Thursday, December 29, 2022

Fifth Homily for the Day of the Nativity of Christ (Archpriest Rodion Putyatin)


 By Archpriest Rodion Putyatin

"Magnify, O my soul, her who is more honorable and more exalted in glory than the heavenly hosts." (Ninth Ode of Christmas Matins)

To Jesus Christ now, on the day of His Nativity, everyone gives some kind of honor, everyone somehow rejoices in Him.

Some with the shepherds worship Him, others with the angels glorify Him, those with His Most Pure Mother in silence listen to the singing to His glory, some with the Magi bring some gifts to Him.

And you, pious listener, how do you rejoice in the One who is now born, what honor do you give to Him, your Savior God?

Magnify with me His Most Pure Mother, the Virgin Mary. Magnifying the Mother, we will magnify the Son; giving honor to Her, we will honor Him who was born of Her.

After the songs of the Lord, there is no more glorious song for God and for our spirit a sweeter song than the one we sing in honor of the Mother of God.

So, let us sing: "Magnify, O my soul, her who is more honorable and more exalted in glory than the heavenly hosts." Amen.
 
 
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