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SUNDAY, December 29, 2019 14,000 infants (Holy Innocents); Righteous Marcellus Orthros: Third Gospel: Luke 24: 36-53 Epistle: Galatians 1: 11-19 Page: 1008 (Pew Bibles) Gospel: Matthew 2: 13-23 Page: 834 (Pew Bibles) Quality Family Time During the Holidays Those who try to live as Orthodox Christians find themselves steering a path which aims to avoid two pitfalls: that of proudly disdaining the surrounding culture, and that of being seduced into ways that are alien to the Gospel. It is not an easy task to raise a Christian family nowadays, but no one should despair that it has become impossible. Christianity has always, in every epoch and place, posed a challenge for fallen man. St. John Chrysostom, writing in the fourth century, suggests mealtimes as a good occasion to speak with children and to introduce stories and examples from Scripture and the lives of godly people into their lives. A Christian family will make occasions to be together, to eat together, to speak together. It is worth every effort and sacrifice to give time to listen to children. How can parents give them the vital experience of being unconditionally loved and treasured if their own timetable allows perhaps ten minutes of “quality time” per day? When a conflict of opinion arises, how can parents deal with it fairly if argument is the only form of dialogue they have had with the child for a fortnight? Such practical issues cannot be neatly solved by any recipe. Parenthood means giving children a lot of time over many years. While they’re “home for the holidays,” now’s a good time to be spending some quality time with our children and families, reinforcing our love for them while we’re together. Living Orthodoxy in the Modern World, Sister Magdalen, p. 60. 1. APOLYTIKION OF CHRISTMAS (Fourth Mode) Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath shined the light of knowledge upon the world; for there by they that worshipped the stars were instructed by a star to worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know Thee, the Day-spring from on high. O Lord, glory be to Thee. 2. RESURRECTION APOLYTIKION (Τhird Mode) Let the heaven rejoice, and let things on earth be glad, for the Lord has worked powers with His arm; He has trampled upon death by death; He has become the first born of the dead. From the bowels of Hades has He delivered us, and has granted great mercy to the world. 3. FOR THE ANCESTORS OF GOD (Second Mode) Annunciate the miracles to David the ancestor of God, O Joseph. You saw the Virgin Pregnant. You glorified with the shepherds. You worshipped with the Magi. And you were warned by an Angel. Entreat Christ God to save our souls. 4. HYMN OF OUR CHURCH (Fourth Mode) Today is the beginning of our salvation, and the revelation of the mystery of ages. The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin. And Gabriel proclaims this gift from God. Together with him we cry out to You, O Theotokos: “Hail thou full of grace, the Lord is with you.” 5. KONTAKION OF THE NATIVITY (Third Mode) On this day the Virgin gives birth to the Super-essential. To the Unapproachable, earth is providing the grotto. Angels sing and with the shepherds offer up glory. Following a star the Magi are still proceeding. He was born for our salvation, a newborn Child, the pre-eternal God. 1. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥΓΕΝΝΩΝ (Ηχ. δ) Ἡ Γέννησίς σου Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ἀνέτειλε τῷ κόσμῳ, τὸ φῶς τὸ τῆς γνώσεως· ἐν αὐτῇ γὰρ οἱ τοῖς ἄστροις λατρεύοντες, ὑπὸ ἀστέρος ἐδιδάσκοντο,   σὲ  προσκυνεῖν,  τὸν  Ἥλιον  τῆς δικαιοσύνης, καὶ σὲ γινώσκειν ἐξ ὕψους ἀνατολήν. Κύριε δόξα σοι.  2. ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΜΟ ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ (Ηχ. Γ’) Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια, ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια, ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ ὁ Κύριος. Ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐρρύσατο ἡμᾶς καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος. 3. ΤΩΝ ΘΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΩΝ (Ηχ. Β’) Εύαγγελίζου Ιωσήφ, τώ Δαυίδ τά θαύματα τώ Θεοπάτορι Παρθένον είδες κυοφορήσασαν, μετά Μάγων προσεκύνησας, μετά Ποιμένων εδοξολόγησας, δι΄ ‘Αγγέλου χρηματισθείς. Ίκέτευε Χριστόν τόν Θεόν, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ήμών. 4. ΑΠΟΛΥΤΙΚΙΟΝ ΤΟΥ ΝΑΟΥ (Ηχ. δ’) Σήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τό Κεφάλαιον, καί τοῦ ἀπ᾽ αἰῶνος Μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις· ὁ Υἱός τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱός τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται, καί Γαβριήλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται. Διό καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ τῇ Θεοτόκῳ βοήσωμεν· Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ. 5. ΚΟΝΤΑΚΙΟΝ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥΓΕΝΝΩΝ ( Ηχ Γ) Η Παρθένος σήμερον τον υπαιρούσιον τίκτει Και η γη το σπήλαιον το απροσίτο προσάγει Αγγελοι μετά ποιμένων δοξολογούσι Μάγοι δε μετα αστέρος οδοιπορούσι Δι’ημάς γαρ εγεννήθη παιδίον νέον Ο προ αιώνων Θεός.

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