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[[Image:NativityTheophany.jpg|100px|left]]The '''''[[Nativity]] according to the flesh of our Lord, God and Saviour [[Jesus ChristTheophany]]''''', also called (from Greek '''Christmas'theophania'', meaning "appearance of God") is one of the [[Great Feasts]] of the [[Orthodox Church]], celebrated on [[December 25January 6]]. In It is the fullness of time, our Lord [[Jesus Christ]] was born to feast which reveals the Most Holy [[Theotokos]] and Virgin Mary, thus entering into Trinity to the world as a man and revealing Himself to mankindthrough the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22).
According to the This observance commemorates [[Jesus Christ|Christ]]'s [[Biblebaptism]] and to by [[Holy TraditionJohn the Forerunner]], Jesus was born in the city of Bethlehem in a caveRiver Jordan, surrounded by farm animals and shepherdsthe beginning of Christ's earthly ministry. The baby Jesus was born into a manger from Feast of Theophany is the culmination of the Christmas Season, which starts on [[Theotokos|Virgin MaryDecember 25]], assisted by her husband St. and ends on [[Joseph the Betrothed|JosephJanuary 6]]. St. Joseph and the Theotokos were forced to travel due to a Roman census; the odd location In mystic commemoration of this event, the birth was the result [[Great Blessing of Water]] is performed on this day, and the refusal of a nearby inn to accommodate [[holy water]] so blessed is used by the expecting couple (local [[Gospel of Luke|Lukepriest]] 2:1-20)to bless the homes of the faithful.
Though Jesus' birth is celebrated on December 25, most scholars agree that it is unlikely he was actually born on this date. The choice of December 25 for the Church's celebration of the Nativity is most likely to have been in order to squelch attendance at pagan solstice festivals falling on the same day.
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