Sunday, November 29, 2020

Martyr Paramon and 370 Martyrs in Bithynia

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On Sunday, August 4, 2019, His Grace Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa presided at the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow” in Moscow... Click here to view

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SERVICES FOR THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST

Thursday, December 24

 

Christmas Eve

Vesperal Divine Liturgy, 5:00 p.m.

 

Friday, December 25

Christmas Day

Divine Liturgy, 9:00 a.m.

 

Saturday, December 26

Vespers, 5:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, December 27

Divine Liturgy, 9:00 a.m.

 

CONFESSIONS- Everyone seems to be busy at this time of the year: busy traveling, busy working, busy getting ready for Christmas, busy making or purchasing gifts.  As the Feast of the Lord’s Nativity draws near, do not forget to also prepare yourself spiritually before receiving the Holy Gifts on Christmas morning.  An essential part of our spiritual preparation is the confession of our sins and receiving the Lord’s forgiveness.  Confessions are heard before the Divine Services or by arrangements with Bishop DANIEL, Father David or Father Mihai.  Social distancing and masks are worn for confessions.

CHURCH DECORATING- Please mark your calendars and plan on joining in decorating our church on Tuesday, December 22, at 10:00 a.m.  Plan on being a part of the joy as we come together to adorn the church for our celebration of the Lord’s Birth.  The more, the merrier!  As our usual routine during the pandemic, masks will be worn and social distancing will be observed.

NEW YEAR’S DAY: We begin the New Year by invoking God’s blessing upon our families, our parish, the Church, and the world.  Divine Liturgy (Feast of the Circumcision of Christ and Commemoration of Saint Basil the Great), 9:00 a.m.

TIME FOR THANKS:   As we enter the season of the Lord’s Nativity, we pause and give thanks for the many blessings we have received throughout the year, especially the blessings received because of the generosity in time, talents, and treasures of our parish community.  There are too many people to name individually.  The Lord knows you all…  But please be assured of the gratitude of Archbishop BENJAMIN, Bishop DANIEL, Father David, Father Mihai, Deacon John, all the clergy and faithful of our parish community.  May the Lord Himself, He Who is “God with Us,” be your reward!

The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church
1614 E Monte Vista Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85006