The Fathers: Do You Bear Witness to the Fearful Wonder?

Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

gifts-of-magi_square.jpgMAKE READY, O cave, for the Ewe Lamb comes, bearing Christ in her womb. And do thou, O manger, accept Him who by His word has loosed us dwellers on earth from acts that are against reason. Ye shepherds abiding in the fields, bear witness to the fearful wonder. And ye, Magi from Persia, offer to the King gold and frankincense and myrrh: for the Lord has appeared from a Virgin Mother. And she, bending over Him like a handmaiden, worshipped Him and said to Him, as He lay in her arms: “How wast Thou sown as seed in me? And how hast Thou grown within me, O my Deliverer and my God?”

—Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, Vespers

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