The programme will be as follows:
- Evening Vespers 6.30pm
- Matins 7pm
- The Offertory 8pm
- Sermon 9pm
- The liturgy will end around 11pm
As we remember the coming of our Lord to dwell among us, let us also ask Him to make His dwelling inside us. As we look upon Christ, our great High priest, who "was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin..Let us... come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need"(Hebrews 4:15, 16 NKJV). As we look upon Him who "made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men", let us give Him the praise and glory He is due, as King of kings and Lord of lords. As we will read in the gospel of the Magi offering to Christ their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, let us make this our prayer:
I, Lord, have neither gold, nor frankincense, nor myrrh. I have not that which I can offer You as did those Magi. So at least I will walk with them and go to You in their company and behold You, even if it is one look with empty hands, even if it is with a look of apology and excuse for my emptiness. Then I will find my hands filled with gold, frankincense and myrrh from You Yourself. Then I will say to You, "Lord, 'of Your own we have given You' (1 Chron 29:14). Lord forgive me my emptiness. Have mercy on my emptiness, and give me that which I should give to you" (HH Pope Shenouda III).