CELEBRATE THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST

 

The Ascension of Our Lord Parish wishes you and your loved ones a peaceful, spiritual and blessed Nativity season.  During this Christmas season, may we remain focused on Christ's birth through increased prayer, communion, confession and fasting.  May our hearts become another Bethlehem so that Christ will dwell within us!

THE NATIVITY FAST takes place November 15 -  December 24. During the Nativity Fast, Ascension will hold Sarantaliturgo - 40 Liturgies - to help us spiritually prepare for our Lord’s birth. Ascension's Liturgical calendar as well as links to articles, daily readings and devotions can be found below. 


Sarantaliturgo Schedule & Prayer Requests


Schedule of Divine Services for Christmas 2021 & Epiphany 2022 


The Sacrament of Holy Unction
Monday, December 20 @ 6:30 p.m.

 

 

Participate in this year's Parish Christmas Card

  Make your 2021 Christmas Offering

 

Donate to Nativity/Epiphany
Items

 


RESOURCES

+ Daily Bible Readings, Saints & Feasts

+ Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Advent and Nativity Resources

+ Antiochian Archdiocese Advent, Nativity and Theophany Resources
Includes information on Fasting and the Liturgical Cycle of the Nativity and Theophany Season

Preparation for Holy Confession

Suggestions for hosting a Lenten Coffee Hour during the Nativity Fast  (coffee hour temporarily suspended)

Suggestions for hosting a Lenten Meal during the Nativity Fast


ARTICLES

+ Lessons in the Faith:  Epiphany/Theophany, by Reverend Fr. Sotirios P. Malamis.  Published in "Windy City Greek" in November 2015

+ Let's Celebrate:  The 12 Days of Christmas, by Melissa Tsongranis, Associate Director for the Center for Family Care
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

The Twelve Days of Christmas
For Orthodox Christians, the arrival of December 26 means it’s time to celebrate! Not just for one glorious day, but for twelve. So don’t put your decorations away just yet. Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Andrew George of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Cranston, RI on how Orthodox Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.

+ What Are the Twelve Days of Christmas
By Fr. Andrew George
The commemoration of the Nativity of our Lord, the Baptism of our Lord, and the events related to them developed over time in the life and practice of the Church. Originally celebrated together on the same day, their celebrations - and the sequence of 12 days in between them - offers the faithful a festal period of great joy.

+ In the Beginning -- Reflections on the Nativity Fast
by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis

+ The Nativity Fast - Why We Fast
November 15, marks the beginning of the Nativity Fast (40 days before Christmas). The following article offers some thoughts on the purpose of fasting.


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Philoptochos Christmas Children's Event
December 4, 2021


FAITH/JOY Christmas Party Mock Lock-In
December 10, 2021


Metropolis of Chicago Christmas Open House
December 12, 2021 @ 3 p.m.


Sunday Church School Christmas Pageant
December 19, 2021


Greek School Christmas Program
December 21, 2021 @ 5 p.m.