As it does each year, the Seminary Community gathered together in the monastery refectory to participate in the Nativity Holy Supper before entering the church to begin the vigil for the feast.
Thank you to all who helped prepare the meal or assisted with the cleaning after and for all those who were able to brave the icy conditions to take part in the holy services. Christ is Born!
Bethlehem this day resembles heaven; hearing from the stars the singing of angelic voices; and in place of the sun, enfolds within itself on every side, the Sun of justice. And ask not how: for where God wills, the order of nature yields. For He willed; He had the power; He descended; He redeemed; all things yielded in obedience to God. This day He Who is, is Born; and He Who is, becomes what He was not. For when He was God, He became man; yet not departing from the Godhead that is His. Nor yet by any loss of divinity became He man, nor through increase became He God from man; but being the Word He became flesh, His nature, because of impassibility, remaining unchanged.
(From the Nativity Homily of St. John Chrysostom)
On behalf of the entire St. Tikhon’s Community we would like to wish a very blessed feast to those of us who have already celebrated this most holy of celebrations as well as those of us preparing to observe the birth of our Lord just a few short days from now.