Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wednesdays with Words :: Today the Beginningless Doth Begin

Finally remembering Wednesdays with Words in time to post something! Here are two of my very favorite of our Nativity hymns. These words are what I contemplate as we prepare for this blessed feast:

Today Christ is born in Bethlehem of the Virgin.  
Today the Beginningless doth begin, and the Word becometh incarnate.  
The powers of heaven rejoice and earth is glad with mankind.  
The Magi do offer presents, and the shepherds with wonder declaim.  
As for us, we shout ceaselessly, crying, 
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth pace, good-will toward men.

~Second Orthros Doxasticon of the Nativity

Today is born of a virgin He who holds the whole creation in His hand. 
He whose essence none can touch is bound in swaddling clothes as a mortal man. 
God, who in the beginning fashioned the heavens, lies in a manger. 
He who rained manna on his people in the wilderness is fed on milk from His mother’s breast. 
The bridegroom of the Church summons the wise men; the Son of the virgin accepts their gifts. 
We worship Thy birth, O Christ! 
We worship Thy birth, O Christ! 
We worship Thy birth, O Christ! 
Show us also Thy holy Theophany. 

~Eve of the Nativity, sticheron at the Ninth Royal Hour


  1. Hi Lisa, I really like that line, "the Beginningless doth begin" Lovely. Thanks for sharing :) Merry Christmas!

    1. It's definitely worth contemplating.
      Merry Christmas!


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