December 21

We chant the following Diodion. Before the Troparia, we say, Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.

ODE EIGHT

Heirmos: The stern decree of the tyrant king * did not persuade the three most righteous Children, * who, being cast in the furnace, confessed God with thanks and sang the hymn: * Bless the Lord and exalt Him, ye works of the Lord our God.

While casting off far away from us * the sleep of sloth, with watchful soul and spirit, * come let us sing out to Christ, Who is born of a Maiden passing pure: * Bless the Lord and exalt Him, ye works of the Lord our God.

Let doing good with a righteous life * wax great within the treasury within us, * that with our countenance bright, we may chant unto Christ, Who hath been born: * Bless the Lord and exalt Him, ye works of the Lord our God.

Through working good, let us all increase * the talent as a gift unto the Giver; * instead of frankincense, gold, and sweet myrrh, let us offer it to Christ, * Who doth come to be born of the Maiden and Child of God.

ODE NINE

Heirmos: O thou who heldest in thy womb * God, Whom nothing can contain, * and didst bring forth Joy for the world entire, * we extol thee, O thou all-holy Virgin.

Christ doth command those truly wise * to be watchful at all times, * even them that hope in His advent here; * for He cometh to be born of a Virgin.

When Thou shalt come the second time, * then, O Christ, grant me to dwell * with Thy sheep assembled at Thy right hand; * for I honour Thine incarnate appearing.

In Thy first coming, Thou didst save * fallen Adam, O Christ God; * in Thy second, do Thou moreover save * them that honour Thy Nativity rightly.

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