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Ikon of the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus ChristGreat Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ Cycle - Celebration - December 25 - February 2 - 40 Days

Cycle Preparing Feast
Nativity
Celebrating 2nd
Day
Synaxis
Theotokos
3th
Day
4th
Day
5th
Day
6th
Day
7th
Day
Leave
taking
Sat.
after
Sun.
after

 

Theology
Feasting
Periods
Feasting
Nativity
Feasting
Pascha
Feasting
Our Lady's
Feasting
Apostles
Feasting
Holy Theophany
Feasting
Exaltation
Holy Cross
Feasting

 

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)

Greeting

Christ is born! Glorify Him!
Al Massih walid! Famajjiduhu!
Christos gennitai! Doxasate!

During the the Divine Liturgy, this Greeting is said during the Seven Day Celebration for the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. This Celebration begins at the beginning of Vespers of the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ (25 December) on 24 December evening. Celebration ends just before Vespers on the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1 January) on 31 December evening.

When two Melkites meet, they tell each other this Greeting during the Forty Day Celebration for the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. This Celebration begins at the beginning of Vespers of the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ (25 December) on 24 December evening. Celebration 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.

Trisagion Hymn is the Baptismal Hymn

During the Divine Liturgy, the Trisagion Hymn is the the Baptismal Hymn.

English

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

This Trisagion Hymn is said during the Seven Day Celebration for the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. This Celebration begins at the beginning of Vespers of the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ (25 December) on 24 December evening. Celebration ends just before Vespers on the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1 January) on 31 December evening.

Feast Period

This is a time of feasting and celebration. Feasting begins at the beginning of Vespers of the Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ (25 December) on 24 December evening. Feasting 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.
For 40-days, we celebrate! 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.

Celebration 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. Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ was brought to the temple for the rite of purification forty days after His birth. Forty Days after birth was the prescribed time according to Jewish law.

 

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


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