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Ikon of the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus ChristGreat Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ - Celebration First Day (One of the Twelve Great Feasts, class 1)

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Cycle Preparing Preparing
Fasting
Royal
Hours
of
Paramony
Morning
Feast
Nativity
Vespers
Div. Lit.
24th
Evening
Div. Lit.
25th
Morning
Divine
Liurgy
Changable
Prayers
Homily Celebrating

 

Preparating - 40 Days

Fast TraditionalFast Modern
1st Day40th Day1st Day15th Day
15 Nov.24 Dec.10 Dec.24 Dec.

Celebrating - 40 Days

Feast
Nativity
Feast
Circumcision
Feast
Hypapanty
1st Day8th Day40th Day
25 Dec.1 Jan.2 Feb.

 

Theology
Fasting
Definition
Fasting
Periods
Fasting
Nativity
Fasting
Prophonisimon
Fasting
Great Lent
Great Week
Theology
Fasting
Great Lent
Great Week
Guidelines
Fasting
Our Lady's
Fasting
Apostles
Fasting
Holy Theophany
Fasting
Exaltation
Holy Cross
Fasting
People
Excused
from
Fasting

 

Cycle Preparing and Celebrating Preparing (Fasting, Praying, and Performing Charity) Fasting Praying Performing Charity Feasting (Celebrating)

 

Jesus
Christ
Theotokos Incar-
nation
Annunci-
ation
Cycle
Prep-
ara-
tion
Feast
Annunci-
ation
Cele-
bra-
tion
Synaxis
"Son of
God
became
man"
Acathist
Hymn
Al-Madayih

 

Greeting

Christ is born! Glorify Him!
Al-Masihu wulida! Famajjiduh!
Christos yennateh! Dhoxazateh!

Trisagion Hymn is the Baptismal Hymn

All of you who have been baptised into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia! or As many as have been baptised into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia!
Antom ol-ladheen bli-Maseeh i'tamadtom al-Maseeh qad labistom, Allilouia!
Ossi ees Christon evaptisthiteh, Christon enedheesasthen, Allilouia!


Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
Nativity
According
to Flesh
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
Jesus
Christ
being born
in human
form.
Messiah
is born.
Jesus
Christ's
birthday.
Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
25
Dec.
Great
Feast
Class
1

 

Celebration
SundayNameDateApostolosGospel
Nativity 25Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12

25 December - The Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ commemorates the birth in human form of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ to the Theotokos. His Father is God the Father. Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ was conceived via God the Holy Spirit to The Theotokos, an Ever-Lasting Virgin.

The Church focuses on Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ's coming as "the Sun of justice," "the Radiance of the Father," "the Light of the World."

Celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ Emphasizes

The article below was written by Rev. Fr. James Graham, Pastor of Saint Elias the Prophet Melkite Greek Catholic Mission, San Jose, CA. The article appeared in Christmas Greetings e-mail to St Elias the Prophet Melkite Greek Catholic Mission, 24 December 2002.

Our celebration of the Nativity of the Lord emphasizes the apparent contradictions of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ ' birth--Holy God becoming human, a virgin giving birth, a King born in a cave--and it shows us that these contradictions, beyond human understanding, are part of God's plan to show us God's supreme dominion over creation, God's power revealed in weakness, God's authority revealed in humility, God's splendor revealed in poverty, God's love revealed in the Gift of God's Son. As the Hypacoi of the feast says, "What is lower than a cave? What is humbler than swaddling clothes? And yet the splendor of your divinity shone forth in them resplendently. O Lord, glory to You!"

Feast Period

This is a time of feasting and celebration. The Pre-Nativity Fast ends just before Vespers of the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, on 24 December. For 40-days from the beginning of Vespers of the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ to just before Vespers on the Great Feast of Holy Hypapanty of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Great Feast of the Purification of The Theotokos on 2 February, we celebrate! Feasting ends with the celebration of the Great Feast of Great Feast of the Holy Hypapanty of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Purification of The Theotokos on February 2.
We feast for Forty Days! We do not fast, not even on Fridays. Fasting is forbidden.
The one day exception is The Paramony of The Great Feast of Holy Theophany of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Paramony of Holy Theophany is a day of strict fasting.

Gospels

The birth in human form of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ to the Theotokos is in two Gospels.

History

The Great Feast of Holy Theophany of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ is one of the oldest feasts in the Byzantine Church. On January 6, this Feast was celebrated in both East and West to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, his baptism in the River Jordan, and the adoration of the Magi. Its name was the Celebration of the Divine Theophany, the manifestation of Christ our God and His declaration to the World that He was the beloved Son of the Father.
Great Feast of Holy Theophany was celebrated in the 2nd Century. In the 3rd Century, the Western Rite accepted this feast.

Later, the Western Rite instituted a new feast for the birth of Jesus Christ, which was called the Nativity of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ and made the date of the celebration on December 25. Still later, this new feast was adopted in the Eastern Rite.

The Nativity of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ is the only one of our Great Feast, which originated in the Western Church.

In the Byzantine Church, The Feast of Feasts is Pascha. In the West, the popular celebration of Christmas overshadows that Pascaha, even though Pascha is officially recogized throughtout the Church as the supreme feast. In the East, in contrast, the popular celebration of Pascha is greater than that of any other feast. Also, many of the popular customs of the Nativity are of Western origin.

The Great Feast of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary feast

The Great Feast of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is 25 March. The Great Feast of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) is exactly 9 months before the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ) because God is perfect. The Great Feast of Nativity is 25 December.

Liturgical Cycle

The Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ is Forty Days before The Great Feast of the Holy Hypapanty of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Forty Days after birth was the prescribed time according to Jewish law.

Other Names for this Feast

In English, this Feast is called "Christmas". In Italian, this Feast is called "Natali" from the word "natal" or "birth", in French, "Nokl" from the word "natale", and in Spanish, "Navidad" from the word "Nativitate".

Liturgical Text

English Nativity Text The Melkite Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand, a Microsoft Word .doc file

His Beatitude, Gregorios III, Patriarch / Batriyark of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles (Patriarcat Grec Melkite Catholique) 's Pascha Letter via the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts), United States

2009 Greetings
2009 Letter
2008

Eparch Cyrille Bustros's Nativity Letter , Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts), United States

2004

Eparch John Elya's Nativity Letter, Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts), United States

2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998

Paper

Let the Manger Be Prepared Rev. Economos Romanos Russo, Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States

More Information

The Nativity Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Fixed Feasts of the Lord

Collection of Reflections by Frances Collie Eparchy of Newton, (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States

Ikon

ABOUT THE ICON OF THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST, Collection of Reflections by Frances Collie Eparchy of Newton, (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States)

The Nativity Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Fixed Feasts of the Lord

Hymns on Web

Chantez au Seigneur un Chant Chantez au Seigneur un Chant Chantez au Seigneur un Chant Nouveau St Jean Chrysostome Brussels, Belgium

Greek Catholic, Melkite Al-Bushra

Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ Text - Father Romanos Russo, Line Art Iconography Father Mark Melone Saint Ann's Melkite Catholic Church, West Patterson, NJ

School Play

Script for Christmas Play Compiled by Hope Jackson, St. Ignatios of Antioch Melkite Greek Catholic Church Augusta, Georgia

Message

Miilaad mubaaraq! Al Masiiah wulid! Famajjiduhu!
Blessed Christmas! Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Fasting and Feasting Period
ActionNameTime
FastPre-Nativity Fast
40-days
Traditional
Begins at the beginning of the Vespers
of 15 November
on 14 November evening
Ends just before Vespers
of Great Feast of the Nativity
According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ
(25 December)
on 24 December evening
Shorter number of days
Modern
Begins at the beginning of the Vespers
of 10 December
on 9 December evening
Ends just before Vespers
of Great Feast of the Nativity
According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ (25 December)
on 24 December evening
FeastGreat Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ40-days
Begins at the beginning of Vespers of Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ (25 December) on 24 December evening
Ends just before Vespers on the Great Feast of Holy Hypapanty of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Great Feast of the Purification of The Theotokos (2 February) on 1 February evening
1-day of fasting in this period
The Paramony of The Great Feast of Holy Theophany of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

Preparation
DayCommemorateDateDay of
Prepar-
ation
ApostolosGospel
Feast
St. Philip
Apostle
St. Philip
Apostle
14
Nov.
 Acts
8:26-39
Jn.
1:43-51
Pre-Nativity
Fast
Ancient

Begins
Philip FastBegins
15
Nov.
11 Tim.
4:4-8,
16
Lk.
16:15-18
17:1-4
Conception
Anne
Maternity
Anne
9 Dec.25Gal.
4:22-27
Lk.8:16-21
Pre-Nativity
Fast
Modern

Begins
Philip FastBegins
10
Dec.
26 - 1Heb.
9:8-23
Mk.
8:22-26
Second
Sunday
before
Nativity
Sunday
Forefathers
Between
11 and 17
 Col.
3:4-11
Lk.
14:16-24
Sunday
before
Nativity
Sunday
Genealogy
Between
18 and 24
 Heb.
11:9-10
32-40
Mt.
1:1-25
Preparation
Nativity
Holy
Hieromartyr
Ignatios,
God-Bearer
2036 - 11James
2:1-13
Mk.
10:23b-32a
Second Day
Preparation
Holy Martyr
Juliana
Nicomedia
2137 - 12Gal.
3:8-11
Lk.
13:19-29
Third Day
Preparation
Holy
Great Martyr
Anastasia
2238 - 13Gal.
3:8-11
Lk.
13:19-29
Fourth Day
Preparation
Ten Holy
Great Martyrs
Crete
2339 - 14James
2:14-26
Mk.
10:46-52
Paramony
Royal Hours
 2440 - 15ManyMany
Paramony
Nativity
Holy Woman
Martyr
Eugenia
2440 - 15Heb.
1:1-12
Lk.
2:1-20
Pre-Nativity
Fast

Ends
Philip FastEnds
just
before
Vespers
on 24
December
evening
40 - 15  

 

Celebration
DayCommemorateDateDay of
Cele-
bration
ApostolosGospel
Nativity
24
Evening
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
24 pm1Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
Nativity
25
Morning
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
25 am1Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
Second Day
Celebration
Synaxis of
The Theotokos

Holy
Hieromartyr
Euthymius,
Archbishop
Sardica
262Heb.
2:11-18
Mt.
2:13-23
Saturday
after
Nativity
 Between
26 and 31
 1 Tim.
6:11b-16
Mt.
12:15a-21
Sunday
after
Nativity
Holy and
Just Man
Joseph,
spouse
Theotokos;

James,
brother
Lord;

David,
King
and Prophet
Between
26 and 31
 Gal.
1:11-19
Mt.
2:13-23
Third Day
Celebration
Protomartyer
and
Archdeacon
Stephen;

Holy
Father
Theodore
Confessor
273Acts
6:8-7:5a,
47-50
Mt.
21:33-42
Fourth Day
Celebration
Holy Martyrs
Nicomedia
284James
3:1-10
Mk.
11:11-23
Fifth Day
Celebration
Holy Innocents;

our Holy Father
Marcellus,
Abbot
Monastery
Acemetes
2951 Tim.
6:11b-16
Mt.
12:15a-21
Sixth Day
Celebration
Holy Martyr
Anysia;

Holy Zoticus,
Feeder
Orphans
306Heb.
2:2-10
Jn.
5:17-24
Leave
taking
Venerable
Melany/Melania
Roman
317Acts.
19:1-18
Jn.
5:24-30
CircumcisionJesus
Christ's

Circum-
cision.
1 Jan.8Col.
2:8-12
Lk.
2:20-21
40-52
Paramony
Theophany
Holy Martyrs
Theopemptus
and theonas;

our Venerable
Mother
Syncletica
5 Jan.121 Tim.
3:13-4:5
1 Cor.
9:16-27
Mt.
3:1-6
Lk:3:1-18
Holy TheophanyJesus
Christ's

baptism
6 Jan.13Gal.
4:4-7
Titus
2:11-14
3:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
Mt.
3:13-17
Second Day
Celebration
Synaxis of
Prophet and
Glorious
Forerunner
John the
Baptist
7 Jan.14Acts
19:1-8
Jn.
1:29-34
Preparation
Holy
Hypapanty
Holy Martyr
Tryphon
1 Feb.39Rom.
8:23-39
Lk.
10:19-21
Holy
Hypapanty

40th Day
Celebration
Nativity
Jesus
Christ's

presen-
tation
at Temple.
2 Feb.40Heb.
7:7-17
Lk.
2:22-40

Ikon of the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ

Ikon of the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ

 

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ's Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
Annun-
ciation
of
Theotokos
Ever
Virgin Mary
Jesus
Christ's

conception
in
human
form
Incar-
nation.
Future
Theotokos'
accepting
Holy God's will
saying yes
to Holy God.
Holy God
becomes
human
Incar-
nation.
Beginning
of process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
2:11-18
Lk.
1:24-38
25
March
Great
Feast
Class
2
Nativity
According
to Flesh
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
Jesus
Christ
being born
in human
form.
Messiah
is born.
Jesus
Christ's
birthday.
Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
25
Dec.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Circum-
cision
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Jesus
Christ
submitted
to
Mosaic
Law.
Jesus
Christ
is
named
Jesus
Christ's
Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Col.
2:8-12
Lk.
2:20-21,
40-52
1
Jan.
Feast
Class
3
ºHoly
Hypapanty
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ

ºPurifi-
cation
of
Theotokos
ºJesus
Christ's

presen-
tation
at Temple.


ºTheotokos'
purification.
Theotokos
bringing
Jesus
Christ
to Temple
at prescribed
time
for prescribed
rituals.
Messiah's
first
meeting
with
His
people.
A step
in process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
7:7-17
Lk.
2:22-40
2
Feb.
Great
Feast
Class
2
Holy
Theophany
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

baptism
Holy
Prophet
and
Glorious
Fore-
runner
John Baptist

baptizing
Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
in
River
Jordan.
ºAs an
adult,
Jesus
Christ
shows
His
people
that He
is Holy God
(manifestation
Jesus
Christ
to the world).

ºHoly God
shows
His
people
that Holy God
is a
Holy Trinity.
ºJesus
Christ
is Holy God.

ºHoly God
is a
Holy
Trinity
Tim.
2:11-14,
3:4-7
Mt.
3:13-17
6
Jan.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Transfig-
uration
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

transfig-
uration
Jesus
Christ
showing
His
disciples
"...as
much of
His glory
as they
could
behold...".
Jesus
Christ
is both
fully
Holy God
and
fully man.
ºReve-
lation
of glory
of
Holy God

ºConfir-
mation
of two
natures
of
Jesus
Christ
both
fully
Holy God
and
fully
human.
2
Pet.
1:10-19
Mt.
17:1-9
6
Aug.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Triumphal
Entry
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ into
Jerusalem
Holy and
Glorious
Palm Sun.
Shaneeneh
Jesus
Christ's

triumphal
entrance
into
Jerusalem.
Children
throwing
garments
into
Jesus
Christ's
path,
pulling down
branches
from olive
and palm
trees,
putting them
in the
road,
and
waving them
in air,
shouting
"Hosanna!
Blessed is
He
who
comes
in the
name
of the Lord!"
Jesus
Christ's
people
hailing Him
as Messiah.
Jesus
Christ
is
Messiah.
Phil.
4:4-9
John
12:1-18
7
days
before
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Great and
Holy Friday
Jesus
Christ's

death
in
human form
on
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ
dies on
Holy Cross
Holy God
redeems
our souls.
We have
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life".
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
5:48-55
2
days
before
Pascha
Great
Holy
Fri.
Holy and
Glorious
Pascha
Jesus
Christ's

resurrection
in
human form
Jesus
Christ
rising
from dead
and giving
"eternal
life"
to good.
ºJesus
Christ
is Holy God.

ºOpening
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life"
ºJesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.

ºWe have
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life".
Acts
1:1-9
John
1:1-17
1st
Sun.
after
1st
full
moon
after
03/20
Ear-
liest
is
03/22
latest
is
04/25.
Feasts
of
Feasts
Ascension
into Heaven
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

ascension
in
human form
into heaven.
Jesus
Christ
going
to heaven.
Jesus
Christ
is Holy God.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.
Acts
1:1-12
Lk.
24:36-53
40th
day
of
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Exaltation
of Precious
and
Lifegiving
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ's

Holy Cross
is found.
ºSt Helena
finding
Holy Cross

ºRecovering
Holy Cross
from
Persians,
returning
It to
Jerusalem,
and
raising
It up
(exalting).
Holy Cross
is a sign
of glory
and victory.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over death.
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
19:6-11,
13-20,
25-28a,
30-35a
14
Sept.
Great
Feast
Class
1

Liturgical Cycle

Liturgical Cycle
Calendar 2001 / 2002 Liturgical Cycle

Great Feast Days

Great Feast Days

Feasts Days - Specific

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The Theotokos
The Holy Prophet and Glorious Forerunner John the Baptist


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O God of all spirits and of all flesh, who have destroyed death, overcome the devil, and given life to the world: grant, O Lord, to the souls of your servants Bucky and Shirley, who has departed from this life, that it may rest in a place of light, in a place of happiness, in a place of peace, where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing. And since You are a gracious God and the Lover of Mankind, forgive him/her every sin he/she has committed by thought, or word, or deed, for there is not a man who lives and does not sin : You alone are without sin, your righteousness is everlasting, and your word is true. You are the Resurrection and the Life, and the repose of your departed servants Bucky and Shirley. O Christ our God, and we send up glory to You, together with your eternal Father and your all-holy, good and life-givng Spirit, now and always and for ages upon ages. Amen.

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