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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 - Celebration - Sunday after - Commemoration of the Holy and Just Man Joseph, spouse of The Theotokos; of James, brother of the Lord; and of David, the King and Prophet

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

 

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

 

Celebration
DayCommemorateDateDay of
Cele-
bration
ApostolosGospel
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

Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Al Massih walid! Famajjiduhu!

Christos gennitai! Doxasate!

Trisagion: All of you who have been baptised into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia!

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon

TROPARION OF JOSEPH (TONE 2)
O Joseph, proclaim to David, the ancestor of Christ our God, the great miracles you have witnessed: you have seen the Virgin with child, given praise with the shepherds, adored with the wise men, and an angel of the Lord has appeared to you. Intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls.

TROPARION (TONE 2)
Faith can accomplish great things. Through it, the Three Holy Children rejoice in the flames as if they had been in refreshing water, and Daniel in the midst of lions is like a shepherd among his sheep. Through their intercession, O Christ God, save our souls!

KONTANON (TONE 3)
Today David the Holy One is filled with joy, Joseph and James offer their hymns of praise, for the crown of glory of their relationship with Christ tills them with joy. They offer their hymns of praise to the One bom on earth in a manner beyond description, and they cry out, "0 Merciful One, save those who honor you!"

Feast

This is a time of feasting and celebration. For the Forty Days from 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 Christto 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, we celebrate. We feast for Forty Days! We do not fast, not even on Fridays. Fasting is forbidden. Feasting ends with the celebration of Holy Hypapanty on February 2. The exception is the The Great Feast of Holy Theophany of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Paramony of Holy Theophany is a day of strict fasting.

 

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

 

Fasting and Feasting Period
ActionNameTime
FastPre-Nativity Fast
Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ
40-days
Traditional
Begins at the beginning of the Vespers of 15 November on 14 November evening
Ends just before Vespers 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 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 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 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.

Ikon of the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ


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