Your Nativity, O Christ our God,
Has shone to the world the Light of wisdom!
For by it, those who worshipped the stars,
Were taught by a Star to adore You, the Sun of Righteousness,
And to know You, the Orient from on High.O Lord, glory to You!
|Basilica of Nativity, Bethlehem|
|The main sanctuary of Basilica of Nativity|
|Grotto of Nativity: the grotto in which Jesus was born|
|The icon nativity above the altar in the Grotto of Nativity|
|Hic de Virgine Maria Jesus Christus Natus Est - Here of the Virgin Mary Jesus Christ was born|
|Site of the manger|
|Mural behind the altar above the manger site|
|An icon near the main sanctuary|
Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One,
And the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One!
Angels with shepherds glorify Him!
The wise men journey with a star!
Since for our sake the Eternal God was born as a Little Child!
|Entrance to Church of the Milking Grotto, where Mary nursed Jesus|
|The friary at Milking Grotto|
Christ is born, give ye glory.
Christ cometh from heaven, meet ye Him.
Christ is on earth, be ye exalted.
O all the earth, sing unto the Lord,
And sing praises in gladness, O ye people,
For He hath been glorified.
|Mural icon of nativity at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Jordan|
|Mosaic icon of infant Jesus at St. George Orthodox Church in Madaba, Jordan|
As we continue to celebrate Christ's incarnation, let us meditate this great mystery with these Byzantine Christmas hymns: Your Nativity, O Christ, Today the Virgin, and Christ is born.
Your Nativity, O Christ:
Today the Virgin:
Christ is born: