As we reflect on the Nativity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we present several resources to help you further explore this important feast. First is this video from the Archdiocese, wherein we learn about the significance of Christ’s birth, as God becomes flesh. We also explore the various traditions through which the Orthodox Church continues to celebrate this great event.
The Icon of the Nativity
Next is this video from Trisagion Films, in which we learn about the Icon of the Nativity. Such an icon offers us a window into the spiritual realm, where the birth of Christ can be seen at the same time as events which occurred just before or after the nativity. Through this we see a most sacred moment, an event within time and yet transcending and even transforming time; the moment when the pre-eternal God entered the temporal realm as one of us.
St. Romanos Nativity Kontakion
There are many beautiful hymns that were written just for the Nativity season. Once such is the Nativity Kontakion written by St. Romanos the Melodist. If you’d like to learn more about this hymn, check out the following podcast where Frederica Mathewes-Green gives an inspired reading of the entire Nativity Kontakion.
The Fire of Christmas
Finally, in the following podcast from Ancient Faith Radio, Fr. Stephen Freeman explains that Christ is the fire of God that comes among us. May He burn brightly in our hearts during this season and beyond!