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Weekly Service Bulletin: December 24 Christmas Eve!

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This Week at St. Marys


Sunday, December 24 Sunday before Nativity, Martyr Eugenia

  • 9:30 AM         Matins with Great Doxology
  • 10:00 AM     Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • 11:45 AM      Carols/Colinde/ Fellowship
  • 5:00 PM         Nativity Vespers
  • 10:00 PM      Candlelight Nativity Vigil

Monday, December 25 Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

  • 10:00 AM      Christmas Liturgy (St. Basil)
  • 11:30 AM      Christmas Strata Brunch

Sunday, December 31 Sunday after Nativity, Holy Righteous Ones: David, Joseph, James

  • 9:30 AM         Matins with Great Doxology
  • 10:00 AM     Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • 11:45 AM      Fellowship
  • 6:00 PM         Te Deum for the New Year

Monday, January 1 Circumcision of the Lord/ St. Basil

  • 10:00 AM      St. Basil Liturgy


Coming Up:

Jan. 5 Eve of Theophany           

Jan. 6 Theophany/ Baptism of Our Lord

Jan. 7 St. John Dinner/ House Blessing Season begins!


Movable Portions of the Liturgy

Tone 4 Troparion        (Resurrection)

When the women Disciples of the Lord/ learned from the Angel the joyous message of the Resurrection,/ they cast away the ancestral curse/ and elatedly told the Apostles:/ “Death is overthrown!/ Christ God is risen,// granting the world great mercy!”


Tone 2 Troparion of the Forefathers                      

Great are the accomplishments of faith,/ for the three Holy Youths rejoice in the fountain of flames as though in the waters of rest;/ and the Prophet Daniel appeared/ a shepherd to the lions as though they were sheep.// So by their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls!


Tone 4 Troparion of the Pre-feast of the Nativity

Prepare, O Bethlehem, for Eden has been opened to all!/ Adorn yourself, O Ephratha, for the Tree of Life blossoms forth from the Virgin in the cave!/ Her womb is a spiritual paradise planted with the Divine Fruit;/ if we eat of it, we shall live forever and not die like Adam.// Christ comes to restore the image which He made in the beginning.


Tone 1 Kontakion of the Forefathers

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./ The God-bearing Forefathers will rejoice, beholding Him,/ and with the shepherds, they will glorify the Virgin nursing Him.


Tone 3 Kontakion for the Pre-feast of the Nativity          

The Virgin cometh today to the cave to give birth, ineffably to bring forth the Word eternal. Therefore, rejoice O earth at the message with the angels and shepherds give glory to him who shall appear by his own will as a young child, he who is from eternity God.


PROKEIMENON  (Tone 4) Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our Fathers and praised and glorified is Thy name forever! Vs. For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done for us! (Song of the Three, vs. 3-4)


EPISTLE: Hebrews 11:9-10,17-23,32-40

Brethren,  9By faith [Abraham] dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 17By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” 19concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. 20By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 21By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. 22By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.23By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. 32And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. 39And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.


Alleluia: We have heard with our ears, O God, for our fathers have told us. v: For You have saved us from them that oppose us, and have put to shame them that hate us.  (Ps 43/44:1,7)


GOSPEL:  Matthew 1:1-25 (Genealogy of Christ) 

 Please consider a flower/ poinsettia donation this December in honor or memory of your loved ones. Special envelopes are available in the narthex.

 This Month’s Lord’s Prayer: French

Notre Père qui es aux cieux

Que Ton Nom soit sanctifié,

Que Ton Règne arrive,

Que Ta Volonté soit faite /

sur la terre comme au ciel.

Donne-nous aujourd’hui / notre pain substantiel

Et remets-nous nos dettes / comme nous remettons à nos débiteurs,

Et ne nous soumets pas à l’épreuve,

Mais délivre-nous du Malin.

 Car c’est à Toi qu’appartiennent le règne, la puissance et la gloire, du Père, du Fils et du Saint-Esprit, pour les siècles des siècles.

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