Feast of the Nativity – Christmas

UPDATED: DECEMBER 23, 2021 | 2:08 PM

Due to the new restrictions imposed by the Province of Manitoba by Public Health Order, our capacity has been to limited to 25 people and pre-registration for all services is now required.

In order to pre-register for a service, please

  • Call 204-667-8866
  • Email: heparish@gmail.com
  • Text: 587-937-5756

We will contact you by phone, email, or text to confirm your registration. You are not confirmed until you have been contacted by the parish office.

Once a service has 25 people registered, we will show here that service in purple with a line through it.

From Metropolitan Lawrence:

Although the parishes of the Archeparchy have consistently maintained high standards with regard to providing a safe environment for worship and pastoral activity, and will continue to do so, those members of the faithful that are truly concerned or are fearful for their well-being may excuse themselves from in-person participation. They may presume a temporary dispensation from the typical obligation of every member of the Church to personally attend liturgies on every Sunday and major feast day. However, for their spiritual wellbeing and growth – and that of their community – such persons are encouraged to remain full and active members of their parish as best they can. This would mean regular online participation in Liturgies and other meetings or activities. This would mean making their spiritual needs known to their pastor. Also, by supporting their parish financially and in other ways when they are unable to participate personally and directly in the life of their parish community.

Archeparchial Directive #15 on COVID-19 (December 18, 2021)

Schedule of Services

Friday, December 24
Eve of the Nativity of Christ; Venerable-Martyr Eugenia.
Strict Fast. Abstention from meat and dairy and foods that contain these ingredients. According to liturgical prescriptions, the Divine Liturgy is not celebrated today.
For Services on Christmas Eve, see below (December 25)

Saturday, December 25
Nativity in the Flesh of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ—Christmas.

Holy Day of Obligation.
Gal 4:4-7; Mt 2:1-12
03:30 pm (on Friday Dec 24) Great Vespers–Divine Liturgy (fasting until midnight) FULL – we can take 25 more in the Church Auditorium!
07:30 pm (on Friday Dec 24) Great Compline and Divine Liturgy (fasting until midnight)
10:00 pm (on Friday Dec 24) Great Compline & Divine Liturgy for the Nativity FULL – – we can take 25 more in the Church Auditorium!
10:00 am Divine Liturgy
12:00 pm Divine Liturgy

Sunday, December 26
Sunday after the Nativity of Christ; Commemoration of the Holy and Righteous Joseph the Betrothed, David the King, and James, Brother of the Lord
Gal 1:11-19; Mt 2:13-23
08:00 am Divine Liturgy (Ukrainian)
10:00 am Divine Liturgy (English)
12:00 pm Divine Liturgy (English)

Monday, December 27
Post-feast of the Nativity of Christ; Holy Apostle, First Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen; Our Venerable Father and Confessor Theodore the “Branded One”
Acts 6:8-7:5,47-60; Mt 21:33-42
09:00 am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, January 1
The Circumcision of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ; Our Father Among the Saints Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia (379); Gregory of Nazianzis, father of Gregory the Theologian (374); Holy Martyr Basil of Ankyra (322); Saturday before Theophany.
Feast of our Lord. Polyeleos Feast. The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great is celebrated today. A day when the faithful are highly encouraged to participate in the Divine Liturgy.
Colossians 2:8-12; 1 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 2:20-21, 40-52; Matthew 3:1-11
10:00 am Divine Liturgy

Sunday, January 2
Sunday before Theophany; Octoechos Tone 7; Our Holy Father Sylvester, Pope of Rome
2 Tim 4:5-8; Mk 1:1-8
08:00 am Divine Liturgy (Ukrainian)
10:00 am Divine Liturgy (English)
12:00 pm Divine Liturgy (English)

Wednesday, January 5
Theophany Eve; Holy Martyrs Theopemptus and Theonas; Venerable Syncletica.
It is a day of fast and abstention from meat and foods that contain these meat.
08:00 am Royal Hours
05:30 pm Great Vespers–Divine Liturgy with Great Blessing of the Waters

Thursday, January 6
The Holy Theophany of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Holy Day of Obligation.
Titus 2:11-15; 3:4-7; Mt 3:13-17
09:00 am Divine Liturgy

Please remember in your preparations for these feasts the importance of preparing spiritually. Take time to read the Scriptures of the day, to offer little arrow prayers to the Lord for the needs of others (and your own needs), to offer praise and thanksgiving for the wondrous gifts that our Lord bestows upon us. A reminder that December 24 is a strict day of fast (no meat or diary or anything containing these products; some include abstention from alcohol as well). Christmas festal meals ought to take place after midnight on Christmas Day (e.g. if you participate in the Dec 24 10:00 pm Great Compline and Divine Liturgy, it will be after midnight or thereabouts on Christmas Day by the time you get home).

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