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ON THE INCARNATION OF THE SON OF GOD

By Bishop Theophilos of Campania[1] Translated and annotated from the original Greek[2] By Fr GEORGE DION DRAGAS PhD, DD Protopresbyter *1. The Mystery of the Incarnation. God who is All-Powerful could have liberated the human race from the hands of the Devil by a single command. Had he done that, however, we would have known only his All-Powerfulness, which we ... Read More »

St Ephrem the Syrian – Nineteen Hymns on the Nativity of Christ in the Flesh.

Hymn 1 This is the day that gladdened them, the Prophets, Kings, and Priests, for in it were their words fulfilled, and thus were the whole of them indeed performed! For the Virgin this day brought forth Immanuel in Bethlehem. The voice that of old Isaiah spoke,[1] today became reality. He was born there who in writing should tell the Gentiles’ number! The Psalm that David once sang, by its fulfilment came today! The word that Micah once spoke,[2]  today had ... Read More »

“PROLOGUE” READING FOR FEAST OF THE NATIVITY

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich Prologue From Ochrid, December 25 The Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son” (Galatians 4:4) to save the human race. And when nine months were fulfilled from the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel had appeared to the Most-holy Virgin in ... Read More »

NATIVITY DISCOURSE OF ST. GREGORY THAUMATURGOS

Saint Gregory Thaumaturgos, who lived from about 213 AD until about 270 AD, was the Bishop of Neo-Caesarea. We behold now a great and wondrous mystery. Shepherds with cries of joy come forth as messengers to the sons of mankind, not on their hilly pastures with their flocks conversing and not in the field with their sheep frolicking, but rather ... Read More »

ST JOHN OF KRONSTADT – ON THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST

THE WORD BECAME FLESH A Sermon by St John of Kronstadt on the Nativity of Christ The Word became flesh; that is, the Son of God, co-eternal with God the Father and with the Holy Spirit, became human – having become incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. O, wondrous, awesome and salvific mystery! The One Who had ... Read More »

The Rich Young Man: 13th Sunday of Luke; Lk 18:18-27

How can we acquire the grace of God in our hearts? St Isaac the Syrian said: ‘truly pure in heart are those who regard everyone as clean and who consider no one who exists as unrighteous or corrupt. They see everyone as a saint and all-holy, and they do not discern the righteous    from the sinner’. Therefore, if we ... Read More »

HEAVEN AND HELL: THE DIVINE FIRE OF GOD’S LOVE

Author: Fr James Bernstein Published by Conciliar Press, 2009 (Source: http://thechristianactivist.com)   Light and fire are interconnected. Light radiates heat, and when focused produces fire; fire emanates light. Both also have a wide spectrum of electromagnetic rays and energy, such as radiate from stars. Light illumines, is life-giving, but also burns. Orthodoxy teaches that on a supernatural level, uncreated light, ... Read More »