“The Lord has sent deliverance unto His people.”, (Psalm 111:9)
Christmas is the feast of giving. As the above communion verse of the Nativity Divine Liturgy, which is taken from the Psalms, indicates the Lord gives us the prime example: He sent to us the gifts of His grace and delivered us from the power of sin.
Unfortunately, the world has turned a spiritual season into an utterly materialistic one. Suffice it to remind you that we are flooded by numerous media commercials that have as their ultimate goal to entice us to buy the particular product. The suggestion is in every single one of these commercials or ads that our Christmas will not be complete unless we purchase the product. So people accept their word and go out and spend millions of dollars every Christmas.
God is inviting us to accept His gift also. In return for the heavenly gift to us: “…offer Him what is better than taxes and money, the wealth of our Orthodox faith to God and Savior of our souls,” as the Doxastikon of the Christmas Lauds suggests. Then the Incarnation of our Lord and Savior will not be for nothing.
May the blessing of the Nativity be yours always.
Christmas Liturgy Schedule
Saturday, December 24th, Christmas Eve: (Served by Fr. Soteri)
– 5:00pm Orthros
– 6:15pm Divine Liturgy
Sunday, December 25th, Christmas Day: (Served by Fr. James)
– 8:45am Orthros
10:00am Divine Liturgy
*Please note that both services are one and the same. You need not attend both services. If you do, you may NOT receive Holy Communion at both services.