News and Events

Bulletin December 10, 2017

Let Us Remember in Prayer: Those who are ill or convalescing. May our Lord Jesus Christ, the Physician and Healer of souls and bodies, grant them peace and good health for many blessed years.
Please let Fr. Lewis know if anyone should be added or taken away from this prayer list.

2017 Annual Bishop’s Appeal: Please prayerfully consider your pledge to the Eparchy because whatever our parish donates over our goal we will receive a 40% rebate of that amount. We have gone over this goal the past two years that I am aware of, and the extra funds were greatly needed. Please remember that checks are to be made out to the Eparchy of Passaic, and not to the parish.

Kolásci & Plrohi Still for Sale: We do still have plenty of kolásci and pirohi left for purchase. These can be purchased after liturgy—please tell your friends and family that they still have an opportunity to purchase our kolásci—this will only increase our festival profits.

Traveling Vocation Icon Program: Our Metropolia is embarking on a traveling Vocation Icon Program for all of the faithful of our Churches to pray for and encourage vocations to the religious life: presbyterate, diaconate, consecrated life of men and women monastics. Prayer is one of the most important aspects of our faith in God and when we pray fervently with full trust in God, our prayers will be answered. Please consider bringing the Vocation Icon into your home for a week and praying for vocations to strengthen our church and to lead us all to heaven. Sign up sheet is in church hall.

The Women’s Community Club of Beltsville Holiday Food Donations: This year the Women’s Club of Beltsville will not be accepting donations of food or turkeys. Rather, they are accepting monetary donations for a new program where they will purchase Aldi’s Gift Cards to distribute to those in need. Please have donations in by December 10th.

Philip’s Fast: For some major Feast Days in the Church we are asked to fast, pray, and give alms in order to properly prepare ourselves to experience the splendor of the Feast. The Nativity of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ is just around the comer. And in order to fully prepare ourselves to celebrate the Incarnation, the Coming of Christ in the Flesh, the Church Fathers have prescribed the 40 days preceding this Feast as a period of fasting and penance. However, in order to remain a Catholic in good standing, there is currently no fasting prescribed beyond abstinence from meat on Fridays in our Metropolia. However, the faithful are always encouraged to go beyond the minimum requirements for their spiritual benefit and for the benefit of the whole church. One may choose to add more fasting through the week, or more personal prayer and reading of Sacred Scripture. The Emmanuel Moleben will be offered each week leading up to The Nativity which will focus on Old Testament Prophesies of the Savior as well as the Gospel passages leading up to Christ’s birth. The beginning of the Fast was November 15th.
During the fast there are certain aliturgical days, days on which the Divine Liturgy is not to be celebrated. This is one reason why the normal parish schedule has been altered. Other services are suggested for these aliturgical days with an emphasis on penitential services.

Parish Calendar and Liturgical Schedule: It has been Fr. Lewis’ personal experience that progress in the spiritual life and closing the gap between us and God is more easily achieved through participation in the Divine Services. It is usual for those embarking on this path to find it difficult at first to participate in more services or longer services. But when we let go of our control and our impatience and give ourselves to these services in worship and praise of God, we are then filled with a great sense of peace and a more clear focus of our lives and what God is asking of us. It is for these reasons that there are now more services being offered; for the opportunity of the faithful to experience a more full prayer life. We are encouraged to avail ourselves of these opportunities as our schedules allow.

Liturgy Intentions: We offer the Divine Liturgy for those who have died and for the those who are living for special graces, help, thanksgiving, or the forgiveness of sins of the departed. The sacrifice of the Divine Liturgy itself is the most powerful prayer that we have, and as such is the best that we can offer our loved ones and deceased friends and relatives. While there can be many intentions for a Divine Liturgy, there is usually one “main” intention that the priest especially prays for during the Anaphora (consecration), thus joining that intention to the Body and Blood of Christ.
However, on Holy Days of Obligation (major feast days and every Sunday) the “main” liturgy intention must be for the living faithful of the parish according to Canon Law. It is for this reason that if we have a special intention on these days that it is necessary to have a Panachida for the deceased or a Moleben for the living—even though the intention has been prayed for during this Divine Liturgy and remembered during the Anaphora, it was not the “main” intention. It is also necessary because there are other petitions that should be prayed during the different litanies—these are the petitions that we pray in both the Panachida and Moleben. When an intention is offered for a normal weekday Divine Liturgy, these special petitions are prayed within the litanies of the liturgy itself, thus retaining the unity of the special intention in one service.
There is no backlog of intentions at Saint Gregory of Nyssa, so if a Divine Liturgy is scheduled and no intention has been requested, then Fr. Lewis will insert a petition special to him. The recommended sacrificial offering for the liturgy, panachida, or moleben intention is $15. Some have chosen to give more which is fine but not necessary. Also, if someone has a special intention and find it difficult to pay the recommended amount, then no offering is necessary, and the intention will still be prayed for.

Nativity Schedule: Since the Nativity of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ falls on a Monday this year, the traditional Strict Fast the day before Christmas has been transferred to the preceding Friday, Dec. 22. This strict fast is an obligation for Catholics to remain in good standing. This means that the traditional Holy Supper on Christmas Eve day MAY contain dairy.

Friday, 12/22 10:00AM Royal Hours
Sunday, 12/24 8:50AM Matins
10:00AM Divine Liturgy
9:00PM Divine Liturgy
Monday, 12/25 10:00AM Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, 12/26 10:00AM Divine Liturgy


Upcoming Parish And Eparchial Events
Dec. 3 Saint Nicholas Celebration
Dec. 6 Feast of Saint Nicholas
Dec. 8 Feast of the Maternity of the Holy Anne
Dec. 10 Eastern Christian Formation Classes (children)
Dec. 22 Christmas Eve Strict Fast transferred to this day.
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve—8PM Great Compline; 9PM
Dec. 25 Christmas Day—10AM Divine Liturgy
Jan. 6 Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, Holyday of Obligation with the Great Blessing of Water
Jan. 18 National Prayer Vigil for Life: Byzantine Compline with Bishop Kurt Burnette at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Crypt Church 9:30PM
Jan. 19 Divine Liturgy for Life with Bishop Kurt Burnette at Epiphany of Our Lord, Annandale, VA at 10AM. Many are planning on attending the March for Life after this Divine Liturgy
Jan. 21 2018 Contribution Reports available for pickup