Christ is born! Glorify Him!
Third Day of the Nativity of our Lord, Feast of The Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen
Merry Christmas to all! I hope you all have had a joyous Forefeast and the Feast of the Nativity.
Any particular highlights so far?
Even with all the heavy heart for us in the States with the killing of the innocents in CN, the prayers of the Hours of the Forefeast were so joyful my jaw began to ache each night from grinning during the Vespers. My husband and I also had a lovely evening of Lessons and Carols at the local Dominican Priory. And Fr James, a Melkite priest, was main celebrant, concelebrating with our pastor, Fr Vito, the two Sundays of the Forefeast at my parish.
Today was the names day for a priest, Fr Stephan, in the OCA parish where I am blest to be frequently. The bishop and three other priests, and three protodeacons, on this feast of deacons!, added to the festivities of the day there, along with lots of carols during lunch after the DL. It was one of two sunny days we've had in an otherwise very rainy period.