St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
980 Bridle Path Rd Bethlehem, PA. 18017
Orthodox Church in America

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2020 Nativity Season Schedule

(pdf copy of the 2020 Nativity Season Schedule)

 

Beloved Parish Faithful,

Christ is born! Glorify Him!

I say those joyous words to you at the close of what has been the most trying year in recent memory.

It has been a trying year for numerous reasons: pandemic, separation, isolation, political and social issues, the list goes on.

However, at this Christmas time, we Christians are blessed with a knowledge and a certainty that exists nowhere else.

The first part of this knowledge is that we live in a world that is broken by sin and wickedness. That the stain of the fall spreads to every nook and cranny of our very being. This is what is often called the “curse” of the Fall.

That’s the bad news. However, the greatness of the Christian message is the next part: Christ Himself is the good news.

It was prophesied centuries before, that the birth of Christ would herald the reconciliation between God and His fallen creation. That our messiah would be Emmanuel, literally “God with us.”

And when God Himself comes to be with us in the womb of the Virgin, He accomplishes something amazing.

All of us know the opening verse to the Christmas hymn, Joy to the World:

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King!”

Less known, though, is the third verse. This glorious verse says this:

“No more let sins and sorrows grow,

nor thorns infest the ground.

He comes to make his blessings flow,

far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found.”

Christ comes in His great love for us to “make His blessings flow,” and to destroy the curse. To fill with the blessings of God those nooks and crannies where the fallenness of man brings us misery! And, indeed, to make them go “as far as the curse is found!”

This Christmas, this trying and difficult Christmas, be encouraged, my dear ones, by the truth that none of this difficulty will last. Our King has overcome the world, and He will set all things to rights!

He has come to bring us joy, fullness of life, salvation from our sins, and union with Him by the Holy Spirit, in the love of the Father.

May His joy, grace, majesty, and truth be a comfort to you this year, and every year!

A very Merry Christmas!

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

-Fr. Matthew Joyner

 

2020 Nativity Season Schedule

Please note that due to Covid-19 precautions, all confessions will be heard by appointment only.  Please contact Fr. Matthew by phone or text to schedule.

Friday, November 20, 2020                   Forefeast of The Entry of the Most-Holy Theotokos into the Temple

                                                              7:00 pm – Great Vespers (Live Stream will also be available)

Saturday, November 21, 2020              The Entry of the Most-Holy Theotokos into the Temple

                                                              8:50 am – Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                              9:00 am – Divine Liturgy (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                              6:00 pm – Great Vespers (Live Stream will also be available)

Sunday, November 22, 2020                24th Sunday after Pentecost, After feast of the Entry into the Temple

                                                             9:10 am – Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             9:30 am – Divine Liturgy (Live Stream will also be available)

Wednesday, November 25, 2020         7:00 pm – Readers Vespers (Live Stream only)

Thursday, November 26, 2020             9:00 am Moleben of Thanksgiving (Live Stream will also be available)

Saturday, November 28, 2020              6:00 pm – Great Vespers (Live Stream will also be available)

Sunday, November 29, 2020                25th Sunday after Pentecost, Martyr Paramon and 370 Martyrs in Bithynia

                                                             9:10 am – Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             9:30 am – Divine Liturgy (Live Stream will also be available)

Wednesday, December 2, 2020           7:00 pm – Readers Vespers (Live Stream only)

Saturday, December 5, 2020               6:00 pm – Great Vespers (Live Stream will also be available)

Sunday, December 6, 2020                 26th Sunday after Pentecost, St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia

                                                             9:10 am – Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             9:30 am – Divine Liturgy (Live Stream will also be available)

Wednesday, December 9, 2020           7:00 pm – Readers Vespers (Live Stream only)

Saturday, December 12, 2020              6:00 pm – Great Vespers (Live Stream will also be available)

Sunday, December 13, 2020                27th Sunday after Pentecost, Repose of Ven. Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of All America; Sunday of the Forefathers

                                                             9:10 am – Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             9:30 am – Divine Liturgy (Live Stream will also be available)

Wednesday, December 16, 2020         7:00 pm – Readers Vespers (Live Stream only)

Saturday, December 19, 2020             6:00 pm – Great Vespers (Live Stream will also be available)

Sunday, December 20, 2020               28th Sunday after Pentecost, Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ

                                                             9:10 am – Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             9:30 am – Divine Liturgy (Live Stream will also be available)

Wednesday, December 23, 2020         7:00 pm – Reading of the Royal Hours of Nativity – (Live Stream will also be available)

Thursday, December 24, 2020             Eve of The Nativity of Christ

                                                             7:00 pm – Vigil of the Nativity (Live Stream will also be available)

Friday, December 25, 2020                  Nativity of Our Lord

                                                             9:10 am – Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             9:30 am - Divine Liturgy - (Live Stream will also be available)

Saturday, December 26, 2020             Synaxis of the Theotokos

                                                             8:50 am – Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             9:00 am - Divine Liturgy (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             6:00 pm – Great Vespers (Live Stream will also be available)

Sunday, December 27, 2020                Sunday after the Nativity of Christ – Feast of St. Stephen

                                                             9:10 am – Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             9:30 am – Divine Liturgy (Live Stream will also be available)

Friday, January 1, 2021                       The Circumcision of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; St. Basil the Great

                                                             8:50 am – Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)     

                                                             9:00 am – Diving Liturgy (Live Stream will also be available)

Saturday, January 2, 2020                   5:15 pm – Monthly Panikhida (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             6:00 pm – Great Vespers (Live Stream will also be available)

Sunday, January 3, 2021                     Forefeast of the Theophany

                                                             9:10 am – Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             9:30 am – Divine Liturgy (Live Stream will also be available)

Tuesday, January 5, 2021                    Theophany Eve

                                                             9:00 AM – Reading of the Royal Hours (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             6:00 PM - Great Compline with Great Blessing of Water

Wednesday, January 6, 2020              Holy Theophany

                                                             8:50 am – Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)

                                                             9:00 am - Divine Liturgy (Live Stream will also be available)


Welcome to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church!

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever! 

 

Welcome to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.

 

St. Nicholas Church is a parish of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). It is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the beautiful and growing Lehigh Valley. 

Led by the Rev. Father Matthew Joyner, we are a vibrant, growing community with 99 households, of which there are 123 adult members and 23 children and babies.

All are welcome to join us for any of our services! 

 

If you are looking for a new Church home, or are curious about the Orthodox Church and ancient Christianity, we encourage you to “come and see.” (John 1:46) 

 

We hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Calendar

Wednesday, December 2nd
7:00pm Readers Vespers (Live Stream only)
Saturday, December 5th
5:15pm Monthly Panikhida (RSVP required, Live Stream will also be available)
6:00pm Great Vespers (RSVP required, Live Stream will also be available)
Sunday, December 6th
St. Nicholas
9:10am Reading of the Hours (Live Stream will also be available)
9:30am Divine Liturgy (RSVP required, Live Stream will also be available)
10:45am Communion for Parish Children (see COVID page for details)
Wednesday, December 9th
7:00pm Readers Vespers (Live Stream only)



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