Orthodox Christians celebrate the birth of Christ for twelve days, and we "Glorify Christ Who shone forth from the Virgin and took on flesh in order to save our souls."
During this period of time we remember the Prophet David who "foretold in songs the One Who worked wonders in you: At Your right hand stood the Queen."
Isaiah reveals that the Messiah will be born of the seed of Jesse, the father of King David: "There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: (Is. 11:1)."
The words of the Magi, "where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him."
Herod was troubled, the prophecies are fulfilled, and "all kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him " (Psalm. 71: 10-11)
"Christ who has great and rich mercy has saved the world, O Theotokos."
The Theotokos, bore the man-God, Jesus, both human and Divine. Son of God, and also the Son of the Virgin, is born in Bethlehem. The prophecies clearly existed yet were not understood by those who did not comprehend their fulfillment.
Joseph in his old age, the Betrothed, clearly saw the prophecies fulfilled, given a mysterious command, and received enlightenment from the angels.
Joy to the world the Lord is come, let earth receive her King. Illumine, O Lord, the hearts of men with a clear knowledge and understanding of You, that they may be filled with hope, in a troubled world, as you did the wise men, dispelling all confusion and error, that they come to know you the true God and Savior.
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