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November 25, 2015 + Rejoice, Christ Draweth Nigh

ODE 8 – Tone 2

At one time in Babylon by a commandment divine, the fiery furnace operated in a contrary way: the Chaldeans it consumed by fire, but it refreshed the faithful, bedewing them, as they chanted: Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord.

Glory to thee, O Lord, glory to thee.

Seeing the height of the mystery beyond words which covered over the heavens with knowledge, the Lady, the blameless one, was struck with amazement, and she said: "The throne of heaven, holding thee, is aflame; O my Son, how is it then that I may carry thee?"

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

"Thou dost bear the likeness of the Father, O my Son; how then takest thou the likeness of a servant, becoming poor? How shall I lay thee down in a manger of reasonless beasts, thou that savest all from unreason? Thus thy compassions I praise in hymns."

Both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Rejoice, all the earth; behold, Christ draweth nigh, yea, he cometh to be born in Bethlehem. O sea, be exceeding glad. Dance for joy, all ye the company of Prophets, seeing your words fulfilled today. Be ye joyful, O all ye Just and ye Righteous ones.

An excerpt taken from the Advent Paraklesis Service (PDF)


Leavetaking of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Troparion, Tone 4

Today is the prelude of the good will of God, of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the temple of God, in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice, O Divine Fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation!

Kontakion, Tone 4

The most pure Temple of the Savior, the precious Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasure of the glory of God, is presented today to the House of the Lord. She brings with her the grace of the Spirit, which the angels of God do praise. Truly this woman is the abode of Heaven!


Readings and Inspiration from the Diocese of Charleston Homepage

Spiritual Notes of the Diocese of Charleston 11-25-15 (PDF) 307.67 KB