Christmas 2016

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!   “He lay in a manger, a child newly born: tiny in body, abject in poverty. But in this Child something great lay hidden, of which these [the three wise men], the first-fruits of the Gentiles, had learned, not from earthly rumor, but from heavenly revelation. Hence they have seen His Star in the East. They announce, yet they ask; they believe, and yet they seek to…

The Dark Side of the First Christmas

    Normally, the Christmas season is viewed as a time of holiday cheer. Of twinkling lights, fragrant pine trees, peppermint candy canes, eggnog drinks, gingerbread cookies, happy songs in the air as people go shopping for gifts, and the smiling children eagerly anticipating opening their presents. But for many the year 2015 has been a year filled with tragedy and loss. A sense of darkness and mourning hangs heavy in the air as…

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

                  Today the Virgin goes forth, making her way to a cave where from her, ineffably, God the eternal Word will be born. Let the world be filled with joy, hearing these tidings.  Joining the angels and shepherds let us give glory to Him who is God from all ages, yet wills to be seen as a little child. Pre-Nativity Kontakion (Tone 3)  …

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

  Verily, the King of heaven, for His love to mankind, did appear on earth; and with men did He deal; for He took unto Himself a body from the pure Virgin. And from her did He issue in the adopted body, He being one Son, dual in Nature, not dual in Person. Wherefore, do we confess, preaching the truth that Christ our God is perfect God and perfect Man. Therefore, O…

Saint Nicholas and the Meaning of Christmas

  Has the meaning of Christmas changed in recent years?  Has the creeping commercialism of the past 40 years radically reshaped our understanding of Christmas?  We learn in the news about Black Friday and Green Monday, about record sales and great bargains, and sadly about customers fighting other customers so they can get the perfect gift for their loved ones.  Television shows talk about our having “the best Christmas ever!”  It is…