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We have entered the Nativity Fast, or season of Advent, the 40 days preceding the Feast of our Lord's Birth (Christmas; December 25).  As St. Leo the Great of Rome preached on this occasion many centuries ago: "Set your heart on profits due to mercy, and traffic in eternal gains."  Our Lord exhorts: "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly" (Lk. 21:34).  We in the Church march to the beat of a different drummer.  The world around us plunges itself into merchandise, gluttony, and fairy tales.  We immerse ourselves in love of neighbor, control of the passions, and communion with the truth; importantly, our truth is not a thing, but a Person - the Son of God made flesh of the Virgin, born for our salvation from selfishness, godlessness, and death.

Thus we fast from certain foods (e.g., meats, dairy, alcoholic drinks, etc.) and limit our entertainments.  We attempt to spend more time in quiet prayer, meditation on the Word of God, participation in the services of the Church, and Confession.  We purposely seek the betterment of our neighbors rather than amassing possessions for ourselves.  We believe and love God who loved us first in the sending of His Son.  One great realization of this new life in Christ is the keeping of the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple (November 21).  Here we witness the three year-old Virgin Mary going to the Temple to live until the time of her betrothal to Joseph and birth of the Son of God.  She is the great icon of faith and dedication to God intended for all God's children.  May we too be made worthy by God's grace of the dwelling of God's Son within each one of us.  This season renews that reality as we seek God's will in the practice of God's commandments.

If you are interested in the Orthodox Faith, we welcome you to come and meet with us and pick up many interesting and informative pamplets that are available for you!  If you should have any questions please feel free to call me at the Church at (330) 372-3895.

Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Fr. Jonathan

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