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Daily Meditations: December

The Seventh Day of Christmas: Recognizing God »

December 31st, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed time, as do the turtledove and the swallow of the field. The sparrows watch for the times of their coming. But my people do not know the judgments of the Lord. (Jeremiah 8:7) ANOTHER COMMON IMAGE in icons of the Nativity is that of the ox and the donkey. Where does the idea that there were animals at the Nativity come […]

The Sixth Day of Christmas: The Star of Bethlehem »

December 30th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

Balaam laid before us precisely the meaning of the words he spoke in prophecy, when he said that a star would dawn, a star that quenches all prophecies and auguries; a star which resolves the parables of the wise, and their sayings and their riddles, a star far more brilliant than the star which, has appeared, for He is the Maker of all the stars, of whom it was written […]

The Fifth Day of Christmas: Light Shines in the Darkness (Feast Day of the Holy Innocents) »

December 29th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, made the light of knowledge dawn on the world. For through it those who worshipped the stars were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of righteousness, and to know You, the Dawn from on high. O Lord, glory to You! (Apolytikion of the Nativity) THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS is a feast of light and joy, since we celebrate the coming of […]

The Second Day of Christmas: The Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos and Hieromartyr Euthymios, Bishop of Sardis »

December 26th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

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 and historically—is the humanity He received from Mary. His body is, first of all, her body. His […]

The Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: The New Adam »

December 25th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Creator has come, raising up mankind from the earth, making His royal image new again! (Matins of the Feast, December 20, third hymn of the Praises) AT THE HEART OF THE FEAST of the Nativity is the proclamation that Christ has come to restore Adam to Paradise: Christ comes voluntarily to serve; the Creator now receives the image of impoverished Adam, enriching him with divinity, and granting him a […]