Monday, November 19, 2007

Nativity Fast, Patronal Feast, and more...

The Nativity Fast, our six-week preparation for the celebration of Christmas, began November 15. It is customary for Orthodox Christians to increase our devotion to the ascetical disciplines of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and works of mercy in an effort to deepen our openess to God's mercy and grace during this holy season.

On Thursday, November 15, we began the fast with a work of mercy - hosting LouFEAT's latest workshop on teaching children with Autism. Around 30 parents and educators participated in this day-long event.

Friday, November 16, was our Patronal Feastday commemorating the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew. We were privileged to have Father Matthew Jackson and a number of friends from Christ the Saviour Church in McComb join us for Divine Liturgy.

We were also delighted to have Father Matthew return on Sunday afternoon, November 18, for our first "Third Sunday at 3:00PM" service of Typika with Holy Communion. We shared a festive coffee hour following the service.

Because of all of the mission work going on in our Diocese, it is becoming increasingly difficult to schedule priests for a Sunday morning Liturgy. In conversation with our mission director, Father Ted Pisarchuk, Father Matthew has agreed to come on the third Sunday afternoon of each month to serve the Sacramental Mystery of Holy Communion from the Presanctified Gifts.

Many Years to Father Matthew on his Name Day! And to our Mission Church!

Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew, pray to God for us, for you are the sure helper and intercessor for our souls!