New Hieromartyr Basil Kholmogorov, archpriest, of Ostrov (Moscow) (1938).
St. Findlugan of Islay (7th c.). St. Peter of Atroa (837). St. Thomais of Lesbos (10th c.).
Repose of Schemahierodeacon Elder Panteleimon, founder of Kostychev Convent (1884).
The mystery of the Incarnation attracts mankind, because without this mystery, there remains for mankind only the dreary corruption of enchanting lusts and the gloomy gates of death. We hymn the Incarnation of Christ, because no matter how much we love our sinful nature, we still long to be comforted by the afterlife.
And may these holy days pass as a judgment over our conscience, our entire lives, and our actions, because only then will we be able to say that they were unto our salvation, because they provided us with the means for spiritual struggle in repentance, humility, and a change of life, and at the same time, encouraged us to turn to God, to entreat His great mercy with humility and love.
The gold brought by the Magi is in the form of twenty-eight small pendants with various shapes (trapezoidal, rectangular, and polygonal), adorned with a fine filigree ornament. Each pendant has a different design. The frankincense and myrrh, although brought separately, were subsequently joined into small, dark, olive-sized beads.
Nowhere does a child learn goodness in the same way as he learns it by following the examples of his parents and loved ones. And today, remembering the large family of the Virgin Mary, we pray that modern families, large and even small, will be able to keep the Faith.
The unfortunate Herod did not realise that Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, was not born to be the King of the Jews. Christ is the King of all the earth and of heaven, and He does not seek power over men as the kings of the earth do. He wants to embrace all people and warm them with His divine love.
Brothers! If the sons of this age, for the sake of temporary honor, greet the birthday of their earthly king with such preparation, then how must we greet the birthday of our eternal King Jesus Christ, Who for our zeal toward Him will reward us not with temporary but eternal glory, and vouchsafe us the honor not of an earthly ruler that passes on to his successor, but of a heavenly kingdom, which has no successor?
This year we have met up against unfaithfulness, and betrayal, and human weaknesses. If there is anything an Orthodox Christian should ask of the Lord it is strength to fulfill the Commandments of Christ for the sake of the great blessedness that is under the heavens—the unification of our souls with God.
We have talked with Bogdan Vladimirovich, a professional musician, a Master of Arts, a graduate of the Minsk State Academy of Music, about bells, the meaning of bell ringing, bellringers and how people become one.
Standing on the threshold of 2021, once again OrthoChristian.com takes a look back at some of the major events of the past year, covered on its digital pages. 2020 was quite a year to say the least, and so many of its startling events related directly to us as Orthodox Christians.