Appointed for an earthly heaven

BLESS the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou hast clothed thyself with praise and honour: who dost robe thyself with light as with a garment; spreading out the heaven as a curtain. Who covers his chambers with waters; who makes the clouds his chariot; who walks on the wings of the wind. Who makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flaming fire. Who establishes the earth on her sure foundation: it shall not be moved for ever.

I will sing to the Lord while I live; I will sing praise to my God while I exist. Let my meditation be sweet to him: and I will rejoice in the Lord.

Psalm 103:1-5, 33-34 (LXX)

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An icon of the Nativity in the Church of St John the Baptist by the Jordan River in Israel. © David Bjorgen, Wikimedia Commons. Used under licence.

“Thou art an Apostle of Christ, and herald of his ineffable incarnation.” An icon of the Nativity in the Church of St John the Baptist by the Jordan River in Israel. © David Bjorgen, Wikimedia Commons. Used under licence.

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For the Feast of St James, son of Alpheus (October 9)

WE keep the feast faithfully of the day of thy memory, raising hymns unto thee O glorious saint James, not because thou art son of Alpheus, but because thou art an Apostle of Christ, and herald of his ineffable incarnation. Therefore, as thou standest forever beside the throne of the Master, among the Bodiless Powers and the choirs of the Apostles and Martyrs, intercede earnestly with our Saviour and God, that he should save us.

At Vespers. Source.

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WHEN he came forth from thee after the flesh, the Lord who stretched out the heavens, and established the earth upon its foundations, appointed thee unto us, O Panagia, for an earthly heaven.

At Matins.

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2 thoughts on “Appointed for an earthly heaven

  1. “When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.(titus 3:4-5)”

    …and What kindness and love He revealed through the Nativity.

  2. Perfect. I shall have to add that quotation to my list… His Nativity, his Passion, his Resurrection – this is what love looks like.

    Love came down at Christmas,
    Love all lovely, Love Divine,
    Love was born at Christmas,
    Star and Angels gave the sign.

    Worship we the Godhead,
    Love Incarnate, Love Divine,
    Worship we our Jesus,
    But wherewith for sacred sign?

    Love shall be our token,
    Love shall be yours and love be mine,
    Love to God and all men,
    Love for plea and gift and sign.

    (Christina Rossetti’s a recent discovery of mine!)

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