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Eve of the Nativity

Nun-Martyr Eugenia of Rome, and with her the Martyrs Philip, her father, Protus, Hyacinth, Basilla, and Claudia (c262)

Venerable Nicholas the Monk, of Bulgaria (9th)

Venerable Antiochus of Palestine (c635)

Venerable Aphrodisius of Palestine

New Martyr Ahmet the Calligrapher of Constantinople (1682)

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Monday of the 31st week after Pentecost; Eve of Nativity

Heb 1.1-12 (Epistle—Eve of Nativity)

Brethren, God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.” But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” And: “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.”

Luke 2.1-20 (Gospel—Eve of Nativity)

In those days, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

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Thursday, December 13
St Herman, Elder of Alaska
8:00 am Divine Liturgy
6:00 pm 9th Hour/Vespers

Saturday, December 15
5:30 pm Vigil Service

Sunday, December 16
9:00 am Hours & Divine Liturgy

Thursday, December 20
Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ
6:00 pm Royal Hours of the Nativity

Saturday, December 22
Saturday Before Nativity
5:30 pm Vigil Service

Sunday, December 23
Sunday Before Nativity
Ancestors of Christ
9:00 am Hours & Divine Liturgy

Monday, December 24
Eve of the Nativity
9:00 am Vesperal Liturgy of St Basil the Great
4:00 pm Holy Supper and Carol Sing
6:00 pm Festal Vigil

Tuesday, December 25
Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
9:30 am Hours & Divine Liturgy
Festal Reception and Carolling

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