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The Nativity of Christ

‘A multitude of the heavenly host.’ Detail of an icon of the Nativity of Christ from the first half of the twelfth century.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:8-14)

4 comments to The Nativity of Christ

  • Seraphim

    A Blessed Narivitytide to you, Father Justin, your fellow monastics, and your devoted readers. Many thanks for all your pics and comments, especially for the appropriate Greek selections!

  • Dominique Baron

    Dear Father.
    A blessed Nativity for you and all the monks of the monastery.
    This icon appears to be written on a piece of terracotta. Since we only see part of it, is it circular or an other shape ?
    Thank you for all your publications Dear Father.

    • Father Justin

      This photograph only shows the top of the icon, which is semicircular in shape, projecting above the rectangular wooden panel below. The raised border has been painted a dull red. It has broken in a few places. The icon is small, but it portrays the entire account of the Nativity, including the angels, the shepherds, the wise men, Joseph’s dream, the flight into Egypt, and the massacre of the Innocents.

  • GretchenJoanna

    Christ is born!

    That is a beautiful icon.

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