Posted by: anna | January 1, 2011

Forefeast of the Nativity

The Wikipedia article about the Nativity Fast, particularly the liturgical and scriptural progression, is a useful brief overview; in fact it is rather more comprehensive that the Orthodoxwiki one… Today begins the Forefeast (an octave) of the Nativity of Christ, though of course we are still within the Nativity Fast; a sort of equivalent to Holy Week:

Rejoice, O Bethlehem! Ephratha, make ready! For behold, the ewe-lamb hasteneth to give birth to the Great Shepherd Whom she carrieth in her womb. And seeing Him, the Godbearing Fathers rejoice, and with the shepherds praise the virgin who giveth suck.

– Kontakion of the Forefeast of the Nativity

Here are a few articles I’ve been digesting this season, and have found useful:
monachos.net
holy-transfiguration.org
a big collection at St Nicholas ROCOR, Dallas, TX

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