Prepare, O Bethlehem!

Prepare, O Bethlehem, for Eden has been opened to all! 

Adorn yourself, O Ephratha, for the tree of life blossoms forth from the Virgin in the cave! 

Her womb is a spiritual paradise planted with the Divine Fruit: 

If we eat of it, we shall live forever and not die like Adam. 

Christ comes to restore the image which He made in the beginning!

-Troparion for the Forefeast of the Natuvity*

*Yes, I know it’s a day early. 🙂

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