Friday, January 06, 2006

Reflections on Christmas and Epiphanytides

For Christmas:

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen
Collect for First Sunday in Christmastide

Today the Virgin giveth birth to Him who is beyond being, and the earth offereth a cave to Him who is unapproachable; angels doxologise with shepherds, and Magi journey with a star; for a young Child, the pre-eternal god is born for our sake. St. Romanos the Melodist

For Epiphany (Theophany):

O God,who by the leading of a star didst manifest Thine Only-Begotten Son to the Gentiles:mercifully grant that we, who know Thee now by faith,may at last behold Thy glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Collect for Epiphany, January 6

When Thou, O Lord wast baptized in the Jordan,The worship of the Trinity was made manifest.For the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee,And called Thee His beloved Son.And the Spirit in the form of a dove,Confirmed the truthfulness of His Word.O Christ, our God, who hast revealed Thyself,And hast enlightened the world, glory to Thee!
Troparion for the Feast of Theophany

It is my heartfelt hope that you have had a most blessed Christmas season, and a happy and blessed Epiphany (Theophany) celebration. Christus regnat! Christus imperat!

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