Services for Christmas


Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! Angels, with shepherds, glorify Him! The wise men journey with the star! Since for our sake the eternal God was born as a little child! (Kontakion of the Nativity)

After preparing for the feast for 40 days, we celebrate the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord and God and Savior 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. 
 
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.

This year, Christmas Eve is on a Sunday.
 After the Divine Liturgy the children will present a Nativity Play! 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.)

Services for 2017
Wednesdays during the Nativity Fast @ 6 PM: Nativity Paraklesis

Fri, Dec. 22 @ 9:00 AM: Royal Hours and Typika

Sun, Dec 24 @ 10 AM:  Divine Liturgy
followed by Children's Nativity Play


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

Last year we celebrated New Year's Even with Great Vespers at 6 PM followed by snacks and games and Vasilopita! Bring your favorite snack, dessert, drink and/or game to welcome in 2018!

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

After celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, we conclude the Nativity season with the feast of Theophany. Theophany is the feast of the Baptism of Jesus Christ, and made plain the three Persons of the Holy Trinity—the Father speaking from the heavens, the Son being baptized and the Holy Spirit descending on the Son in the form of a dove. During the services for this feast, we bless the water that will be used throughout the year.

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