Thursday, 26 December 2013

Nativity Hymn of Christ: Stichera of the Ninth Hour

The internet may have its nasty traps, but it also contains many hidden gems. I found this beautiful Byzantine chant of the Nativity in English. It's haunting and mystical, typical of Eastern Church hymns. In the spirit of fraternity and the likely union between the Eastern and Western Churches, I present you this Nativity Hymn of Christ: Stichera of the Ninth Hour.




He Who holds all creation in the hollow of His hand
today is born of a Virgin.
He Whose essence none can touch
is wrapped in swaddling clothes as a mortal man.
God, Who in the beginning fashioned the heavens,
lies in a manger.
He Who rained manna on His people in the wilderness
is fed on milk from His mother's breasts.
The Bridegroom of the Church summons the Magi,
and the Son of the Virgin accepts their gifts.
We worship Your Birth, O Christ.
We worship Your Birth, O Christ.
We worship Your Birth, O Christ.
Show us also Thy divine Theophany!

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