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From the Manger to the Grave

If you look carefully at almost any traditional Orthodox icon of the Nativity, you will notice that the crib in which the baby Jesus is laid is depicted as a tomb, and the swaddling clothes resemble a burial shroud. We read in the Gospel (Matt. 27:57–60) that Joseph of Arimathea takes the body of the crucified Jesus and buries it in a 'new tomb'—a tomb in which no one had been laid before. The Church makes a comparison between the virgin womb and the virgin tomb, between the cave in which Christ is born and the grave from which He rises again....

Why is there such similarity between these two apparently very different feasts—the one a joyful celebration of life, the other a sorrowful commemoration of death? Because in both feasts the Church is inviting us to consider the same paradox. On Great Friday, the paradox is how can God, who is eternal— who has no end—be killed? On Christmas Eve, the paradox is how can God, who is eternal—who has no beginning—be born? ....

God entered the world in order to take on the fullness of human existence, which means not only the fullness of human life, but also the fullness of human death. He was made in our "image and likeness" in order to die like us and raise our humanity with Him to God the Father, to restore and complete in us His Image and Likeness in which we were made. Thus we cannot remember the Lord’s birth without considering also His death and Resurrection. There would be no salvation for humanity without the Cross, but there would be no Cross without the Nativity.

- from Fr Vassilious Papavassiliou, Meditations For Advent


SERVICE SCHEDULE

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Schedule of Services
Monday
, December 11
Nativity Fast continues

Tuesday, December 12
6:15 p.m. Great Vespers

Wednesday, December 13
St. Herman
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
6:15 p.m. Vespers

Thursday, December 14
St. Venantius
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Saturday, December 16
5:00 p.m. Vigil

Sunday, December 17
Sunday of the Forefathers
Prophet Daniel
Parastas Sunday


9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
Parastas (Memorial Service): Marion Sivanich; Edward & Mary Louise Walker; Archbishop JOB; Roy Anderson; Joseph & Nina Nepsha; George & Helen Nepsha; Helen & Michael Russinik; Marlene Rocknem; Mary Boris; Daniel Boris; Infant Linda Dzubak; John Dzubak; RoseMary & William Stenach; Peter Kostik; Antoni & Katarzyna Werenicz; Alexander Boris; Simeon & Maria Stenach; John & Helen Molnar, Ron Molnar, Greg Molnar, Lenore Molnar; deceased 'O' Club Members

9:00 a.m. Slavonic Service @ Cemetery Chapel

 



NOTE: Elevators available at both the Cathedral and the Parish Center.

This Week's Events
Monday
, December 11
Nativity Fast continues
Parish Center Closed
8:30 a.m. Perohi
7:00 p.m. Church Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 12
8:30 a.m. Perohi

Wednesday, December 13
5:30 p.m. Slovak Class 1
6:30 p.m. Slovak Class 2
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, December 14
7:00 p.m. Theology on Thursday @ Dining Room

Friday, December 15
11:00– 2 p.m. Perohi Sales

Saturday, December 16
4:00 p.m. Youth Choir

Sunday, December 17
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center

7:30 p.m. Floor Hockey @ Gym


















 


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