28 November 2015 – 6 January 2016
The Nativity fast begins on November 28, and lasts forty days. This period of fasting begins directly after the commemoration of the Holy Apostle Philip, on the November 28 according to the Church calendar, and concludes with the Nativity Feast itself. The Nativity fast is not as strict as Great Lent or the Dormition fast, and can be compared to the Apostle’s fast: fish can be eaten on every Saturday and Sunday, as well as on festal days of the Church calendar that do not fall on Wednesday or Friday. It was instituted by the Church so that we would worthily greet the feast of the Nativity of Christ after having cleansed our hearts by prayer and repentance.
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Vigil and Confession: 6:00 p.m., December 3 Saturday
Liturgy: 10:00 a.m., December 4 Sunday
On this day we remember how the holy righteous Joachim and Anna, the parents of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, fulfilling their promise to consecrate Her to God, when she had reached three years of age, brought her to the temple in Jerusalem, where She was met by the high priest Zacharius himself, who, in accordance with a special revelation from God, led Her into the very Holy of Holies, into which he himself might enter but once a year. This feast is notable in that it is, as it were, the threshold of the Nativity of Christ.
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Vigil and Confession: 6:00 p.m., December 10 Saturday
Liturgy: 10:00 a.m., December 11 Sunday
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Vigil and Confession: 6:00 p.m., December 17 Saturday
Liturgy: 10:00 a.m., December 18 Sunday
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