Byzantine Hymn of the Nativity

I do not celebrate Christmas in the common way, holding it rather is a family day, however, there are times and seasons when things seemingly are appropriate. This is the time and season for songs about the Saviour’s birth; however, here is a song never heard on the radio – although it is somewhat more enjoyable than the usual fare.  It is in Arabic, but it is subtitled. Enjoy.

Today is born of a Virgin, he who holds creation in the hollow of his hand.
As a mortal he is wrapped in swaddling rags, he who in his being cannot be handled.
God lies in a manger, who of old established the heavens in the beginning.
He is nourished with milk from the breast, he who rained Manna on the People in the desert.
He summons Magi, the Bridegroom of the Church.
He accepts their gifts, the Son of the Virgin.
We worship your birth, O Christ.
Show us also your divine Epiphany.


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