Today we celebrate the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord and New Year’s. This is the season of Feasts concerning the early life of Jesus Christ. The Feast of the Nativity, the Feast of the Circumcision (Jan.1), the Feast of Theophany (Jan.6,) the baptism of our Lord, culminating in the Feast of the Meeting of Our Lord into the Temple. (Feb. 2).
Today we celebrate the Sunday Before the Nativity of Christ, in which we commemorate the human ancestors of Jesus, all those from Adam to Joseph who are part of the genealogy of Our Lord according to the Gospels. This Sunday increases in us the expectation of the coming birth of Christ, the fulfillment of humanity’s hopes.
Today we in the Orthodox Church celebrate the Sunday of the Forefathers. On this preparatory Sunday before the Nativity of Christ we commemorate the Old Testament patriarchs, prophets and righteous men and women: the forefathers of our Christian faith.
The Gospel for this Sunday is an account of the Healing of the Ten Lepers.