This past Thursday, December 25 by the Old Calendar, we celebrated with great joy the radiant feast of the Nativity of Christ. The time demands of the festivities, together with a rather unexpected bout of illness, have prevented me from posting thus far; I could not, however, let the last of the traditional three days of Christmas go by without expressing my joyful greetings to the readers of The Voice of Stefan. To one and all, then:
Χριστὸς γεννάται! Δοξάσατε!
Christ is born! Give ye glory!
Мир Божији, Христос се роди! Ваистину се роди!
Peace from God, Christ is born! Truly He is born!
Below you will find a video featuring a beautiful recording of the troparion of the Nativity sung in the Serbian style, followed by the text in both Slavonic and English for your edification.
Рождество твоје, Христе Боже наш,
возсија мирови свјет разума;
в њем бо звјездам служашчиј звјездоју учахусја,
тебје клањатисја солнцу правди,
и тебе вједјети с висоти востока.
Господи, слава тебје!
Thy Nativity, O Christ our God,
hath made the light of knowledge dawn upon the world;
for through it those who worshipped the stars were taught by a star
to adore Thee, the Sun of Righteousness,
and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high.
O Lord, glory to Thee!
Without “Рождество твоје” sung at Church and home in this way, Christmas isn’t Christmas! And the same goes, as I have said before, for the beautiful carol “Анђели певају,” about which I posted a couple of years ago.
Once again, joyful greetings to all on this radiant Feast!