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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

     “Christ is born; glorify him! Christ is from heaven; go and meet him! Christ is on earth; be exalted! O All the earth, sing unto the Lord, and people, sing with joy. For He is glorified.” (Ode 1, Canon of Nativity)

     Once again, Christ is born in our hearts; Once again, He gives of Himself as “Bread for the whole world,” as it says in the Byzantine Prayer of the Prothesis, or Preparation of the Gifts, a rite celebrated in the altar by the priest before Divine Liturgy begins. Christ’s coming to us in “Beth-lehem,” meaning in Hebrew “the house of bread,” is thus celebrated and remembered at this “Prothesis Rite” before each Divine Liturgy, which is why an icon or fresco of the Nativity often adorns the Prothesis Table, on which the gifts of bread and wine are prepa...

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