Services for Christmas


After preparing for the feast for 40 days, we celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ on December 25. During this season, we remember that God became man for our sake. We would love for you to join us for our Christmas services!

ADVENT, 2017
Wednesdays (Nov 15 - Dec 25) @ 6 PM: Nativity Paraklesis
Sat, Dec 2 @ 11- 5 PM: St. Nicholas Festival
Fri, Dec. 22 @ 9:00 AM: Royal Hours and Typika
Sun, Dec 24 @ 10 AM: Divine Liturgy
followed by Children's Nativity Play

CHRISTMAS
Sat, Dec 24 @9:30 PM: Festal Orthros
10:30 PM: Festal Divine Liturgy
(This is the primary Christmas service,
followed by light feasting.)

NEW YEAR'S EVE
Sun, Dec 31 @ 6 PM: Vespers for St. Basil
6:45-late: Snack in the New Year!

THEOPHANY
Fri, Jan 5 @ 9 AM: Royal Hours for Theophany
5 PM: Divine Liturgy for Theophany with the Great Blessing of the Waters


ABOUT THE SERVICES:
Royal Hours for Nativity is on the Friday before Christmas. It is characterized by special Psalms and hymns, as well as special Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel Readings, relating to the Feast of the Nativity.

Late on Christmas Eve, we begin the Christmas celebration with festal Orthros (9:30 PM), when we will finally sing "Christ is born!" The Divine Liturgy immediately follows (10:30 PM), so that we welcome Christmas with the Eucharist. After the services, we will enjoy a midnight potluck feast! Visitors are welcome to this beautiful service! (Young children are welcome to bring pillows.)

We conclude the 12 days of Christmas with the feast of Theophany. Theophany is the feast of the Baptism of Jesus Christ, when we bless the water that will be used throughout the year.