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Laying the Groundwork for the Salvation of Mankind

In light of the upcoming Sunday of the Forefathers, we offer this reflection on three Old Testament figures who prefigured and prophecied the coming Messiah, while preparing Israel for his coming: The righteous Abraham, the prophets Moses and Elijah.
The three Magi on horseback approaching the cave of Christ's nativity

Keeping Watch by Night: Services of the Nativity Fast

By comparison to Great Lent, the Nativity fast may leave us feeling liturgically unmoored. But if we delve into the services of this season, we will find a great wealth of liturgical texts and commemorations that are beautifully and intrinsically tied to the coming birth of our Saviour.