The Nativity of Christ

Detail of an icon dated to circa 850-900 depicting the Nativity of Christ, the Presentation, the Ascension, and Pentecost. In the depiction of the Nativity of Christ, note that the manger is also a Holy Table.

Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος γ’. Αὐτόμελον.

Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον, τὸν ὑπερούσιον τίκτει, καὶ ἡ γῆ τὸ Σπήλαιον, τῷ ἀπροσίτῳ προσάγει. Ἄγγελοι μετὰ Ποιμένων δοξολογοῦσι· Μάγοι δὲ, μετὰ ἀστέρος ὁδοιποροῦσι· δι᾽ ἡμᾶς γὰρ ἐγεννήθη, Παιδίον νέον, ὁ πρὸ αἰώνων Θεός.

The Virgin, to-day, bringeth forth the Super-substantial One, and the earth offereth the cave to the Unapproachable. Angels with shepherds glorify him; and the Magi journey with the star: for for us he is born a little Child, the God that is before the ages.

Translated by J N W B Robertson, 1894

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