Tuesday, December 26, 2017

on the 2nd day of Christmas- Glorify Him in the Synaxis of the Theotokos

The Virgin today gives birth to the Transcendent One, and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. Angels and shepherds glorify Him, and wise men journey with a star. For a young Child is born for us, Who is the eternal God.
On this 2nd day of the feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, the Synaxis ('also worthy') of the Most Holy Theotokos (Mother of God, God-bearer), Mary, is celebrated. Combining the hymns of the Nativity with those celebrating the Mother of God, the Church points to Mary as the one through whom the Incarnation was made possible. His humanity—concretely and historically—is the humanity He received from Mary. His body is, first of all, her body. His life is her life.

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