Newsletter December 19 / January 1 Sunday before Nativity


St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
, McKinney, Texas

Electronic Newsletter

December 19 / January 1  Sunday before Nativity


"Mighty Mites" Collection

Prayer Requests

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Fasting in the Coming week


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.

Prayer Requests

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.

For a more complete listing, please see our parish prayer list. Anyone can make requests.

Schedule of Divine Services in the Coming week

Monday 1/2

  • 7PM Moleben

Wednesday 1/4

  • 7PM Vespers (confession before and after)

Thursday 1/5

  • 6AM Divine Liturgy
  • 7PM Vespers and Matins for the Eve of Nativity (confession before and after)

Friday 1/6

  • 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

Sunday 1/8. 

  • 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. 

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