Schedule of Christmas Services

ST. ELIA PARISH

SCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES

Decorated for Christmas

St. Elia the Prophet Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio, decorated in preparation to celebrate the Nativity of Christ.

CHRISTMAS HOLY WEEK

The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is preceded by a Holy Week.          Tuesday, December 19 – 6:00 pm Vespers of the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ Wednesday, December 20 – 6 00 pm Vespers of the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ; Christmas Concert to Follow Thursday, December 21 – 6:00 pm  Vespers of the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ Friday, December 22 – 6:00 pm Royal Hours of the Nativity of Christ    29th  SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Tone 4 – Sunday Before the Nativity of Christ.  EVE OF THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST.  Nun Martyr Eugenia Saturday, December 23          5:00 pm – Great Vespers andConfession                                      Sunday, December  24         9:45 am Hours: Subdeacon Terence          10:00 am  Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom             Epistle  Reader: Anastasia B.             EPISTLE: Hebrews 11:9-10,17-23,32-40   GOSPEL: Matthew 2:1-12 Lighting of the 6th Candle on the Advent Wreath   FEAST OF CHRISTMAS  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24    5:00 pm - VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS
 MONDAY, DECEMBER 25  10:00 am DIVINE LITURGY OF SAINT BASIL THE GREAT             EPISTLE: Galatians 4:4-7   GOSPEL: Matthew 2:1-12
SECOND DAY OF THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY – SYNAXIS OF THE MOST-HOLY THEOTOKOS Tuesday – December 26 - 9:00 am  Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom              THIRD DAY OF THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY  Protomartyr Stephen Wednesday – December 27 - 9:00 am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom  

COME , EMBRACE THE  NATIVITY GOSPEL, AND LIVE IT BY BEING A PART OF GOD'S LOVE AND COMPASSION AND FORGIVENESS.