“Sanctify Those Who Love the Beauty of Your House”

These words, taken from the Divine Liturgy, have a special meaning during the holiday season.  After the last Sunday before Christmas day, there is a tradition of decorating the interior of the church.  Ten men from the Holy Name Society met at church on December 19, 2010,  to continue this tradition.  Boxes from the storage closet were dragged out, strings of lights got checked, and trees were put together.  Most importantly, Jesus’ birthplace with all its figures was carefully carried piece by piece to its place of honor in church.  Details had to be just right and even Fr. Ivan was in the middle of this labor of joy.  He carefully evened out some tree branches that could only be reached from the roof of the manger.  After all, for the birth of a King, everything had to be just right!