St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas
December 19 / January 1 Sunday before Nativity
The Nativity of our Lord falls on Saturday, January 7th. We will have many services on the 6th, and Liturgy on the 7th. This is one of the great feast days of the Church. Please plan to attend.
If you have not received the Holy Mysteries of Confession and Communion recently, it is a good idea to confess this week and receive Communion on Nativity or the Sunday after Nativity.
"Mighty Mites" Collection
Last week, we collected $62 for Russian American Community Services, which does charitable work both in the US and in Russia.
This week, we collected $81 for Flowers for Nativity.
Next week, we will collect for the rebuilding of the Valea Screzii orphanage in Romania, which was devastated by fire on December 26th.
For the Health and Salvation.
- Alexandra (4 y/o girl wih brain cancer)
- Priests Jean and Grégoire and all the faithful and suffering of Haiti, and our sponsored household: Catherine and her family.
- The suffering people of East Japan.
Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week
- 7PM Moleben
- 7PM Vespers (confession before and after)
- 6AM Divine Liturgy
- 7PM Vespers and Matins for the Eve of Nativity (confession before and after)
- 8AM Royal Hours for Nativity
- ~10AM Vesperal Divine Liturgy for the Eve of Nativity
- 6PM Vigil for Nativity (confession before and after)
Saturday 1/7. Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas).
- 10AM Divine Liturgy, followed by Christmas celebration
- 4PM Confession
- 5PM Vigil
- 10AM Divine Liturgy
- 12:45PM No Church School
Fasting in the Coming week
We are in the Nativity Fast. We fast from all animal products every day. Wine and oil are allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, and certain saints' days.
Friday, the eve of Nativity, is a strict fast day; it is customary to refrain from all food until after Vespers.
Beginning on Saturday, Nativity, we will be in a fast-free period; there will be no fasting — even on Wednesday and Friday — until the Eve of Theophany, January 18th.