Upcoming Services for the Nativity of Christ

by frjonah on January 3, 2013


It seems unimaginable, but the birth of our Divine Savior Jesus Christ is nearly upon us.  Nativity is among the most joyous times of the entire year, though the cause of this joy is sometimes hard for us to express, especially with the hyper consumerism that has come to dominate the “Christmas” of the West.  In Holy Orthodoxy, the Nativity of Christ is held in such esteem because it was precisely through the birth of our Divine Savior that the events leading to our salvation were initiated.  When the Holy Fathers speak of the enormity of the fact of God becoming man, they say that when God entered into His creation, creation itself was elevated.  Creation itself rejoiced knowing that the Creator had become material to redeem fallen humanity.  One of the hymns sung on the eve of Nativity expresses that, at the birth of the Savior, we regained exactly that which was lost at the Fall:

The flaming sword has been removed, the cherub withdraws from the gate of life and I partake of the food of paradise from whence I was driven away because of disobedience; for the image of the Father, the image of His eternity, assumes the form of a servant”.

From the Stichera of Vespers on the Eve of Nativity

This is the cause of our joy: through the Nativity of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, our exile has ended and our beloved Savior has lifted up the image of fallen humanity and united it to Himself.

Do not let the mystery and the joy of our Savior’s birth pass you by this year!

Services for the Nativity of Christ have been added to the parish calendar and will occur according to the following schedule:

Friday, January 4th (Dec. 22nd OS)

  • 8:00am: Royal Hours

Saturday, January 5th (Dec. 23rd OS)

  • 9:00am – 1:00pm: Parish Workday
  • 3:00pm: Baptism of Sophia Whittemore
  • 6:00pm: Saturday Vigil

Sunday, January 6th (Dec. 24th OS)
The Eve of Nativity

  • 9:15am: Sunday Liturgy
  • Following Liturgy: Great Vespers of Nativity with the Singing of Carols
  • 4:30pm: All-Night-Vigil for Nativity
  • Following Vigil: Traditional 12 Dish Dinner

Monday, January 7th (Dec. 25th OS)
The Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ

  • 9:15am: Festal Divine Liturgy
  • Following Liturgy: Festive Trapeza with the Singing of Carols

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