Christ is Born!
Sunday before Nativity
The Reading is from Matthew 1:1-25
The book of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amon, and Amon the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus.
Sunday of the Holy Genealogy
Meditations: The Great Gift
Nashville Tennessee, in the home of an Army chaplain, on the first Christmas
eve after WWII, the telephone rang. His wife answered. She was thrilled to hear
the voice of her husband who after many months overseas had just returned to
American Shores. One can imagine her joy when she learned that he would be home
for Christmas. He would be able to get home sometime during the night. They
decided to keep his homecoming a secret from the children that he might
surprise them on Christmas morning. The next morning, Christmas Day, the
children gathered around the tree to open their presents. Suddenly the white
sheet on which the presents have been placed stirred, and up from among the
packages arose their father. It is so easy to imagine the joy of that home when
the little ones who had expected only presents found their father himself.
God has provided the greatest Gift of all in Jesus. There is not a person anywhere on this earth who does not need Him: His forgiveness, His love, His peace, His guidance. Only He could fill the emptiness in manâs soul. As Jesus told the Samaritan woman, âEveryone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.â (John 4: 13, 14) The little gifts the world offers are nothing compared to the Great Gift God offers us in Christ. How are you preparing to receive this Great Gift this advent? December 17 reflection from Daily Meditations (and prayers for Christmas Advent Fast and Epiphany) by Presvytera Emily Harakas and Fr. Anthony Coniaris
Todayâs Events, Tomorrowâs Announcements:
Youth and Adult Religious Education will take place in the Hellenic Hall, after Divine Liturgy We will focus on the book, The Law of God by Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy. Fr. Constantine will lead the group discussion.
Christmas Eve Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Anointing: Monday, December 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Coffee Hour Fellowship
hosted today by the Ioannou, Tsitsonis and Kyprides Families
After Divine Liturgy, parishioners gather around the social hall for fellowship with members of the parish over coffee and some delicious food and pastries. If you would like to sponsor coffee hour by yourself or with a friend or family member, please write your name on the sheet that is mounted on the wall outside the kitchen door.
Attending to the Needs of Others:
If you or anyone you know is sick, please see or contact Fr. Constantine directly
cell phone: 978-314-4992 or email: email@example.com.
and Other Services:
(Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, Communion, Holy Matrimony, and Holy Unction, 40-day Churching of the Mother and Child, Memorial Service or House Blessings) Please see or contact Fr. Constantine.
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