As Orthodox Christians, we begin the celebration of the Nativity of Christ with a time of preparation. This 40-day Lenten period to purify both soul and body, is also known as the Nativity Fast or Advent. During this time, the theme of the approaching Nativity is introduced in the services, and on November 21, the eve of the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, we hear the first announcement from the nine hymns (irmoi) of the Christmas Canon: “Christ is Born! Glorify Him!” As we pray, fast, repent and anticipate, we now join the mood of joy within our Church, we see the first light of the greatest possible Gift of gifts, the coming of God into His world.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
5:00 p.m. Keynote – The Nativity Cycle – MY prayers of repentance & supplication, joy & thanksgiving
5:30 p.m. Great Vespers – All those wishing to chant are encouraged to indicate so on the registration form
6:30 p.m. Dinner – Pizza and Salad, Make Your Own Sundae!
7:30 p.m. Tour – Nights of Lights Holly Jolly Trolley Tour
Retreat Fee: $15.00 per person covers the cost of the Trolley, Dinner and Retreat Materials. Please send payment with completed Registration form.
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