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Wednesday: 6:00pm Readers Vespers
Saturday: 6:00pm Vespers
Sunday: 10:00am Hours and Divine Liturgy, followed by coffee hour
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December 4, 2013
Wed Dec 4 - Readers Vespers for the start of the Nativity Fast 6:00 pm
Parish celebreation of the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple will be celebrated on the weekend.
Sat Dec 7 - Vespers 6:00 pm
Sun Dec 8 - Hours and Liturgy followed by coffee hour 10:00 am
The feast of the Entrance is the anniversary of Fr. Vladimir's ordination to the priesthood. This year we mark his 20 years in the priesthood. God grant you many years Father!
Reminder: Please sign up to take a turn hosting coffee hour.
Confessions: This is an important part of preparing for Nativity. Please contact Fr. Vladimir to schedule an appointment. Confessions are heard Saturdays before Vespers. For those from outside of Halifax, please contact Father to discuss alternate arrangements.
Bottle drive: we are continuing to collect recyclables as a fundraiser. You can either bring recyclables to church (please rinse and remove caps), or make the return yourself and place in the offering basket (please label 'recycling' so we can track it).
Please take note of this message from Fr. Vladimir:
The appeal for the Philippines was very successful, and while we should not congratulate ourselves on being "good", we can at least be thankful that the Lord led us to the point of having the privilege of extending compassion to our brothers and sisters in their time of loss and disaster. The sum of $630 was collected in the basket, and then an outsider matched that with another $630. So St. Vladimir's is able to contribute $1260. Let's not boast, but pray that the Lord will use our contribution to bring some relief in this very difficult time, and be thankful that we have had the opportunity to serve.
I would also remind you that the Feast of the Nativity is quickly approaching... only five weeks away. This is a very important time in the life of the Church, for it marks the beginning of the time when God is truly Immanuel, "God is with us." In the Incarnation of Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed, humanity is raised up to new levels and to a new dignity. Christ will be born in Bethlehem, not simple a reminder of a historical even of 2,000 years ago, but the reality of an eternal event. The historical Bethlehem is a town in Israel-Palestine, but the absolutely real Bethlehem is everywhere where even a handful of Christians celebrate and proclaim the birth of Christ. We must strive to do all that is within our ower to prepare ourselves for this event, for in it we - each one of us - are given a whole new being... but we must be ready and willing to accept it. God does not impose Himself; we must open to the way to Him.
Therefore, you are very strongly urged to begin the Nativity Lent with confessions. Those who have not yet done so, please sign up as soon as possible. Opportunity for confession will be available this Saturday from about 5:00 p.m. onwards. Please, do not be lax. ome to receive the sacrament of Penance and begin the Fast with a pure heart and cnscience, and above all with joy.