Η Χριστού Γέννησις Icon

Η Χριστού Γέννησις Icon

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On December 25, our Holy Church celebrates the great and unexplained event of the incarnation of the Son and Word of God by the Most Holy Theotokos.

After the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary by Archangel Gabriel, and as the time was approaching to end the nine months since the supernatural conception of Christ in her virgin womb, Caesar Augustus ordered a census of the population of the Roman state. Then Joseph and the Virgin set out for Bethlehem to be counted. So they set out from Nazareth and after a arduous journey reached Bethlehem, where because of the crowds they could not find accommodation, except for a poor cave. There the Virgin Mary gave birth to the Lord Jesus Christ and nursed the Creator of all things like an infant. Then he put Him on the manger of the horses of animals, because "He was to be liberated πμᾶς ἀπὸ τὴν ἀλογίαν". Since then, all faithful Christians have joyfully sung the hymn of the angels of that night: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" That is, glory be to God, who is in the highest heavens and on the whole earth, who is troubled by sin, let divine peace reign, because God showed His love to people through the incarnation of His Son.