Christ is born!
Merry Christmas to everyone who follows the old calendar.
Troparion of the Nativity:
Thy Nativity, O Christ our God,
hath shone upon the world the light of knowledge;
for thereby, they that worshipped the stars
were taught 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!
Kontakion of the Nativity:
Today the Virgin giveth birth to Him who is above all being,
and the earth offereth a cave to Him whom no man can approach.
Angels with shepherds give glory, and magi journey with a star.
For our sake is born a young Child, the Pre-eternal God!
I do not think that I have ever featured the Georgians before. Here is a Georgian news broadcast from yesterday that shows the ქართველები getting ready for the feast:
Their script looks so fascinating.
When the Creator beheld man, whom He had made with His hands, about to perish, He bowed the heavens and came down; and He was endued with man’s nature in very truth, becoming incarnate of a Virgin divinely pure: for He has glorified Himself.
—Troparion from the first canticle of the matins canon for the Nativity
Enjoy the feast!