Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord

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Program: #04-50, Air Date: 12/06/04

NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the recording made by the Choir of the Monks of Chevetogne directed by Fr. Maxime Gimenez.


Dear Friends of Millennium of Music: 

Even by the standards of our most popular program, we have
been gratified (and taken aback) by the overwhelming response we have received from this series dedicated to the work of the monks of Chevetogne. To this end, we are providing some extra information on how to reach the monks on line or by mail.

Monastère de l'Exaltation de la Sainte Croix
Rue du monastère 65
B - 5590 - Chevetogne
Belgique

Tel.: + 32 (0)83 21.17.63
Fax: + 32 (0)83 21.60.45

Email addresses of the Monastery: abbaye@monasterechevetogne.com

Again, thank you for you enthusiastic support for the program;
we hope to continue this series for some time.

You may reach the Abbey at their web site:
www.monasterechevetogne.com

The program is sponsored in part by the Belgian Tourist Office
and the Embassy of Belgium in Washington, D.C. For
more information on visiting Belgium (including the Abbey),
you may contact the Belgian Tourist Office at:
www.visitbelgium.com

I. The Forefeast:
Aposticha of the Forefeast, the Sunday of the Ancestors of Christ ("O house of Ephrath").

II. The Royal Hours:
--Troparion of the Forefeast ("Once Mary, with the aged Joseph").
--Idiomelon Stichera of the Ninth Hour ("He who holds the whole of creation in the hollow of His hand").

III. The Great Vespers:
--Stichera at Vespers ("Lord, I cry to You").
--First Troparion of the Lessons ("You were born secretly in a cave").
--Second Troparion of the Lessons ("You have shone forth from a Virgin").

IV. The Great Compline
--"God is with us!"
--Troparion of the Feast ("Your nativity...has shone upon the world").
--Kondakion of the Feast ("Today the virgin gives birth").

V. Matins
--"The Lord is God"
--Polyeleos ("Praise the name of the Lord"
--First Part of the Canon ("Christ is born, give Him glory").
--Hypakoi ("Callin the wise men by the star").
--Second Part of the Canon ("Rod of the root of Jesse").
--Kondakion of the Feast ("Today the virgin gives birth").
--Third Part of the Canon ("Scorning the impious decree").
--Expostilarion ("Our Savior, the Orient from the East").
--Lauds ("Let everything that breathes praise the Lord").
--The Great Doxology ("Glory to You who have shone us the light").
--Troparion of the Feast ("Your nativity...has shone upon the world").