Category: Church Year

The Entrance of the Theotokos + November 21

On November 21st in the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. Leading the procession into the Temple were virgins with lighted tapers in their hands, then the three-year-old Most-holy Virgin, led by her father and mother. The virgin was clad in vesture of royal magnificence and adornments …

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Nativity Fast Begins on November 15

Nativity Icon

November 15 is the beginning of the Nativity Fast, one of the four Canonical Fasting Seasons in the Church year. Many Orthodox Christian families will begin this journey to the Feast of the Nativity which is celebrated as ‘Christmas’ in the US and Canada, on December 25. This is a joyous Fast in anticipation of …

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Gold-plated 7-Branched Candelabrum

St Nicholas parish has received a new 7-branched candelabrum as a donation from a parishioner. Father John lead the blessing prayers on Sunday, October 28. This candle stand replaces an old brass stand that was a hand-me-down from another church and in poor repair. We were thankful for the old candelabrum and are similarly thankful …

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Feast of the Elevation of the Cross + September 14

Let all the trees of the wood, planted from the beginning of time, rejoice; for their nature hath been sanctified by the stretching of Christ on the Tree. Wherefore, now, we worship Him, lifted up, and magnify Him. +Canon of the Feast, Ninth Ode, Tone 8 O Lord, save Your people, and bless You inheritance. …

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Lining with the Saints

Living With The Heroes Of The Faith Many saints are known and loved at St Nicholas. Every day of the year has not just one but many saints associated with it. We are as a community particularly devoted to the saints of both the Old and New Testaments and many of us bear Biblical names. …

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