Joseph, tell the good news

ON the Sunday after Christmas, we make commemoration of Joseph the Betrothed, David the King, and James the Brother of the Lord.

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OUR Saviour from on high hath visited us, Daystar from the morning lands, and we dwellers in darkness and shadow have found the truth; for the Lord was born of the Virgin.

O JOSEPH, tell the good news of these wonders to David, the ancestor of God: thou hast seen a virgin with child, thou hast worshipped with magi, thou hast given glory with shepherds, thou hast dealt through an angel. Intercede with Christ God, that our souls be saved.

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An icon of St Joseph carrying Jesus, with his son St James, and his wife St Mary the Virgin, escaping to Egypt shortly after the birth of Jesus.

An icon of St Joseph carrying Jesus, with his son St James, and his wife St Mary the Virgin, escaping to Egypt shortly after the birth of Jesus.

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CHRIST the King, whom the shepherds acclaimed in Bethelehem, and the star revealed, in servant’s form: all ye his works, praise him and exalt him to all the ages.

Christ the born child, whom the magi worshipped with gifts, and the hosts of angels sang as God: all ye his works, praise him and exalt him to all the ages.

Christ the incarnate, whom the powers of heaven glorified, and the Many-eyed ceaselessly hymn: all ye his works, praise him and exalt him to all the ages.

Christ the incarnate, whom David the ancestor of God foretold, and James preached to the peoples: all ye his works, praise him and exalt him to all the ages.

CHRIST the King, whom the Virgin Mary bore for us, and after the birth remained pure virgin: all ye his works, praise him and exalt him to all the ages.

From Vespers and Matins on December 30. Source.

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