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Merry Christmas and Blessed the New Year 2013

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Merry Christmas and Blessed the New Year 2013

On this blessed Christmas Feast of joy and love, the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia wish to all a blessed and joy-filled Christmas! Blessed the New Year 2013!

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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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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 Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Israel

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The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Israel

                History of the Church of the Nativity The first evidence of a cave in Bethlehem being venerated as Christ’s birthplace is in the writings of Justin Martyr around 160 AD. The tradition is also attested by Origen and Eusebius in the 3rd century. In 326, Constantine and his mother St. […]

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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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The Celebration of Christmas in Hong Kong

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The Celebration of Christmas in Hong Kong

After a 40-day period of prayer and fasting the Orthodox Community in Hong Kong, as well as all the Orthodox Communities in Southeast Asia and in the entire world, celebrated the Great Feast of Christmas. His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios served the Christmas Liturgy in the presence of many faithful at Saint Luke Orthodox Cathedral on […]

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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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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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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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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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