Byzantine Hymn of the Nativity






Today is born of the Virgin Him Who holdest all creation in the hollow of His hand.

He Whose essence is untouchable is wrapped in swaddling clothes as a babe.

The God Who from of old established the heavens lieth in a manger....

We worship Thy Nativity, O Christ. Show us also Thy divine Theophany! more



The Nativity Sermon of St. John Chrysostom


Bethlehem this day resembles heaven; hearing from the stars the singing of angelic voices; and in place of the sun, enfolds within itself on every side, the Sun of justice. more


Metropolitan Philip's Christmas Meditation


Lord, What shall I offer you on your birthday in return for your infinite love? ...Help me behold your bright star; "For in thy light we shall see light." more


Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
by His Grace Bishop John (Abdalah)


Let every twinkling light on every bush and window remind us that Christ is the Light that brings us from darkness into light.... Let every gift we present to one another remind us of the gift of life that Christ is for us.... Let every Christmas carol and seasonal song, remind us that we are called to praise God from the depths of our beings. more



Glad Tidings of Great Joy

An excerpt from The Winter Pascha, by Fr. Thomas Hopko


When the "Hail" of the angelic salutation is translated "Rejoice"  ....there is an even greater presence of the "good news of great joy" for the faithful, since they, together with the whole of creation, are greeted with this salutation again and again in the songs of the festal celebration. more

On the Nativity of the Lord

A Christmas sermon by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip


Tonight the Body and Blood of this tender Child will touch millions of lips throughout this troubled world. This divine touch will make us Christlike if we care and respond to His love. more


St. Ephraim the Syrian on the Nativity


Pure is the present night, in which the Pure One appeared, Who came to purify us! Let our hearing be pure, and the sight of our eyes chaste, and the feeling of the heart holy, and the speech of the mouth sincere! more


The Sun of Righteousness

An excerpt from The Winter Pascha, by Fr. Thomas Hopko


Some people fault the Christian Church for establishing the feast of Christ's birth on the day of the "birth of the sun." ...Orthodox Christians believe that it was an act inspired by the Holy Spirit. God has sent His Son into the world for its sanctification and salvation. more


Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

An excerpt from The Winter Pascha, by Fr. Thomas Hopko


The adoration of Jesus by the wise men from the East is part of the Nativity celebration in the Orthodox Church... In the gifts of the Magi are contained all the mysteries of Christ's coming. They point to the purpose of His appearance on earth. more


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