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Young girls stir up their Christmas Pudding

The Week of Stir-up Sunday* at All Saints

November 25, St. Katherine of Alexandria, V. M.
   10 a.m. - Monday Morning Bible Study
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 26, St. Sylvester, Abt.
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 27,  Feria
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 28, Thanksgiving Day
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 29, Feria
   12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

November 30, St. Andrew, Ap. & M. (see below)
  12:15 p.m. - Low Mass

*Our collect for today, the Sunday Next Before Advent, gives this Sunday the nickname of "stir-up" Sunday:
STIR up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Traditionally, families mix their Christmas puddings on this Sunday and set them in the cupboard to rest until Christmas. Try a Christmas pudding recipe this week, or a Flaming Christmas pudding.
The parish annual meeting takes place next Sunday, December 1, following the 10:30 service.

Advent Wreath Workshop

Please plan to join us for a special Agape next week, December 4.  We will gather for dinner at 5:45 p.m. and after dinner, Flower Guild members will guide us in making advent wreaths for our home. 

Have you subscribed to the Earth & Altar blog? If you haven't, check it out this week! Andrea Perkins has written a two-part post on Advent and our liturgical year. There will be more Advent-themed posts in the upcoming weeks as we enter into the season.

All Saints trip to Europe

Plans for a two-week, May 2020 trip to Scotland, England, and France are moving ahead. If you haven't expressed interest yet, please contact Chris James ( as soon as possible to let him know, and to get more details.

Men's Advent Retreat

The Men's Advent Retreat takes place next weekend (December 6-8) in Staunton. If you have not already RSVP'd, please do so by November 29th. Click here to RSVP to Fr. Sean.

Women's Advent Brunch

Please join us for the Women's Advent Brunch on Saturday, December 21, at 9 a.m. We will begin with morning prayer followed by a devotional lecture by Fr. Sean McDermott: "Icons, Contemplation, and the Te Deum: An Exercise in Devotion through Image and Word." Afterward we will gather for brunch and fellowship. Email the parish office to RSVP.

Ministry Highlight:
The Saint Stephen's Fund

The St. Stephen is commonly known as the proto-martyr, the very first Christian martyr. But before his death, St. Stephen was a deacon, assisting the Apostles themselves. Along with several others, St. Stephen helped provide aid to the Christian community. The St. Stephen's fund was set up to continue this tradition of charitable aid. Money given to the fund will be used primarily for those in need of assistance at All Saints, but it can also be used outside the parish itself. All the money will be dedicated to individuals and families who are in need of monetary assistance (at the discretion of the clergy). Please consider giving to this fund in addition to your normal tithe. It is a wonderful way for Christians to take care of their own community.

You can find more information about the fund and the All Saints Missions Committee
on the bulletin board in the Undercroft.

All Saints icon cards (with a ledger on the back!) are available in the parish office for your devotional use at home. Fr. Sean posted a post at Earth & Altar on All Saints day about how to contemplate icons.
Check it out here.

Fr. Sean's Sermon for
Sunday Next Before Advent

Orthodox Icon of the Liturgical Calendar

Sermon audio is available on our website &
text will be posted Monday -- click here!

Saint Andrew's Novena

The Feast of Saint Andrew has always been closely associated with the beginning of Advent as it usually falls around the First Sunday of Advent. In light of that fact, for at least the past century a prayer was developed as a daily preparation for Christmas and took November 30 as its starting point. It is sometimes called the Christmas Novena, St. Andrew’s Novena, or the St. Andrew’s Christmas Prayer.

It is a beautiful prayer that focuses on the moment of Christ’s birth and can act as a great meditation for Advent. The prayer is customarily prayed 15 times a day, but can be prayed once a day or whenever you remember throughout the next month.


Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
In which the Son of God was born
Of the most pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight,
in Bethlehem,
in the piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, O my God,
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[here mention your request]
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saints Bio: Saint Andrew, Apostle & Martyr

Most references to Andrew in the New Testament simply include him on a list of the Twelve Apostles, or group him with his brother, Simon Peter. But he appears acting as an individual three times in the Gospel of John. When a number of Greeks wish to speak with Jesus, they approached Philip, who tells Andrew, and the two of them tell Jesus (Jn 12:20-22). Before Jesus feeds the Five Thousand, it is Andrew who says, “Here is a lad with five barley loaves and two fish.” (Jn 6:8f) And the first two disciples whom John reports as attaching themselves to Jesus (Jn 1:35-42) are Andrew and another disciple. Having met Jesus, Andrew then finds his brother Simon and brings him to Jesus. Thus, on each occasion when he is mentioned as an individual, it is because he is instrumental in bringing others to meet the Saviour. Just as Andrew was the first of the Apostles, so his feast is taken to be the beginning of the Church Year. The First Sunday of Advent is defined to be the Sunday on or nearest his feast. Centuries after Andrew’s his relics were brought by a missionary named Rule to Scotland, to a place then known as Fife, but now known as St. Andrew’s, and best known as the site of a world-famous golf course and club. For this reason, Andrew is the patron of Scotland.

When the Emperor Constantine established the city of Byzantium, or Constantinople, as the new capital of the Roman Empire, replacing Rome, the bishop of Byzantium became very prominent. Five sees (bishoprics) came to be known as patriarchates: Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, and Byzantium. Now, the congregation at Rome claimed the two most famous apostles, Peter and Paul, as founders. Antioch could also claim both Peter and Paul, on the explicit testimony of Scripture, and of course Jerusalem had all the apostles. Alexandria claimed that Mark, who had been Peter’s “interpreter” and assistant, and had written down the Gospel of Mark on the basis of what he had heard from Peter, had after Peter’s death gone to Alexandria and founded the church there. Byzantium was scorned by the other patriarchates as a new-comer, a church with the political prestige of being located at the capital of the Empire, but with no apostles in its history. Byzantium responded with the claim that its founder and first bishop had been Andrew the brother of Peter. They pointed out that Andrew had been the first of all the apostles to follow Jesus (John 1:40-41), and that he had brought his brother to Jesus. Andrew was thus, in the words of John Chrysostom, “the Peter before Peter.” As Russia was Christianized by missionaries from Byzantium, Andrew became the patron not only of Byzantium but also of Russia.

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42

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Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
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