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The Dormition of the Theotokos, the Ever-Virgin Mary August 27, 2012

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“Friends and Disciples of my Son and God, do not turn my joy to sorrow…” – Virgin Mary, Synaxarion of Constantinople


In giving birth, you preserved your virginity!

In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos!

You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death!

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His hand is stretched out still December 24, 2011

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Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, as when at first He lightly esteemed the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward more heavily oppressed her, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the Gentiles.

The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined. You have multiplied the nation And increased its joy; They rejoice before You According to the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For You have broken the yoke of his burden and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, And garments rolled in blood, will be used for burning and fuel of fire. (more…)

God With Us… Christ Is Born! January 7, 2011

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"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given"... Book of Isaiah, ca 700BC

“And you, O Bethelehem, House of Ephrathah, though you are fewest in number among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to me the One to be ruler of Israel.

His goings forth were from the beginning, even from everlasting.”

– Book of Micah, Chapter 5 (LXX)

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The Nativity according to the Flesh of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar.
Commemoration of the Shepherds in Bethlehem who were watching their flocks, and went to see the Lord.

MATINS

Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with Child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name Salvation: for He shall save His people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, “Behold, a virgin shall be with Child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel,” which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn Son: and she called His name JESUS.

LITURGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Galatians 4:4-7

But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman,made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Matthew 2:1-12

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, “Where is He that is born King of Judah? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.” When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, “In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, ‘And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.'”

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young Child; and when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

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Truly, He is born!

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