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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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Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Hear O heavens! Give ear O earth! Let the foundations be shaken, and let trembling lay hold on the whole world. For our God and Creator is clothing Himself in flesh. The one who fashioned the whole creation with His strong arm will be seen in the womb of a woman whom he formed. How deep are the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God. How inscrutable His judgments. How unsearchable His ways!
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Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Here is a nice little prayer to say as we begin the Nativity Fast:

‘Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy

O Lord Jesus Christ, you have come so many times to us and found no resting place, forgive us for our overcrowded lives, our vain haste and our preoccupation with ourselves. Come again, O Lord and through our hearts that are a disarray of voices, and our minds overcome with many fears, find a place however humble, where You can begin to work Your wonders as you create peace and joy within us. Even in some hidden corner, in some out-of-the-way spot, we can clear away the clutter, and shut out the noise and darkness, come be born again in us, and we shall kneel in perfect peace with the wisest and humblest of men. Help us to enter into this Christmas Fast with humility and joy. O Lord, give us Christmas from within, that we may share it from without, on all sides, all around us, wherever there is need. O God help us to share the blessing of your son Jesus Christ with everyone. In your Name let keep Christmas Holy.’

‘For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not works, lest anyone should boast’ Ephesians 2:9-10
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On the Feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Archangels we honor the divinely created and appointed messengers of God, the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, and we commemorate the myriad of angelic beings who never cease in praising and glorifying God and laboring for the fulfillment of His Kingdom (Revelation 5:11-13). The Holy Scriptures describe the holy angels as ministering spirits sent forth to serve for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation (Hebrews 1:14). In carrying out their divine tasks, the holy angels offer an example of true service to God and humankind, serving as our lifelong guardians and protectors. This special service of care, commissioned by God, is contemplated by the comforting words of the Psalmist: He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways (Psalm 90:11).

-Archbishop DEMETRIOS
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