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  • Nativity of the Lord – Christmas, celebrated at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

    Today, when the entire Orthodox breathing celebrates the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Metropolitan Cathedral in Chisinau.

    During the Service, archpriest Vadim Cheibas, Cathedral Dean and Metropolitan’s Secretary, read out the archpastor’s Christmas Message.

    After the Liturgy, Metropolitan Vladimir congratulated the believers on the bright Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, wishing them to experience fully the grandeur and splendour of the day, in the light of the Orthodox teaching and our forefathers’ tradition.

    Christmas Carols were chanted by the Cathedral Choir, after which the metropolitan distributed sets of sweets to children and Orthodox calendars to adults present in the church.

    Synodal Sector of Institutional Communication and Mass-Media Relations

     

    Gospel Reading on the Feast of the Nativity according to the flesh of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ:

    Matthew 2:1-12

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    Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,

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    saying, “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.”

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    When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

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    And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

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    So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

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    But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ “

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    Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.

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    And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

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    When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.

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    When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.

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    And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

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    Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

    credit to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Baltimore, USA