The Nativity of Christ is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Church. But with all of the distractions we face—store shelves stocked with decorations in October, an overabundance of food, the ever-present acquisitory “Black Friday” madness—it’s easy to lose sight of the nature of the Feast, when The Creator became His creation to save us from our sin. It’s good to remember that Advent, or the 40 days prior to the Feast of the Nativity, is a time for heeding the words of Prophet Isaiah: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight the paths of God.” (Isaiah 40:3).
Advent is a time when everyone should come for confession, especially if they wish to receive Holy Communion on Christmas Day. Father Barnabas is available for confession after most evening services and during his weekday office hours. So whether office hours work for you, or a Saturday evening is better, please plan to come for confession between now and Christmas.