Nativity Meditation

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Christmas means that the “the Word, the Eternal God, was made flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.  God did that for us in order to communicate His love to us.

Christmas means that Emmanuel has come; God is not an impersonal machine.  He is a Person, “Emmanuel-God with us.” “you shall call His name Jesus.”  God is a person who wants to establish a personal relationship with you.  He is a person to whom you can pray;  a Person who for cares for you: a Person Who has reserved a place for you in heaven.

Christmas means that God has visited His people.  He came not just to visit but to stay.  “Lo, I am with you always even to the end of the world.”  He came at Bethlehem.  He comes now.  He will come again at the end time to judge the living and the dead.

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The Longer Morning Prayer of Metropolitan Philaret

O Lord, grant that I may meet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely upon your holy will. In each hour of the day reveal your will to me. Bless my dealings with all who surround me. Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day with peace of soul, and with the firm conviction that Your will governs all.

In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by You. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me the strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all that it shall bring. Direct my will. Teach me to pray. Pray within me.

Most Holy God, I pray and beseech you, give me a pure heart, a way of speaking that befits the faith I profess. Read more…

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Nativity Prayer—Thought

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Let us pray to the Lord.  Lord have mercy

Prepare us, O God, to celebrate the coming of our Lord and Savior.  Open our hearts wide to make room for Him.  Prepare our souls to obey your commandments.  Steady our feet upon the rock of your Word which abides forever.  Amen.

Why was Jesus born, why did He come? He explains it Himself.

  • I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness -John 12:46
  • For this I was born, For this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth  -John 18:37
  • I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me   -John 6:38
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Nativity Thought-Prayer

​”Christ is Born! Glory Him!

O Word of God, grant me peace in Your love for mankind! Infinite by nature, You come in love to dwell in the narrow cave to lift me up, who has fallen.

Let us pray to the Lord.  Lord have mercy.

For Thou, Who are ineffable, existed uncreated before the ages, and inexpressible, didst descend upon earth, and didst take on the semblance of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man.  For because of the tender compassion of Thy mercy, O Master, Thou could not endure to behold mankind oppressed by the Devil; but Thou didst come and didst save us.  We confess Thy Grace.  We proclaim Thy Mercy.  We conceal not Thy Gracious Acts.  Thou hast delivered the generations of our mortal nature.  All creation magnifies Thee.  Who has manifested Thyself.  For Thou, O our God, has revealed Thyself upon earth, and hast dwelt among men.

-Sacrament of Baptism”

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Nativity Prayer—Thought to Ponder

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

Help us, O God, not to waste this Nativity season in trivial and frivolous pursuits. Help us, so that true joy may rise in our hearts. Bring true praise to our lips. Let goodwill and Christian love prevail in all we do and in all our relationships.

‘A Star shall come out of Jacob, A Scepter shall rise out of Israel.’

-Numbers 24:17

‘This our festival we celebrate God coming to man that man might go out, or better, go back to God our Father.’

-St. Gregory of Nazianzus

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