THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST PART 9
HYMNS AND ODES OF THE PREFEAST
The following hymns, are among those used during the prefeast and the Nativity of Christ, and anyone seeking the genuine “Christmas spirit”, need look no further for it is totally expressed in these hymns. These hymns are filled with the spirit of Christmas and properly prepare the faithful for the Nativity of Christ. Some may hear these hymns in a different language miss some of the meaning. Others may not grasp all the words during choir singing, and others may just find them helpful. It is good to understand the words of what is sung, for it benefits our souls. Orthodoxy music is not ordinary but is inspired due to its source in the Spirit. The hymnology of Orthodoxy has been created by many Saints, among them are: St. Romanos Melodos, St. John Damascene, St. Ephraim the Syrian, St. Joseph the Hymnwriter, St. John Koukouzelos, the Nun Kassiani. Just reading these hymns will fill a believer with the sweetness of the birth of Jesus Christ.