PEACE AND GRACE!
Commemoration of Fr. Yostos El Antony celebrated on 8 Kiahk / 17 December
Watch a short film in Arabic with English subtitles “The Silent Monk”
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“It was fitting that the Giver of all holiness should enter this world by a pure and holy birth. For He it is that of old formed Adam from the virgin earth, and from Adam without help of woman formed woman. For as without woman Adam produced woman, so did the Virgin without man this day bring forth a man.”
+St. John Chrysostom
SERVICES & EVENTS THIS WEEK
Morning Liturgy: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (Father George Awad)
FOCUS San Diego: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Nativity Speaker Series: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Ehab Maximous)
Vespers: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Divine Liturgy: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
November 25th marked the beginning of the fast of the Nativity (the Advent) in our Coptic Church. Fasting is not just about changing ingredients; it should be a real spiritual discipline with goals. You are encouraged to take the discipline seriously and to consult with your spiritual father for an appropriate prescription for your fasting period, as well as what spiritual disciplines to partake of during this blessed time. For more information on how and why we fast before nativity, click here.
NATIVITY THEMED SPEAKER SERIES
Thank you, Robert Bishay, for honoring us with your inspiring talk last Friday. We are excited to welcome our next Nativity speaker Ehab Maximous to St. Basil’s this coming Friday, December 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Come and invite your friends - it will be open to all!
Upcoming speakers include:
December 21st: Ehab Maximous - He Took What is Ours, and Gave Us What is His
December 28th: Father Daniel Meleka - Being Made in His Image
January 4th: Father Joseph Ibrahim - The Incarnation and Soteriology
HELP WITH AMAZON SMILE
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ANNOUNCEMENTS, VISITATIONS & CONFESSIONS
Please let us know if you have any upcoming important events for us to share with our fellow congregants. Special events are best shared amongst our family, and we encourage you to share your special news with us.
FOOD & CLEAN-UP
To sign up to bring food for the agape meal on Sundays, please fill in the weekly spreadsheet available HERE. We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the church clean on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. Please consider this important expression of stewards