23/12/18

PARISH NEWS for week beginning 23/12/18

WEBSITE

http://www.bristol-orthodox-church.co.uk/

This newsletter is published weekly on the website as well as on our Facebook page. Search for ‘Orthodox Church of The Nativity of the Mother of God, Bristol’ (please view and ‘like’ us).

DID YOU KNOW that the parish also has a YouTube channel? Search on YouTube for ‘Orthodox Church of The Nativity of the Mother of God, Bristol’. You will find sermons and service clips from our church.

Troparion hymn of the Nativity

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, has shone upon the world with the light of knowledge, for by it those who adored the stars were led by a star to know you, the Dayspring from on High: O Lord, glory to you!

NEWS HEADLINES:

SERBIAN VESPERS Sunday 23rd. December, 5.00 p.m.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY Sunday 30th. December at church.

70th ANNIVERSARY: report below.

CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER 2018 – JANUARY 2019

Sunday, December 23rd.

Fast day: wine and oil

Baptism 9.30 a.m.

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Serbian Vespers 5.00 p.m.

Tone 5. Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost.

Sunday before the Nativity

Forefeast of the Nativity

Monday, December 24th.

STRICT FAST DAY

4.00 p.m. Vespers of the Nativity

Eve of the Nativity

(Note: this service includes the eight readings of the Prophets)

Tuesday, December 25th.

Fast free

9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

followed by Christmas refreshments.

NATIVITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. Christmas Day. (New Calendar)

The Commemoration of the Shepherds who were watching their flocks and went to see the Lord. The Adoration of the Magi.

РОЖДЕСТВО ГОСПОДА НАШЕГО ИИСУСА ХРИСТА (по новому стилю)

NAŞTEREA DOMNULUI

Wednesday, December 26th.

Fast free

Second day of the Feast of the Nativity: Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos (Mother of God)

Thursday, December 27th.

Fast free

Third Day of the Nativity

Protomartyr and Deacon Stephen

Saturday, December 29th.

Fast free

Afterfeast of the Nativity

The Holy Innocents

Sunday, December 30th.

Fast free

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 6. Thirty-first Sunday after Pentecost.

Sunday after the Nativity

Afterfeast of the Nativity

Monday, December 31st.

Fast free

Leavetaking of the Nativity

St Melania the Younger of Rome (439)

Tuesday 1st. January 2019

Fast free

Forefeast of the Theophany

The Circumcision of the Lord.

St Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea (379)

Wednesday 2nd. January

Fast free

Forefeast of the Theophany

Repose of St Seraphim of Sarov (1833)

Saturday, 5th. January

STRICT FAST DAY

6.30 p.m. Vespers (with Old Testament Readings)

Eve of Theophany

Sunday, January 6th.

Fast free

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy and Great Blessing of Water

6.30. p.m. Great Compline

The Feast of the HOLY THEOPHANY (EPIPHANY) OF THE LORD.

The Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Feast of Lights

БОГОЯВЛЕНИЕ. КРЕЩЕНИЕ ГОСПОДА ИИСУСА ХРИСТА (по новому стилю)

EPIFANIA SAU BOBOTEAZA

(Eve of the Feast of the Nativity by the (Old) Julian Calendar)

(STRICT FAST)

Monday, January 7th.

(25 декабря по старому стилю)

Fast free

10.30 a.m. Божественная литургия (Divine Liturgy)

(РОЖДЕСТВО ГОСПОДА НАШЕГО ИИСУСА ХРИСТА

по старому стилю)

SOME SAINTS’ DAYS this week:
 
Sunday: The Ten martyrs of Crete
Monday: Virgin Martyr Eugenia of Rome and those with her (c262)
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Synaxis of the Bearer of God/Theotokos/Mother of God
Thursday:

Friday: The 20,000 martyrs of Nicomedia (302)

Saturday: St Trophime (Trophimus), bishop of Arelate (Arles), Gaul (c250)

NEWS:

70th ANNIVERSARY

Huge thanks to all who organized (especially our Reader Botolph, a.k.a. Robert), came, helped or sang. It was a great success and a beautiful service. Congratulations especially to our choir! It was lovely to meet friends from our sister parish in Bath and from elsewhere, as well as distinguished guests – the lady Lord Mayor not least. We have made good contacts for the future as well.

Somebody left a hat, coat and scarf in the Chapter House. Is it yours?

FOODBANK

CHRISTMAS is coming. 130,000 children in the UK will be homeless this Christmas. In total 320,000 people will have no home of their own.

The food bank box needs contributions every week, but especially at this time of year.

Non-perishable food items with a best before date a minimum of six months in the future.

Also especially toiletries and personal care items, such as plasters, tampons/sanitary towels, toothpaste and shower gel.

CHILDREN’S PARTY

Sunday, 30th December at church, straight after the Divine Liturgy.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

PLEASE NOTIFY US AT ONCE OF A CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESS OR POSTAL ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER

The Eastern Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, University Rd, Bristol BS8 1SP, registered Charity No. 290747, is a member Parish of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

© 2018 Orthodox Community of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Bristol, all rights reserved