Homily on the Holy Nativity of Our Lord by Saint Gregory Palamas
Nativity Encyclical by Bishop Gregory of Brookline
Thy nativity, O Christ our God, hath shined the light of knowledge upon the world; for thereby they that worshipped the stars were instructed by a star to worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high. O Lord, glory be to Thee.
Today the Virgin giveth birth to Him Who is transcendent in essence; and the earth offereth a cave to Him Who is unapproachable.Angels with shepherds give glory; with a star, the Magi do journey; for our sake a young Child is born, Who is pre-eternal God.
In thee, O Full of Grace, all creation – both the company of angels and the race of men – doth rejoice. O hallowed temple and spiritual paradise, boast of virgins; from thee God was incarnate, and became a child, He, our God Who existed before the ages; for He made thy womb a throne, and He made thee more spacious than the heavens. In thee, O Full of Grace, all creation doth rejoice. Glory be to thee.