Pearls from the Feast of the Nativity,  Matins canon

Stories about Prophet David, Joseph the Betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord

Sunday After Nativity, 2016

The Canon sung at Matins on the Nativity of the Savior has such beautiful theology in it, that I decided to discuss a few of the stichera and given an exegesis of them. After this, some stories about the Prophet and King David, Joseph the Betrothed, and James, the Brother of the Lord, who are always remembered on the Sunday after Nativity.

This AUDIO homily is here:

Joseph the Betrothed, with Christ.

Joseph the Betrothed with Christ

The following are excerpts from the Canon sung on the Nativity of the Savior. Most were discussed in the homily.

That which, though fashioned in the image of God, is become wholly corrupt through transgression, having fallen away from the higher divine life, hath the wise Creator restored, for He is glorified.

Seeing man, whom He had fashioned with His own hands, perishing, the Creator, descendeth, bowing down the heavens; and, truly incarnate, He taketh upon Himself all mans essence through the pure and divine Virgin, for He is glorified.

Christ God, being the wisdom, Word, Power, Effulgence and Son of the Father, hiding Himself as much from the powers of heaven as from those on earth, hath restored us, becoming man, for He is glorified.

Nativity,  matins,  1st Ode,  1st canon

Thy sacred womb, which was depicted by the bush which burned without being consumed, manifestly bore the Word and mingled God with a human image, loosing the wretched womb of Eve from the bitter curse of old. Let us glorify Him, O ye mortals! 

To the magi the star manifestly showed Thee forth, the Word Who hath existed before the sun and came to bring an end to sin, and Who in Thy mercy wast wrapped in swaddling bands in the wretched cave. And, rejoicing, they beheld the Lord Himself, a man.

ODE 1, 2nd canon

O Lord Christ, Who, mingling with clay, madest Thyself conformable thereto, imparting Thy divine essence by participating in vile flesh, becoming earthly, yet remaining God, and Who hast lifted up our horn: holy art Thou!



Ode 3, 1st canon

In His loving-kindness, He Who reigneth over the heights of heaven becometh like us through the unwedded Maiden; the Word Who before was immaterial later took upon Himself the matter of the flesh, that He might draw to Himself the first-created man, who had fallen.

Ode 3, 2nd canon

Submitting to be recorded among Thy servants at the command of Csar, Thou hast freed us slaves from the enemy and sin, O Christ; and having abased Thyself for us, Thou hast made our clay divine through Thy union and sharing therein.

Ode 5, 1st canon

Irmos: Come, O Christ, grant cleansing unto us who out of the gloomy night of the works of deception now keep vigil in hymns as to our Benefactor, and bestowing upon us the easy path, treading which we may find glory.

The following stichera were not talked about in the homily.

By His coming in the flesh the Master hath again cut down the cruel enmity directed against us, that He might destroy the soul-destroying ruler, uniting the world with the immaterial beings, making the Begetter accessible to creation.

Ode 5, 2nd canon

Christ our God, Whom the Father begat before the morning star, is come forth, incarnate, from the womb. He Who ruleth over the all-pure powers lieth in a manger of dumb beasts and is wrapped in swaddling-bands; and he looseth the knotted bonds of transgressions.

Ode 6, 1st canon

God the Word, Who from the beginning was with God, intending to preserve the nature which He Himself shareth with us, now strengtheneth it, which from of old was weak, by another fellowship with it, straightway showing it to be free from the passions.

Nativity,  matins,  6th Ode,  2nd canon

O Christ our Helper, using Thine ineffable incarnation as a bulwark of defense, having taken on form, Thou hast put to shame the adversary of men, bearing the richness of Thy deification, in hope of which we had fallen from the heights down into the darkness of the uttermost depths.

Omnipotently Thou hast cast down sin, which is exalted in evil without restraint and is incited to a vile frenzy by the perversion of the world; and those whom it formerly attracted Thou savest from its snares today, having become incarnate of Thine own will, O Benefactor.

Ode 7, 2nd canon

Thou comest, O Restoration of the nations, to bring lost human nature back from the hills of the wilderness to the pasture rife with flowers, that Thou mightest put down the violent power of the slayer of men, having, in Thy forethought, become God as well as man.

ODE 8, 2nd canon



Priest Seraphim Holland 2016

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Redeeming the Time

Homilies from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKinney, Texas

Fr. Seraphim Holland shares his homilies from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKinney, Texas. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Eph 5:15-16

Start date: October 2014

Redeeming the Time

Homilies from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKinney, Texas

Priest Seraphim Holland shares his homilies from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKinney, Texas. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Eph 5:15-16

Start date: October 2014




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