St Nicholas Orthodox Church Southbridge Massachusetts

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Happy Thanksgiving to all! In spite of all the turmoil of the past couple of years, we are very fortunate to have the blessings we have received. Much of what we used to take for granted has become very precious in the midst of the pandemic.

Thank you to the Daughters of St Nicholas for the great work they have done to keep up with the best of our Albanian Bazaar (the wonderful food). Our faithful group of bakers produced over 75 pies to be sold along with Albanian pastries.

We are collecting $10 for blankets for homeless veterans as our Advent-Christmas season outreach. Far too many veterans are living on our streets and a warm blanket is worth a great deal to them. We have a great deal to be thankful for the men and women who are in our armed forces and who have served to protect all of us. Let's give generously. The blanket drive will run through Theophany, at least.

Next Sunday, November 28 we will have our Annual Meeting of the Parish. Please be there if at all possible. The meeting will be relatively brief and will be held during coffee hour

We will commemorate our patron, St Nicholas, on December 5 but there will be no public dinner following the Liturgy due to the ongoing concerns with COVID

HOWEVER, We will combine our Daughters of St Nicholas Christmas party with our traditional singing of carols on December 19. This will be a parish celebration. (More information to come).



Dear Parish Family and Friends, below is a link to a beautiful setting of the Hymn to the Theotokos (Birthgiver of God).
https://youtu.be/MaC76ilcIzg


Mission and Outreach:


We just completed a collection of Walmart and grocery cards for our greatly delayed Lenten project.  Five hundred dollars were donated and there are still funds coming in.  Our President and Vietnam war vet, Dan Dono, has coordinated bringing donations to the organization that provides care and outreach to vets in need and their families.

We completed our Christmas offering: 10 adult women's hats, 6 pairs of adult glove, along with 5 sets of childrens' hats and gloves  were "bought". The items (which were donated) and an additional $200 will be brought to Abby House right after Theophany.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/StNicholasSouthbridge


SPECIAL ENDING TO THE LITANY OF FERVENT SUPPLICATION

During the Time of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

O God Almighty, Lord of heaven and earth, and of all creation visible and invisible, in thine ineffable goodness, look down upon us, thy people gathered in thy Holy Name.
Be our helper and defender in this day of affliction.
Thou knowest our weakness.
Thou hearest our cry in repentance and contrition of heart.
O Lord who lovest mankind, deliver us from the impending threat of the Corona Virus. Send thine angel to watch over us and protect us.
Grant health and recovery to those suffering from this virus.
Guide the hands of physicians and preserve those who are healthy.
Enable us to continue to serve our suffering brothers and sisters in peace
that together we may glorify thy most honorable and majestic name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.
Choir: Amen.

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