Celebrate Christmas in the West with a Divine Liturgy (Dec. 25)


Celebrate Christmas in the West with a Divine Liturgy (Dec. 25)

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Tomorrow, our Christian brothers and sisters in western society celebrate the Feast of the Glorious Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

To help us share in their celebration in a spiritual way, our parish will have a Divine Liturgy tomorrow, December 25, from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Come and join our spiritual celebration!

Questions and Answers from Fr. Moses

Q. Is it okay to break our fast to celebrate Christmas on December 25?

No. As Orthodox Christians, we continue fasting until our own celebration of Christmas on January 7. The purpose of this Divine Liturgy on December 25 is to help us join our brothers and sisters in a spiritual way for the sake of our unity as Christians.

Q. What about gifts? Should we give gifts to our children on this day?

It is certainly understandable that many parents give children gifts on December 25 to celebrate with others in western society. Although there is nothing wrong with that, it is not ideal. Remember that the very action of giving gifts on Christmas is supposed to remind us of the gifts that the Magi presented to our Savior, the greatest gift being their faith and adoration. If we give our children their gifts on December 25, this beautiful meaning is lost on January 7, our own Orthodox Christmas.

One suggestion is to give gifts to your children on both December 25 and January 7, making sure you explain the meaning behind the gesture and relating it to both celebrations of Christmas.