Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Orthodox Christmas Resource Page

"The Nativity Forty-day Fast represents the fast undertaken by Moses, who, having fasted for forty days and forty nights, received the Commandments of God, written on stone tablets. And we, fasting for forty days, will reflect upon and receive from the Virgin, the living Word - not written upon stone - but born, incarnate, and we will commune of His Divine Body." - St. Symeon of Thessaloniki

The Nativity Fast

Fasting Resource Page

The Orthodox Celebration of Christmas

The Orthodox Nativity Season

The Nativity Fast, Otherwise Known As Advent, Has Begun

The Journey Towards Bethlehem: An Introduction to the Nativity Fast

On the Nativity Fast - When? Why? How?

Why the Nativity Fast Has Been Established

The Nativity Fast and Orthodox Tradition

The Nativity Fast

Reflections On The Nativity Fast

A Good Forty Day Nativity Fast!

Sermon 1 on the Fast of Advent (St. Leo the Great)

Fasting as an Ecclesiastical Notion

Elder Paisios: On How We Should Celebrate Feasts

The Sacred Forty Liturgies and the Nativity Fast

Integrating the Sacred Forty Liturgies in the Nativity Fast

On the Benefits of Forty Liturgies For the Departed

Saint George Karslidis On Forty Liturgies

The Duty of Almsgiving and the Hope of a Return From God

Saint Nicholas Resource Page

Saint Spyridon Resource Page

Christmas Origins and Paganism

"On the Day of the Birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ" by St. John Chrysostom

St. Nikodemos Explains How We Came to Celebrate Christmas on December 25th

Was Zechariah, the Father of John the Baptist, a High Priest?

How Did the Church Determine Christ Was Born on December 25?

Christmas Date Does NOT Have Pagan Origins

But Jesus Wasn't Born Dec. 25 – was He?

Christmas: An Ancient CHRISTIAN Feast

December 25th as the Actual Date of the Birth of Christ (1 of 4)

December 25th as the Actual Date of the Birth of Christ (2 of 4)

December 25th as the Actual Date of the Birth of Christ (3 of 4)

December 25th as the Actual Date of the Birth of Christ (4 of 4)

The Celebration of Christmas (1 of 5)

The Celebration of Christmas (2 of 5)

The Celebration of Christmas (3 of 5)

The Celebration of Christmas (4 of 5)

The Celebration of Christmas (5 of 5)


Thanksgiving Resource Page


Greeks, Jews & Hanukkah - A Story That Still Needs To Be Told

On Martyrdom and the Maccabees (St. Cyprian of Carthage)

The Search for the Tomb of the Maccabees

Sunday of the Holy Forefathers (Dec. 11th - 17th)

Sunday of the Holy Forefathers of Christ

Homily on the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers (St. Gregory Palamas)

A Homily On the Righteousness of Noah

A Homily On the Faith of Abraham the Patriarch

Homily on the Righteousness of Lot, Nephew of Abraham

A Homily on Isaac, Who Was Blessed By God

Homily on the Meekness of Jacob the Patriarch

A Homily on the Diligence and Devotion of Ruth

A Homily on the Repentance of King David

An Icon of Christ's Maternal Lineage

The Sunday Before Christmas (Dec. 18th - 23rd)

Dec. 20 - The Forefeast of the Nativity of the Lord

A Homily in Preparation for the Celebration of Christmas (St. John Chrysostom)

Christmas is Coming (Elder Aimilianos of Simonpetra)

Synaxarion for the Sunday Before the Nativity of Christ

The Sunday Before the Nativity of Christ

Homily on the Genealogy of Christ (St. Gregory Palamas)

On the Saints of the Old Testament

Honoring the Old Testament Athletes of our Faith

The Fleshless and Incarnate Logos

Fr. John Romanides, the Angel of Great Counsel, and Iconography

The Angel of Great Counsel in Iconography

The Journey to Bethlehem in Chora

Homily on Melchizedek, the King and Priest

A Homily on Joseph, the Chaste and Innocent

A Homily on the Meekness of Moses

Homily on the Obedience of Joshua the Son of Nun

A Homily on the Blameless Prophet Samuel

A Homily on the Faith and Zeal of Elijah the Prophet

A Homily on the Long-Suffering and Patient Job

Prophet Daniel Resource Page

An Annual Liturgical Drama That Took Place in Hagia Sophia on the Sunday Before Christmas

Church Fathers and Saints on the Nativity

Synaxarion for the Nativity of Christ, the Veneration of the Magi and the Shepherds Who Beheld the Lord

Orthodox Christmas Reflection (1)

Orthodox Christmas Reflection (2)

Orthodox Christmas Reflection (3)

Nativity Sermon of St. John Chrysostom

"On the Day of the Birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ" by St. John Chrysostom

St. Ephraim the Syrian's 100 Stanzas on the Nativity

St. Ephraim's Nineteen Hymns on the Nativity of Christ

The Nativity Discourse of St. Gregory Thaumaturgus

A Christmas Sermon of Saint Jerome

Why Did God Become Man? The Answer of St. Athanasios

On the Incarnation of the Son of God

The Patristic Understanding of the Virgin Birth of Christ

The 70 Weeks Prophecy of Daniel According to St. Jerome

The Erythraean Sibyl and Her Prophetic Acrostic Concerning the Coming of Christ

Christ Came to Pass Through All the Ranks of the Priesthood

Why Jesus Had To Be Virgin Born: St. Maximus the Confessor Explains

Why Jesus Came Into the World

Maximus the Confessor: "God Divided the Ages Wisely"

"On the Nativity of the Savior and the Vigorous Pursuit of our Ascetic Life" (St. Theodore the Studite)

The Word Became Flesh: The Inexpressible Mystery of Salvation (St. Symeon the New Theologian)

Homily on the Nativity of Christ (St. Gregory Palamas)

Prayer to the Lord Who Was Born (St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite)

St John of Kronstadt on the Nativity of Christ

1962 Nativity Epistle of St. John Maximovitch

"Prologue" Reading for Christmas by St. Nikolai Velimirovich

A Christmas Epistle by St. Justin Popovich

Christmas With Papa Tychon

Elder Paisios the Athonite on Christmas

All The Saints Gather To Worship The Incarnate God

Christmas Theological Reflections

The Nativity of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ

Why Jesus Came Into the World

Christmas - the Capital of Feasts

Christmas Christology: An Interview with Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

Christ Was Born Not to Establish a New Religion

The Birth of Christ Celebrates the End of the Sickness of Religion

The Incarnation as the Foundation of our Spiritual Life (Elder Sophrony)

Why Was Jesus Born In Bethlehem?

What Does "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men" Mean?

Christianity, the Light of Humanity

The Truth About Christmas and the Myth-Making of Christmas

God Upon the Earth

How Will We Celebrate Christmas Today?

Christmas Despair and Hope

The Neurosis of the Holidays

Finding Christmas

Christmas... What is Missing?

Have You Prepared Your Manger?

The Least Who Yearn To Become Mangers

"Undecorating" the Christmas Tree

Jesus Christ: The Reclining Lion of Judah

"The Bethlehemite Is Killing Me": A Reflection on the Great Canon

The Divine Kenosis

Christmas 2008 With Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi On the Divine Kenosis of the Word (video)

An Icon of Christ With an Earring

Patriarch Pavle on the Holy Nativity of Christ

Did Christ Have A Fallen Human Nature?

Fr. George Dragas On the Incarnation (video)

The Case Against the Case Against the Virgin Birth

Does Christmas Have Anything To Do With Jesus?

No Room In The Inn? Born In A Manger?

Comparing the First and Second Coming of Christ

Incarnation & New Creation

The Last Christmas Message of the Late Archbishop Christodoulos of Greece

The Birth of John the Baptist and the Summer Solstice

About the Wise Men from the East

When Did the Magi Arrive in Bethlehem?

Balaam and the Three Magi

Four Reasons the Star of Bethlehem Was Supernatural

The Magi and the Star: An Orthodox Understanding

The Spirit of the Gift

Magi and Magicians

The Magi and Astrology

The Veneration of the Magi in Iconography

The Three Gifts of the Magi On Mount Athos

The Gifts of the Magi Brought to Aitoloakarnanias (Photos / Video)

Russians Come In Waves To Venerate the Gifts of the Magi (photos + videos)

More Than 150,000 Faithful Venerate the Gifts of the Magi ... So Far

Christmas in Greece

Christmas In Greece

Yes, Virginia, Hellenes Have Christmas Traditions

A Christmas Tradition on the Island of Tinos

Manger Scene at Panagia Alexiotissa in Patras, Greece

An Impressive Orthodox Nativity Scene

Where Christmas is Annually Celebrated in a Cave

Kallikantzaroi: The Christmas Goblins of Greece

Christmas in Cyprus

Two Cypriot Icons of the Nativity of Christ

Christmas in Ukraine

Christmas in Ukraine

Ukrainian, Serbian and Carpatho-Rusyn Orthodox Christmas

Christmas in Serbia

Christmas In Serbia

Ukrainian, Serbian and Carpatho-Rusyn Orthodox Christmas

Christmas in Russia

Christmas in Russia

Christ Reborn In Post-Soviet Russia (video)

Majority of Russians Celebrate Christmas Despite Communist Past

Kurayev Proposes A January 1st Christmas

Christmas in Georgia

Christmas In Tbilisi, Georgia (video)

Christmas in Romania

Christmas in Romania

Christmas in Bulgaria

Christmas in Bulgaria

Bulgaria Joins Christian World in Celebrating Christmas

St. Ignatius Day Opens Christmas Festivities in Bulgaria

Christmas in the West

Largest Nativity Scene in the World

Christmas in the Holy Land

Celebrating Christmas In The Shepherds' Fields Of Beit Sahour

The Miraculous Icon of the Most Holy Virgin of Bethlehem

A Recent Appearance of the Theotokos in Bethlehem

The Annual Sweep of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Major Renovation in Store for the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Christmas in Bethlehem: The Cross Banished From Souvenirs

Christmas in Mount Athos

A Pilgrim's View of Christmas on Mount Athos (video)

Athonite Ascetics Celebrate Christmas (video)

The Christmas of Athonite Ascetics (video)

An Athonite Christmas Carol

The Christmas Tree of Virtues

Christmas Music

A Romiosini Christmas Musical Journey

A Byzantine Christmas Carol To Christ and the Theotokos

A 17th Century Version of "Christ Is Born"

An Athonite Christmas Carol

Christmas Carols Sung At the Archdiocese of Athens

A Pontian Christmas Carol

"Christmas Oratorio" by Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev

Irmos - "A Star Has Dawned From the Tribe of Judah..."

The Christmas Kontakia of St. Romanos

What Shall We Offer Thee, O Lord

Orthodoxy and Western Christmas Carols

Let's Rethink Our Holly-Jolly Christmas Songs

The Legend Of '12 Days of Christmas'

Good King Wenceslas

The Original Words To The Song "Good King Wenceslas"

Christmas Traditions

The Byzantine Origins of the Christmas Tree

The Orthodox Christian Origins of the Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree and Orthodox Tradition

In Defense of the Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree: An Orthodox Perspective

From Basil the Great To Santa Claus

We Need a Little Visit from the Real Saint Nicholas

Father Christmas and the Christmas Spirit


Christmas and Non-Christians

The Real War On Christmas (video)

Atheists and Christmas

Christmas TV & Films

1971 Animated Version of "A Christmas Carol"

The Story Behind "It's A Wonderful Life"

How Frank Capra's Christian Faith Influenced His Films

"The Story of the Other Wise Man" (animation)

Movie: "The Fourth Wise Man" (1985)

Leo Tolstoy's "Papa Panov's Special Christmas" (animation)

Nikolai Gogol's "The Night Before Christmas" (animation)

Russian Cartoon: "The Christmas Visit" (1959)

Christmas Stories and Literature

G.K. Chesterton's Biography "Charles Dickens" (1906)

Charles Dickens and Christianity

25 Worthwhile Quotes From Charles Dickens

Marley's Bowels of Compassion (or Lack Thereof)

The Beneficial Tale of St. Peter the Tax Collector

Christmas in Greek Literature

"The Gleaner: A Christmas Story" by Alexandros Papadiamantis


Holy Hieromartyr Myron of Cyzicus

The Christmas of a Lonely Woman (St. Nikolai Velimirovich)

Orthodox Keep Christ at Center of Christmas

A Christmas Eve Miracle in Loutraki! (video + photos)

Amazing Orthodox Church Snow Sculptures!

A Christmas Card from Elder Sophrony Saharov


From Nativity to Theophany (December 25 - January 6)

Twelve Days of Christmas Resource Page

Orthodox Theophany Resource Page

Saint John the Baptist Resource Page

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