30/12/18

PARISH NEWS for week beginning 30/12/18

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NEWS HEADLINES:

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY Sunday 30th. December at church after the Divine Liturgy.

CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER 2018 – JANUARY 2019

Sunday, December 30th.

Fast free

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Children’s Christmas Party

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 the Theophany

Sunday, January 6th.

Fast free

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

STRICT FAST

Рождественский пост. Монастырский устав: без масла)

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:)

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)

Sunday, January 13th.

Fast free

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 8. Thirty-third Sunday after Pentecost.

Sunday after the Theophany

Afterfeast of the Theophany

Monday, January 14th.

Leave-taking of the Theophany

ADVANCE NOTICE OF DATES IN 2019:
 
Parish Annual General Meeting: Sunday, 3rd. February, after the Divine Liturgy (Put it in your diary now!)
Sunday of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee: 17th. February
Pilgrimage Divine Liturgy for St David at Llanthony: Saturday 2nd. March
Meatfare Sunday: 3rd. March
Cheesefare Sunday: 10th. March
Clean Week (start of the Fast): Monday 11th. March
Pascha: Sunday 28th. April (one week after the Western date)
Pentecost: Sunday 16th. June
 
 
 
SOME SAINTS’ DAYS this week:
 
Sunday: Virgin Martyr Anysia at Thessalonica (285/305)
Monday:
Tuesday: St Gregory of Nazianzos (3/4th c)
Wednesday: Righteous Juliana of Lazarevsk (1604)
Thursday: Prophet Malachy (Malachi). St Geneviève of Paris (5th. c)

Friday: Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles

Saturday: Bishop and Martyr Theopemptos, abbot of Cuocomo abbey, Sicily (800)

“The Church in The British Isles will only begin to grow when she begins to venerate her own saints again”     (Saint Arsenios of Paros †1877)
 
So, this week we celebrate:
 
Sunday: St Egwin, Bishop of Worcester (717)
 
TEXTS FOR THE SEASON
 
For 1st. January (Feast of the Circumcision of Christ)
 
From Vespers:

The Saviour in coming down to aid the human race accepted circumvolution in swaddling clothes; he did not abhor circumcision of the flesh, when eight days old in respect of his Mother, without beginning in respect of his Father. To him let us believers cry aloud: You are our God; have mercy on us.

From Matins:

The Father’s joyful voice made manifest

The Dear One, that he from the womb had uttered,

In truth, he said, this is my offspring of

The selfsame nature. From the human race

He, bringing light, has sprung, my living Word,

By providence divine a mortal man.

 

THE SEASON OF JOY

Fr. Alexander Schmemann, 13 September 1921 – 13 December 1983, on the Need for Joy

The source of false religion is the inability to rejoice, or, rather, the refusal of joy, whereas joy is absolutely essential because it is without any doubt the fruit of God’s presence. One cannot know that God exists and not rejoice. Only in relation to joy are the fear of God and humility correct, genuine, fruitful. Outside of joy, they become demonic, the deepest distortion of any religious experience. A religion of fear. Religion of pseudo-humility. Religion of guilt: They are all temptations, traps – very strong indeed, not only in the world, but inside the Church. Somehow “religious” people often look on joy with suspicion.

The first, the main source of everything is “my soul rejoices in the Lord…” The fear of sin does not save from sin. Joy in the Lord saves. A feeling of guilt or moralism does not liberate from the world and its temptations. Joy is the foundation of freedom, where we are called to stand. Where, how, when has this tonality of Christianity become distorted, dull – or rather, where, how, why have Christians become deaf to Joy? How, when and why, instead of freeing suffering people, did the Church come to sadistically intimidate and frighten them?
From “The Journals of Father Alexander Schmemann, 1973-1983”

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