Dec 24 Morning
10:30am Divine Liturgy Christmas Forefeast
12 noon Holy Supper (It is a “feast” of “fasting foods” [no meat]). Note, because the Eve falls on a Sunday, Holy Supper is earlier than usual.
Dec 24&25 (night services):
Vigil of Christmas
10:45pm-11:30pm: Candlelight Christmas Vigil, and immediately following, the Liturgy…
11:30pm-12:30am Midnight Christmas Liturgy begins with one-time procession around the church.
Please note, no meat is eaten until AFTER the midnight Liturgy on this day. In order to partake of Communion at the midnight Liturgy, eat fasting foods all day and cease eating altogether by 8:30pm (except for younger children, and adults who have legitimate health concerns--see priest to discuss alternative fasting practices to keep the spirit of the fast when you are unable to physically).
The Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church functions based on the ancient Hebrew reckoning of the day, as Scripture says, “from evening to evening you shall keep your sabbaths (feast days)”. The day in the Bible, and the Orthodox Liturgical Day, both begin in the evening on what we commonly call “the evening before”, as the Sixth Ecumenical Council makes clear. In other words, December 25 (or any date of the calendar, for that matter), in Church time begins at sunset on the evening before.
Sunday December 31—Nativity Apodosis and New Year’s Eve 9:45am Liturgy Following Liturgy will be a festal meal to celebrate the Nativity and the New Year.
Friday January 5 EVE OF EPIPHANY/THEOPHANY: 6pm-7:15pm—Liturgy of St. Basil with Great Blessing of the Waters (distribution of blessed waters).