by St. Seraphim of Sarov, The Reasons Why Jesus Christ Came into the World
The reasons why Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world are these:
- The love of God for the human race: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son" (John 3:16).
- The restoration in fallen humanity of the image and likeness of God, as the holy Church celebrates it: "Man who, being made in the image of God, had become corrupt through sin, and was full of vileness, and had fallen away from the better life Divine, doth the wise Creator restore anew" (First Canon of Matins for the Nativity of Christ).
- The salvation of men’s souls: "For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17).
And so we, in conformance with the purposes of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, should spend our life in accordance with this Divine teaching, so that through it we may obtain the salvation of our souls.
Translation of the Relics of St. Nicephorus the Patriarch of Constantinople
Your fragrant relics have been revealed as godly treasure filled with life for the Church. On their august translation we receive the gifts of the Spirit. Righteous Father Nicephorus, entreat Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.
Kontakion, Tone 1
The choir of patriarchs, honors your holy memory with praises and hymns, O Nicephorus, for it received your spirit at your translation, O glorious one. Therefore, today the Church magnifies Christ the King, glorifying Him as the only Lover of mankind.