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Sunday before Nativity

The never-setting Sun presses forward to rise,
enlightening all things under heaven.
Let us hasten with clean hands and pure deeds to meet Him;
let us prepare to be borne on high with Him in spirit!
Let us beseech Him in His compassion,
that, as He comes in His good pleasure to His own strange birth,
He may lead us, who have become strangers
to the path of life in Eden,
into Bethlehem where He comes to be born!

Vespers of Sunday before Nativity