The Angelus Domini – Feast of the Annunciation

The Angelus Domini is used to commemorate the holy annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary (Luke 1:26-38). It is used three times daily: at dawn, mid-day and at dusk. It remembers and honors the incarnation, the Word becoming flesh…

The Ecstasy of Christmas

The collect and readings for Christmas Day may be found here. The appointed gospel was John 1:1-14. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All…

Hymns on the Nativity – St. Ephrem

"The Son of the Most High came and dwelt in me, and I became His Mother; and as by a second birth I brought Him forth so did He bring me forth by the second birth, because He put His Mother's garments on,…

The Virgin Mary, A Letter Sent by the Father

Mary appeared to us as a sealed letter, in which were hidden the mysteries of the Son and his depth. She gave her body as a clean sheet; the Word wrote his essence on it, corporeally. The Son is the…

Birthing God – The Feast of the Annunciation

The Annunciation to the Theotokos (Luke 1:26-38) is an annunciation to the entire human race that the Son and Word of God has become incarnate. What happened physically in Mary happens spiritually in everyone who lives in virginity, that is,…

Incarnation

“O inexpressible mystery and unheard paradox: the Invisible is seen, the Intangible is touched , the eternal Word becomes accessible to our speech, the Timeless steps into time, the Son of God becomes the Son of Man."                                                                                      -- Saint…

The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

“What can we bring you, O Christ, for having been born for us on earth as a man? Each creature, the work of your hands, offers you a sign of gratitude: the angels, their hymn; the heavens, the star; the…

The Icon of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

This is a traditional icon of The Nativity. The early church used icons to tell the story—theology in imagery. There is so much to tell and to be seen! For starters, notice that Joseph is off to the bottom left.…

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