Today the Virgin gives birth to him
who is above all being
and the earth offers a cave to him
whom no one can approach.
Angels with shepherds give glory,
and magi journey with a star,
for to us there has been born
a little Child, God before the ages.
Prelude to the Kontakion on the Nativity of Christ
St. Romanos the Melodist (6th Century CE)
On this day in 1878: Noël, Countess of Rothes, philanthropist, social leader and heroine of Titanic disaster was born.
This beautiful Nativity is a 7th century encaustic icon from The Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai (St Catherine’s) . An explanation of the iconography, which contains events described in the Protoevangelium of James, can be found here: The Nativity Icon.
On this day in 1950: The Stone of Scone, traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, is taken from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalist students. It later turns up in Scotland on April 11, 1951.
Merry Christmas – Joyeux Noël – Buon Natale
Adorazione dei pastori – Michelangelo Merisic (Caravaggio) – 1609