Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christ is Born!

He who holds the whole creation in the hollow of His hand today is born of the Virgin.
He whom in essence none can touch is wrapped in swaddling clothes as a mortal.
God who in the beginning founded the heavens lies in a manger.
He who rained manna down on the people in the wilderness is fed on milk from His Mother’s breast.
He who is the Bridegroom of the Church calls unto Himself the Magi.
The Son of the Virgin accepts their gifts.
We worship Thy birth, O Christ.
Show us also Thy divine Theophany.

-The Eve of the Nativity, from the hymns of the Ninth Hour

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Memory Eternal

We said memorial prayers at Vespers last night for Archbishop Job, who died two years ago today. He is greatly missed in our diocese.