Nativity Devotion, December 27: We are His Children

Nativity Devotion, December 27: We are His Children

But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our...

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Nativity Devotion, December 26: He Understands Us

Nativity Devotion, December 26: He Understands Us

Therefore He had to be made like His brethren in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make expiation for the sins of the people.  For because He Himself has suffered and been tempted, He is able to...

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Nativity Devotion, December 25: Read the Story

Nativity Devotion, December 25: Read the Story

Merry Christmas Prayer Team!   With our journey to the manger now complete, take a moment today and read the whole story again.  Read it with someone else—your spouse, your parent, your child, your friend, your whole family.  Sit around the table, or in front of your Christmas tree, and...

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Nativity Devotion, December 24: And the Word Became Flesh

Nativity Devotion, December 24: And the Word Became Flesh

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory.  John 1:14   Good morning Prayer Team! For the past 40 days we have been studying the Gospels of Matthew and Luke and their accounts of the Nativity.  The Gospel of Mark makes no mention of...

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Have you Ever Googled: The Story of the Nativity

Google:  The Story of the Nativity.  This is the way some digital natives understand the Story of the Nativity. The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops. OCN offers videos, podcasts, blogs and music, to enhance Orthodox Christian life.  You can also listen to...

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Daily Reading for December 24, 2015, Eugenia the Righteous Nun-martyr of Rome

Daily Reading for December 24, 2015, Eugenia the Righteous Nun-martyr of Rome

    St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 1:1-12 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 63.11,1 The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord. Oh God, hear my cry. IN MANY AND VARIOUS WAYS God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us...

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 The Icon of the Nativity

 The Icon of the Nativity

  The birth of Jesus Christ in a manger is one we have heard since the beginning of our Orthodox lives. Emperor Augustus decreed that everyone should return to their birthplace for a census. Mary and Joseph were descendants of King David and Bethlehem was in the city of David....

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Nativity Devotion, December 21: Meaningful Gifts

Nativity Devotion, December 21: Meaningful Gifts

Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts—gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 2:11   Good morning Prayer Team! The Magi did not come empty-handed to visit the Christ-child.  They brought Him treasures, gifts that they considered valuable, gifts that befit the “king” they were coming to visit.  They presumably brought...

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Nativity Devotion, December 18: I can Only Imagine

Nativity Devotion, December 18: I can Only Imagine

And going into the house they saw the child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshipped Him.  Matthew 2:11   Good morning Prayer Team! What would your first reaction be if you walked into a room and Christ was there?  One can only imagine the scene when...

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Nativity Devotion, December 17: All Signs Point in One Direction

Nativity Devotion, December 17: All Signs Point in One Direction

When they had heard the king they went their way; and lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  Matthew 2:9-10  ...

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