Beloved in Christ, a blessed Eve of Advent to you all. This has been called “Philip's Fast,” as tonight and tomorrow (Saturday) we celebrate the Feast of the Apostle Philip who told Nathaniel, “Come and see!” Come and behold the “One we have been waiting for, whom all the Prophets foretold! As His Disciples, we are compelled to continue to Come and See! Especially, let us come and see all that the Lord is doing in our midst during this holy season:
• Tomorrow (Saturday) Evening around 6PM after Vespers, we will have the Orthodox Wedding Service for John and Brittany Wilman.
• This Sunday Morning we will have (health and presence providing) the Chrismation Service for Dr. Richard (Nicholas) Nabhan at 9:45AM, directly preceding the Divine Liturgy. Come, see and welcome!
• Of course, we have our General Meeting after Church this Sunday. I believe this is a crucial meeting regarding our hopes and aspirations as the local Body of Christ. Please come, see and participate!
• The commemoration of St. Matthew’s Feast day on Monday morning will begin with Divine Liturgy at 9AM.
• A few days ago, Fr. Jose Valencia fell asleep in the Lord. His Trisagion will be at Glen Abbey in Chula Vista at 7PM Sunday Evening, and his Funeral at 11AM at St. George Serbian Church on Monday with the Interment again at Glen Abbey.
• The Bible Study for Wednesday Night will begin with the Advent Paraklesis Service. We will be intentionally entering the Holy Season.
• Church Family Night on this coming Friday from 6PM will begin with the Vespers for the Great Feast of our Lady’s Entry into the Temple. Our Lenten Potluck and ruminations will center around this Great Feast.
• FOR THE FEAST of our Lady’s Entry, we will be blessed to participate in the entry of Everly Hope Wilman into the Holy Church through a special Baptismal Liturgy beginning at 9AM on Nov. 21st. I highly encourage you to enter into the joy and literally share in the Hope of this Feast!
• Heads up for December: Eric Locke will be Chrismated on the Sunday of St. Stephen, the Sunday after Christmas, December 27th.
• We (God and health willing) will receive Ken Gilliland into the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church on New Year's Eve before St. Basil’s Vesperal Liturgy. Guess who his Patron Saint is likely to be? Come, see and be blessed. We are blessed to be woven into the story of Ken's incredible life. I hope many are able to come, participate and know him.
Beloved, these are just the highlights, at the beginning and toward the end of this blessed Season. I invite you all to enter into this Holy Season through Prayer, Fasting and the Giving of Alms. May He Who reveals Himself to us, especially during these blessed days, be revealed to you and yours as you Come and See!
Rev. Fr. Simeon Corona