December 2017

“Thy Birth, O Christ our God,
Rose upon the world as the
Light through it those who had
Adored the stars were taught
By a star to worship Thee, the
Sun of Righteousness, and to
know Thee, the Day spring from
High.

O Lord, glory to Thee.”
Dismissal Hymn of Christmas Day

The Christmas Season

In the span of history there are some events, dates and places which remain unforgettable in the mind of mankind and as such dwell in the heart of man as a deep experience and inspiration for the shape of his character and betterment of civilization. Such an incident with a divine and human character is the Birth of Jesus Christ which became the center of history and divided the ages before and after Him, not only in time but especially in thoughts, faith and social relations among men.

Christmas is the annual celebration of the Event of the Birth of Jesus Christ; a Christmas with Christ in its center. At this time the faithful soul, like the shepherd, hears the angels triumphal announcement; he, like the Wise Men, offers gifts of admiration and devotion and he, like the Apostles, proclaims the Good News to the people.

We ask you once again in the Orthodox Christian Spirit, to come and celebrate with your family the spirit of Christ’s birth. This year on Sunday, December 24th, there will be regular Sunday worship Orthros at 9:00 a.m.; and Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m., followed by Great Vespers of Christmas. On Christmas Day, Monday, December 25th, we will have Christmas Orthros at 9:00 a.m. and Christmas Divine Liturgy of St. Chrysostom. Also, please remember, the special Holy Days designated in our Christmas Schedule.

May you all enjoy a Holy Christmas and Peaceful New Year filled with good tidings and blessings granted to us by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the same Lord yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Yours In Christ,
Rev. Protopresbyter Kosmas Karavellas