Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

This weekend has two hugely significant events. Saturday is the Commemoration of the Nativity of the Theotokos. If you remember the story, birth of the child Mary to her mother Anna has parallels to the conception and birth of St. John the Baptist, to his parents Zacharias and Elizabeth. During small compline this past Wednesday we listened to the Canon for St. Elizabeth being chanted and marveled at the wonderful things that we heard. In the same fashion, the conception and birth of the Theotokos to her parents was a marvel, as God began the final stages of salvation history.

But having celebrated that wonderful event, we are a bit jolted by Sunday’s celebration of the upcoming Exaltation of the Cross. Of course, if we think about it, there is no contradiction. All of salvation history leads inexorably to the Cross.

Those two events define our weekend, and really the coming week. On Saturday morning we will serve Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of the Theotokos at 9:30 a.m. That evening we will serve Great Vespers at 5:00 p.m., and then on Sunday morning serve Divine Liturgy for the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross, which will also include elements of the Nativity of the Theotokos. On Wednesday evening we will serve a molebin for the sick and the suffering. The Exaltation of the Cross falls on Friday, September 14, but due to conflicts we will transfer that to the following Sunday, September 16.

Other news:

Our annual meeting will be on Sunday, October 28, following Divine Liturgy. We will be adopting a budget, electing members to two seats on the Parish Council, and discussing a few other things. In advance of that, we need everyone to fill out a pledge form regarding your support of the Church in 2019. That is particularly important so that we can come up with a realistic budget to be presented at the meeting.

Voting in the meeting is limited to those who have pledged support for the church. If anyone wants to add a particular item to the agenda for discussion, let myself or a parish council member know no later than two weeks before the meeting.

I hope to see you all this weekend!

In Christ,

Fr. James