THE NATIVITY FAST takes place November 15—December 24. Fish, wine and olive oil are permitted, except on Wednesdays and Fridays, until December 17. During the Nativity Fast, Ascension will hold Sarantaliturgo, 40 Liturgies to help us spiritually prepare for our Lord’s birth. Ascension's Liturgical calendar as well as links to articles, daily readings and devotions can be found below.  

The Ascension of Our Lord Parish wishes you a peaceful, spiritual and blessed Nativity season.  

Sarantaliturgo | The Forty Liturgies During the Fast of Christ's Nativity

Schedule of Divine Services for Christmas 2017 and Epiphany 2018

December 2017 Ascension Calendar

Parish Family Christmas Card (click for details)


+ Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Advent and Nativity Resources

+ Antiochian Archdiocese Advent, Nativity and Theophany Resources
Includes information on Fasting and the Liturgical Cycle of the Nativity and Theophany Season

+ Daily Nativity Devotions
Written by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, the parish priest at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, Florida. Devotions include a verse from scripture, a commentary from Fr. Stavros, and a short prayer that he writes to match the topic.

Preparation for Holy Confession

Epiphany Home Blessing Information

Suggestions for hosting a Lenten Coffee Hour during the Nativity Fast

Suggestions for hosting a Lenten Meal during the Nativity Fast


+ Lessons in the Faith:  Epiphany/Theophany, by Reverend Fr. Sotirios P. Malamis
Published in "Windy City Greek" in November 2015

+ Let's Celebrate:  The 12 Days of Christmas, by Melissa Tsongranis, Associate Director for the Center for Family Care
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

The Twelve Days of Christmas
For Orthodox Christians, the arrival of December 26 means it’s time to celebrate! Not just for one glorious day, but for twelve. So don’t put your decorations away just yet. Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Andrew George of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Cranston, RI on how Orthodox Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.

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