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(November 15 - December 24)
The Nativity Fast is divided into two periods. The first period is November 15 through December 19 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis for wine and oil on Tuesday and Thursday, and for fish, wine and oil on Saturday and Sunday. The second period is December 20 through 24 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed Monday through Friday, but with katalysis for wine and oil on Saturday and Sunday. [Katalysis is Greek, meaning “relaxation”.]
Nicholas the wonder-worker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia (December 6)
The verity of thine actions revealed thee to thy flock a rule of faith, an icon of mildness, and teacher of abstinence, O Father Bishop Nicholas; wherefore by humility thou hast achieved exaltation and by poverty richness. Intercede with Christ our God to save our souls. (Apolytikion in Tone 4)
Venerable Sabbas the Sanctified; Martyr Diogenes; Venerable Nektarios of lagri Kelli and Philotheos of Karyes on Athos; Venerable martyrs from the kellia of Karyes on Athos; Gurios, missionary bishop of Kazan; Venerable Nektarios of Bitolj
"A healthy parish requires a healthy choir and chanter’s stand. Those who sing must prepare themselves for the task of serving the parish by constantly pursuing a life of spirituality." -- His Eminence, Archbishop JOSEPH
|His Eminence, Archbishop JOSEPH's Episcopal Visit to St. Thomas Church - 11/24/13|
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Upcoming Ordinations and Elevations
Red - Abstain from meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, oil
Green - Abstain from meat, fish, dairy, eggs
Blue - Abstain from meat, dairy, eggs
Gold - Abstain from meat