As you all know, this Thursday is our winter patronal feast, the feast-day of St. Nina of Georgia. This year, we will be celebrating on the feast-day itself (for logistical reasons), rather than on the eve of the feast. So, instead of celebrating with an evening liturgy which would mean that those of us who were planning to partake would spend half the feast-day fasting, we will instead celebrate with a simpler Vespers + Litya service. This will allow us to feast on the feast-day itself and will mean that the service will include a few more hymns to St. Nina and will conclude with anointing and partaking of blessed bread and wine (Litya).
In other words, no liturgy and therefore no fast on St. Nina’s feast-day – only feasting! May the joy of the feast be with you!