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Nativity of the Most-holy Theotokos + September 8

Birth of the Theotokos

Thy nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole universe; for from thee did shine forth the Sun of justice, Christ our God, annulling the curse, and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.

- Troparion of the Feast, Tone 4

Today the Church celebrates the Birth of the Most-holy Theotokos, the first Great Feast of the Church Year. Here is a meditation on the Feast by Fr. Steven Rogers, from The Word Magazine. Listen here to hymns and discussion of the feast on the Orthodox Christian Network's Icons in Sound.


Hymn of Praise

Nativity of the Most-holy Mother of God

O greatly desired and long awaited one, O Virgin, thou hast been obtained from the Lord with tears!  A bodily temple of the Most-holy spirit shalt thou become, and shalt be called Mother of the Eternal Word.

The Burning Bush they called thee, for thou wilt receive within thyself the divine fire: ablaze with fire but not consumed, thou shalt bear the Golden Fruit and offer it to the world.

Thou shalt be the Bearer of Him Who bears the heavens, to Whom all of heaven offers up praise!  The Miracle of miracles shall come to pass within thee, for thou shalt bear heaven, thou who art “more spacious than the heavens!”

Thou art more precious to us, O Virgin, than precious stones, for thou art the source of salvation for mankind.  For this, may the entire universe glorify thee,O Most-holy Virgin, O white Turtledove!

The King of Heaven shall desire to enter the world,And shall pass through thee, O Beautiful Gate! O Virgin, when thou dost become woman thou shalt bear Christ for us; from they body, the Sun shall blaze forth.

- St. Nikolai Velimirovich, from The Prologue of Ochrid