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Feasts & Fasts

December

6 - St Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
9 - The Conception of the Most Holy Mother of God by the Righteous Anna
14 - Second Sunday Before Christmas (Holy Forefathers)
21 - Suday Before Christmas (Holy Fathers)
25 - The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ
26 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God
28 - Sunday after the Nativity: Commemoration of the Holy Righteous David the King, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord

 

Hoy Fathers

Great are the accomplishmets of faith: * three holy youths rejoiced in the source of the flame * as though on the waters of refreshment; * and the Prophet Daniel appeared to be a shepherd of the lions, as of sheep. * Through their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls. (Troparion, Tone 2)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

You did not honor a hand-depicted image, O thrice-blessed ones, * but, defended by the undepicted Being, you were glorified in a trial by fire. * And, standing in the midst of unbearable flame, you called upon God: * “Hasten, O Compassionate One, and speed to our help, * for You are merciful and You can do whatever you will.” (Kontakion, Tone 6, December18-19)

Now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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. * Beholding Him, the God-bearing forefathers will rejoice, * and, with the shepherds, they will glorify the Virgin nursing Him. (Kontakion, Tone 4, December 20-24)

This Week's Scripture

December 14, 2014
Second Sunday Before Christmas
- Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
- Liturgy: Colossians 3:4-11, Luke 14:16-24

Twenty-Eighth Week After Pentecost
- Monday: 2 Tim 2:20-26, Mark 8:11-21
- Tuesday: 2 Tim 3:16-4:4, Mark 8:22-26
- Wednesday: 2 Tim 4:9-22, Mark 8:30-34
- Thursday: Titus 1:5-2:1, Mark 9:10-16
- Friday: Titus 1:15-2:10, Mark 8:33-41
- Saturday: Galatians 3:8-12, Luke 14:18-29

December 21, 2014
Sunday Before Nativity: Holy Fathers
- Matins: Luke 25:36-53 (Gospel 6)
- Liturgy: Hebrews 11:9-10, 17-23, 32-40, Matthew 1:1-25

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

“We firmly believe that the Church will never fall, will never waiver and will not be destroyed. For this is what Christ taught, by Whom the heavens were established and the earth was founded, and stands firmly as the Holy Spirit says”. (Ps. 32:6) The Antichrist will lure to himself “those who have a weak and feeble mind, will seduce and will tear them away from the living God.”

St. John of Damascus, Oration on the Transfiguration of the Lord