16/12/18

PARISH NEWS for week beginning 16/12/18

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From Vespers, 6th. December

Virgin without bridegroom, where have you come from? Who begot you? And who is your mother? How do you carry the Creator in your arms? How was your womb not corrupted? We see great marvels have come to pass on earth, All-holy, and we make ready in advance that which fits your need: the Cave from the earth; and we ask heaven to provide the Star; and Magi are advancing from the eastern regions of the earth towards the west, to look on the salvation of mortals being suckled as a babe.?

NEWS HEADLINES:

WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK IS OUR 70th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE IN BRISTOL CATHEDRAL! Vespers and Thanksgiving, THIS Wednesday 19th December at 5.15 p.m.! Come in numbers please! Be there!

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

CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER 2018 – JANUARY 2019

NOTE: THE FOREFEAST OF THE NATIVITY BEGINS ON THURSDAY 20th.

NOTE: fasting from 13th December allows wine and oil till the 16th. Thereafter the fast is full till 24th., except for wine and oil on 20th., 22nd., and 23rd.

Sunday, December 16th.

Fast day: wine and oil

(Note the fast prescribes wine and oil (not fish) from Dec 15th. till the Nativity)

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Tone 4. Twenty-ninth Sunday after Pentecost.

Sunday of the Holy Forefathers.

Monday, December 17th.

Fast day: wine and oil

Holy Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths, Ananias, Azarias and Misael

Wednesday, December 19th.

Fast day

5.15 p.m. VESPERS, THANKSGIVING and RECEPTION

In Bristol Cathedral Lady Chapel. 70th Anniversary of the foundation of our Parish

Sunday, December 23rd.

Fast day: wine and oil

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

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

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. 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) and Great Blessing of Water

Eve of Theophany

Sunday, January 6th.

Fast free

10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

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.

EPIFANIA SAU BOBOTEAZA

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

(STRICT FAST)

Monday, January 7th.

Fast free

10.30 a.m. Божественная литургия (Divine Liturgy)

(РОЖДЕСТВО ГОСПОДА НАШЕГО ИИСУСА ХРИСТА)

SOME SAINTS’ DAYS this week:
 
Sunday:
Monday: St Dionysios, Bishop of Aigina, wonderworker (1622)
Tuesday: Martyr Sebastian at Rome and those with him (c287)
Wednesday:
Thursday: Martyr Ignatius the God-bearer, Bishop of Antioch (107). Repose of St John of Kronstadt (1908)

Friday: St Themistokles the Shepherd, martyr in Myra (250). St Peter, Metropolitan of Moscow, Wonderworker of All Russia (1326)

Saturday: Great Martyr Anastasia, ‘Deliverer from Bonds’ or ‘Deliverer from Potions’, her teacher Chrysogonos, and Theodoti, martyrs (304)

“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:
Monday:

Tuesday: St Wynnebald, abbot, missionary in the German lands (761).

Wednesday: Martyr Boniface at Tarsus in Cilicia (c303). And Righteous Aglaia of Rome. St Boniface the Merciful, bishop of Florence (6th c)
Thursday: Repose
Friday:

Saturday:

REMINDER

PARISH 70th Anniversary:

This year, being our Parish’s 70th Anniversary, we shall have a special service THIS Wednesday, 19th December at 5.15 p.m. We shall celebrate Vespers and a Thanksgiving Service in Bristol Cathedral in the Eastern Lady Chapel. PLEASE BE THERE!

NEWS:

FUNDRAISING:

The Co-op scheme has now finished – that is to say we have had our time and are no longer a benefiting charity. Many thanks to all who have taken part and thanks to the Co-op for their generosity (as we reported last week).

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.

Texts from the Forefeast of the Nativity:

Peoples, let us celebrate the forefeast of the Nativity of Christ; and raising our minds, let us be taken up in spirit to Bethlehem, and let us contemplate with spiritual thoughts the Virgin, who hastens to give birth in a Cave to the Lord of all things and our God. Joseph, as he contemplated the greatness of the wonders, seemed to see a human, wrapped in swaddling clothes like an infant; while he understood from the things that came to pass that he was the true God, who grants our souls his great mercy.

Bethlehem, receive the Mother City of God; for the Light that does not set has come to be born in you. Marvel in heaven, O Angels; humans, give glory on earth; Magi from Persia, bring out your thrice-famous gift; Shepherds abiding in the fields sing the thrice-holy hymn; let everything that has breath praise the Maker of all things.

See, the time of our salvation has drawn near. Cave make ready, the Virgin is drawing near to give birth. Bethlehem, land of Juda, be glad and rejoice, because from you our Lord has dawned. Listen, mountains and hills, and lands around Judea, because Christ is coming to save mankind whom he fashioned, for he loves mankind.

Apolytikion Troparion of the Forefeast. Tone 4.

Bethlehem prepare; Eden is opened for all. Make ready Ephratha, because the tree of life has flowered in the Cave from the Virgin. For her womb has been revealed as the spiritual Paradise in which is the plant of life; eating from it we shall live; we shall not die as Adam. Christ is born to raise up his image which had fallen.

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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.

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