Quote of the Day – The Meaning of Christmas

 

Your nativity, O Christ our God, has caused the light of knowledge to rise upon the world. For therein the worshippers of the stars were by a star instructed to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know You as Orient from on high. Glory to You, O Lord.

This is the first of three special hymns sung during the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Day in the Orthodox Church. I am not Skipskul or Jon Gabriel when it comes to explaining Orthodox Christianity, but I am very much of an Orthodox Christian. I thought to share this with you on the eve of Our Lord’s birth. This I believe is the true meaning of Christmas. That God caused the light of knowledge to rise upon the world.

Please accept this in the spirit in which it is given.
 
 

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  1. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member
    MWD B612 "Dawg"
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    I’m partial to the Apolytikion of Forefeast of the Nativity, especially the last line:

    Be thou ready, Bethlehem, Eden hath opened unto all. Ephratha, prepare thyself, for now, behold, the Tree of life hath blossomed forth in the cave from the Holy Virgin. Her womb hath proved a true spiritual Paradise, wherein the divine and saving Tree is found, and as we eat thereof we shall all live, and shall not die as did Adam. For Christ is born now to raise the image that had fallen aforetime.

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  2. Seawriter Contributor
    Seawriter
    @Seawriter

    MWD B612 "Dawg" (View Comment):

    I’m partial to the Apolytikion of Forefeast of the Nativity, especially the last line:

    Be thou ready, Bethlehem, Eden hath opened unto all. Ephratha, prepare thyself, for now, behold, the Tree of life hath blossomed forth in the cave from the Holy Virgin. Her womb hath proved a true spiritual Paradise, wherein the divine and saving Tree is found, and as we eat thereof we shall all live, and shall not die as did Adam. For Christ is born now to raise the image that had fallen aforetime.

    That, too.

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  3. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    Merry Christmas, Seawriter.

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  4. E. Kent Golding Member
    E. Kent Golding
    @EKentGolding

    Merry Christmas!

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  5. BastiatJunior Member
    BastiatJunior
    @BastiatJunior

    Merry Belated Christmas!

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