- Eve of the Nativity of our LordDecember 24, 2021Commemorated on December 24 In Slavic practice, on the eve of the Nativity of the Lord, the liturgical services consist of the Royal Hours with the Typika, Vespers, and the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great. At Vigil in the evening, Great Compline is followed by Matins. If the Nativity falls on Sunday, however, the Royal Hours with the Typika are read on the preceding Friday. On Friday […]
- Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus ChristJanuary 5, 2022Commemorated on January 6 Theophany is the Feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). God the Father spoke from Heaven about the Son, the Son was baptized by Saint John the Forerunner, and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Son in the form of a dove. From ancient times this Feast was called the Day of […]
- The Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar and Commemoration of the Shepherds in Bethlehem who were watching their flocks, and went to see the LordDecember 26, 2021Commemorated on December 25 The Nativity of Christ was revealed to the Magi by a wondrous star. Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Theophylactus, commenting on Saint Matthew’s Gospel, say that this was no ordinary star. Rather, it was “a divine and angelic power that appeared in the form of a star.” Saint Demetrius of Rostov says it was a “manifestation of divine energy” (Narrative of the Adoration […]
- The Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus ChristDecember 25, 2021Commemorated on December 25 Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, was born of the Most Holy Virgin Mary in the city of Bethlehem during the reign of the emperor Augustus (Octavian). Caesar Augustus decreed that a universal census be made throughout his Empire, which then also included Palestinian Israel. The Jews were accustomed to be counted in the city from where their family came. […]
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