Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Our Gospel reading this Sunday, that of the rich young ruler, is one that has inspired controversy and differing opinions ever since the Church began. But it has also inspired the beginning of repentance for great spiritual giants, including St. Anthony the Great. We'll talk about that on Sunday.

1. The coming week: On Saturday at 4 p.m. we will have our second class that explores Dickens' "Christmas Carol" in the context of Orthodoxy. It will be followed at 5:00 p.m. by Great Vespers. Sunday morning we will serve Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m.

After that, we begin to make our way through what you might think of as St. Nicholas week. His day, of course, is December 6, but we will serve a moleben to St. Nicholas Wednesday evening, December 5, at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday we will again explore "A Christmas Carol" at 4:00 p.m., then serve Great Vespers in our Patron's honor at 5:00 p.m., to be followed on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. with a joyous Divine Liturgy. Afterwards we will share a potluck dinner and celebrate our parish feast day.

2. Many thanks to Joyce, Kathy and Thekla for decorating the Church for the season of the Nativity. They did a beautiful job. You can see photographs on the parish Facebook page.

3. Looking ahead at the Nativity itself, we will celebrate the Royal Hours of the Nativity of our Lord on the morning of December 24 at 9:30 a.m. That evening, Christmas Eve we we serve the Vigil for the Feast at 7:00 p.m. On Christmas morning, we will have Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ at 9:00 a.m.

And then Theophany! Busy, but in a very good way!

I hope to see you all this weekend!

In Christ,

Fr. James