Entrance of the Theotokos:
Vespers, Wednesday, 11/20, 6:00 p.m.
Divine Liturgy, Thursday, 11/21, 9:00 a.m.
The annual Nativity Fast begins on Friday, November 15th. This annual period of fasting, prayer, and repentance offers us the graced opportunity to enter more deeply in our relationship with Jesus Christ, the Word Made Flesh. We ask the Most Holy Theotokos, Mother of the Incarnate God, to intercede for us in this season which is filled with all too many worldly distractions. May She watch over our families and loved ones and accompany us as we prepare to welcome the Lord Who comes to save us!
Father Michael, a monk of Saint John the Baptist Monastery here in Phoenix and student at Saint Vladimir's Seminary, will be ordained to the Holy Diaconate in Saints Peter and Paul Church on Tuesday, November 26, during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy which will begin at 9:00 a.m. His Eminence Archbishop BENJAMIN will be the ordaining hierarch. All are invited- and encouraged- to attend. This special occasion, two days before the Thanksgiving Day Holiday, gives further cause to offer thanks to the Lord as we express our gratitude for all the blessings God continues to pour out upon our community.
Happy Thanksgiving Day! “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1). As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day and look ahead to the Feast of the Lord’s Nativity, let’s make sure we express our grateful thanksgiving prayers to the Lord- the loving and generous source of all we have and all we are. May the Lord grant each and every one of us a blessed holiday, safe travels to those who are traveling, and joy in welcoming friends and family to our tables!
THANK YOU TO ALL who prepared for, participated in, and shared the blessings of the recent Primatial Visit of His Beatitude Metropolitan TIKHON. His Beatitude expressed his gratitude for the warm and hospitable reception he received during this historic visit to our parish community. May the Lord continue to bless you all for the generous spirit of hospitality which you express on so many occasions and events in the life of our parish.