Worship Services, Meetings and Activities – This Week – December 25, 2016

Sunday, 12/25

  • Χριστούγεννα. Holy Nativity
  • Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Monday, 12/26

  • Office closed

Saturday, 12/31

  • Greek Dance: New Year’s Glendi 7:00 pm

Sunday, 1/1

  • Πρωτοχρονιά (Μέγας Βασίλειος). New Year’s Day. St. Basil the Great.
  • Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Saints and Feasts
The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – The incomprehensible and inexplicable Nativity of Christ came to pass when Herod the Great was reigning in Judea; the latter was an Ascalonite on his fathers’s side and an Idumean on his mother’s. He was in every way foreign to the royal line of David; rather, he had received his authority from the Roman emperors, and had ruled tyrannically over the Jewish people for some thirty-three years. The tribe of Judah, which had reigned of old, was deprived of its rights and stripped of all rule and authority. Such was the condition of the Jews when the awaited Messiah was born, and truly thus was fulfilled the prophecy which the Patriarch Jacob had spoken 1,807 years before: “A ruler shall not fail from Judah, nor a prince from his loins, until there come the things stored up for him; and he is the expectation of the nations” (Gen.49:10).

Thus, our Savior was born in Bethlehem, a city of Judea, whither Joseph had come from Nazareth of Galilee, taking Mary his betrothed, who was great with child, that, according to the decree issued in those days by the Emperor Augustus, they might be registered in the census of those subject to Rome. Therefore, when the time came for the Virgin to give birth, and since because of the great multitude there was no place in the inn, the Virgin’s circumstance constrained them to enter a cave which was near Bethlehem. Having as shelter a stable of irrational beasts, she gave birth there, and swaddled the Infant and laid Him in the manger (Luke 2:1-7). From this, the tradition has come down to us that when Christ was born He lay between two animals, an ox and an ass, that the words of the Prophets might be fulfilled: “Between two living creatures shalt Thou be known” (Abbacum 3:2), and “The ox knoweth his owner and the ass his master’s crib” (Esaias 1: 3).

But while the earth gave the new-born Savior such a humble reception, Heaven on high celebrated majestically His world-saving coming. A wondrous star, shining with uncommon brightness and following a strange course, led Magi from the East to Bethlehem to worship the new-born King. Certain shepherds who were in the area of Bethlehem, who kept watch while tending their sheep, were suddenly surrounded by an extraordinary light, and they saw before them an Angel who proclaimed to them the good tidings of the Lord’s joyous Nativity. And straightway, together with this Angel, they beheld and heard a whole host of the Heavenly Powers praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men” (Luke 2:8-14).

The Commemoration of the Shepherds in Bethlehem who were watching their flocks and came to see the Lord

The Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Gaspar, & Balthasar

Announcements

  • Special “Thank You” to all those who donated the beautiful Poinsettias, decorating our church for Christmas.
  • Greek DanceIt’s that time of year again and the Assumption Greek Dance and Cultural Arts School present our annual NYE fundraiser of 2016! Ring in the new year with live music from “Synthesi”, great food (Filet Mignon and shrimp) and great parea! The live entertainment also includes a Special performance by our dancers, an interactive game truck and a prop filled photo booth! All ages are welcomed! Reservations now open!  but don’t wait, seating is limited!
  • Contact info on the flyer attached or you can call, text or email Yota Batsaras  assumptiongreekdance@gmail.com. Happy holidays from Assumption Greek Dance!
  • Epiphany Celebration – Epiphany Celebration and Cross dive on Sunday, January 15, 2017 with His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles presiding.
  • Please note that the services and events posted in the monthly news letter’s calendar are subject to change; please refer to weekly bulletin for current schedule info.
  • Greek Dance – Blanket Drive DiakoniaOn these chilly nights, let us please think about those who may need help staying warm.  Please bring new or used blankets (in a bag) to church (gym/education building).  All blankets will be donated to the Long Beach Rescue Mission.
  • Upcoming Memorial ServicesJanuary 8 – George Sehremelis (6 months), James Varos (20 years), Helen Varos (14 years)
  • Jorge’s 3rd week of vacationJorge, our church custodian will be out of his duties from Friday, 12/23 to Monday, 1/2/17.