St. Luke Byzantine Catholic Church
Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma
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Saturdays: Great Vespers - 4:30 pm
December 13 - 7:00 pm
Feast Eve: Festal Vespers - 7:00 pm
Feast Day: Divine Liturgy - 7:00 pm
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The Feast of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra is celebrated on December 6.
Tuesday, December 05 - Vespers at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 06 - Divine Liturgy at 7:00 pm
This glorious saint, celebrated even today throughout the entire world, was the only son of this eminent and wealthy parents. Theophanes and Nona, citizens of the city of Patara in Lycia. Since he was the only son bestowed on them by God, the parents returned the gift to God by dedicating their son to Him. Saint Nicholas learned of the spiritual life from his uncle Nicholas, Bishop of Patara, and was tonsured a monk in the Monastery of New Zion founded by his uncle. Following the death of his parents, Nicholas distributed all his inherited goods to the poor; not keeping anything for himself. As a priest in Patara, he was known for his charity, even though he carefully concealed works, fulfilling the words of the Lord: Let not thy left hand know what thy right land doeth (Matthew 6:3). When he gave himself over to solitude and silence, thinking to live that way until his death, a voice from on high came to him. “Nicholas, for your ascetic labor, work among the people, if thou desire to be crowned by Me.” Immediately after that, by God’s wondrous providence, he was chosen archbishop of the city of Myra, in Lycia. Merciful, wise and fearless, Nicholas was a true shepherd to his flock. During the persecution of Christians under Diocletian and Maximian, he was cast into prison, but even there he instructed the people in the Law of God. He was present at the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea (325) and, out of great zeal for the truth, struck the heretic Aruis with his hand. For this act he was removed from the council and from his archiepiscopal duties, until the Lord Christ Himself and the Most-holy Theotokos appeared to several of the chief hierarchs and revealed their approval of Nicholas. A defender of God’s truth, this wonderful saint was ever bold as a defender of justice among the people.
On two occasions, he saved three men from an undeserved sentence of death. Merciful, truthful, and a lover of justice, he walked among the people as an angel of God. Even during his lifetime, the people considered him a saint and invoked his aid in difficulty and distress. He appeared both in dreams and in person to those who called upon him, and he helped them easily and speedily, whether close at hand or far away. A light shone from his face as it did from the face of Moses, and he, by his presence alone, brought comfort, peace and good will among men. In old age he became ill for a short time and entered into the rest of the Lord, after a life full of labor and very fruitful toil, to rejoice eternally in the Kingdom of Heaven, continuing to help the faithful on earth by his miracles and to glorify his God. He entered into rest on December 6, 343.
Troparion (Tone 4):
Your life has shown you to your flock as a rule of faith, an image of gentleness, and a teacher of moderation. You acquired greatness through humility and wealth through poverty. O father and archbishop Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.
Kontakion (Tone 3):
You were renowned as a priest in Myra, O holy Nicholas; for you fulfilled the Gospel of Christ, O venerable father. You risked your life for your people and saved the innocent from death. Thereby you have been initiated into the mysteries of the grace of God
The Feast of the Maternity of Anna is celebrated on December 8.
Thursday, December 07 - Vespers at 7:00 pm
Friday, December 08 - Divine Liturgy at 7:00 pm
According to tradition, Joachim and Anna were childless for fifty years of their married life. In their old age, they were promised that a daughter would be born to them. After nine months, Saint Anna bore a daughter, blessed by God and by all subsequent generations of humanity: the most holy Theotokos, the ever-virgin Mary. Saint Anna, the mother of the Virgin Mary, was the youngest daughter of the priest Nathan from Bethlehem, descended from the tribe of Levi. She married Saint Joachim, who was a native of Galilee. The Conception of the Virgin Mary by Saint Anna took place in Jerusalem.
In the icon pictured, Saint Anna holds the Most Holy Virgin on her left arm as an infant. On Saint Anna’s face is a look of reverence. In other icons, Saint Joachim and Anna are usually depicted with hands folded in prayer; their eyes are also directed upward and they contemplate the Mother of God, Who stands in the air with outstretched hands; under Her feet is an orb encircles by a serpent (symbolizing the devil), which strives to conquer all the universe by its power. In the Slavic tradition, this feast is especially venerated by pregnant women.
Troparion (Tone 4):
Today the bonds of barrenness are loosed, for God has heard the prayers of Joachim and Anna. He promised, beyond hope, the birth of their godly daughter. The Indescribable, Himself, born of her as a mortal, commanded us through the angel to sing to her: Rejoice, O woman full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Kontakion (Tone 3):
Today the whole world celebrates how Anna became a mother by the power of God. She conceived the woman whose conception of the word is beyond our words.
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