Many, if not most, Orthodox Christians in the world will celebrate our Lord’s Nativity on January 7, as was the custom for all Orthodox until less than a century ago. Under various pressures to westernize, some began to use the “secular” calendar as had been requested of them since the 16th century. I happen to have been baptized into a “new calendar” diocese, so here I am! When I announce a feast day or a calendar date of a commemoration, saying “We –,” I don’t disregard the vast numbers of my beloved brothers and sisters who are waiting thirteen more days for their holy day. But here I go again:
We have entered the Forefeast of the Nativity of our Lord:
Prepare, O Bethlehem, for Eden has been opened to all!
Adorn yourself, O Ephratha,
for the tree of life blossoms forth from the Virgin in the cave!
Her womb is a spiritual paradise planted with the Divine Fruit:
If we eat of it, we shall live forever and not die like Adam.
Christ comes to restore the image which He made in the beginning!
4 thoughts on “Let us eat of it and live forever.”
Let us not forget “for the tree of life blossoms forth”.
This is beautiful and I love the image, too. How lovely to have two more weeks!
Thank you for acknowledging that the pressure made them change the calendar. We celebrate January 7th, but we started the fast 13 days later than you, so we are all observing the 40 days to our ability. And as with you, we have a good amount of family + friends who aren’t Orthodox. We are focusing more on Christ than on the secular ways much of our world prefers, like Santa and his elves.
Such a pretty photo!