Katavasia of Nativity††† Tone 1
Ode 1.† Christ is born, give ye glory.† /
Christ cometh from heaven, meet ye Him.† /
Christ is on earth, be ye exalted.† /
O all the earth, sing unto the Lord, /
and sing praises in gladness, O ye people, //
for He hath been glorified.
Ode 3.† To the Son who was begotten of the Father /
without change before all ages, /
and in the last times was without seed made flesh of the Virgin, /
to Christ our God let us cry aloud:† /
Thou hast raised up our horn, //
holy art Thou, O Lord.
Ode 4.† Rod of the root of Jesse, /
and flower that blossomed from his stem, O Christ, /
Thou hast sprung from the Virgin.† /
From the Mountain overshadowed by the forest Thou hast come, /
made flesh from her that knew not wedlock, /
O God who art not formed from matter.† //
Glory to Thy power, O Lord.
Ode 5.† As Thou art God of peace and Father of mercies, /
Thou hast sent unto us Thine Angel of great counsel, /
granting us peace.† /
So are we guided towards the light of the knowledge of God, /
and watching by night we glorify Thee, //
O Lover of mankind.
Ode 6.† The sea monster spat forth Jonah as it had received him, /
like a babe from the womb: /
while the Word, having dwelt in the Virgin and taken flesh, /
came forth from her yet kept her uncorrupt.† /
For being Himself not subject to decay, //
He preserved His Mother free from harm.
Ode 7.† Scorning the impious decree, /
the Children brought up together in godliness /
feared not the threat of fire, /
but standing in the midst of the flames, they sang: /
O God of our fathers, //
blessed art Thou.
Ode 8.† The furnace moist with dew was the image and figure of a wonder past nature.† /
For it burnt not the Children whom it had received, /
even as the fire of the Godhead consumed not the Virginís womb /
into which it had descended. /
Therefore in praise let us sing:† /
Let the whole creation bless the Lord //
and exalt Him above all for ever.
Ode 9.† A strange and most wonderful mystery do I see: /
the cave is heaven; /
the Virgin the throne of the cherubim; /
the manger a room, /
in which Christ, the God whom nothing can contain, is laid.† //
Him do we praise and magnify.