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Christmas 2021

What Shall We Offer You, O Christ?

The Real Meaning of Christmas – The Spirit of Christmas – Orthodox Christmas Hymns – Novo Scriptorium

 

What Shall We Offer You, O Christ?

Who for our sake has appeared on the earth as a man?

Every creature which You have made offers You thanks.

The angels offer You a song.

The heavens, their star.

The wise men, their gifts.

The shepherds, their wonder.

The earth, its cave.

The wilderness, the manger.

And we offer You a Virgin Mother.

O Pre-eternal God, have mercy on us!

(Vespers of the eve of the feast of the Nativity)

 

Dear Folks,

2021 has come and gone like a blur.  Although I’ve been busy with other things, I remain committed to this blog. I have been preparing articles that I hope to upload in the near future.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Robert Arakaki

 

 

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Christmas 2019

 

Today the invisible Nature doth unite with mankind from the Virgin.

Today the boundless Essence is wrapped in swaddling clothes in Bethlehem.

Matins – Sunday After Christmas

 

Dear Folks,

2019 has come and gone like a blur.  Although I’ve been busy with other things, I remain committed to this blog.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Robert Arakaki

 

 

Christmas 2018

 

 

Today Christ is born in Bethlehem of the Virgin.

Today the Beginningless doth begin, and the Word becometh incarnate.

The powers of heaven rejoice, and earth is glad with mankind.

The Magi do offer presents, and the shepherds with wonder declaim.

As for us, we shout ceaselessly, crying,

Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace,

good-will towards men.

(John of Damascus)

 

From Divine Prayers and Services, p. 409.

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