Service will be held at 9:30 am.
Coffee and sweets will be served after the service.
Check out the Commemoration section below - fun stuff.
ALSO, the Church Annual Meeting will be held after service on December 11, during which the budget for 2023 will be reviewed and two new vestry members will be elected.
After which Christmas Decorations will be installed.
The Villages Voices will be heard on December 15. (Peg Burnett is in this group) at North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake. I have my tickets. Do you have yours?
See Peg Burnett in this image from the Daily Sun Dec 7 page A35. Can you find her? (hint - blue jeans) or webpage: https://www.thevillagevoiceschorus.org/tickets-for-december-2022-concert.html
Send us your news to let others in St. Albans know what is going on with you these days. Thanks.
If you need a ride to church please call one of the Vestry Members listed on the back of the service bulletin. They will be gratified that you asked and pleased to give you a ride or arrange for one. Contact me, or Fr. Greg, or Deacon Steven at 352-205-8567.
Fr. Greg's Discretionary Fund - If you would like to donate to this fund please write a check to St. Alban's Anglican Church with the notation that it is for this fund.
Prayer List on Service Bulletins - Each week a prayer list is published in the bulletin. Changes to the list should be sent to Dcn. Steven Holley (Steven.Holley@yahoo.com). The prayer list includes: Bill, Megan, Frank, Kevin, Dale, Whitney H, Breanna, Tony, Landis, Barbara, Ginny, Jeremy, Kathy, Joyce, Michael, Misty, Nick, Bob, Lollee, Joan, Laura, Andrew, Matt & Marie, ArchBishop Upham, Katherine, and Mary-Ruth.
The Church's Coordinates Include:
St. Alban's Anglican Church
625 W. Lady Lake Blvd.
Lady Lake, FL 32159
Telephone: 352-205-8567. When no one is there, it forwards to Fr. Greg Koon.
Website is www.StAlbans.Church or www.StAlbansAnglicanChurch.net.
Note: Lady Lake Blvd is now paved all the way from Rolling Acres Road through to Lady Lake and Rt. 27/441. If you are coming to church from south of 466 on 27/441 turn left on Lady Lake Blvd. which goes right to our parking lot.
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Altar Flowers - If you would like to dedicate flowers to someone or some event, donate to the Altar Flower fund. Please contact Mitzi Hennessey a few weeks in advance so the flowers can be ordered. Call Mitzi at 352-633-9926 or email email@example.com.
Unless noted otherwise most information is from http://www.wikipedia.org
Please note the use of the term "(Comm. Feria)" beginning in March 2022 in the Ordo Kalendar.- Feria is a day other than the sabbath day. In the liturgy of the Catholic Church, a feria is a day of the week other than Sunday. - In more recent official liturgical texts in English, the term weekday is used instead of feria. - If the feast day of a saint falls on such a day, the liturgy celebrated may be that of the saint, not that of the feria (the weekday liturgy). Accordingly, in actual liturgical practice a feria or ferial day is "a weekday on which no special ecclesiastical feast is to be celebrated."
Advent is a season of the liturgical year observed in most Christian denominations as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas and the return of Christ at the Second Coming. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year in Western Christianity, and is part of the wider Christmas and holiday season.
The term "Advent" is also used in Eastern Orthodoxy for the 40-day Nativity Fast, which has practices different from those in the West.
The name was adopted from Latin adventus "coming; arrival", translating Greek parousia. In the New Testament, this is the term used for the Second Coming of Christ. Thus, the season of Advent in the Christian calendar anticipates the "coming of Christ" from three different perspectives: the physical nativity in Bethlehem, the reception of Christ in the heart of the believer, and the eschatological Second Coming.
Practices associated with Advent include keeping an Advent calendar, lighting an Advent wreath, praying an Advent daily devotional, erecting a Christmas tree or a Chrismon tree, lighting a Christingle, as well as other ways of preparing for Christmas, such as setting up Christmas decorations, a custom that is sometimes done liturgically through a hanging of the greens ceremony. The equivalent of Advent in Eastern Christianity is called the Nativity Fast, but it differs in length and observances, and does not begin the liturgical church year as it does in the West. The Eastern Nativity Fast does not use the equivalent parousia in its preparatory services.
In the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, the Western Rite of the Orthodox Church, and the Anglican, Lutheran, Moravian, Presbyterian, and Methodist calendars, Advent commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas (always falling between 27 November and 3 December), and ends on Christmas Eve on 24 December.
- (born 439, died. 532) at Mutalaska, Cappadocia, near Caesarea. He was the son of an army officer there who when assigned to Alexandria, left him in the care of an uncle. Mistreated by his uncle's wife, Sabas ran away to another uncle, though he was only eight. When the two uncles became involved in a lawsuit over his estate, he again ran away, this time to a monastery near Mutalaska. In time the uncles were reconciled and wanted him to marry, but he remained in the monastery.
In 456, he went to Jerusalem and there entered a monastery under St. Theoctistus. When he was thirty, he became a hermit under the guidance of St. Euthymius, and after Euthymius' death, spent four years alone in the desert near Jericho. Despite his desire for solitude, he attracted disciples, organized them into a laura in 483, and when his one hundred fifty monks asked for a priest and despite his opposition to monks being ordained, he was obliged to accept ordination by Patriarch Sallust of Jerusalem in 491.
He attracted disciples from Egypt and Armenia, allowed them a liturgy in their own tongue, and built several hospitals and another monastery near Jericho. He was appointed archimandrite of all hermits in Palestine who lived in separate cells, but his custom of going off by himself during Lent caused dissension in the monastery, and sixty of his monks left to revive a ruined monastery at Thecuna. He bore them no illwill and aided them with food and supplies.
In 511, he was one of a delegation of abbots sent to Emperor Anastasius I, a supporter of Eutychianism, which Sabas opposed, to plead with the Emperor to mitigate his persecution of orthodox bishops and religious. They were unsuccessful. Sabas supported Elias of Jerusalem when the Emperor exiled him, was a strong supporter of theological orthodoxy, and persuaded many to return to orthodoxy. He was a vigorous opponent of Origenism and monophysitism.
In 531, when he was ninety-one, he again went to Constantinople, this time to plead with Emperor Justinian to suppress a Samaritan revolt and protect the people of Jerusalem from further harassment by the Samritans. He fell ill soon after his return to his laura from this trip and died on December 5 at Laura Mar Saba, after naming his successor.
Sabas is one of the most notable figures of early monasticism and is considered one of the founders of Eastern monasticism. The laura he founded in the desolate, wild country between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, named Mar Saba after him, was often called the Great Laura for its preeminence and produced many great saints. It is still inhabited by monks of the Eastern Orthodox Church and is one of the three or four oldest monasteries in the world. His feast day is December 5th.
Via Wikipedia.org – quite a lot more is written about St Nicholas than below.
- (traditionally 15 March 270 – 6 December 343), also known as Nicholas of Bari, was an early Christian bishop of Greek descent from the maritime city of Myra in Asia Minor (Greek: Μύρα; modern-day Demre, Turkey) during the time of the Roman Empire. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, unmarried people, and students in various cities and countries around Europe. His reputation evolved among the pious, as was common for early Christian saints, and his legendary habit of secret gift-giving gave rise to the traditional model of Santa Claus ("Saint Nick") through Sinterklaas.