Deisis (Novogorod)

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Christmas

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has shone upon the world the light of knowledge; * for through it those who worshipped the stars * were taught by a star to worship you, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You as the dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (Troparion, Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * The Angels and shepherds sing his glory. * The Magi journey with a star. * For unto us a Child is born, God Eternal. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Therefore let us leave untouched the senseless speculations of the masses and the false doctrines, and turn to the teaching delivered to us in the beginning, let us be temperate and ready for our prayers, persevere in fasting, and fervently implore the All-seeing God not to expose us to temptations, since the Lord has said: 'The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.'

St. Polycarp, Epistle to the Philippians