s cousin Amy and her husband John; Noah and Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.
Father John, Kh. Janet and all their family deeply appreciate all the words of encouragement, food, flowers and support that was given to them following the falling asleep of his father Jack Henderson. Please continue to keep all of them in your prayers. May his Memory be Eternal!
Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Winter Retreat: The Winter Retreat is scheduled for January 25-27th at St. Elias Orthodox Church in Atlanta. V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver will be the Retreat Speaker. Registration (which covers meals and all other retreat expenses) is $50. You may register at http://bit.ly/DMC-Winter-Retreat. Hotel information is also available at that site.
Camp St. Thekla applications are now available. Scholarship money is also available for a limited time. If you would like your children to attend Camp, please get your applications in as soon as possible. The sessions fill up very quickly!
Fasting Discipline for December
During the Fast of the Nativity the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted. There will be no fasting of any kind from December 25th through January 4th.
Major Commemorations for December
December 25 Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
December 26 Synaxis of the Theotokos
December 27 Protomartyr Stephen
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
* The Ladies of St. Peter meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.
* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.
* The Fast of the Nativity has begun and continues until the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord on December 25th.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ with Royal Hours on Monday morning, December 24th, beginning at 7:00 a.m. and Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy that evening, beginning at 10:00 p.m.
* As is our parish custom, we will celebrate the Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and the Feastday of St. Basil the Great with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on December 31st, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.
If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.
For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “Repentance has no end on earth, because the end of repentance would mean that we become like Christ in everything. The least difference between Christ and ourselves requires of us deep repentance: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon us.’ This word expresses the difference we feel between Him, the absolute and eternal Being, and our selves. ‘If we are not really like the Lord in all things, how can we dwell eternally with Him/’ wonders Saint Symeon the New Theologian. For Him, as for us, it is impossible. The only thing that remains for us is to have patience.”
Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life
Worship: Sunday, December 30, 2018 (Sunday after the Nativity)
Scripture: Galatians 1:11-19; Matthew 2:13-23
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood
Coffee Hour: Katool/Davis/Staursky