Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Services Schedule

Dear Beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
Christ is Born! Indeed He is Born!

This is a great time in our Christian year, a time of rejoicing, a time of faith, a time of hope and therefore a time of love. It is to that joy, to that friendliness that we invite all today, those who are practicing your faith both in the Church and outside it, in your daily life and also you whom we miss at the wonderful and holy services of the Church, yours and ours. Come let us all be one in our Holy Orthodox Faith and in the One Lord, Our Saviour Jesus Christ, who by His great love and compassion for all mankind condescended to be born of a virgin. And by His Nativity He revealed to all His almighty divine power by which He reigns over the universe.

Your church sends this greeting to all in love and hope that you will respond. As we all know in the previous months that our island of Galveston suffered a major catastrophe which engulfed many of our parishioners who lost almost all of their earthly possessions. Unfortunately, even our small but ever faithful orthodox church communities have suffered as well, especially our sister parish of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Birth-Giver of God. It is my fervent prayer that we will remember these parishes not only now for this holy season but continually throughout the whole year and the course of our life, and for our earthly, temporal gifts that God grant us His heavenly and eternal gifts.

Enclosed we will find the schedule for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Services for Sts. Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church:

December 24th at 7:00pm we will have Othros followed by Divine Liturgy for the members of our Greek Orthodox Community whose church, hall and office were completely decimated by the storm

January 6th at 7:00 pm we will have Great Vespers Service (Badnje Vece) with traditional burning of Yule Log.

January 7th at 10:00 am Divine Liturgy NATIVITY OF OUR LORD & SAVIOR

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