Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

228 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Christmas 2018


“All the angels in heaven are of good cheer and greatly rejoice today! The whole creation leaps with joy, for the Savior and Lord is born in Bethlehem! Every error of idolatry has ceased, and Christ reigns unto all ages”
Nativity Litiya

As we celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we join our voices with the angels in praising the One who took on our human nature in order to renew us and all creation. As Saint Peter tells us: “this is indeed a reason to be of good cheer and to greatly rejoice!” Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Today, in a world filled with uncertainty we are challenged to put our faith in the newborn Divine Child of Bethlehem into action, to live as Our Lord taught us. Many voices call for a return to a life based on principles that, for centuries, have been at the very heart of our society: faith, hope, love, respect. They are the fruits of life lived in faith in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Master of our lives.

On the feast day of Christ’s Nativity it is customary to bring gifts. Let us then bring to the Lord our spiritual gifts of faith, hope, love of God and neighbour, sincere prayer and good deeds. With rejoicing in our soul we shall sing after the angels their heavenly nativity song addressed to the world on high and to the world below: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace and good will to men.”

The angel said to the shepherds “I bring you good news of a great joy,” and the shepherds, in their humility accepted this “joy”. Let us be like the shepherds and hurry to the manger of the Newborn to give thanks for this joy.

Dear parishioner we also, on this great day will stand in our church by the manger of the Young Jesus. Ask Him for peace, understanding, love, and wisdom for the world, our country, our city, our parish, and all people.

May the Lord Jesus Christ give you this great joy and happiness that will enable you to walk faithfully in the way of His commandments! Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Nativity of Christ 2017

With love in the New-Born Savior,
Fr. Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk & The Parish Council

Holidays Schedule of January 2018 Services

Saturday, Jan. 6th Eve of Nativity – Strict Fast
9:00am – Divine Liturgy
6:00pm – Great Compline and Matins celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Michael

Sunday, Jan. 7th Nativity of Our Lord
10:00am – Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Michael

Monday, Jan. 8th Synaxis of the Theotokos
9:00am – Divine Liturgy

Saturday, Jan. 13th
6:00pm – Eve of the Circumcision – Great Vespers

Sunday, Jan. 14th Circumcision of our Lord/ Julian Calendar New Year
9:00am – Divine Liturgy of St. Basil & Moliebien

Thursday, Jan. 18th Eve of Theophany (Epiphany)
9:00am – Divine Liturgy
6:00pm – Great Compline and Matins, Blessing of Water

Friday, Jan. 19th Theophany (Baptism of Our Lord)
9:00am – Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Water

Blessing of apartments and houses begins on Theophany day, Friday, Jan.19th after Divine Liturgy. Please make an appointment with father Wiaczeslaw in advance.

In order to be prepared for the house blessing, please have ready a candle, holy water, an icon, list of the departed, and a list of those residing in the house. It is a very important part of our religious life so try your best to have all your family together to participate and pray together.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

This year is a very special year for our parish.

On our Christmas on January 6 and 7, 2018 all the faithful will have an opportunity to venerate the Holy Relics of Saint Tikhon, the Enlightener of America on His Centennial election as Patriarch of Moscow.

In 1922, St. Tikhon presented our parish with the Holy Icon of the Mother of God of Pochaev, which now hangs in a place of honor over the Royal Doors. The back has an inscription “In blessing to the Orthodox people of Brooklyn.”

His Eminence Archbishop Michael will celebrate the Nativity services in our Cathedral.
Archpriest Fr. Wiaczeslaw and Matushka Elizabeth will have their final celebration of their 25th Anniversary of serving at The Transfiguration Parish.

We cordially invite you to take part in this special occasion.

With love in Christ,
Fr. Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk