AMAZON SMILE: Shopping at Amazon can now help out St. Iakovos. Visit smile.amazon.org and choose St. Iakovos as the charity to benefit. You then shop Amazon just like you normally do. There is no cost to you, and after checkout a percentage of the sale will go to St. Iakovos. What better way to shop and help the Church at the same time!
MORNING COFFEE BREAK BIBLE STUDY: We will resume our weekly Bible Study on January 8th at 10:30am
SPONSORING HOLY UNCTION: During this sacrament we use 7 of the red vigil candles, if you would like to sponsor the service by purchasing the candles for the health and wellbeing of your family and/or loved ones the cost is $70. Our next Holy Unction will be on Wednesday, January 22nd. Holy Unction is being sponsored by the Hatseras Family.
2020 STEWARDSHIP: Our 2020 Stewardship packets and cards have been mailed. Please review all the information carefully and pray about it before returning your Stewardship card. Please note that cards have to be filled out every year. Thank you in advance for your continued support of St. Iakovos.
GUIDELINES FOR THE CHRISTMAS FAST: To receive Holy Communion we need to be properly prepared. This includes following the Fasting guidelines of our Church for the Christmas Lenten Season, which begins November 15th and lasts (excluding Thanksgiving) through Christmas. During the observation of the Christmas Lent, an Orthodox Christian should at least abstain from meat and meat products during this period while increasing their prayer and scriptural reading as well as charitable contributions and work. From December 13 through Christmas, a strict fast from meat, dairy products and olive oil should be observed by ALL ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS (unless under doctor’s care).
To those who fast belongs the celebration of our Lord’s Birth – thus- the Church has set aside the time for Christmas through January 4th (inclusive) as being a time period of no fasting at all. The Eve of Epiphany, January 5th, is however, a day of STRICT FASTING in anticipation of the Feast of Epiphany. Following Epiphany, we return to a regular schedule of fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays until the beginning of the Great and Holy Lent.