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Be sure to visit our page entitled "St. Andrew Church Christmas Concert"

Also, please see our page entitled "Schedule of Services for Christmas through Theophany"

Sun

15 Dec

 

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 AM

Immediately following the Liturgy, a Panikhida will be served or all those whose Anniversary of Falling Asleep in the Lord occurs during the month of December.

Mon

16 Dec

 

There are no events scheduled for today. 

Tue

17 Dec

 

There are no events scheduled for today.

Wed

18 Dec

 

 

Graveside Service or our Late Parishioner, Marie Zackowski, 10:30 AM, Riverside National Cemetery.

Matins will NOT be chanted today.
 

Thur

19 Dec

 

Sale of our Russian handmade Christmas ornaments and other items at the El Segundo Farmer's Market, 4-7 PM.

Fri

20 Dec

 

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ and Feast of Saint Ignatius the God-bearer of Antioch

First Royal Hour, 8:00 AM

Sat

21 Dec

 

Third Royal Hour of the Nativity, 6:30 PM, followed by an opportunity or Confession

Sun

22 Dec

 

Sunday before the Nativity

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 AM 

Our Annual Parish Christmas Relection will take place following coffee hour.

Restorative Tai Chi Classes

Classes in Restorative Tai Chi are offered Sundays at 2:30 PM and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 6:30 PM.  Newcomers are welcome!  Cost: $15.00 and a food donation for C.A.S.E.  Packages available at reduced rates.

Assist a CASE Family at Christmas

A single mother, living with her two daughters (8 & 10), divorced from her husband, with whom their son (13) has been living.  (The son has learning disabilities and has been attending a special school in Culver City).  The mother and two daughters live in a small 2-bedroom apartment in El Segundo, and receive no assistance whatsoever from the former husband/father.  The mother works three part-time jobs in El Segundo.  At Thanksgiving, the father informed the mother that he is moving to Texas December 1st, and not taking their son with him.  Now all three children are living with the mother!  Needed are Ralph's Market cards ($25 denominations), Target cards ($20 denominations) and cash for Father Alexei and CASE to pay their utility bills and gasolilne.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22ND,  IS THE LAST DAY FOR DONATIONS!


Refreshment Assistance

We need assistance with the refreshments served after Liturgy on Sundays.  Donations of breads, muffins, and cookies would be greatly appreciated!



Spread the Word!

Following the theft of the proceeds of our 2017 Yard Sale, which were designated to help fund the repairs to our blue cupola on the side of our church, we have established a GoFundMe account to not only recoup the stolen proceeds from the Sale but also to assist in funding the repairs.  

 
 
Saint Xenia Charitable Fund

In an effort to assist those members of our parish who are struggling financially due to the faltering economy, loss of employment or decreased retirement benefits, the parish established the Saint Xenia Charitable Fund.  Father Alexei alone administers this fund, and all disbursements and contributions are kept strictly confidential.  Since its establishment, the Saint Xenia Fund has been able to assist several of our parishioners with partial rent payments, money for food, purchase of job-related necessities, payment of utility bills and medications.

Should you wish to assist us in helping our own, please place your cash donation (Father will provide you with a receipt for tax purposes should you desire it) in an envelope marked "Saint Xenia Fund" and give it directly to Father.  Disbursements are made in cash to protect anonymity.

And who is Saint Xenia?  Well, here is her story......

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Saint Xenia lived during the eighteenth century, but little is known of her life or of her family. She passed most of her life in Petersburg during the reigns of the empresses Elizabeth and Catherine II.

Xenia Grigorievna Petrova was the wife of an army officer, Major Andrew Petrov. After the wedding, the couple lived in St Petersburg. St Xenia became a widow at the age of twenty-six when her husband suddenly died at a party. She grieved for the loss of her husband, and especially because he died without Confession or Holy Communion.

Once her earthly happiness ended, she did not look for it again. From that time forward, Xenia lost interest in the things of this world, and followed the difficult path of foolishness for the sake of Christ. The basis for this strange way of life is to be found in the first Epistle to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 1:18-24, 1 Cor. 2:14, 1 Cor. 3:18-19). The Lord strengthened her and helped her to bear sorrow and misfortune patiently for the next forty-five years.

She started wearing her husband's clothing, and insisted that she be addressed as "Andrew Feodorovich." She told people that it was she, and not her husband, who had died. In a certain sense, this was perfectly true. She abandoned her former way of life and experienced a spiritual rebirth. When she gave away her house and possessions to the poor, her relatives complained to the authorities. After speaking to Xenia, the officials were conviced that she was in her right mind and was entitled to dispose of her property as she saw fit. Soon she had nothing left for herself, so she wandered through the poor section of Petersburg with no place to lay her head. She refused all assistance from her relatives, happy to be free of worldly attachments.

When her late husband's red and green uniform wore out, she clothed herself in rags of those colors. After a while, Xenia left Petersburg for eight years. It is believed that she visited holy Elders and ascetics throughout Russia seeking instruction in the spiritual life. She may have visited St Theodore of Sanaxar (February 19), who had been a military man himself. His life changed dramatically when a young officer died at a drinking party. Perhaps this officer was St Xenia's husband. In any case, she knew St Theodore and profited from his instructions.

St Xenia eventually returned to the poor section of Petersburg, where she was mocked and insulted because of her strange behavior. When she did accept money from people it was only small amounts, which she used to help the poor. She spent her nights praying without sleep in a field outside the city. Prayer strengthened her, and in her heart's conversation with the Lord she found the support she needed on her difficult path.

When a new church was being built in the Smolensk cemetery, St Xenia brought bricks to the site. She did this in secret, during the night, so that no one would know.

Soon her great virtue and spiritual gifts began to be noticed. She prophesied future events affecting the citizens of Petersburg, and even the royal family. Against her will, she became known as someone pleasing to God, and nearly everyone loved her.They said, "Xenia does not belong to this world, she belongs to God." People regarded her visits to their homes or shops as a great blessing. St Xenia loved children, and mothers rejoiced when the childless widow would stand and pray over a baby's crib, or kiss a child. They believed that the blessed one's kiss would bring that child good fortune.

St Xenia lived about forty-five years after the death of her husband, and departed to the Lord at the age of seventy-one. The exact date and circumstances of her death are not known, but it probably took place at the end of the eighteenth century. She was buried in the Smolensk cemetery.

By the 1820s, people flocked to her grave to pray for her soul, and to ask her to intercede with God for them. So many visitors took earth from her grave that it had to be replaced every year. Later, a chapel was built over her grave.

Those who turn to St Xenia in prayer receive healing from illness, and deliverance from their afflictions. She is also known for helping people who seek jobs.