Let’s take a look at the Icon of the Nativity. Let’s look at how all of creation participated in this incredible miracle.  There is so, so, so much happening in this icon. This is just another reason why icons are such an important part of Orthodox Christian worship. They teach us so very much.
All of creation gave something that night:
the angels gave thanks with their song-the doxology that we sing every Sunday at the end of Orthros.
the heavens gave the star {here’s another interesting bit of information… did you know that the star wasn’t really a star at all?  Even scientifically, that star cannot be explained because it behaved so differently than anything scientists have ever observed–even until this day. It moved, it stopped, it ascended and descended, it changed direction… stars don’t behave like this. That’s because it really wasn’t a star at all. It was the Archangel Gabriel.  After bringing Panagia the news of the Annunciation, he went straightway to take his place as a light in the sky. The light that the Magi would follow for over 2 1/2 years.}
poor humble shepherds gave praise and amazement
earth gave its cave-not a barn-it was actually a cave in the wilderness as depicted in the icon.
humanity gave the Virgin; the magi brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The gold represented his royalty, the frankincense the dignity of His divinity, and the myrrh of course, represented His death. Though, the Magi didn’t perceive the mystery of the gifts they gave. 
Everything that took place was a fulfillment of of the Old Testament prophecies.  St. Gregory of Nyssa compares the birth of Christ in a cave as the spiritual light shining forth in the shadow of death that had encompassed mankind.
(Taken from the blog Adventures of an Orthodox mom)

Let’s take a look at the Icon of the Nativity. Let’s look at how all of creation participated in this incredible miracle.  There is so, so, so much happening in this icon. This is just another reason why icons are such an important part of Orthodox Christian worship. They teach us so very much.

All of creation gave something that night:

  • the angels gave thanks with their song-the doxology that we sing every Sunday at the end of Orthros.
  • the heavens gave the star {here’s another interesting bit of information… did you know that the star wasn’t really a star at all?  Even scientifically, that star cannot be explained because it behaved so differently than anything scientists have ever observed–even until this day. It moved, it stopped, it ascended and descended, it changed direction… stars don’t behave like this. That’s because it really wasn’t a star at all. It was the Archangel Gabriel.  After bringing Panagia the news of the Annunciation, he went straightway to take his place as a light in the sky. The light that the Magi would follow for over 2 1/2 years.}
  • poor humble shepherds gave praise and amazement
  • earth gave its cave-not a barn-it was actually a cave in the wilderness as depicted in the icon.
  • humanity gave the Virgin; the magi brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The gold represented his royalty, the frankincense the dignity of His divinity, and the myrrh of course, represented His death. Though, the Magi didn’t perceive the mystery of the gifts they gave.

Everything that took place was a fulfillment of of the Old Testament prophecies.  St. Gregory of Nyssa compares the birth of Christ in a cave as the spiritual light shining forth in the shadow of death that had encompassed mankind.

(Taken from the blog Adventures of an Orthodox mom)

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    (Taken from the blog Adventures of an Orthodox mom)
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