“Dayspring” means a rising of light from the East.
The Persian wise men were astrologers. The star of Bethlehem (actually an angel) arose in the East and was seen by them in the West, in Persia (modern day Iran). They had been awaiting the fulfillment of Baalam’s prophesy: …
Includes a nice icon of the adoration of the Magi
Christ is born //to raise up the image that fell of old! This is a portion of the Troparion of the Forefeast, sung in the Royal Hours for Nativity.
The beautiful troparion of the Forefeast of Nativity sums up succinctly the purpose of the incarnation of the God-Man, Jesus Christ. One may say, it contains in full our “theology of redemption”. Jesus Christ became man so that our image, which “fell of old” due to the sin of Adam and Eve, and the subsequent weakening of the human race might be “raised”. He did not come to “purchase” our forgiveness by dying on the cross His primary mission was not to obtain forgiveness for us! …
BTW: you can hear this troparion in the flesh at the Royal Hours (followed by liturgy), in our old Dallas location, starting at 8am Dec 24/ Jan 6 2010! If you cannot make it, the Vigil for the Nativity is at 7 pm Wednesday, with Nativity Liturgy at 10 AM Thursday.
Ikons are not only “Windows to Heaven” – they also tell a story, if one understands the symbolism. A few things about the Nativity Ikon: …
“NB” is shorthand for “nota bene” ,which is Latin for “Note well”. These shorter posts are meant to be “noted well” more often because they are briefer than the usual blog posts. I have “noted well” that many of my flock does do not read the longer posts. I have a lot of stuff to tell you, so there will still be longer posts, but I also plan to post shorter “snippets” which will have “NB:” in the title.
Unfortunately, I do not have any transcribed homilies for the Sunday before Nativity or Nativity itself, but there are many audio ones.
Here are the links: