Maranatha!


In the Orthodox Church the Nativity Fast, known in the West as Advent, begins on November 15. Modeled after Great Lent, this is a 40-day fast in preparation for Christmas, the feast of our Lord’s birth. But there is another theme to this season as well. We not only prepare to celebrate the feast of Christ’s first coming into the word. We also use this time to reflect on our readiness to meet him at his second coming.

September Nativity

On September 8, we celebrate the first great holy day of the Orthodox liturgical calendar (the Church Year begins in September). The Nativity of the Mother of God celebrates the birth of the woman called to be the mother of the Messiah.

The Lord tells the Prophet Jeremiah:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. (Jeremiah 1:5)

If this is the case for the prophets, it is so for all God’s People. God did not choose Mary arbitrarily to be the woman who would bring his Son into the world. Mary’s ministry as “Theotokos”– “Birth-giver of God” – was in the Lord’s mind before he formed her in her mother’s womb. Before she was born, Mary was set apart, consecrated, for this great calling.

Indeed, none of us is here by accident. Like Mary, we all have a part to play in God’s great plan for his creation. What is required of us is the trust, courage, and resolve of our Lord’s Mother, to echo her words:

I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be to me according to your word.

“I was glad when they said…”


I always enjoy the peaceful moments in church before Sunday Liturgy. There is a mix of both tranquility and anticipation.

“‘I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.'” (Psalm‬ 122:1‬)

Online worship at #StNicholasFW


Tomorrow is the feast of the Dormition (“Falling Asleep”) of the Mother of God. Our parish celebration will be tomorrow evening and Sunday morning. But in the morning tomorrow, we’re streaming the Service of Supplication to the Mother of God on the parish Facebook page and YouTube channel.

By the prayers of the Theotokos, Savior, save us.