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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 11/25/2021

Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria
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Matins Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-13

Epistle Reading: St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5

Gospel Reading: Mark 5:24-34

Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria; Apodosis of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple; Mercurius the Great Martyr of Caesarea in Cappadocia

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Thank God For all Things!

November 18, 2021 Length: 16:47

As Thanksgiving nears, Elissa Bjeletich and Kristina Wenger think about thanking God for all the things -- the good and the bad!


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The Nativity Fast: A Time of Preparation

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Fast of the Nativity is the Church's wise solace and aid to human infirmity. We are a forgetful people, but our forgetfulness is not unknown to God; and our hearts with all their misconceptions and weakened understandings are not unfamiliar to the Holy Spirit who guides and sustains this Church. We who fall far from God through the magnitude of our sin, are called nonetheless to be close to Him. We who run afar off are called to return. Through the fast that precedes the great Feast of the Incarnation -- which itself is the the heart and substance of our calling -- the Church helps draw us into the full mystery of what that call entails.

Like Great Lent, the fast of the Nativity is a journey. 'Come, O ye faithful, and let us behold where Christ is born. Let us join the Magi, kings from the east, and follow the guiding star' .Sessional Hymn of the Nativity Matins.{/footnote} Let us 'join the Magi', let us 'follow' and 'behold'. On the fifteenth of November, the Church joins together in a journey toward that salvation first promised to Adam in God's curse laid upon the serpent (Gen 3.14-15). The One who will crush the head of the serpent, of sin and the devil and all that is counter to the life God offers, is Him to whom the star leads us. The fast of the Nativity is our journey into the new and marvellous life of the Holy Trinity, which is offered by God but which we must approach of our own volition. In this act, we are joined to the story of our fathers. The gift of a new land and great blessings was freely given by God to Abraham, but in order to obtain it, 'Abram went, as the Lord had told him' (Gen 12.4). Read more...


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Praying together and reading Scripture together are pillars of a Christ- centered Orthodox Christian family. While families may desire to have these activities in their home, they may not be sure how to start. SPF50 intends to help our families bridge that gap. SPF stands for “Scripture, Prayer, Family” and is designed to equip families to read the Scriptures and pray together at home.

This will be an ongoing parish-centered program to help families have quality time with our Lord and with one another, both of which are hard to come by. 

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