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Byzantine Hymn of the Nativity





Today is born of the Virgin Him Who holdeth 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

Selection from St. Romanos' Kontakia on the Nativity
by St. Romanos the Melodist

The Virgin today gives birth to the superessential One,
And the earth proffers the cave to the unapproachable One.
Angles with the shepherds sing songs of praise;
The Magi, with the star to guide pursue their way. For us there has been born,
A newborn babe, the God before time. more


Christmas Traditions and Our Time of Glad Tidings and Joy
by His Grace Bishop John

We can replace the radio with recordings of the Feast, schedule the parties within our control to after the feast, use our alms-giving and fasting to do good for others, and encounter in everything the Christ who is born to us. We aren't going to change the world's celebration, but we can witness to Christ from within it. Acts of charity bring us closer to the many who are in need. 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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