The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

It should go without saying that if one has any possible means of traveling to a Church to attend the

liturgy for the Nativity, they should do so.  However, if it is not possible for one to do so, the following is

provided so that at least they can participate in the feast to the extent possible, under such

circumstances.

 

In place of the usual antiphons, use the festal antiphons:

 

The First Antiphon

 

Stichos 1:  I will confess Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart, I will tell of all Thy wonders.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

Stichos 2:  In the Council of the upright and in the congregation, great are the

works of the Lord.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

Stichos 3:  Sought out in all the things that He hath willed.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

Stichos 4:  Confession and majesty are His works, and His righteousness abideth

unto ages of ages.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and

unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

 

The Second Antiphon

 

Stichos 1:  Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord; in His commandments shall

he greatly delight.

Refrain:  O Son of God Who wast born of the Virgin, save us who sing to Thee: 

Alleluia.

Stichos 2: His seed shall be mighty upon the earth; the generation of the upright

shall be blessed.

Refrain:  O Son of God Who wast born of the Virgin, save us who sing to Thee: 

Alleluia.

Stichos 3:  Glory and riches shall be in his house, and his righteousness abideth

unto ages of ages.

Refrain:  O Son of God Who wast born of the Virgin, save us who sing to Thee: 

Alleluia.

Stichos 4:  There hath risen up in darkness a light for the upright; he is merciful

and compassionate and righteous.

Refrain:  O Son of God Who wast born of the Virgin, save us who sing to Thee: 

Alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and

unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

            O only-begotten Son and Word of God, Who art immortal, yet didst deign for our

salvation to be incarnate of the Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, and without

change didst become man, and was crucified, O Christ God, trampling down death by

death.  Thou Who art one of the Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy

Spirit, save us.

 

The Third Antiphon

 

Reader: Stichos 1:  The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit Thou at My right hand.

Choir: (Troparion, Tone 4):

Thy Nativity, O Christ our God,  *  hath shined upon the world the light of

knowledge; * for thereby, they that worshipped the stars * were taught by a star * to

worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, * and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on

high. * O Lord, glory be to Thee.

            Stichos 2:  Until I make Thine enemies the footstool of Thy feet.

            Choir:  Repeat Troparion

            Stichos 3:  A scepter of power shall the Lord send unto Thee out of Zion; rule

Thou in the midst of Thine enemies.

            Choir:  Repeat Troparion

            Stichos 4:  With Thee is dominion in the day of Thy power, in the splendor of Thy

saints.

Choir:  Repeat Troparion

 

Instead of “O come let us worship…” the Choir signs the entry verse:

 

From the womb before the morning star have I begotten Thee.  The Lord hath sworn and

will not repent:  Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.

And immediately after that, the choir sings the Troparion of the feast again.

 

Instead of the Trisagion:  As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 

Alleluia.  Thrice.

            Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and

unto the ages of ages.  Amen.  Have put on Christ.  Alleluia.

            As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  Alleluia.

 

The Epistle

 

Reader: The Prokimenon in the 8th Tone:  Let all the earth worship Thee and chant unto

Thee; let them chant unto Thy name, O Most High.

Choir:  Let all the earth worship Thee and chant unto Thee; let them chant unto Thy 
name, O Most High.

Reader:  Shout with jubilation unto the Lord all the earth; chant ye unto His name, give

glory in praise of Him.

Choir: Let all the earth worship Thee and chant unto Thee; let them chant unto Thy 
name, O Most High.

Reader. Let all the earth worship Thee and chant unto Thee

Choir:  Let them chant unto Thy name, O Most High.
 
 

 

Reader: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Galatians: 

[Galatians 4:4-7]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the works

of His hands.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Day unto day poureth forth speech, and night unto night proclaimeth

knowledge.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [Matthew 2:1-12]

 

Kontakion

 

Tone 3:  Today the Virgin giveth birth to Him Who is transcendent in essence; * and the

earth offereth a cave to Him Who is unapproachable. * Angels with shepherds give glory;

* with a star the Magi do journey; * for our sake a young Child is born, Who is pre-

eternal God.

 

Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the Second Canon

of the feast, First Tone:

            Refrain:  Magnify, O my soul, her who is more honorable and more glorious than

the hosts on high, the most pure Virgin Theotokos.

            Irmos:  Better would it be for us to keep silence in fear, for it is without peril; and

it is difficult, O Virgin, to weave complex hymns harmoniously with love.  But grant us,

O Mother, the strength to fulfill our intent.

 

Or according to the current practice of some, the following Irmos is used (with the same

refrain, and in the same tone):

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.

 

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