Weekly Update - January 4

Quote of the Week

"The Lord, before His Incarnation, let mankind experience all the bitterness of sin, all their powerlessness to eradicate it; and when all longed for a Deliverer, then He appeared, the most wise, all-powerful Physician and Helper. When men hungered and thirsted after righteousness, as it grew weaker, then the everlasting righteousness came."

+ St. John of Kronstadt


For Your Edification

Thy Nativity O Christ Our God — meditations on the Nativity of our Savior (video)


Services & Events This Week

(in Sorrento Valley unless otherwise noted)

Tuesday: Divine Liturgy (followed by St. Basil Fellowship): 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday: St. Athanasius Catechetical School (Topic: The Mystery of Death): 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Nativity Liturgy: 8:00 p.m. (Sorrento & Oceanside)

Friday: Divine Liturgy (followed by St. Basil Fellowship): 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Friday: Bible Study, Vespers, & Midnight Praise: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Oceanside)

Saturday: Divine Liturgy: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Oceanside)

Saturday: Vespers & Midnight Praise: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sunday: Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


St. Athanasius Catechetical School

New Course

Beginning on Tuesday 5 January we will begin a new course entitled: The Mystery of Death.

Please click here for the the schedule of lectures.


Feast of the Nativity

The Feast of the Nativity Service will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday 6 January

Fr. Pimen is encouraging all who are able to do so to take 7 January off from work & school, so as to be able to celebrate the feast in its fullness and as a community. 


Feast Potluck

Please consider bringing something to share for the agape meal after the Feast of the Nativity Liturgy.  Please contact Tasoni Maryann for details.


Park & Potluck

On Sunday 10 January we will go to Nobel Park after the Catechism course to celebrate the Joy of the Incarnation of our Savior together. Please consider bringing food and drink to share. Contact Jessica Gharbawy to coordinate.


Catechism Course

On Sunday 10 January we will begin a catechism course which will meet after the Divine Liturgy every Sunday for sixteen weeks. ALL parishioners are encouraged to attend.



We encourage all congregants to listen to the liturgical hymns as they are chanted at Holy Cross please click here.

For Nativity Hymns please click here.


Food & Clean-up

To sign up to bring food for the agape meal on Sundays please see the bulletin board at church or contact Tasoni Maryann. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewardship.