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!

 

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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.  ...read 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."  ...read 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.  ...read 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.  ...read 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.  ...read 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!  ...read 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. ...read 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.  ...read 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.  ...read 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.  ...read more

 

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