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December 15  The holy martyr Eleutherius. Born of noble and eminent parents in Rome, Eleutherius was the fruit of people who heard the Gospel from the apostles. He became bishop in Illyria, and was a model shepherd. He was arrested and martyred by the emperor Hadrian. (120)
Our venerable father Paul of Latra. Born in Pergamum, he lived the ascetic life on a mountain called Latros in Asia Minor. He worked many miracles, and our Lord took him in his old age. (950)
Our holy father Stephen, bishop of Surozh. Born in Cappadocia and educated by St. Germanus the Patriarch, he was taken from his hermitage and made bishop of Surozh (now Sudak in the Crimea). Stephen suffered a great deal from the emperor Leo the Armenian. After the emperor’s demise, Stephen was returned to his flock, which he governed with grace and truth. (late 8th century)   
Ephesians 5:1-8 • Luke 14:1-11

 23  {Then] the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’ ” (Luke 14:23-24  Gospel for the Sunday of the Forefathers)

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~~~~Year 7527 of the Byzantine Era~~~~

The Christmas Fast, in preparation for the feast of the Nativity on December 25, is one of the minor fasts of the Church. This fast of forty days was introduced in the 12th century. Counting back 40 days from the feast of the Nativity, the fast begins on the evening of November 14 – the feast of the holy apostle Philip. As a result, it is traditionally called Philip’s Fast or the Philipian Fast (in Slavonic, Filipovka). This fast is not penitential, but is rather a fast of preparation, like the pre-Communion fast. By abstaining from certain foods, we are opening up a “space” in our lives through asceticism and obedience, into which God may enter.

Schedule of Services   

December 16th Sunday of the Forefathers
Divine Liturgy Saturday 4:00 PM [Palmerton]  
Divine Liturgy  Sunday 10:00 AM [Allentown]  

Section of Liturgy                   Pew book or Hymnal page
Hymn: O Jesus Lord                             28
Troparia Tone 5, Forefathers          146, 281
Kontakion                                       281
Holy God                                        28C
Prokeimenon / Alleluia                   282
Cherubic Hymn                              45D
Nicene Creed                                  53
We Praise You                                61
Our Father                                      74

Readings:  Colossians 3:4-11  • Luke 14:16-24

Weekday Liturgies Monday – Friday 7:45 AM [Allentown]  (except where noted)

December 17  The holy prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Children: Hannaniah, Azariah, and Mishael     Hebrews 11:17-23, 27-31 • Mark 9:42-10:1
December 18   The holy martyr Sebastian and his companions  Hebrews 12:25, 26,13:22-25  • Mark 10:2-12
December 19  The holy martyr Boniface    James 1:1-18 • Mark 10:11b-16
December 20   The holy martyr Ignatius the God-bearer  James 1:19-27 • Mark 10:17-27
December 21   The holy martyr Juliana of Nicodemia.  James 2:1-13 • Mark 9:23b-32a
Weekday Propers go to  this page,  then click on the Menaion of the month at the top of the page.
The Lectionary of Readings can be found HERE.
Recordings of the settings used can be found HERE
Click name of day above for the link to Propers and other changeable parts of the Liturgy. 
Links to changeable parts and archives can be found  HERE.

Christmas Schedule
Monday, December 24th  Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord
Ss. Peter & Paul Church Palmerton  Divine Liturgy 1:30 PM (tentative)
St. Michael Church Allentown  Christmas Hymns and Carols 3:30 PM
Nativity Vigil Liturgy of Saint Basil 4:00 PM

Tuesday, December 25th The Nativity of the Lord
St. Michael Church Allentown Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM

Introduction to Church  Singing course is now free

As of November 4, the first Metropolitan Cantor Institute online class can be taken for free by cantors, clergy, and parishioners of Byzantine Catholic parishes in the United States. (Non-members can take the class for $75.) This class teaches the basics for singing in church – musical sound, fundamentals of singing and reading music, and how to lead basic responses used in all services. Recommended for anyone who wants to learn our plain chant!

For more information, click on this link Classes.

Church Renovation Project

Please  increase your monthly donations by $50.00 or more to go towards much needed repairs and  the renovation project. 

To make a secured, tax deductible donation through PayPal please simply click button below.

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The Church Renovation Fund envelopes can be used for donations specifically intended toward the Renovation Project, or simply put the offering in an envelope marked Renovation Fund. Thank you for your generosity.

24 Some give freely, yet grow all the richer;
    others withhold what is due, and only suffer want.
25 A generous person will be enriched,
    and one who gives water will get water. Proverbs 11:24-25 (NRSVCE)

Go Fund Me video

Gift Cards Fundraiser Retailers where you shop donate money to our church!  Physical Gift cards will be available. Simply shop with Gift Cards purchased through our church and the retailers donate money.   Anybody can join our scrip program by going to the website, click enroll, and  entering  our enrollment code 4E85BLFF48759.   See Janice Kavounas for details.

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“The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall  overshadow you.” 

NEWS & ACTIVITIES  section is now located on its own Tab.

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen.

The Lord is near, do not be anxious about anything. Instead, pray about everything.   Philippians: 4:5-6


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