Greetings on the Entry of the Theotokos

posted Dec 10, 2010, 11:49 AM by fr.irenei@stjohnsacademysf.org
December 3, 2010

Dear Parents:

Please allow me to greet you first of all with the Nativity Fast which began last Sunday. I hope that the change in your diet to lenten foods does not inconvenience you greatly!

Please also allow me to greet you with the major holiday that we will be celebrating tomorrow. It is a very festive event that was also a major event in God's plan for the salvation of people. The Mother of God is being brought into the Temple as a three year old child to begin her preparation to become both the Mother to our Savior and the wonderful Mother/intercessor for people. She connected Heaven and earth and through her we will be able to also ascend into the Kingdom of God for an eternal, blessed life with our Lord. So, it is only fitting that tonight and tomorrow morning, we give over our attention and time to remember this beautiful and important moment in Church life, praying to and glorifying our great protectress and Mother. Therefore, I would like to invite all of you to Church this evening at 6:00PM for the vigil and again tomorrow morning at either 7:30 or 9:30 for the liturgy. And because it is the Nativity Fast, a time when all Orthodox Christians usually go to confession and receive Holy Communion, this holiday presents us with a wonderful opportunity to do this. 

I look forward to share this day with you and wish all of you a most joyous holiday.

With Love in Christ,
Archpriest Serge Kotar, Chaplain
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