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The Institution of the Synaxis of the Theotokos

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The Institution of the Synaxis of the Theotokos

After a great feast, the Orthodox Church traditionally honors the memory of those persons who played a chief role in the events commemorated by the feast. The Most Holy Mother of God occupies first place after Christ, in the events con­nected with the Nativity of our Lord. For this reason, in the first centuries, the […]

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A Christmas Epistle by Saint Justin Popovich

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A Christmas Epistle by Saint Justin Popovich

Perfect God and Perfect Man: Christ Is Born! Glorify Him! God is born on earth, and moreover He is born as a man: perfect God and perfect man—the unique God-man. And He has forever remained as the God-man both on earth and in heaven. Indeed, the God-man is the first perfect man on earth. Perfect […]

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Why Jesus Had to be Virgin Born: Saint Maximus the Confessor Explains

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Why Jesus Had to be Virgin Born: Saint Maximus the Confessor Explains

Pleasure and Pain According to St. Maximus the Confessor In his Centuries on Theology St. Maximus the Confessor refers to the nexus of the dualism of pleasure and pain, which, by any standard, is an important subject. This means that we cannot discuss Orthodox Theology if we fail to face this crucial point, because the transcendence of […]

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The Patristic Understanding of the Virgin Birth of Christ

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The Patristic Understanding of the Virgin Birth of Christ

Where God Wills The Order Of Nature Is Overruled “And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered” (Lk. 2:6).   Concerning the birth of Christ, the Prophet Isaiah spoke thus: “Behold she that travailed brought forth, before the travail-pain came on, she escaped it and brought […]

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Jesus Christ: The Reclining Lion of Judah

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Jesus Christ: The Reclining Lion of Judah

“Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?” – Genesis 49:9 “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; […]

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Christmas Hymn: “A Star Has Dawned from the Tribe of Judah”

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Christmas Hymn: “A Star Has Dawned from the Tribe of Judah”

This hymn of the Nativity of Christ was chanted by the blessed Metropolitan Nikodemos of Patras (1915 – Nov. 16, 2008) when he was 90-years-old. Below are the words with an English translation: Καλοφωνικός Εἱρμός “Ἄστρον ἤδη ἀνατέταλκεν, ἐκ φυλῆς Ἰοῦδα, ὅπερ ἐπιγνόντες, Βασιλείς κινήσεις, ἀνατολῶν ποιοῦνται, καὶ φθᾶσαι ἐπείγονται, ὄπως θεάσωνται Χριστόν, ἐν Βηθλεέμ σαρκί τικτόμενον.” […]

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The Day after Christmas: The Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos

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The Day after Christmas: The Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos

The Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos: On the second day of the feast, the Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated. Combining the hymns of the Nativity with those celebrating the Mother of God, the Church points to Mary as the one through whom the Incarnation was made possible. His humanity – concretely […]

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The Nativity Kontakion of Saint Romanos the Melodist

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The Nativity Kontakion of Saint Romanos the Melodist

Most Orthodox are probably familiar with the Kontakion of the Nativity (Third Tone) by Saint Romanos the Melodist. The Byzantine melody is lovely and serene. The translation in the Jordanville Prayer Book, 4th ed. reads: Today the Virgin giveth birth to Him Who is transcendent in essence; and the earth offereth a cave to Him […]

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Christ is born; therefore glorify

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Christ is born; therefore glorify

 The Incarnation of the Son of God Thus does the Evangelist John announce the glad tidings and theologise in the first lines of his Gospel.   “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made […]

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The Doubt of Joseph

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The Doubt of Joseph

We find the theme of Joseph’s doubt (Mt 1:18-19) in the offices of Christmas, as well as on the icon of the Nativity. The Devil, the Tempter, has taken on the appearance of this bent, old man, covered with animal skins. Joseph listens, his head bowed, deep in gloom, feeling crushed. Parallel to this, the […]

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Sunday before Christmas-Remembering our Ancestors

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Sunday before Christmas-Remembering our Ancestors

The Sunday before Christmas is known to the Orthodox as the Sunday of the Holy Genealogy. 

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Site of Jesus’ Baptism Literally Remains a Minefield

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Site of Jesus’ Baptism Literally Remains a Minefield

January 20, 2011 Associated Press Just months before the official opening of one of Christianity’s holiest sites to visitors, the area where John the Baptist is said to have baptized Jesus remains surrounded by thousands of land mines. Israel says the sites visited by pilgrims and tourists in an area known as Qasr el-Yahud will […]

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