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Christmas & Theophany

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We celebrate the Birth of Christ on 7 January, and
the Baptism of Christ (‘Theophany’) on 19 January.

This page is a resource for this vital season in our church calendar.

In 2018-19, Christmas falls on a Monday.  Because of our rubrics, this has an impact on our schedule.

Christmas Eve
Service texts can be downloaded through this link.

4 January 2019: The Royal Hours (9am-10:30am).  These are preparatory services, meditating on themes of the Birth of Christ.

5 January 2019: Christmas Eve Vigil (6pm-8pm).  This combines Pre-Christmas themes with hymns on the Holy Fathers – how the Incarnation of Christ was brought about, and the people from the Old Testament who helped (however indirectly) to make it happen.

6 January 2019: Christmas Eve Liturgy (8:30am-10:30am).  This is our Communion service.
Then, Vespers of the 8 Prophecies (10:30am-11am), which is a service focused on Old Testament readings which prophesied about the Birth of the Messiah, the Saviour of the world.

Christmas Day
Service texts can be downloaded through this link.

6 January 2019: Great Festal Vigil for Nativity (6pm-8:30pm).  This service focuses on the Birth of Jesus Christ, and what that means for our salvation.

7 January 2019: Christmas Day Liturgy (8:30am-10:45am).  This is our Communion service.

Theophany – The Baptism of our Lord
Service texts will be able to downloaded here.

18 January 2019: Great Festal Vigil for Theophany (6pm-8:30pm).  This service focuses on the Baptism of Jesus Christ, and what that means for our salvation.

19 January 2019: Theophany Liturgy (8:30am-10:30am).  This is our Communion service.
Then, the Great Blessing of the Waters (10:30am-11am), which commemorates the Baptism of Christ, in part through blessing water – a building block of human life.

Note: In 2019, on the evening of the 19th and the morning of the 20th, there will be no services at Holy Annunciation.  Parishioners are invited to attend the patronal feastday services for St John the Baptist Mission in Toowoomba.

We welcome you to worship Christ with us!


Visitors

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It is our great joy to welcome you to our humble parish. All people of good will are welcome to attend.

What’s On: Wednesday Evenings

On alternating weeks, at 6:30pm, we either serve Vespers (until approx. 7:30pm) or hold a Bible Study (until approx. 8pm).  Around 10 people are generally present at either.

Vespers is an evening service, one that is very contemplative and prayerful, including readings, psalms and traditional hymns.

Our Bible Study is led by Fr Andrew in the church office (best accessible via our back ramp).  Having studied Ephesians, Mark and Acts, the second half of 2018 will be occupied by studying the Epistle to the Romans.

What’s On: Saturday Evenings

On Saturday evenings, we serve the Vigil service, starting at 6pm (until approx. 8pm).  Around 10-15 people are generally praying at this service.

The Vigil service is composed of Vespers, Matins and First Hour, with psalms and hymns making up most of the service, with a Gospel reading as a centrepoint.

During the Vigil service, Orthodox Christians are welcome to the Sacrament of Confession. If you wish to come to Confession, you are able to do this by holding an unlit candle while standing on the left hand side of the church (a queue should form under the archway).

What’s On: Sunday Mornings

On Sunday mornings, we celebrate the Divine Liturgy, starting at 8:30am (until approx. 10:30am).  Around 30-40 people are generally praying at this service.

Partaking of Communion is done within the context of the Divine Liturgy. As such, people who are presenting themselves for Communion must be:

  • Orthodox Christians, who
  • Have read the appointed pre-Communion prayers, and
  • Have fasted (i.e. from midnight), and
  • Have recently been to Confession.

Visiting Orthodox Christians who wish to commune are asked to speak with Fr Andrew prior to the start of the service. In addition, as per the October 2018 decision of the Holy Synod of the Church of Russia (responding to the actions of the Church of Constantinople in Ukraine), we do not have a blessing to commune Orthodox Christians who are under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Other events:

We also celebrate services for major feastdays of the Christian Calendar.  We ask that you view our Parish Schedule for any additions or changes to our regular services.

Rules in Brief:

We ask our visitors to, in short, be respectful.  Most rules are covered by this simple injunction.  If you would like to sit down, please feel free to do so.

We also ask our visitors to dress modestly – covering from shoulders and clavicle down to the knees.  If you would like further details, we welcome you to view photo albums available on Facebook.

If in doubt, just ask – either by e-mail, by form (at the bottom of the page), or at the candle desk at church – and someone will be happy to help.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you to Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church!