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Today in the Holy Orthodox Church we celebrate the Nativity according to the flesh of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. God Himself is born of Mary in Bethlehem of Judea, the city of David. The creation had never seen a greater wonder. A cave became the dwelling of the King of the universe. On this same day, we commemorate the adoration of the Magi. Prostrating before the newborn Jesus, these princes of the nations prefigure the adoration of the Gentiles. Also on this day, we commemorate the shepherds who saw the Lord. Leaving their flocks behind, the shepherds come with haste to contemplate Christ, the Good Shepherd. Thus entered the world He Whose coming was foretold by the prophets, and Who was born in the same manner in which it had been prophesied: of a Most-holy Virgin, in the town of Bethlehem, of the lineage of David according to the flesh, at the time when there was no king in Jerusalem of the lineage of Judah, but rather when a foreigner named Herod, who sought to kill the infant Messiah, was reigning. After many types and prefigurings, messengers and heralds, prophets and righteous men, wise men and kings, finally He appeared, the Lord of the world and King of kings, to perform the work of the salvation of mankind. To Him be glory, honor and worship, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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