The Holy Fire from the Lord's Tomb in Jerusalem was brought to St Herman's and burns on our altar and on our "Golgotha" Table.
CHRISTMAS EVE HOLY SUPPER. In Russian and Slavic countries, it is traditional on Christmas Eve to serve a “Holy Supper”, consisting of 12 “Lenten” dishes. At St Herman’s, we come together as a parish to serve our own Holy Supper following the Vesperal Divine Liturgy, which begins at 330 pm on Christmas Eve. The Holy Supper, then, begins at about 530 pm. (The Midnight service, with Compline and Divine Liturgy, begins at 1030 pm). We have posted on the bulletin board downstairs a sign-up sheet with 12 dishes. These are typical Slavic dishes, and each dish may be substituted by a Lenten dish from your own ethnic background. Those who would like to participate in our St Herman’s Holy Supper, please indicate on the sign-up sheet what dish you would plan to bring. (Plan for about 40 people.)
WE HONOR THE memory of our patron, St Herman of Alaska, celebrating his repose (in 1837), with Vigil and Litya on Wed, Dec 12, and the Divine Liturgy on Thurs, Dec 13, at 615 am.
THEOPHANY is January 6. Home Blessings take place on the Saturdays of January. Unless you say otherwise, Fr Paul is coming to bless your house! Let him know if you wish that he not come, or if you’d rather invite him and Presbytera for dinner some evening! (A proposed itinerary and schedule should be coming shortly after Christmas.)
OUR CHARITY OUTREACH for December is St Panteleimon ROCOR. Donations will be given toward helping St Panteleimon with their capital campaign to fund major building repair and renovation.
IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS? Yes, Virginia, most definitely! His real name is St Nicholas. He was a holy bishop in the fourth century, and never an elf. You’ll find him today for real in heaven and in the Church. His icon is on our iconostasis. Can you find him? Some super nifty and awesome St Nicholas boxes were distributed to our children last Sunday. They have a specific assignment attached to them. Ask Miriam for details! There are also some St Nicholas resources (life-story, activity sheets, etc.) that are available in the narthex for the children. Thank you, Miriam!
BRING CLOTHING, especially winter clothing, new or gently used apparel (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots) and brand new underwear/socks (we cannot give out used intimates) for FOCUS’ clothing Closet, and place them on the St Nicholas Giving Tree in the Nave.
ST MARY’S WINTER CAMP for all Orthodox youth, grades 6-12, at Camp St Croix, Jan 18-21. Theme: Sacrament of Marriage: Mystery, Monasticism, and Martyrdom. Flyers with details and registration links for all of these events are posted on the bulletin board downstairs.
CATECHUMENATE/INQUIRERS CLASS rests next Saturday, Dec 15, and meets one last time before Christmas, on Saturday, Dec 22, at 1015 am. The schedule for January will change, to accommodate Home Blessings in January.
WHAT BOOKS SHOULD I READ? A flyer with recommendations for good reading for Orthodox Christians is posted on the bulletin board downstairs.
How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end! Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God. Thus says Christ of those who have pure hearts: “I will visit them, and will walk in them, and I will be a God to them, and they will be my people.” (2 Cor 6:16) What can be lacking to them? Nothing, nothing at all! For they have the greatest good in their hearts: God Himself!
St Nectarios of Aegina