Greetings in the name of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ!
We welcome you to the website of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. The purpose of this website is to provide an introduction to the Orthodox Church and to our parish, and to provide resources for our members. We come from a variety of backgrounds, and always welcome visitors to our services, which are all in English. If you are a first-time visitor or have any questions regarding the Orthodox Church or our parish, please feel free to contact our priest. We invite you to browse this website, and to "come and see," joining us in worship of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Our Antiochian Archdiocesan website offers a host of Pre-Nativity links for our reflection.
Inspired by it, we would like to offer a few of our own!
Would you like to listen to some stories about St. Nicholas playing in the background while you and the kids cook dinner, fold clothes, or decorate for Christmas? Here is a collection of readings From Under the Grapevine of different stories. And here is a little grown-up reading about our beloved patron saint.
Did you know you can make your own Orthodox Advent Wreath with a plate, some greenery, and candles? Matushka Anna Crawford from Houston shows how she made a very doable version, claiming, "I didn’t want perfect to be the enemy of good here." Light a new candle each week, counting down the weeks until Nativity!
The Nativity Fasting season is truly a great time to hear stories from the Old Testament, prophecies pointing to our Savior. We hear many of these at Vespers, and you can read them as a private devotion or share them with your family using this lovely book, which would also make a good Christmas present for your God-children. From the description on the website: "Journey through the Old Testament with 40 wonderfully illustrated Bible readings, one for each day of the Nativity Lent. These short, beloved stories from Scripture include questions and answers to encourage family discussion, and can be used any of time of year, to assist parents in their efforts to bring the Holy Orthodox Faith to life in their homes, increasing understanding and inspiring love for Christ and His Church."
Let us consider the words of the 3rd of the "Prayers of Preparation Before Holy Communion" found in our little red prayer book on pg 50, in which St. John Chrysostom reminds us that Christ – who did deign to lie in a manger in a cave – would enter the manger of our souls and bodies. May God help us prepare our hearts to receive our Lord Jesus this Christmas!
Finally, mark your calendar for our 2018 Nativity Play on Sunday December 16th at 5:00pm!