St. Nicholas Day Luncheon
The annual ‘St. Nicholas Day’ Luncheon sponsored by the Parish Council will be held today following the Divine Liturgy. The cost is $15.00. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Today, Demetri Sanchez will be reading the Epistle.
Parish Council Election
Elections for the three Parish Council positions will be held today at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. The candidates are: Robin Allen, Lt. Cdr. Bradley Holmes, Nicholas Sissamis, and Esther Valverde.
Christmas Bake Sale
Preparations are underway for the Philoptochos Christmas Bake which will be held on December 14th and 15th. Christmas breads will be made December 10th-13th beginning at 9:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome to assist in the preparations. To place an order please see either Olga Plomarity or Natalie Rogen.
Services This Week
Services this week:
Sunday, December 9, 2018 Orthros 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 St Spyridon the Wonderworker
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Orthros 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Small Paraklesis 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 Orthros 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
The Nativity Fast is a period of abstinence and penance practiced by the Eastern Orthodox, in preparation for the Nativity of Christ. The fast is a more relaxed fast with fish, oil and wine allowed until December 10th.
Choir practice is held Wednesdays evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Please be reminded that out of respect for what goes on during the Divine Liturgy, there are certain time when not to enter the Nave. These times are: 1) between the readings of the Epistle and Gospel; 2) when the priest censes the icons and the congregation; and 3) whenever the priest faces the congregation to bless them. When entering the Nave, please enter by the side aisles and not by the middle isle. Stanchions will be placed by the Narthex door in order to prevent anyone from entering the Nave at inappropriate time. When the Parish Council Members ask that no one enter at a particular time, please heed their request. It is disruptive to the other worshipers when someone enters the Nave at an inappropriate time. Everyone’s cooperation is appreciated.
Respectful Worship Environment
The worship experience is enhanced by having your children participate. Please help them learn proper behavior and reverence while in the Church. Teach them to cross themselves, venerate the Icons, & respond prayerfully “Lord have mercy.” If they become too loud, please take them to the Narthex for a brief stay and return as soon as they have calmed. More Church etiquette may be found at http://stnicholasgoc.net/our-parish/church-etiquette
Recitation of the Lord's Prayer
Please remember that everyone has the opportunity to say the Lord’s Prayer in their first language. The order of languages is: Greek, English, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, and Arabic.
Welcome to our Guests
Father John and the members of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church offer warm greetings to all our guests. We are happy to have you worshiping with us and we hope that you will make this your spiritual home in the future. You are invited to receive blessed bread (antidoron) which will be given out at the end of today’s services. Please join us downstairs for refreshments so we can visit with you.
The Holy Communion of the Orthodox is the Holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is with awe and love that we approach the Divine Mysteries. Therefore, the Communion of the Orthodox is reserved only for those baptized and chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves by prayer and fasting, as prescribed by the Canons of the Holy Church. Women, in respect of our Lord, please remove lipstick before you approach to receive, in order that no oils contact the Holy Spoon or the Holy Chalice.