Friends: For those of us observing the "New" or so-called "Revised Julian" Calendar, today, December 24, is the Eve of the Nativity, which is kept as a Strict Fast Day. Some of our churches of the Byzantine tradition, especially larger parishes, monasteries and cathedrals, Eastern Orthodox or Eastern Catholic, will serve the "Royal Hours" of the Nativity this morning, followed by Typika and the Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. At this Liturgy the story of the Nativity of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ as recounted in St. Luke's Gospel, Ch. 2, verses 1-20, will be told once again.
And this evening we shall once again return to our churches for the "All-Night Vigil" for the Feast of the Nativity, that beautiful Service during which, in the Great Compline part, we chant that magnificent hymn, "God is with us!" And during the Matins which follows, we chant with full voice: "Glory to God in the highest" "Gloria in excelsis Deo!"
CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM! A blessed Feast to you all!
Don't forget the Divine Liturgy of the Feast tomorrow morning when our fast is completed with our joyous reception of Holy Communion to the Most Pure Body and Precious Blood of our Savior Himself.