St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

 

FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD

December 25, 2018

 

 

While only Orthodox Christians may approach the chalice for Holy Communion, everyone is welcome to venerate the Cross and receive the blessed bread at the end of the Divine Liturgy.

 

Special note:  Except for those who are elderly and/or disabled, please remain standing during Holy Communion.

 

Variations in Today’s Divine Liturgy

At the Entrance (Service Book page 97):

 

  1. THIRD ANTIPHON: The Lord said unto my Lord: sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool. The Lord shall send Thee a rod of strength out of Zion. With Thee is dominion in the day of Thy power, in the beauties of Thy saints.
  2. APOLYTIKION OF THE NATIVITY - Tone 4: Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath given rise to the light of knowledge in the world; for they that worshipped the stars did learn therefrom to worship Thee, O Sun of Justice, and to know that from the east of the Highest Thou didst come. O Lord, glory to Thee.
  3. THE ENTRANCE HYMN: From the womb before the morning star have I begotten Thee. The Lord hath sworn, and He will not repent; thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Save us, O Son of God, Who wast born of a Virgin; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.
  4. SAME AS NO. 2 ABOVE.
  5. KONTAKION OF THE NATIVITY - Tone 3: Today the Virgin giveth birth to the Transcendent in essence; the earth offereth the cave to the unapproachable One; the angels with the shepherds glorify Him; and the Magi with the star travel on their way; for a new child hath been born for our sakes, God before the ages.

 

Instead of "Holy God..." sing:  "As many as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.  Alleluia."

 

PROKEIMENON:  Let all the earth worship Thee, and sing to Thee.

 Shout with joy to God, all the earth.

 

The reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians. (4:4-7)

 

BRETHREN, when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

 

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (2:1-12)

 

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, are by no means least among the rulers of Judea; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern My people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared; and he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found Him bring me word, that I too may come and worship Him.” When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, until it came to rest over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER  (In Arabic phonetics)

ABANA LLATHI FI SSAMAWAT / LI-YATAQADAS ISMUK / LI-YATI MALAKOOTUK/ LI-TAKUN MA-SHEEATUK / KAMA FI SSAMA-EE KATHALIKA ALA L-ARD/ KHUBZANA L-JAWHARI AHTINA L-YOWM / WATRUK LANA MA ALYNA, KAMA NATRUKU NAHNU LIMAN LANA ALYH / WA LA TUDKHILNA FI TAJRIBAH / LAKIN NAJJINA MINA SHIRR-EER.

 

Megalynarion:  (Special for the Feast of the Nativity).  Magnify, O my soul, her who is more honorable and more exalted in glory than the heavenly hosts.  I behold a strange and wonderful mystery: the cave a heaven, the Virgin a cherubic throne, and the manger a noble place in which hath lain Christ the uncontained God. Let us, therefore, praise and magnify Him.

 

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn):  The Lord hath sent redemption unto His people. Alleluia.

 

Instead of "We have seen the true light..." sing the Troparion of the Nativity in Tone 4.

 

Dismissal:  May He Who was born in a cave and lay in a manger for our salvation, Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother;…

 

†ALL ALTAR SERVERS ARE WELCOME TO SERVE THIS EVENING†

 

 

AL MASSEHOO WOOLEEDA

FA MAJEEDOOHOO

CHRIST IS BORN!

GLORIFY HIM!

 

 

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!

Wishing You a Very Blessed and Joyous Christmas

May the Joy of this Feast fill you and yours with Gladness

and may the Spirit of Christmas remain with us all.

 

Love and Blessings to All,

Fr. Timothy and Louise

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church | V. Rev. Fr. Timothy Ferguson, Pastor
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