wondrous feast of the Nativity of Christ

wondrous feast of the Nativity of Christ

Christ is born! Glorify Him! + + + Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, And the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! Angels with shepherds glorify Him! The wise men journey with a star! Since for our sake the Eternal God was born as a Little Child! Kontakion of the Nativity + + + Merry Christmas! Καλά Χριστούγεννα! Joyeux Noël! Fröhliche Weihnachten შობას გილოცავთ! счастливого Рождества! Crăciun fericit! Merry...

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the silent descent of God

the silent descent of God

This is the silent descent of God, His descent from the heavens into our hearts. + Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra + + + 📿 + + + Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  and behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold I bring...

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dance for joy

dance for joy

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and you shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) + + + 📿 + + + On this day the virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to God, the Word ineffable, Who was before all the ages. Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing the gladsome tidings; with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him, Who is willing to be gazed on as a young Child,...

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it is not enough to celebrate Christmas

it is not enough to celebrate Christmas

“The Church prepares us for the Nativity by exhorting us to “bear fruits worthy of repentance” (Matthew 3:8) Repentance begins with humility, contrition, tears and Confession, but it does not end there.  The fruit of repentance is love and forgiveness, peace and unity.” + “Holding fast to the law of love, let us embrace the intent of brotherly love, establishing peace with one another, and oneness of mind; for...

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be at rest and know that He is God

be at rest and know that He is God

“The same, true Son of God, Who was timelessly born before the Morning-star, now undergoes a second birth in time.  What is the Morning-star? + It is the light that heralds the dawn. + Before the appearance of the stars, before the creation of the world, before the beginning of time itself, the Son was begotten timelessly, eternally, everlastingly from the womb of God the Father.” + Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra — —...

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