Services of the Feast of Nativity

Nativity Services

  • Friday, Dec. 22nd. 9 am Royal Hours of Nativity
    • The Royal Hours is celebrated only three times a year: on the Eve of the Nativity, the Eve of Theophany, and Great Friday.This service takes its name from the fact that it used to be officially attended by the Emperor and his court at Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.Because of the presence of the Emperor, there was a special singing of “Many Years” to the Emperor, the Imperial Court, and the Hierarchy. This singing of “Many Years” continues to this day (in modified form) in cathedrals and monasteries. By his presence, the Emperor acknowledged his submission to Christ the true King.The three holy days on which the Royal Hours are celebrated were chosen as days in the church year which most particularly demonstrate Jesus’ kenosis (self-emptying), and thus His true royal majesty.
  • Friday, Dec. 22nd. 6:30 pm Vespers with Compline Canon of Nativity.
  • Saturday, Dec. 23rd. 5 pm Great Vespers of the Sunday before Nativity.
  • Sunday, Dec. 24th.  8:30 am Orthros; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy of the Sunday before Nativity. 
  • Sunday, Dec. 24th. 11:00 pm Orthros, followed by Midnight Divine Liturgy of St. Basil. 

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!