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Illuminated manuscript, Van, Armenia, 1461, Pierpont  Morgan Library, New York

 

Thy Nativity, O Christ our God,

hath shined the light of knowledge upon the world;

for thereby they that worshipped the stars

were instructed by a star to worship Thee,

the Sun of Righteousness,

and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high.

O Lord, glory be to Thee!

Apolytikion of Holy Nativity, Tone fourth