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Saturday 5PM: Vespers CANCELED FOR DECEMBER 9
Sunday 9AM: Orthros
Sunday 10AM: Divine LiturgyAddress:375 Fleming Ave., Ormond Beach, FL 32174
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December 6, 10AM- St. Nicholas Divine Liturgy
December 19: Christmas card deadline
December 23: Children's Christmas Program
December 25, 10AM: Nativity of Christ Divine Liturgy
Every Sunday the children and their helpers will prepare for a Christmas program to be presented to the parish the week before Christmas (actual date still to be determined). In the course of preparing for the play, the children will learn the story of the birth of Jesus from an Orthodox Christian perspective and what it means for us all. Thy will also learn different parts of the Nativity icon and their meaning. During the Sundays before Christmas they will participate in decorating parts of a large icon that will be assembled as part of the play. Please help us by making sure all children are present for the Sundays leading up to Christmas.
Every Saint of our Church is remembered for some particular reason. Some were great scholars and defenders of the Faith; others were noted for their generosity; still others for their severe ascetic practices.
We find ST. STYLIANOS on the cover of today’s Church Bulletin. This seventh century saint grew up in the province of Paphlagonia, living under conditions of severe poverty. His was a hard and difficult childhood, but his loving parents instilled within him a fervent desire to serve Jesus Christ. At an early age, he took up residence in the desert with a community of hermits.
With a background like this, it is surprising that St. Stylianos is best known for his smiling countenance and cheerful disposition! This may be partially attributed to the fact that he devoted most of his time to the service of children. It was common for him to periodically leave his monastic surroundings and make pastoral visits to neighboring towns. He loved seeking out children and many ailing youngsters were cured by his healing touch and heartfelt prayers.
Parents would also bring children to the cave in which Stylianos lived, hoping that he would pass on some spiritual guidance to them. It became common for children to be left with him for extended periods of time, causing contemporary Christians writers to refer to Stylianos as the keeper of the world’s first “day care” center! This is why he is usually depicted holding an infant.
O Holy Apostle PHILIP, intercede with the merciful God that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of offenses.
Apostle Philip was a native of Bethsaida, the same city that Apostles Andrew and Peter came from. Philip was one of the first Apostles chosen by our Lord. On the way from Judea to Galilee, Jesus found Philip and called to him, "Follow Me." He answered at once, and in his love for the Lord sought out Nathaniel, saying to him: "We have found Him of who, Moses and the Prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth." When Nathaniel expressed surprise, and asked if any good can come from Nazareth, Philip answered: "Come and see."
The Gospel of St. John mentions an incident at the Mystical Supper concerning Philip. Jesus spoke at some length about the Father, and Philip said to Christ: "Lord, show us the Father and we shall be satisfied." It was then that the Lord answered him and gave this revealing truth: "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father..."
In iconography, Philip is often portrayed as young and beardless. He was one of the married Apostles and his family assisted in many of the missionary activities he conducted in Asia Minor. His zeal for the Gospel took him to Hierapolis, Phrygia, a prosperous city but one infected with idolatry. Of the many false gods treasured by the populace, one was a huge serpent. Through diligent prayer, he is said to have brought death to the serpent, but the city's magistrates put him into prison and subjected him to torture.
Philip was martyred around the year 86 under Emperor Domitian. After he had surrendered his soul into God's hands, Philip's sister, St. Marianne buried his body.
Early Christians, who openly declared their faith, faced a host of hazards. Such heroism helped earn them the title "Saint". They were men and women of every age and culture who, though different in many respects had one thing in common: their faith in Jesus Christ and their dedication to Him.
Our bulletin bears an icon of ST. NEKTARIOS, an ascetic of Aegina, bishop of the Church, who lived in recent times. Born in 1846 in what is now Turkey, he went to Constantinople as a young man and there distinguished himself in theological studies. Then he joined a monastic community on the island of Chios. He also studied in Athens and after a career as a bishop under the Patriarchate of Alexandria, he returned to Greece and headed a theological institution there.
He is noted for establishing a convent for nuns on the island of Aegina. It was there that he retired after a lifetime dedicated service to the Lord. People from near and far sought him out, seeking his spiritual guidance and blessing. When he died in 1920, e was laid to rest in a chapel of the convent. The place has become a center for pilgrimage and prayer, especially since the proclamation of sainthood in 1961. The veneration of St. Nektarios has spread throughout the Christian world, and it is not unusual to find his icon in American churches.