Saturday, December 20, 2008

Schedule for this weekend...

Sunday, December 21
Forefeast of the Nativity of our Lord
Adult Catechism 9:00 AM
Third Hour Prayers 9:45 AM
Typika 10:00 AM

Prepare, O Bethlehem, for Eden has been opened to all.
Adorn yourself, O Ephratha,
for the Tree of Life blossoms forth from the Virgin in the cave.
Her womb is a spiritual paradise planted with the fruit divine;
if we eat of it we shall live forever and not die like Adam.
Christ is coming to restore the image which He made in the beginning.
(Troparion, Tone 4)

Today the Virgin comes to the cave
where she will give birth past understanding to the Word from all eternity.
Rejoice, O universe, when the tidings are proclaimed.
Glorify, with the angels and shepherds,
the one Who chose to be manifest as a newborn Child,
while remaining the eternal God.
(Kontakion, Tone 3)