Commemorated on December 24
In Slavic practice, on the eve of the Nativity of the Lord, the
liturgical services consist of the Royal Hours with the Typika, Vespers,
and the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great. At Vigil in the
evening, Great Compline is followed by Matins.
If the Nativity
falls on Sunday, however, the Royal Hours with the Typika are read on
the preceding Friday. On Friday evening, the office of the Forefeast,
December 24. The Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom is served on Saturday
morning. At Vigil in the evening, Great Compline is followed by Matins.
On Sunday morning, the Liturgy of Saint Basil is celebrated.
the Nativity falls on a Monday, Royal Hours with the Typika are read on
Friday December 22. On Saturday evening and Sunday morning we follow the
order for the Sunday before the Nativity with the office of the
Forefeast for December 24. On Sunday morning the Liturgy of Saint John
Chrysostom is served. Vigil on Sunday evening consists of Great Compline
is followed by Matins. On Monday morning the Liturgy of Saint Basil is
On the eve of the Nativity, instead of three readings
from the Old Testament at Vespers, there are eight readings (from
Genesis, Numbers, Micah, Isaiah, Baruch, Daniel, and two more readings
from Isaiah). The entrance is made with the Gospel.
At the end of
Liturgy the priest places a lighted candle in a candlestick in the
center of the church. Then the troparion and kontakion of the Feast are
sung. At Vigil on the evening of the twenty-fourth, Great Compline is
followed by Matins.
TROPARION - TONE 4
Mary was of David’s seed, / so she went with Joseph to register in
Bethlehem. / She bore in her womb the Fruit not sown by man. / The time
for the birth was at hand. / Since there was no room at the inn, / the
cave became a beautiful palace for the Queen. / Christ is born, raising
up the image that fell of old.
KONTAKION - TONE 3
Today the Virgin comes to the cave / to give birth to the Eternal Word. /
Hear the glad tidings and rejoice, O universe! / Glorify with the
angels and the shepherds / the Eternal God, who is willing to appear as a
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