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.
The Sacrament of Holy Unction
Monday, December 20 @ 6:30 p.m.
+ Antiochian Archdiocese Advent, Nativity and Theophany Resources
Includes information on Fasting and the Liturgical Cycle of the Nativity and Theophany Season
+ 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
+ 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.