St. Tatiana, whose feast we celebrate today, belongs to the order of deaconesses. As we know from the Holy Gospel, there were women who followed Jesus along with the Apostles, and were led by these faithful women with a missionary fervor (see Luke 8:1-3).  They helped the Apostles in a variety of ways in their difficult task, women like St. Phoebe, who was ordained a Deaconess in the Church of Corinth by St. Paul himself.

Today we celebrate in advance one of the Great Feasts of Our Lord, the Holy Theophany (or Epiphany-also known as the Feast of Lights).

On the Sunday after Christmas, the Church commemorates other saints associated with the Birth of the Lord.   Among them is St. Joseph, the man betrothed (engaged) to the Blessed Virgin Mary (one of his titles is the Betrothed”). He was a carpenter from Bethlehem, who had settled down in Nazareth.

Before the birth of Christ, humanity was on the edge of disaster. Ruin and decline reigned among the peoples, with the once-chosen Israelites in a state of turmoil, poverty and lawlessness.

Having once again arrived at the great feast of the Lord’s Nativity, we glorify with hymn and spiritual song the One who emptied Himself for our sake and assumed our flesh so that He might redeem us from captivity to evil and open the gates of paradise to the human race.


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