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St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-11-28
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St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • 757-220-0994
  • Street Address:

  • 4900 Mooretown Road

  • Williamsburg, VA 23188


Contact Information






Services Schedule

Sunday Services -- Kuriakh:

Orthros, 8:45 a.m.

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m.

OrqroV, 0845 pm.

Q. Leitourgia, 1000 pm.

 

Weekday Holy Days (as scheduled):

Orthros, 8:45 a.m.

Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m.

KaqhmerineV EorteV:

OrqroV, 0845 pm.

Q. Leitourgia, 0930 pm.

 


Past Bulletins


Message from Fr. Gianulis

THE FIRST THANKSGIVING

Most Americans believe that the first ever Thanksgiving was celebrated by Pilgrims and Wampanoag Native Americans in Plymouth, Massachusetts in November 1621. We here in Williamsburg know better.

“A year and 17 days before those Pilgrims ever stepped foot upon New England soil, a group of English settlers led by Captain John Woodlief landed at today’s Berkeley Plantation. After they arrived on the shores of the James River, the settlers got on their knees and gave thanks for their safe passage. There was no traditional meal, no lovefest with Native Americans, no turkey. America’s first Thanksgiving was about prayer, not food.” (Matt Blitz, The Washingtonian, Nov. 18, 2015)

The meal they ate was more likely oysters and ham, sustenance rather that celebration. Nonetheless, the Berkeley Company Commander, Captain Woodlief declared that the settlers’ safe arrival must “be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God.” They kept the order, but only for a couple of years.

On fear of expansion of the English territory, on March 22, 1622, the Powhatan attacked Berkeley and other settlements, killing 347. Woodlief did survive, but not the Berkeley Hundred settlement. As a result, the first Thanksgiving was lost to history, at least for a time and still for most Americans. Perhaps the grand feast was the prefered story.

The “Jamestowne Thanksgivings” were more about the religious services than about the food. We now seem to have adopted the Plymouth celebration even here in the heart of the real first Thanksgiving. I guess, we too prefer the feasting to the prayer. We take but a brief moment to thank God for our bounty and then dig in.

Let's remember that the first settlers held religious services and thanked God for their survival! Perhaps we should do the same. See you Sunday!


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Archpastoral Encyclical

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FROM YOUR PARISH COUNCIL

 
NOTICE OF PARISH ASSEMBLY
 
12:00 noon Sunday December 5, 2021
 
In accordance with Article 3 of the By Laws of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, notice is hereby given for the Fall Parish Assembly meeting to be held at the Williamsburg Hellenic Center at 12:00 noon, Sunday December 5, 2021.
Your time and participation are needed at the Parish Assembly meeting. To ensure that important decisions that impact our Church are not made by a few parishioners, please make every effort to attend.
 
If you would like to add an item to be discussed under New Business, please contact the Parish Council Secretary, Daniel Monahan at Monahand@vt.edu so that the item cam be included in the agenda.  Only members of the parish in good standing are eligible to vote.
 
May God continue to bless the Parish of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.
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Upcoming Divine Services and Holy Days

WE ARE OPEN FOR IN PERSON WORSHIP

Please join us every Sunday. Divine Liturgy begins at 10 a.m.

For the health and well-being of all, we encourage you to wear a mask, but it is not required.

Holy Communion is being distributed by using seperate spoon for each individual.


PARAKLESIS DURING THE NATIVITY FAST

Beginning on November 19th and continuing through December 17th, we will sing the Supplication Service to the Theotokos (Paraklesis). The service will begin at 6 p.m. each week during the Nativity Fast (excluding Dec. 10th). The service is beautiful and lasts about 45 minutes long.


St. Nicholas Great Vespers

You are warmly invited to attend the Holy Vespers for the Feast of St. Nicholas on Saturday, December 5th, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Virginia Beach. A reception with heavy hors d’oevres will follow the service in the fellowship hall. Our Speaker for the Vespers:  Fr. Chrysostom Onyekakeyah.  Appointed by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, Fr. Chrysostom is leading the missionary efforts of the Greek Archdiocese in its outreach to Africans and African Americans. Father Chrysostom is from Nigeria, and lives in the Bronx, where he is beginning his ministry.  A humble and kind man, Father Chrysostom is delighted to be with us on our patronal name day weekend.  We warmly welcome him!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. John Manuel, St. Nicholas Church, VB


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Announcements

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CARD IS BACK!

You are invited to participate in our Community Christmas Card.

For a donation of $25, you can support St. Demetrios and send Christmas greetings to your Church friends. Please send your name as you wish it to appear ont the card or deposit the form that is in the narthex along with your donation into the box provided for you in the narthex.

The deadline is December 5th. All mail in donations must be received by Sunday December 5th as well. Mail early.


CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AND CAROLS

There will not be Sunday School this Sunday because of Thanksgiving but all children planning on participating in the Christmas play should attend rehearsals during Sunday School on Sunday, December 5 and December 12. Contact Christina Kokolis with any questions.

Our entire congregation will be in for a treat on December 19 after Liturgy, for our Sunday school Christmas play, “God is the Lord and has revealed himself onto us“, directed by Linda Jouvanis! Please plan on staying for the play and supporting our youth!

Also on Sunday, December 19th, all parishioners are invited to join for Christmas caroling from 2-3:00pm in Colonial Williamsburg, in front of the Kimball Theater! Saint Demetrios is the featured church during this hour. This is being organized by “Christmas in Williamsburg” and we hope to have a good showing. Contact Christina Kokolis with any questions. Matching Santa hats will be provided to participants!


POINTSETTIAS

We welcome gifts of pointsettias to add to the Christmas adornment of the sanctuary. 


ANGEL TREE

This Sunday, November 28 is the last day to get your Angel Tree tags. We still have five children in need of being selected. Please plan on getting a tag this Sunday and return your gifts by Sunday, December 5.


BOOKSTORE NEWS

Christmas decorations, frankincense & myrrh incense, Christmas cards, children's books and other items are arriving. Shop early to avoid the Christmas rush!

The Bookstore is located in the passageway between the sanctuary and parish hall.


ORTHODOXY 101

Join us on other Thursdays, 7 p.m. Log in using the link below. Our next study will be on Thursday, December 2nd. We will begin a look at the unique character of the Gospel of Mark.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85443892141?pwd=U283M1VRcUhCTXFRM0d5WXJIeGxuUT09

Meeting ID: 854 4389 2141
Passcode: 315679

 


COFFEE FELLOWSHIP

VOLUNTEERING TO HOST IS EASY! 
 
To sign up for a Sunday, just click HERE.  If you choose to host a coffee hour, you can bring simple breakfast items to break the morning fast, provide disposable plates/napkins/utensils, and help with set up and, of course, clean up.  Parish Council will provide the coffee and can assist as needed.  Thank you all for volunteering!
 
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
www.signupgenius.com

"I was sick and you visited me" (Matt. 25:36)

Riverside Doctors' Hospital: Frank Kanellos


Your Priest is as Close as Your Telephone

...especially during this difficult time, call your priest for pastoral needs, but understand that he is not a mind reader.  If you are sick and hospitalized, or have any other pastoral or sacramental need, do not hesitate to call him. Fr. Gianulis can always be reached by calling the church phone number, 220-0994.  If he is not in, leave a message and he will return your call at his earliest convenience.


FISH, Inc.

Food donations most needed right now: beef-based soups, applesauce and other canned fruits, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

Please hold clothing donations and households until their move in January 2022. Thank you.


GREEK LANGUAGE CLASSES

Although we do not have a Greek School per se, we are offering Greek Language classes for children and adults. For more information, contact Demetra Demetriou at demetrademetriou7@hotmail.com


Shop Amazon Smile for St. Demetrios

We really do get support from those who use Amazon Smile and designate St. Demetrios as the charity of choice. We could do so much better if everyone would designate St. Demetrios as your Amazon Smile Charity when doing your online shopping.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Same products, same prices, same service, but we get a donation. Click the link below to learn more.

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-4454773


Visit us on Facebook

GO FUND ME PAGE

We now have a Go Fund Me page for St. Demetrios. Help spread the word on it, share it with friends and boost it if you can.  That can be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.  


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

First Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 28:16-20

Οἱ δὲ ἕνδεκα μαθηταὶ ἐπορεύθησαν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν, εἰς τὸ ὄρος οὗ ἐτάξατο αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς. καὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν προσεκύνησαν αὐτῷ, οἱ δὲ ἐδίστασαν. καὶ προσελθὼν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐλάλησεν αὐτοῖς λέγων· ἐδόθη μοι πᾶσα ἐξουσία ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς. πορευθέντες μαθητεύσατε πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, βαπτίζοντες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ῾Αγίου Πνεύματος, διδάσκοντες αὐτοὺς τηρεῖν πάντα ὅσα ἐνετειλάμην ὑμῖν· καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ μεθ᾿ ὑμῶν εἰμι πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας ἕως τῆς συντελείας τοῦ αἰῶνος. ἀμήν.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10.

Brethren, God who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God: not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Προκείμενον. Plagal Second Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 27.9,1.
Σῶσον, Κύριε τὸν λαὸν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου.
Στίχ. Πρὸς σἐ, Κύριε, κεκράξομαι ὁ Θεός μου.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἐφεσίους 2:4-10.

Ἀδελφοί, ὁ θεός, πλούσιος ὢν ἐν ἐλέει, διὰ τὴν πολλὴν ἀγάπην αὐτοῦ ἣν ἠγάπησεν ἡμᾶς, καὶ ὄντας ἡμᾶς νεκροὺς τοῖς παραπτώμασιν συνεζωοποίησεν τῷ Χριστῷ - χάριτί ἐστε σεσωσμένοι - καὶ συνήγειρεν, καὶ συνεκάθισεν ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ· ἵνα ἐνδείξηται ἐν τοῖς αἰῶσιν τοῖς ἐπερχομένοις τὸν ὑπερβάλλοντα πλοῦτον τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ ἐν χρηστότητι ἐφʼ ἡμᾶς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ· τῇ γὰρ χάριτί ἐστε σεσῳσμένοι διὰ τῆς πίστεως, καὶ τοῦτο οὐκ ἐξ ὑμῶν· θεοῦ τὸ δῶρον· οὐκ ἐξ ἔργων, ἵνα μή τις καυχήσηται. Αὐτοῦ γάρ ἐσμεν ποίημα, κτισθέντες ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ ἐπὶ ἔργοις ἀγαθοῖς, οἷς προητοίμασεν ὁ θεός, ἵνα ἐν αὐτοῖς περιπατήσωμεν.


Gospel Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:18-27

At that time, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.' " And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth." And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

13th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 18:18-27

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἄρχων λέγων· διδάσκαλε ἀγαθέ, τί ποιήσας ζωὴν αἰώνιον κληρονομήσω; εἶπε δὲ αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· τί με λέγεις ἀγαθόν; οὐδεὶς ἀγαθὸς εἰ μὴ εἷς ὁ Θεός. τὰς ἐντολὰς οἶδας· μὴ μοιχεύσῃς, μὴ φονεύσῃς, μὴ κλέψῃς, μὴ ψευδομαρτυρήσῃς, τίμα τὸν πατέρα σου καὶ τὴν μητέρα σου. ὁ δὲ εἶπε· ταῦτα πάντα ἐφυλαξάμην ἐκ νεότητός μου. ἀκούσας δὲ ταῦτα ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἔτι ἕν σοι λείπει· πάντα ὅσα ἔχεις πώλησον καὶ διάδος πτωχοῖς, καὶ ἕξεις θησαυρὸν ἐν οὐρανῷ, καὶ δεῦρο ἀκολούθει μοι. ὁ δὲ ἀκούσας ταῦτα περίλυπος ἐγένετο· ἦν γὰρ πλούσιος σφόδρα. ἰδὼν δὲ αὐτὸν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς περίλυπον γενόμενον εἶπε· πῶς δυσκόλως οἱ τὰ χρήματα ἔχοντες εἰσελεύσονται εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ! εὐκοπώτερον γάρ ἐστι κάμηλον διὰ τρυμαλιᾶς ῥαφίδος εἰσελθεῖν ἢ πλούσιον εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ εἰσελθεῖν. εἶπον δὲ οἱ ἀκούσαντες· καὶ τίς δύναται σωθῆναι; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· τὰ ἀδύνατα παρὰ ἀνθρώποις δυνατὰ παρὰ τῷ Θεῷ ἐστιν.


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Saints and Feasts

Stephennew
November 28

Stephen the New

The righteous Stephen was born in Constantinople in 715 to pious parents named John and Anna. His mother had prayed often to the most holy Theotokos in her church at Blachernae to be granted a son, and one day received a revelation from our Lady that she would conceive the son she desired. When Anna had conceived, she asked the newly-elected Patriarch Germanus (see May 12) to bless the babe in her womb. He said, "May God bless him through the prayers of the holy First Martyr Stephen." At that moment Anna saw a flame of fire issue from the mouth of the holy Patriarch. When the child was born, she named him Stephen, according to the prophecy of Saint Germanus.

Stephen struggled in asceticism from his youth in Bithynia at the Monastery of Saint Auxentius, which was located at a lofty place called Mount Auxentius (see Feb. 14). Because of his extreme labours and great goodness, he was chosen by the hermits of Mount Auxentius to be their leader. The fame of his spiritual struggles reached the ears of all, and the fragrance of his virtue drew many to himself.

During the reign of Constantine V (741-775), Stephen showed his love of Orthodoxy in contending for the Faith. This Constantine was called Copronymus, that is, "namesake of dung," because while being baptized he had soiled the waters of regeneration, giving a fitting token of what manner of impiety he would later embrace. Besides being a fierce Iconoclast, Constantine raised up a ruthless persecution of monasticism. He held a council in 754 that anathematized the holy icons. Because Saint Stephen rejected this council, the Emperor framed false accusations against him and exiled him. But while in exile Saint Stephen performed healings with holy icons and turned many away from Iconoclasm. When he was brought before the Emperor again, he showed him a coin and asked whose image the coin bore. "Mine," said the tyrant. "If any man trample upon thine image, is he liable to punishment?" asked the Saint. When they that stood by answered yes, the Saint groaned because of their blindness, and said if they thought dishonouring the image of a corruptible king worthy of punishment, what torment would they receive who trampled upon the image of the Master Christ and of the Mother of God? Then he threw the coin to the ground and trampled on it. He was condemned to eleven months in bonds and imprisonment. Later, he was dragged over the earth and was stoned, like Stephen the First Martyr; wherefore he is called Stephen the New. Finally, he was struck with a wooden club on the temple and his head was shattered, and thus he gave up his spirit in the year 767.


November 28

Auxentius, 16 Martyrs of Tiberioupolis


November 28

Irenarchos & his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste

Saint Irenarchos, who was from Sebastia, lived during the reign of Diocletian. In his youth he ministered to the holy Martyrs during the time of their punishment in prison. Once, on beholding seven women being tormented in behalf of Christ, and marvelling at their courage, and seeing how, although they were weak in body, they nonetheless became like men before the tyrant and put him to shame, the Saint was enlightened by divine grace and confessed Christ with boldness. Tried by fire and water, he was beheaded together with the holy women in the year 298.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Tone

When the angelic powers appeared at Your grave, the soldiers guarding it feared and became as dead. And standing by the sepulcher was Mary who was seeking Your immaculate body. You devastated Hades, not afflicted by it. You went to meet the virgin, and granted eternal life. You resurrected from the dead. O Lord, glory to You.
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ των νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Stephen the New in the Fourth Tone

Trained on the mountain in ascetical labours, with the whole armour of the Cross thou didst vanquish the spiritual arrays of unseen enemies; and when thou hadst stripped thyself with great courage for contest, thou didst slay Copronymus with the sword of the true Faith. For both these things hast thou been crowned by God, O righteous Martyr, blest Stephen of great renown.
Ασκητικώς προγυμνασθείς εν τώ όρει, τάς νοητάς τών δυσμενών παρατάξεις, τή πανοπλία ώλεσας παμμάκαρ τού Σταυρού, αύθις δέ πρός άθλησιν, ανδρικώς απεδύσω, κτείνας τόν Κοπρώνυμον, τώ τής Πίστεως ξίφει, καί δι' αμφοίν εστέφθης εκ Θεού, Οσιομάρτυς αοίδιμε Στέφανε.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Tone

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.
Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον, τὸν Προαιώνιον Λόγον, ἐν Σπηλαίῳ ἔρχεται, ἀποτεκεῖν ἀπορρήτως. Χόρευε ἡ οἰκουμένη ἀκουτισθεῖσα, δόξασον μετὰ Ἀγγέλων καὶ τῶν Ποιμένων, βουληθέντα ἐποφθῆναι, παιδίον νέον, τὸν πρὸ αἰώνων Θεόν.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

“As soon as you turn – however slightly – from God, and no longer place your trust in Him, things go awry; for then the Lord withdraws, as though saying, ‘You have put your trust in something else – very well, rely on that instead.’ And whatever it may be, it proves utterly worthless.”
St. Theophan the Recluse

Spiritual delight is not enjoyment found in things that exists outside the soul.
St. Isaac of Syria
Unknown, 7th century

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St. Demetrios Parish Calendar

  • St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

    November 28 to December 26, 2021

    SUN
    MON
    TUE
    WED
    THU
    FRI
    SAT
    28
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    11:15AM Sunday School
    29
    30
    1
    DEC
    7:00PM OCF (Tucker 110)
    2
    7:00PM ORTHODOXY 101
    3
    6:00PM PARAKLESIS (Supplication to the Theotokos)
    4
    5
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    11:15AM Sunday School
    12:00PM General Assembly
    5:00PM Great Vespers at St. Nicholas
    5:00PM St. Nicholas
    6
    7
    6:30PM CHOIR PRACTICE
    8
    7:00PM OCF (Tucker 110)
    9
    7:00PM ORTHODOXY 101
    10
    11
    2:30PM Wedding Holmes-Branov
    12
    Christmas Bake Sale
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    11:15AM Sunday School
    13
    14
    15
    7:00PM OCF (Tucker 110)
    16
    7:00PM ORTHODOXY 101
    17
    6:00PM PARAKLESIS (Supplication to the Theotokos)
    18
    19
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    11:15AM CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
    20
    6:30PM Parish Council Mtg.
    21
    6:30PM CHOIR PRACTICE
    22
    7:00PM OCF (Tucker 110)
    23
    24
    CHRISTMAS EVE
    6:00PM Veseral Divine Liturgy
    25
    NATIVITY OF CHRIST
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
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