WherEVER YOU ARE
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12th & Massachusetts Avenue, NW ● Washington, DC 20005 ● (202) 347-8161
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Georgian Orthodox Liturgy
St. Francis Chapel
8:00 AM -- Quiet Mass
10:30 AM -- Sunday School (CGS)
St. Vincent Atrium, Lower Level
10:30 AM -- Festive Mass
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament &
Silent Prayer, Church
6:10 PM Evening Prayer, Church
6:30 PM Quiet Mass Church
Mass at Thomas House — A monthly Mass is celebrated on the second Thursday of each month at 11:00 AM for the residents of Thomas House, a retirement community located at 1330 Massachusetts Avenue. NW. This liturgy is celebrated in the Chapel located on the first floor. All are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Deacon Mary McCue.
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The Second Sunday After Christmas
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
`And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.'"
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
NEW YEAR's GREETINGS FROM THE RECTOR
Dearest Parishioners and Friends,
This is a Christmas (still!) letter.
Today is the seventh day of Christmas. Moreover, we never really stop celebrating Christmas. December 25 is simply when it comes into particular focus. Christmas, at its heart, is God-come-close, and such divine intimacy, regardless of personal awareness or trying circumstance, never goes away.
These are also my wishes for a blessed New Year. 2020 is upon us: a new year—indeed, a new decade. Where has time flown? If I may say, it has flown into eternity. If I may say, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable” (Philippians 4:8) lasts forever. It has been a challenging year for many of us, for our parish, yet that which is noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable will have the last word.
We stand at the threshold of a New Year, invited to consider and to live things true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. We begin this New Year with the gift of hope. Let us welcome fresh beginnings.
Mother Theresa says, “Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” The same can be said of hope. We each have the gift of an inner strength that enables us to move our hearts beyond that which suggests darkness. Moreover, we are not alone. We have each other, Sisters and Brothers in Christ, fellow members of the Mystical Body of Christ. We are accompanied by Him, Who gives us fresh beginnings, Who gives us hope. In a sense, we are always being re-created. Indeed, “if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (II Corinthians 2:17)
It is my hope for 2020, for each of you, that the hope not diminish—even when setbacks befall you. Despair need not be an option. Hope rises and divine love can and will have the last word. Let us trust in our Lord, Who gives us fresh beginnings.