An Interactive Lesson on Nativity Prophecies

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T HE ICON OF THE NATIVITY Images Foretold by the Prophets Based on a Presentation Fr. Joseph Samaan St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church  St. Petersburg, Florida Department of Outreach & Evangelism  Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

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Thus the symbol is likewise a religious philosophy, a philosophy in shading, communicating the experience of God with lines and paints as opposed to with rambling dialect. The objective of the symbol and that of composed religious philosophy are the same – to lead others to the supernatural experience of God. The symbol creatively delineates the experience with the goal that others may approach the secret and be welcome to partake in it. Anton Vrame, The Educating Icon

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All this occurred to satisfy what the Lord had talked by the prophet: "View, a virgin might imagine and bear a child, and his name should be called Emmanuel"… . The Prophecy of Isaiah in The Christmas Eothinon ~ Matthew 1:22

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~ The Prophets ~ Jeremiah & Habakkuk What is a Prophet? The Prophets of the Old Testament were people picked by God to inform individuals regarding the Salvation that was to come through Jesus Christ. Prophets advised about occasions to come, as well as conveyed the message of God and His will to the People.

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The Prophet Micah The Prophet Micah lived in Judah from 750 to 687 BC. He Prophesied that the Messiah would be conceived in the City of Bethlehem. ~ the area of the Nativity symbol scene~ "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, however you are little among the factions of Judah, out of you will desire me one will's identity leader over Israel, whose sources are from of old,  from old times." Micah 5:2

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The Prophet Jeremiah The Prophet Jeremiah lived from 650 to 587 BC. He predicted that the Messiah would a relative of King David. ~ the delineation of Joseph in the Nativity symbol ~ "The days are coming," pronounces the LORD, "when I will raise up to David a honorable Branch, a King who will rule carefully and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be spared and Israel will live in wellbeing. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness. Jeremiah 23:5- - 6

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"Joseph went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (since he was of the house and ancestry of David) to be exhausted with Mary his embraced spouse, being awesome with youngster." - Luke 2:4-5 Verily, Joseph the promised, saw unmistakably in his maturity that the foresayings of the Prophets had been satisfied straightforwardly; for he was given a bizarre sincere, accepting motivation from the heavenly attendants, who cried, Glory to God; for he hath presented peace on earth. (Troparion )

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Matthew 1 The Genealogy of Jesus Christ The book of the family history of Jesus Christ, the Son of David , the Son of Abraham: Abraham generated Isaac, Isaac sired Jacob, and Jacob conceived Judah and his siblings. Judah sired Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez sired Hezron, and Hezron sired Ram. Smash generated Amminadab, Amminadab conceived Nahshon, and Nahshon sired Salmon. Salmon conceived Boaz by Rahab, Boaz generated Obed by Ruth, Obed sired Jesse, and Jesse sired David the lord. David the lord conceived Solomon by her who had been the spouse of Uriah. Solomon conceived Rehoboam, Rehoboam sired Abijah, and Abijah generated Asa. Asa generated Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat sired Joram, and Joram sired Uzziah. Uzziah generated Jotham, Jotham sired Ahaz, and Ahaz conceived Hezekiah. Hezekiah conceived Manasseh, Manasseh generated Amon, and Amon sired Josiah. Josiah conceived Jeconiah and his siblings about the time they were diverted to Babylon. Also, after they were conveyed to Babylon, Jeconiah conceived Shealtiel, and Shealtiel sired Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel generated Abiud, Abiud conceived Eliakim, and Eliakim sired Azor. Azor generated Zadok, Zadok conceived Achim, and Achim sired Eliud. Eliud generated Eleazar, Eleazar conceived Matthan, and Matthan sired Jacob. Also, Jacob conceived Joseph the spouse of Mary, of whom was conceived Jesus who is called Christ. So every one of the eras from Abraham to David are fourteen eras, from David until the imprisonment in Babylon are fourteen eras, and from the bondage in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen eras.

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"Don't be perplexed, Mary, for you have discovered support with God. What's more, observe, you will consider in your womb and deliver a Son, and might call His name JESUS. He will be awesome, and will be known as the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the position of authority of His dad David . Also, He will rule over the place of Jacob perpetually, and of His kingdom there will be no end." Luke 1: 30-33

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The Prophet Moses The Old Testament Book of Numbers is Attributed to the Prophet Moses and points of interest the excursion of the Israelites to the Promised Land. ~ A Star Will Come out of Bethlehem ~ Numbers 24:17 Philip discovered Nathaniel and said to him, "We have discovered him of whom Moses in the law furthermore the prophets composed, Jesus of Nazareth, the child of Joseph." John 1:45

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"A long beam from the star guides straightforwardly toward the surrender. This beam associates the star with a part of the circle which goes past the points of confinement of the symbol – a typical representation of the sublime world. Along these lines the symbol demonstrates that the star is an enormous marvel, as well as an ambassador from the world on high, bringing greetings of the introduction of 'the radiant One upon earth'." Ouspensky & Lossky, The Meaning of Icons

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The Prophet David King David was a Prophet and composed a large portion of the Psalms which we find in the Old Testament, and read amid the vast majority of our love administrations. He forecasted that outside rulers would convey blessings to the Messiah ~ Kings of Distant Lands Will Come ~ Psalm 72:10 In the reverence of the insightful men the Church affirms that it acknowledges and purifies all human science driving towards it, gave that the relative light of the additional Christian disclosure conveys the individuals who serve it to the love of without a doubt the light. It ought to be noticed that the astute men are spoken to as being of various ages, which underscores the way that disclosure is given to men autonomously of their years and common experience. Ouspensky & Lossky, The Meaning of Icons

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The Prophet Isaiah The Prophet Isaiah is regularly alluded to as the fifth evangelist since so huge numbers of his predictions relate to the happening to the Messiah. He anticipated that the Messiah would be conceived of a virgin. "A virgin should consider and bear a child, and they might call his name Emmanuel." Isaiah 7:14 She is the most astounding thanksgiving to God, which man, from among all made creatures, conveys to the Creator. By this offering in the individual of the Mother of God, fallen humanity offers consent to its salvation through the Incarnation of God. The symbol of the Nativity graphically underlines this part of the Mother of God, singling her out from among alternate figures by Her focal position and now and again by Her size. Ouspensky & Lossky, The Meaning of Icons

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Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a Child is conceived, Unto us a Son is given;  And the administration will be upon His shoulder. Furthermore, His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

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Additional knowledge into the Icon of the Nativity  The stars on Mary's article of clothing signify her virginity some time recently, amid and after the Nativity. The appearance all over is quiet, tender, reflective, demonstrating that she brought forth the youngster in a powerful way, free of all torment. Constantine Cavarnos Guide to Byzantine Iconography

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Isaiah's Prophecy of the Animals: "The bull knows his lord, and the jackass his lord's den; however Israel does not know me, and the general population have not respected me." Isaiah 1:3 By the nearness of the creatures, the symbol helps us to remember Isaiah's prescience and calls us to the information and comprehension of the puzzle of the Divine Dispensation. Ouspensky & Lossky, The Meaning of Icons

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The Manger hints the Tomb. Give in, trough, swaddling garments – indicate the kenosis of the Godhead, His humbling, the express lowliness of Him who, undetectable in His temperament, gets to be obvious in the substance for man's purpose, is conceived in a give in, is wrapped in swaddling garments, along these lines anticipating His demise and internment, the catacomb and the entombment garments. Ouspensky & Lossky, The Meaning of Icons

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The Troubling of Joseph by Satan "… on the premise of convention, the symbol transmits the significance of certain ritualistic writings which talk about the questions of Joseph and the pained condition of his spirit." Ouspensky & Losky, The Meaning of Icons

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But Mary prized up every one of these things and contemplated them in her heart. Luke 2:19

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Suggested Reading The Meaning of Icons , by Leonid Ouspensky and Vladimir Lossky Guide to Byzantine Iconography , by Constantine Cavarnos The Educating Icon , by Anton C. Vrame The Festal Menaion , interpreted by Mother Mary and Kallistos Ware Experiencing the Feast Days of the Festal Menaion in Greece , by Mary Winterer-Papatassos

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The customary Orthodox symbol of the Nativity lets us know what the Bible lets us know, and does as such in a reasonable, striking, viable way, by method for structures and hues. Constantine Cavarnos Guide to Byzantine Iconography